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4 College Senior

Academics: Professors are usually reasonable about manageable workload.

4 College Junior

Academics: I like the challenge that it provides. Although it's a public school, the material is definitely not easy and you always have to work to get the grades you want.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I love being a psychology major and therefore part of CBBS and the enrichment opportunities they offer.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academically, Clemson provides a great selection of professors (although some are not so good) and a substantial but fair workload. Registering for classes is also simple and fair (priority is given to those in the honors college and athletes, then based on number of completed credit hours), and the library is very spacious and can handle a great number of people. The library culture is also very accommodating for those wishing to individually study as opposed to those working on group projects as floors are separated based on noise level (collaborative zones).

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4 College Senior

Academics: There is a wide variety of internship/co-op opportunities for those in the engineering field. The career center is definitely geared towards catering to engineering students. The workload in my major is manageable although there are a few courses that will definitely challenge the student.

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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 24 responses

  • 20% CJ Spiller - NFL player
  • 17% Strom Thurmond - former U.S. senator
  • 13% David Beasley - South Carolina governor
  • 9% Phil Prince - 12th president of Clemson University
  • 9% Lee Brice
  • 4% General Earl Morris - South Carolina comptroller
  • 4% John Edwards
  • 4% Nancy O'Dell
  • 4% Sammy Watkins - NFL player
  • 4% Tahj Boyd - NFL player
  • 3% Brian Dawkins - former NFL player
  • 1% Dale Davis - professional basketball player
  • 1% W.B. Camp - founder, Eclectic Associates
  • 1% Chris Luca
  • 1% James Michael Tyler
  • 1% Tahj Boyd

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

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 27 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 26 responses

  • 42% This was my dream school.
  • 46% This was one of my top choices.
  • 12% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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