Clemson University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Tilman Hall at Clemson University
Tilman Hall at Clemson University. Angie Yates / Flickr

Clemson University admits just over half of those who apply each year, making it moderately selective. Students are required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT. Both tests are accepted. In addition to submitting scores and completing an online application, students should also send in high school transcripts. Additional materials, including auditions, are program-based. Interested students should check out Clemson's website for more information, and can contact the admissions office with any questions.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

  • SAT Critical Reading: 560 / 660
  • SAT Math: 590 / 680
  • ACT Composite: 26 / 31
  • ACT English: 26 / 33
  • ACT Math: 25 / 30

Clemson University Description

Clemson University is a public university located in Clemson, South Carolina. The university is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains along Lake Hartwell. The university's academic units are divided into five separate colleges. The College of Business and Behavioral Science and the College of Engineering and Science have the highest enrollments. In recent years, the university has been developing doctoral programs and pushing to break into the ranks of the top 20 public universities. On the athletic front, the Clemson Tigers compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 23,406 (18,599 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 52% Male / 48% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,708 (in-state); $34,590 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,308 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,144
  • Other Expenses: $3,502
  • Total Cost: $28,662 (in-state); $48,544 (out-of-state)

    Clemson University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 92%
    • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
      • Grants: 87%
      • Loans: 41%
    • Average Amount of Aid
      • Grants: $10,514
      • Loans: $8,332

    Academic Programs

    • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Finance, Health Science, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Parks & Recreation Management, Political Science, Psychology
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    Retention and Transfer Rates

    • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 92%
    • Transfer-out Rate: 16%
    • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 59%
    • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 81%

    Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

    • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Tennis, Soccer, Track and Field, Basketball, Cross Country, Baseball
    • Women's Sports: Diving, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Rowing, Track and Field, Cross Country

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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