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Located in Clemson, South Carolina, Clemson University is a public institution. Clemson is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

163 Undergraduate Degrees
55 Graduate Degrees
$44,326 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
47% Acceptance Rate

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Clemson University Rankings

Clemson is ranked #175 out of 1,284 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 20 colleges in South Carolina, it is ranked at #3.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Where Is Clemson University?

Location of Clemson University

Contact details for Clemson are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 201 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC 29634
Phone: 864-656-4636

How Do I Get Into Clemson?

You can apply to Clemson online at:

Admission Requirements for Clemson

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Clemson?

47% Acceptance Rate
56% Of Accepted Are Women
39% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate of Clemson University is 47%. While it may not be as selective as some schools, it does screen its applicants very carefully. Do what you can to stand out among others in the pool of applicants!

Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 45%, and the acceptance rate for women is 49%.

Average Test Scores

About 39% of students accepted to Clemson submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 620 and 690. Math scores were between 600 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clemson University  ( 620 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Clemson University  ( 600 to 700 )
Clemson received ACT scores from 61% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 28 and 34. Math scores were between 26 and 30. Composite scores were between 27 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Clemson University  ( 28 to 34 )
ACT Math Scores for Clemson University  ( 26 to 30 )
ACT Composite Scores for Clemson University  ( 27 to 31 )

Can I Afford Clemson University?

$44,326 Net Price
40% Take Out Loans
2.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Clemson is $44,326. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Clemson, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $8,747 a year. That adds up to $34,988 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Clemson is 2.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Clemson University Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,971 Full-Time Undergraduates
49% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,669 undergraduate students at Clemson, with 18,971 being full-time and 698 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Clemson

There are also 5,282 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,971 full-time undergraduates at Clemson, 51% are male and 49% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Clemson

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Clemson University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Clemson Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 492
Black or African American 1,211
Hispanic or Latino 919
White 15,462
International Students 151
Other Races/Ethnicities 736

Geographic Diversity

South Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Clemson University. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 89 countries are represented at Clemson. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Iran.

Online Learning at Clemson University

1,386 Took All Classes Online
6,326 Took At Least One Class Online
14.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 18 master’s degree programs available online at Clemson. In 2017-2018, 6,326 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Clemson has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 4th most popular in South Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Clemson

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Clemson University was 14.8%. This is the #697 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Clemson regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Clemson majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Nursing 5%
Registered Nursing 7%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Clemson ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Clemson.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nursing Practice #35
Registered Nursing #168
Nursing #217

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Clemson University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 163 0 163
Nursing Science 0 55 55
Nursing Practice 0 0 0
TOTAL 163 55 218


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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