Clemson, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$30,004 ($13,076)
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3 College Student

Diversity: As diverse as an urban high school.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Clemson is not a very diverse school most everyone is white and preppy. There is still some diversity and everyone can find some group to fit into. Everyone is pretty accepting of one another and the school promotes acceptance and diversity. There is an international festival every year which helps everyone see some of the diversity the school has and there are also international organizations.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I've joined an international club that allowed me to meet many people from different countries - most from the Asian region. I'm not big on political beliefs and so I don't know what my friends' beliefs are either. My group of friends range from being extremely poor to extremely wealthy, but that doesn't factor into much except when we go out to dinner. There's a lot of different people that can be found on campus, you just have to look for them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus such as race, gender, social economic background. Clemson is a high visibility school for international students as well. This makes it a melting pot of people. However, the most visible people are conservative white protestant males because Clemson is so involved in exclusive fraternities and sororities. Because Clemson invests so highly in these clubs that caters to tradition (prominent white males), while the campus itself has diversity in multiple areas, the acceptance and visibility of each group is skewed.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a very diverse campus and most everyone accepts each other. There are many different organizations on campus that focus on diversity and being people together to learn about each other.


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  • 38th
    Most Conservative Schools
  • 1254th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1357th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sarah Camille Hipp
Alexandria, VA
Communication Studies
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Students find that, when looking around campus, they all look pretty much the same. They also note that foreign students and students of similar ethnicity tend to form their own groups. Although Clemson has students from many different countries, they make up a small proportion of the predominantly white student body population.

Don't expect to see much diversity when you come to Clemson. Keep in mind that the school is located in rural northwestern South Carolina-not exactly a melting pot for diversity. If diversity is an important factor in selecting your school, you might want to look elsewhere.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 19%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is a gay-straight alliance club on campus, but the student body attitude tends to be less accepting of the homosexual population than it probably should be.
Political Activity
Organizations like the College Democrats and the College Republicans do exist, but they are seldom the center of attention on campus.
Most Common Religions
Minority Clubs on Campus
Black Student Alliance, Hillel Jewish Center, Indian Students Association, Korean Student Association, Muslim Student

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 82 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 40% Conservative
  • 33% Moderate
  • 5% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 82 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 9% Very conservative
  • 44% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 20% Not sure
  • 6% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 83 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 83 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 83 responses

  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 41% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 45% Very accepting.


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