Clemson University

Clemson University

Clemson University, founded in 1889, is a public, coeducational, research university. Thomas Green Clemson, the University's founder, willed most of his estate for the establishment of a college that would promote scientific agriculture and mechanical arts. The university enrolls more than 10,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 postgraduates.

Clemson University offers degrees and programs in a wide variety of subjects in arts, accountancy, agriculture, engineering, sciences, teaching, and general education. There are several colleges under this University, including:

  • College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences
  • College of Arts, Architecture, and Humanities
  • College of Business and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Engineering and Science
  • College of Health, Education, and Human Development
  • Calhoun Honors College
  • Emeritus College
  • University Center of Greenville

The Clemson Tigers, as the University's sports teams are called, wear the team colors purple and orange. There are separate men's teams for baseball, basketball, football, cross-country, golf, soccer, track and field, swimming and diving, and tennis. The women's sports include basketball, cross-country, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The Clemson Tigers have won 4 national championships in football, soccer and golf.

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Clemson University
201 Sikes Hall
Clemson , SC 29634
General Phone: (864) 656-4636

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Clemson Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management729business management, operations management, electronic commerce, accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, marketing studies, business and related services ...
Engineering596bioengineering, biomedical engineering, ceramic engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, ...
Liberal Arts574foreign language and literature, Spanish language, foreign languages and literature, English, speech and rhetoric, English language and literature, historic preservation and conservation, economics, political science, ...
Education and Teaching468curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, agricultural teaching, ...
Science257biology, biochemistry, microbiology, entomology, animal physiology, animal genetics, human genetics, toxicology, biotechnology, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine165registered nursing, nursing science
Therapy and Counseling159psychology, community psychology, organizational psychology, psychology courses
Computer Science and Engineering145computer and info science, computer programming, information science, computer engineering
Architecture and Planning134architecture, urban planning, environmental design, landscape architecture
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy120nutrition sciences, parks and recreation management
Medicine107pre-dentistry, pre-med, pre-veterinary, health professions
Design96industrial design
Agricultural Science and Management93agricultural management, agricultural economics, aquaculture, food science, various agricutural courses
Real Estate and Construction Management75real estate, construction management
Landscaping and Horticulture52applied horticulture, plant sciences, horticultural science, various soil sciences courses
Animal Science and Care51animal science
Conservation and Resource Management43conservation, forest sciences, forest management, natural resources courses
Science and Laboratory Technician29science tech
Art Studies25art studies
Family and Social Work21family and community services, human development and family studies, public administration, public policy analysis
Media19health communication, communication and journalism
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy
Medical Support and Technology14pre-pharmacy
Drama and Performing Arts13various performing arts

Number of programs and degrees for Clemson in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,07570
Master's degree81666
Doctor's degree14541
Post-master's certificate133
Postbaccalaureate certificate07

Clemson Student Body

In 2007-2008, Clemson had a total enrollment of 17,585 students (16,803 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 52%
Women 48%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 77%
Graduate 23%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 78%
Black 7%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 7%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 31%
20-21 34%
22-24 18%
25-29 8%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Carolina66%
North Carolina6%
New Jersey2%
New York1%

Clemson Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 90 %
Part-Time 69 %

Clemson Room and Board (2007)

Clemson offers campus housing for 6,500 of its 16,803 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Clemson, South Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other South Carolina Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Clemson Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal550640
SAT Math580680
ACT Composite2530

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT85%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT16%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Clemson Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 10,379
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 23,401
Room and board $ 6,556
Room charge $ 3,941
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,642
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 4,280

Financial Aid:
Clemson participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 342500)

Clemson Faculty

Clemson has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track196106
Non-tenured and not on tenure track124141

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year38$106,74910$111,687
Associate professorcalendar year18$84,4864$98,565
Assistant professorcalendar year9$72,5233$70,022
Lecturercalendar year13$54,7862*
All faculty totalcalendar year78$89,00219$94,968

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year247$111,22754$97,630
Associate professoracademic year156$78,58171$70,455
Assistant professoracademic year176$71,041109$63,328
Instructoracademic year0*3$52,632
Lectureracademic year71$43,411110$43,550
All faculty totalacademic year650$85,103347$63,762

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Clemson Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Atlantic Coast Conference
Basketball Atlantic Coast Conference
Baseball Atlantic Coast Conference
Track Atlantic Coast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports192342

Clemson Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
Food Science

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Marketing, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
Forest Sciences and Biology
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Industrial Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Ceramic Sciences and Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Family and Community Services
Human Development, Family Studies, and Related Services, Other
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General
Horticultural Science
Plant Sciences, General
Soil Sciences, Other

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Historic Preservation and Conservation
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Health Communication

Medical Support And Technology
Pre-Pharmacy Studies

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Nutrition Sciences
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Animal Genetics
Animal Physiology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Human/Medical Genetics
Microbiology, General
Physics, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Community Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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