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Diversity Profile

A Student-Centered Research University

Clemson University is a nationally ranked science and technology-oriented research university that is also a student-centered community with a commitment to superior undergraduate teaching. Our students are consistently ranked among the nation’s happiest. They’re also among the brightest. This year’s freshman class boasts an average SAT score of 1251, and 56% graduated in the top 10% of their high school class. What’s more, our retention and graduation rates rank among the highest in the country for public universities. 

In 2015 Clemson attracted exceptional students from 41 states, the District of Columbia, and seven foreign countries. Clemson is dedicated to recruiting from all demographics while supporting the diverse cultures and people that make up the current student body. The Diversity Advisory Council appointed earlier this year provides the University president, chief diversity officer, and other administrators with strategic guidance on issues regarding diversity and inclusive excellence at Clemson. 

Engaged learning
At Clemson approximately 22,698 students select their majors from more than 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate degree programs offered by its Colleges: Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business and Behavioral Science; Engineering and Science; Health, Education, and Human Development; and the Eugene T. Moore School of Education. Search for your desired major at

Creative Inquiry
Creative Inquiry (CI) is the imaginative world-class undergraduate research program that is distinctive to Clemson. Through CI, students take ownership of team-based investigations led by faculty mentors and often find themselves exhibiting their work at national conferences. In 2014–2015, 4,179 students participated in 762 CI teams.

Calhoun Honors College
The Calhoun Honors College challenges outstanding students with specialized courses taught by Clemson’s best professors. Honors students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of innovative learning experiences on campus, across the nation, and around the world.

Academic support
The Class of 1956 Academic Success Center (ASC) provides Supplemental Instruction, academic coaching, and tutoring free to every Clemson student. Housed in a new 35,000-sq. ft. space, the ASC is designed to help students significantly improve their grades and maintain their state scholarships through a better understanding of difficult class material. Students also seek out the ASC to attend academic skills workshops or meet with groups in designated study areas.

Diversity programs
The University offers academic advising centers in each college, as well as a variety of other academic and cultural support services designed to help students succeed and flourish during college.
• Call Me MISTER®
• Class of 1941 Studio for Student Communication
• Clemson Student Veterans Association
• FIRST (students who are the first in their families to attend college)
• Hillel (Jewish student organization)
• I LEAD! Integrated leadership and development program
• Minority Student Success Initiative
• Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention (PEER)
• Student Disability Services
• Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Campus life
Being part of the Clemson family means lifelong connections with people all over the world and the feeling of coming home every time you step on campus. Clemson offers a lively and nurturing social environment with more than 400 clubs, organizations, and athletic groups. Here there’s a place for everyone to get involved.

Our 1,400-acre main campus is surrounded by the 17,500-acre Clemson Experimental Forest and includes a 295-acre botanical garden.

Financial aid
Ninety-three percent of first-time students receive financial aid at Clemson. We’re lauded as a great return on investment and a “best value” in public colleges. We’re also ranked #25 in the nation among universities that pay you back—without aid (The Princeton Review, 2015). Check out our financial aid and scholarship opportunities at

Admission to Clemson is competitive, based on high school record, class rank, and SAT or ACT scores. Find tips, requirements, and timelines about admission and acceptance at

To ensure a mid-February notification of fall admission, you must apply by December 1. To be considered for an academic recruiting scholarship, you must apply by December 21. The application fee is $70. Schedule a campus tour by calling the Class of 1944 Visitors Center at 864-656-4789 or visiting




Fast Facts
• #21: Ranked among national public universities for eight consecutive years (U.S.News & World Report, 2016)
• 1 of 11: Recognized nationally for making writing a priority across all disciplines (U.S.News & World Report, 2016)
• #16: Most innovative university among all national public universities (U.S.News & World Report, 2016)
• #2: Ranking Clemson received among colleges where “their students love these colleges,” according to The Princeton Review, 2016
• #1: Ranking of Clemson’s career services program, according to The Princeton Review, 2016
• 95%: Clemson seniors who have taken part in an internship, research project, study abroad, or other student engagement opportunity (2014 National Survey of Student Engagement)
• #1: National ranking among universities for the best alumni network (The Princeton Review, 2015)
• 92%: Students who would choose Clemson again if given the chance (2014 National Survey of Student Engagement)
• #14: Ranking of freshman ACT scores among all national public universities (U.S.News & World Report, 2016)
• #1: National ranking for “town-gown relations” (The Princeton Review, 2016)

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• Agribusiness
• Agricultural education
• Agricultural mechanization and business
• Animal and veterinary sciences
• Anthropology
• Architecture
• Art
• Biochemistry
• Bioengineering
• Biological sciences
• Biosystems engineering
• Chemical engineering
• Chemistry
• Civil engineering
• Communication studies
• Computer engineering
• Computer information systems
• Computer science
• Construction science and management
• Early childhood education
• Economics
• Electrical engineering
• Elementary education
• English
• Environmental and natural resources
• Environmental engineering
• Financial management
• Food science
• Forest resource management
• Genetics
• Geology
• Graphic communications
• Health science
• History
• Horticulture
• Industrial engineering
• Landscape architecture
• Language and international health
• Language and international trade
• Management
• Marketing
• Materials science and engineering
• Mathematical sciences
• Mathematics teaching
• Mechanical engineering
• Microbiology
• Modern languages (American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish)
• Nursing
• Packaging science
• Pan African studies
• Parks, recreation, and tourism management
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Plant and environmental sciences
• Political science
• Pre-pharmacy
• Pre-professional health studies
• Pre-rehabilitation sciences
• Pre-veterinary medicine
• Production studies in performing arts
• Psychology
• Religious studies
• Science teaching
• Secondary education
• Sociology
• Soils and sustainable crop systems
• Special education
• Sports communication
• Turfgrass
• Wildlife and fisheries biology
• Women’s leadership
• World cinema