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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 83%, which is 7% higher than that of schools with similar student demographics, according to Money's calculations. Recent graduates report early career earnings of $56,500, according to PayScale data.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Clemson University delayed the on-campus start of its fall semester by four weeks, with online instruction in the interim as they test all students, to allow for a full and safe return to campus life.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$32,000
% of students who get any grants
76%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,400
Average price for low-income students
$13,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
47%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1310/30
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
19,560
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
82%
% of need met
52%
% of students who get merit* grants
26%
Average merit grant
$5,450
student success
Graduation rate
83%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$21,500
Average salary within 5 years
$56,500
% earning more than $28,000
83%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Clemson University delayed the on-campus start of its fall semester by four weeks, with online instruction in the interim as they test all students, to allow for a full and safe return to campus life.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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