Clemson University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$14,118
2022 Average Net Price
$24,577
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.657%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
43%
52,819 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
28,466
87.9% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
85.3%
3,138 Graduates

About

Clemson University is a higher education institution located in Pickens County, SC. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Clemson University were General Business Administration & Management (422 degrees awarded), General Psychology (328 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (284 degrees).

In 2022, 7,469 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Clemson University. 53% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 47% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (5,796 degrees), 14.6 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (396 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Clemson University is $14,118, which is $−16,032 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Clemson University is $14,118, which is $−16,032 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $24,577.

In 2022, 76% of undergraduate students attending Clemson University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 33% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$14,118
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Clemson University was $14,118. The cost of tuition at Clemson University is $−16,032 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$24,577
2022 Value
3.56%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Clemson University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $24,577. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Clemson University grew by 3.56%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,234
Room and Board
$1,248
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Clemson University was of $12,234 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 0.197% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,248. The cost of books and supplies increased by 5.05% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

76%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
33%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

76% of undergraduate students at Clemson University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 2.56% with respect to 2021, when 78% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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0.657%
2019 Default Rate
24
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Clemson University was 0.657%, which represents 24 out of the 3651 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Clemson University received 52,819 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 12.4% annual growth. Out of those 52,819 applicants, 22,704 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 43% acceptance rate.

There were 28,466 students enrolled at Clemson University in 2022. 45% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Clemson University has an overall enrollment yield of 20.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

43%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
22,704
Accepted Out of 52,819

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Clemson University was 43% (22,704 admissions from 52,819 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 49.2%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 12.4%, while admissions declined by −1.88%..

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SAT Scores

45%
Submission Percentage (2022)
2,050
Scores Submitted (2022)

45% of enrolled first-time students at Clemson University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Clemson University had a total enrollment of 28,466 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Clemson University is 25,034 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,432. This means that 87.9% of students enrolled at Clemson University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Clemson University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 73.2% White, 7.03% Hispanic or Latino, 5.72% Black or African American, 3.54% Two or More Races, 2.63% Asian, 0.214% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.109% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Clemson University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.8%), followed by White Male (36.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.07%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (23.5%), followed by White Male (22.7%) and Black or African American Female (2.28%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Clemson University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 28,466 students. The full-time enrollment at Clemson University is 25,034 and the part-time enrollment is 3,432. This means that 87.9% of students enrolled at Clemson University are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

92%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Clemson University was 92%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), Clemson University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    20,834 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,000 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    1,629 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Clemson University is 73.2% White, 7.03% Hispanic or Latino, 5.72% Black or African American, 3.54% Two or More Races, 2.63% Asian, 0.214% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.109% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 502 students (1.76%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 451 more women than men received degrees from Clemson University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Clemson University is white (5,796 degrees awarded). There were 14.6 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (396 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Clemson University is General Business Administration & Management (422 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (328 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (284 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Clemson University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (1,474 degrees awarded), Biology (575 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (207 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Clemson University are Other managers (472,582 people), Software developers (468,231 people), Physicians (446,268 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (351,302 people), and Civil engineers (283,345 people).

The most specialized majors at Clemson University in 2022 are Engineering (1,474 degrees awarded), Biology (575 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (207 degrees), English (136 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (77 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Clemson University are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Physicians, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Clemson University are Engineering (1,474 degrees awarded), Biology (575 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (207 degrees), English (136 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (77 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Clemson University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (612,992 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (611,981 people), Elementary & secondary schools (568,698 people), Computer Systems Design (555,674 people), and Architectural, engineering & related services (459,365 people).

The most specialized majors at Clemson University are Engineering (1,474 degrees awarded), Biology (575 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (207 degrees), English (136 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (77 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Clemson University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 422 degrees awarded
  2. 328 degrees awarded
  3. 284 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Clemson University was General Business Administration & Management with 422 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,509
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
3,960
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 3,509 degrees were awarded to men at Clemson University, which is 0.886 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,960).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 416 degrees were awarded to men at Clemson University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.85 times more than the 225 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 280 degrees were awarded to men at Clemson University in General Psychology, which is 5.83 times more than the 48 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

63%
100% Completion Time
85%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 63% of students graduating from Clemson University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 85% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 86% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Clemson University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.0956% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    5,796 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    396 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    395 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Clemson University is white (5,796 degrees awarded). There were 14.6 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (396 degrees).

0.884% of degree recipients (66 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    3,148 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    2,648 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    223 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Clemson University is white female (3,148 degrees awarded). There were 1.19 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2648 degrees).

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Operations

Clemson University has an endowment valued at nearly $995M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−3.02%) compared to the 1.13% average return (4.2M on 373M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2022, Clemson University had a total salary expenditure of 1.23B. Clemson University employs 406 Lecturers, 380 Professors and 333 Associate professors. Most academics at Clemson University are Male Professor (291), Female Lecturer (237), and Male Associate professor (200).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Clemson University are: Business and Financial Operations, with 575 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 538 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 483 employees.

Endowment

$995M
2022 Endowment
1.39%
decline from 2021

Clemson University has an endowment valued at about $995M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Clemson University declined 1.39% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $622M higher than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $140M - Federal
  2. $82.7M - State
  3. $2.16M - Local

As of 2022, Clemson University received $140M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $82.7M from state grants and contracts, and $2.16M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$479M
2022 Salaries
2.15%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Clemson University paid a median of $479M in salaries, which represents 39.1% of their overall expenditure ($1.23B) and a 2.15% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$151M
Instructional Salaries
1,452
Number of Employees

In 2022, Clemson University paid a total of $151M to 1,452 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
406 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
575 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Clemson University were Lecturer with 406 employees, Professor with 380 employees, and Associate professor with 333 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Clemson University were Business and Financial Operations with 575 employees, Computer, Engineering, and Science with 538 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 483 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Lecturer
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Clemson University was Male Professor with 291 employees, Female Lecturer with 237 employees, and Male Associate professor with 200 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Clemson University.

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