Clemson University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$14,118
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$22,935
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
1.77%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
61.9%
28,600 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
26,406
87% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
84.9%
2,946 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 Business Administration & Management (379 degrees awarded), General Psychology (303 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (275 degrees).

In 2020, 7,207 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Clemson University. 51.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 48.2% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (5,623 degrees), 15 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (376 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Clemson University is $14,118, which is $−14,511 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Clemson University is $14,118, which is $−14,511 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,935.

In 2020, 82% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 37% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$14,118
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Clemson University was $14,118. The cost of tuition at Clemson University is $−14,511 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$22,935
2020 Value
6.76%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Clemson University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,935. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Clemson University grew by 6.76%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,414
Room and Board
$1,436
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Clemson University was of $11,414 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,436. The cost of room and board increased by 5.37% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.16% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

82%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
37%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

82% of undergraduate students at Clemson University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 10.8% with respect to 2019, when 74% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.77%
2018 Default Rate
59
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Clemson University was 1.77%, which represents 59 out of the 3335 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 28,600 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 1.62% annual decline. Out of those 28,600 applicants, 17,715 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 61.9% acceptance rate.

There were 26,406 students enrolled at Clemson University in 2020, and 59% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Clemson University has an overall enrollment yield of 23.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

61.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
17,715
Accepted Out of 28,600

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Clemson University was 61.9% (17,715 admissions from 28,600 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 51.3%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −1.62%, while admissions grew by 18.9%.

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SAT Scores

59%
Submission Percentage
2,468
Scores Submitted

59% of enrolled first-time students at Clemson University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Clemson University has a total enrollment of 26,406 students. The full-time enrollment at Clemson University is 22,970 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,436. This means that 87% of students enrolled at Clemson University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Clemson University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 76.5% White, 6.09% Black or African American, 5.5% Hispanic or Latino, 3.6% Two or More Races, 2.52% Asian, 0.189% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.072% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Clemson University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.4%), followed by White Male (40%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (3.05%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (25.8%), followed by White Male (24.6%) and Black or African American Female (2.71%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

87%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Clemson University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 26,406 students. The full-time enrollment at Clemson University is 22,970 and the part-time enrollment is 3,436. This means that 87% of students enrolled at Clemson University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

94%
2020 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 94%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), 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
    20,196
  2. Black or African American
    1,609
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,452

The enrolled student population at Clemson University is 76.5% White, 6.09% Black or African American, 5.5% Hispanic or Latino, 3.6% Two or More Races, 2.52% Asian, 0.189% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.072% 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 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 263 more women than men received degrees from Clemson University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Clemson University is white (5,623 degrees awarded). There were 15 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (376 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Clemson University is General Business Administration & Management (379 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (303 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (275 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 Architecture and Related Services (170 degrees awarded), Agriculture (361 degrees), and Engineering (1,493 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 Software developers (433,444 people), Physicians (423,717 people), Other managers (420,221 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (336,914 people), and Civil engineers (275,062 people).

The most specialized majors at Clemson University are Architecture and Related Services (170 degrees awarded), Agriculture (361 degrees), Engineering (1,493 degrees), Biology (595 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (224 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 Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and Diagnostic medical sonographers

The most specialized majors at Clemson University are Architecture and Related Services (170 degrees awarded), Agriculture (361 degrees), Engineering (1,493 degrees), Biology (595 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (224 degrees).

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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 Architectural, engineering & related services (563,365 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (536,050 people), Computer Systems Design (468,331 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (463,524 people), and Construction (350,518 people).

The most specialized majors at Clemson University are Architecture and Related Services (170 degrees awarded), Agriculture (361 degrees), Engineering (1,493 degrees), Biology (595 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (224 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 379 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 303 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 275 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Clemson University was General Business Administration & Management with 379 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

3,472
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
3,735
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 3,472 degrees were awarded to men at Clemson University, which is 0.93 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,735).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 381 degrees were awarded to men at Clemson University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.69 times more than the 225 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 270 degrees were awarded to women at Clemson University in General Biological Sciences, which is 2.09 times more than the 129 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

59%
100% Completion Time
83%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 59% of students graduating from Clemson University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 83% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 85% 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 Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (95.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Clemson University is Female and Asian (95.1% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

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, 0.238% of graduates (7 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,623 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    376 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    294 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Clemson University is white (5,623 degrees awarded). There were 15 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (376 degrees).

0.624% of degree recipients (45 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    3,005 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    2,618 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    213 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Clemson University is white female (3,005 degrees awarded). There were 1.15 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (2,618 degrees).

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Operations

Clemson University has an endowment valued at nearly $771M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $18.7M (2.43%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Clemson University had a total salary expenditure of $1.18B. Clemson University employs 355 Professors, 348 Lecturers, and 327 Associate professors. Most academics at Clemson University are Male Professors (270), Male Associate professors(205), and Female Lecturers (201).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Clemson University are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 643 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 558 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 483 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$771M
2020 Endowment
0.464%
decline from 2019

Clemson University has an endowment valued at about $771M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Clemson University declined 0.464% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $469M 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. $95.7M - Federal
  2. $85.3M - State
  3. $1.16M - Local

As of 2020, Clemson University received $95.7M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $85.3M from state grants and contracts, and $1.16M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$447M
2020 Salaries
10.8%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Clemson University paid a median of $447M in salaries, which represents 37.8% of their overall expenditure ($1.18B) and a 10.8% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.437% growth from 2018 and a 7.3% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$131M
Instructional Salaries
1,360
Number of Employees

In 2020, Clemson University paid a total of $131M to 1,360 employees working as instructors, which represents 29.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
355 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
643 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Clemson University were Professor with 355 employees; Lecturer with 348 employees; and Lecturer with 327 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Clemson University were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 643 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 558 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 483 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

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

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Clemson University was Male Professor with 270 employees, Male Associate professor with 205 employees, and Female Lecturer with 201 employees.

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

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