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Rank: 78

Clemson University

Clemson's history dates back to 1889, when it was founded as an agricultural college. Today, it's a major public research university, and while agricultural science continues to be one of the school's specialties, ag students are outnumbered by those studying engineering or business. The school offers about 80 undergraduate majors, among them agribusiness, genetics, and turfgrass. The school's International Center for Automotive Research, which attracts students from 17 countries, is a top learning institution devoted to research and innovation in carmaking. A majority of Clemson's roughly 19,000 undergrads hail from South Carolina and hold fairly conservative political views. What unites just about everybody is an enormous amount of pride in their school and especially its football team, the Tigers. During football season, undergrads and locals dress in orange and follow the paw prints on the roads that lead into campus. There are many teams, clubs, and organizations for students to join, from Greek life (a quarter of the student body participates) to the school's Lindy Hoppers (it's an old-timey dance) to the Dixie Skydivers. Outdoorsy students can take advantage of the beautiful climate and play golf, hike, bike, or enjoy nearby Lake Hartwell. Clemson's graduation rate is 82%, which is 9% higher than that of schools with similar student demographics, according to MONEY's calculations. Recent graduates report early career earnings of $56,300, according to PayScale data.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$30,900
% of students who get any grants
73%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,000
Average price for low-income students
$12,680
admissions
Acceptance rate
47%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1310/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
19,172
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
83%
% of need met
54%
% of students who get merit* grants
28%
Average merit grant
$5,071
student success
Graduation rate
82%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$21,500
Average salary within 3 years
$56,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
38%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
May 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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