Clemson University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$13,418

3.04% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$17,797

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

1.92%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

50.5%

23,506 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

23,406

88.8% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

81.1%

2,414 Graduates

About

Clemson University is a higher education institution located in Pickens County, SC. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Clemson University were General Biological Sciences (253 degrees awarded), General Business Administration & Management (249 degrees), and General Psychology (218 degrees).

In 2016, 5,746 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Clemson University. 49.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (4,407 degrees), 14.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (298 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Clemson University is $13,418, which is $-12,438 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Clemson University is $13,418, which is $-12,438 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,797.

In 2016, 72% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 40% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$13,418

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Clemson University was $13,418. The cost of tuition at Clemson University is $-12,438 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$17,797

2016 Value

7.07%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Clemson University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,797. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Clemson University grew by 7.07%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,718

Room and Board

$1,308

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Clemson University was of $8,718 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,308. The cost of room and board increased by 4.31% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 14.9% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

72%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

40%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

72% of undergraduate students at Clemson University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 1.41% with respect to 2015, when 71% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

1.92%

2015 Default Rate

62

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Clemson University was 1.92%, which represents 62 out of the 3223 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Clemson University received 23,506 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 4.96% annual growth. Out of those 23,506 applicants, 11,881 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 50.5% acceptance rate.

There were 23,406 students enrolled at Clemson University in 2016, and 41% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Clemson University has an overall enrollment yield of 31%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

50.5%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

11,881

Accepted Out of 23,506

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Clemson University was 50.5% (11,881 admissions from 23,506 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 51.3%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 4.96%, while admissions grew by 3.47%.

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SAT Scores

41%

Submission Percentage

1,499

Scores Submitted

41% of enrolled first-time students at Clemson University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Clemson University has a total enrollment of 23,406 students. The full-time enrollment at Clemson University is 20,774 students and the part-time enrollment is 2,632. This means that 88.8% of students enrolled at Clemson University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Clemson University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 77.8% White, 6.56% Black or African American, 3.29% Hispanic or Latino, 2.5% Two or More Races, 2.25% Asian, 0.175% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0427% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Clemson University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (43.3%), followed by White Female (39.9%) and Black or African American Male (3.48%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (24.8%), followed by White Female (22.8%) and Black or African American Male (1.73%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

88.8%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Clemson University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 23,406 students. The full-time enrollment at Clemson University is 20,774 and the part-time enrollment is 2,632. This means that 88.8% of students enrolled at Clemson University are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

92%

2016 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 (83%), Clemson University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    18,204

  2. Black or African American

    1,535

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    770

The enrolled student population at Clemson University is 77.8% White, 6.56% Black or African American, 3.29% Hispanic or Latino, 2.5% Two or More Races, 2.25% Asian, 0.175% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0427% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 203 students (0.867%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 70 fewer women than men received degrees from Clemson University. The majority of degree recipients at Clemson University are white (4,407 degrees awarded). There were 14.8 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (298 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Clemson University is General Biological Sciences (253 degrees awarded), followed by General Business Administration & Management (249 degrees) and General Psychology (218 degrees).

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 Agriculture (300 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (147 degrees), and Engineering (1,316 degrees).

Workforce

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 Miscellaneous managers (553,288 people), Physicians & surgeons (428,994 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (369,617 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (305,970 people), and Postsecondary teachers (272,137 people).

The most specialized majors at Clemson University are Agriculture (300 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (147 degrees), Engineering (1,316 degrees), English (209 degrees), and Biology (459 degrees).

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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 Economists, Physicians & surgeons, Chief executives & legislators, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Dentists

The most specialized majors at Clemson University are Agriculture (300 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (147 degrees), Engineering (1,316 degrees), English (209 degrees), and Biology (459 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Clemson University are Hospitals (555,941 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (554,612 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (518,182 people), Computer Systems Design (449,919 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (426,797 people).

The most specialized majors at Clemson University are Agriculture (300 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (147 degrees), Engineering (1,316 degrees), English (209 degrees), and Biology (459 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 253 degrees awarded

  2. 249 degrees awarded

  3. 218 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Clemson University was General Biological Sciences with 253 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,908

  2. 2,838

In 2016, 2,908 degrees were awarded to men at Clemson University, which is 1.02 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,838).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 274 degrees were awarded to men at Clemson University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 2.17 times more than the 126 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 226 degrees were awarded to women at Clemson University in General Biological Sciences, which is 1.95 times more than the 116 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

61%

100% Completion Time

82%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 61% of students graduating from Clemson University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 82% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 83% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (87.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Clemson University is Female and White (87.8% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0.746% of graduates (18 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,407 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    298 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    170 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Clemson University is white (4,407 degrees awarded). There were 14.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (298 degrees).

2.96% of degree recipients (170 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    2,270 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    2,137 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    168 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Clemson University is white female (2,270 degrees awarded). There were 1.06 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,137 degrees).

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Operations

Clemson University has an endowment valued at nearly $649M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $4.76M (0.733%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, Clemson University had a total expenditure of $848M. Of that $848M, they spent $349M on salaries and $848M on benefits.

Clemson University employs 343 Professors, 295 Lecturers, and 277 Associate professors. Most academics at Clemson University are Male Professors (271), Male Associate professors(178), and Female Lecturers (166).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Clemson University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 724 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 631 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 411 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$649M

2015 Endowment

22.4%

decline from 2014

Clemson University has an endowment valued at about $649M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Clemson University declined 22.4% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $378M 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. $63.3M - Federal

  2. $57.4M - State

  3. $882k - Local

As of 2015, Clemson University received $63.3M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $57.4M from state grants and contracts, and $882k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$349M

Salary Expenditure

$848M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Clemson University had a total expenditure of $848M. Of that $848M, they spent $349M on salaries and $848M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Clemson University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$349M

2015 Salaries

5.82%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Clemson University paid a median of $349M in salaries, which represents 41.1% of their overall expenditure ($848M) and a 5.82% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.04% growth from 2013 and a 9.52% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$106M

Instructional Salaries

1,134

Number of Employees

In 2015, Clemson University paid a total of $106M to 1,134 employees working as instructors, which represents 30.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

343 Employees

Computer, Engineering, and Science

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

724 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Clemson University were Professor with 343 employees; Lecturer with 295 employees; and Lecturer with 277 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Clemson University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 724 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 631 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 411 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Female Lecturer

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Clemson University was Male Professor with 271 employees, Male Associate professor with 178 employees, and Female Lecturer with 166 employees.

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

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