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15,643
Tuition (in-state)
$30,004 ($13,076)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Academics: I like it a lot

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is really not that much and is not that stressful. The curriculum is designed for the student to get their degree in the least possible time.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are actually there to help you and not just there for the pay. They will meet with you if you need help and don't understand something.

5 College Junior

Academics: The architecture major is time consuming but great. A unique aspect is that we are required to study abroad.

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics at school are every good.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 54th
    Best Course Variety
  • 111st
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 114th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 215th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 230th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sarah Camille Hipp
Hometown
Alexandria, VA
Major
Communication Studies
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Students at Clemson seem to be satisfied with their professors and classes. To ensure the quality of the teaching staff, students are given the opportunity to evaluate their professors at the end of each semester. Although most students say they have had a "bad apple" or two, it is not uncommon for students to find a professor whom they get to know personally. Although Clemson is no Ivy League school, it is still an outstanding public university devoted to educating and preparing its students for life after college. To accomplish this goal, Clemson requires all students to complete a series of general education classes that focus on communication, speaking, and computer skills as well classes in mathematical science, physical or biological science, humanities, and social science. Under this system, freshmen have time to explore different academic areas before making a final decision. Clemson University is committed to maintaining its competitive public university status, but with state budgets running in the red, the road ahead may be a little rocky.

As the years go by and the standards for entrance get higher, Clemson is becoming more and more distinguished. The University's strong academic programs are only getting stronger, and students can rest assured that the hard work of earning a degree will pay off.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,013
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
109
Total FT Faculty
1,052
Faculty with Terminal Degree
85%
Average Faculty Salary
$80,200
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Part-Time Retention Rate
62%
Transfer-Out Rate
8%
Graduation Rate
82%
Programs/Majors Offered
110
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 49%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 39%
  • 50 or More Students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences
  • Architecture, Arts, and Humanities
  • Business and Behavioral Science
  • Calhoun Honors College
  • Engineering and Science
  • Health, Education, and Human Development
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Civil Engineering: 2%
  • Mechanical Engineering: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Cooper Library fifth floor
  • Hendrix Student Center lounge
Tips to Succeed
  • Beware of pre-test evenings spent drinking.
  • Get into club sports if you're athletic; there are a huge range of options at Clemson.
  • Go to class; if you fall behind you may never get caught up.
  • Go to office hours and build relationships with your professors.
  • Talk to upperclassmen for advice on professors and classes.
Did You Know?
  • Time Magazine selected Clemson as the 2001 Public College of the Year based on the strength of Clemson's Communication-Across-the-Curriculum program.
  • Clemson's Army ROTC program is in the top 15 percent in the nation according to the U.S. Army Cadet Command.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 12 responses

  • 21% CJ Spiller - NFL player
  • 18% David Beasley - South Carolina governor
  • 15% Strom Thurmond - former U.S. senator
  • 9% Lee Brice
  • 6% Brian Dawkins - former NFL player
  • 3% Phil Prince - 12th president of Clemson University
  • 3% General Earl Morris - South Carolina comptroller
  • 3% Dale Davis - professional basketball player
  • 3% John Edwards
  • 3% Chris Luca
  • 3% Nancy O'Dell
  • 3% James Michael Tyler
  • 3% Sammy Watkins - NFL player
  • 3% Tahj Boyd - NFL player
  • 3% Tahj Boyd
  • 0% W.B. Camp - founder, Eclectic Associates

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 106 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 107 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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