clemson university

Clemson University (commonly known as just "Clemson") is one of the most frequently searched colleges in the United States, according to a recent internet keyword search of American universities. 

Established in 1889, Clemson is a public research university in South Carolina, which currently maintains an enrollment of roughly 25,000 students, most of them studying at the undergraduate level. In student population, Clemson is the 2nd largest university in the state. Yet, the student faculty ratio remains a reasonable 18 to 1. 

Clemson offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional certificate programs. The college consistently ranks in the top 30 among all public universities in the United States, according to U.S. News and World Reports. Still, roughly half of graduating high school seniors who apply to Clemson are accepted. 

According to Princeton Review, Clemson ranked 1st in the nation for its career program in 2018. According to, Clemson also ranks 1st in the nation for campus safety. In 2015, Clemson's Department of Automotive Engineering was ranked 10th in the world.   

Notable graduates of Clemson include South Carolina Governor David Beasley, tennis player Jay Berger, NFL stars Dwight Clark and William "Refrigerator" Perry, Olympic Gold medalist Brianna Rollins, and U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, to name only a few. 

Clemson is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 

Shown above: The Clemson campus in Clemson, South Carolina. 

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clemson University Q&A

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about Clemson University.

1. Where is Clemson University?

The main campus of Clemson University is located in Clemson, South Carolina. The city of Clemson is situated in Pickens and Anderson counties, about 30 miles southwest of Greenville. 

Here is the official physical address of the Clemson campus: 

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina


Here are the physical addresses of Clemson's International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville: 

International Center for Automotive Research

5 Research Drive

Greenville, South Carolina


Above: The award winning International Center for Automotive Research at Greenville.


2. What is the organizational structure of Clemson University?

Clemson is divided into the following seven schools: 

  1. College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences
  2. College of Arts and Humanities
  3. College of Behavioral, Social, anHd health Sciences
  4. College of Business 
  5. College of Education
  6. College of Engineering, Computing, and Applied Sciences
  7. College of Science 

3. What undergraduate studies are offered at Clemson University?

Undergraduate course offerings at Clemson cover a broad range of subjects.  

Here is an alphabetical list of the 70 undergraduate majors (Bachelor degree programs) available at Clemson:

  1. Accounting
  2. Agribusiness
  3. Agricultural Education
  4. Agricultural Mechanization and Business 
  5. Animal and Veterinary Sciences
  6. Anthropology 
  7. Architecture
  8. Art
  9. Biochemistry
  10. Bioengineering
  11. Biological Sciences
  12. Biosystems Engineering
  13. Chemical Engineering 
  14. Chemistry 
  15. Civil Engineering
  16. Communication
  17. Computer Engineering
  18. Computer Information Systems 
  19. Computer Science 
  20. Construction Science and Management 
  21. Criminal Justice 
  22. Early Childhood Education 
  23. Economics
  24. Electrical Engineering 
  25. Elementary Education 
  26. English
  27. Environmental and Natural Resources 
  28. Environmental Engineering 
  29. Financial Management 
  30. Food Science and Human Nutrition 
  31. Forest Resource Management 
  32. Genetics
  33. Geology
  34. Graphic Communications 
  35. Health Science  
  36. History
  37. Horticulture 
  38. Industrial Engineering  
  39. Landscape Architecture
  40. Language and International Health 
  41. Language and International Trade
  42. Management
  43. Marketing 
  44. Materials Science and Engineering 
  45. Mathematical Sciences
  46. Mathematics Teaching 
  47. Mechanical Engineering 
  48. Microbiology 
  49. Modern Languages 
  50. Nursing 
  51. Packaging Science 
  52. Pan African Studies
  53. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management 
  54. Philosophy
  55. Physics
  56. Plant and Environmental Sciences
  57. Political Science  
  58. Production Studies in Performing Arts
  59. Psychology
  60. Religious Studies
  61. Science Teaching 
  62. Secondary Education
  63. Sociology 
  64. Special Education
  65. Sports Communication 
  66. Turfgrass
  67. Wildlife and Fisheries Biology 
  68. Women's Leadership
  69. World Cinema
  70. Youth Development Studies 

4. What graduate programs are available at Clemson University?

Here is a list of fields of interest for students pursuing Masters degrees at Clemson:

  • Accounting
  • Administration and Supervision 
  • Agricultural Education 
  • Animal and Veterinary Sciences
  • Applied Economics  
  • Applied Health Research and Evaluation 
  • Applied Psychology 
  • Applied Sociology 
  • Architecture 
  • Art
  • Automotive Engineering 
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Communication, Technology, and Society 
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science 
  • Construction Science and Management 
  • Counselor Education
  • Digital Production Arts
  • Economics 
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • English 
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Health Physics  
  • Environmental Toxicology 
  • Food, Nutrition, and Culinary Sciences
  • Forest Resources
  • Graphic Communications 
  • Historic Preservation 
  • History 
  • Human Resource Development 
  • Hydrogeology 
  • Industrial Engineering  
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Literacy 
  • Management
  • Marketing 
  • Materials Science and Engineering 
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Microbiology 
  • Middle Level Education
  • Nursing
  • Packaging Science
  • Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management  
  • Photonic Science and Technology 
  • Physics 
  • Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Professional Communication
  • Psychology  
  • Public Administration
  • Real Estate Development 
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Teaching and Learning 
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
  • Youth Development Leadership 

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5. How much does it cost to attend Clemson University?

According to the school website, the estimated cost of undergraduate enrollment at Clemson (including room & board and school supplies, but excluding transportation and personal expenses) is as follows:

  • $26,054 per semester for South Carolina residents 
  • $46,996 per semester for out of state enrollments

The cost of tuition and fees alone is:

  • $15,116 per semester for South Carolina residents 
  • $36,058 per semester for out of state enrollments

Graduate school tuition at Clemson varies by program, and ranges from:

  • About $3,700 to $6,000 per semester for residents of South Carolina
  • Roughly $7,450 to $12,000 for non residents.

For part time graduate enrollment, the cost of tuition is:

  • Approximately $400 to $725 per credit hour for South Carolina residents
  • Approximately $820 to $1,465 per credit hour for non residents

For distance learning through Clemson, the cost of tuition is:

  • Approximately $ to $ per credit hour for undergraduate students
  • Approximately $450 to $1,185 per credit hour for graduate students.

Other fees may also apply, such as application fees, registration fees, health fees, technology fees, and library fees, among others. 

Financial aid may be available to those who apply by filling out the FAFSA form. Aid may come in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and/or work study programs. 

Above: A view of the campus amphitheater at Clemson

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6. What is the Clemson University campus like?

The main campus of Clemson occupies roughly 1,400 acres at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On-campus attractions include the Fine Recreation Center, featuring a climbing wall and an indoor track, among other athletic opportunities. 

The campus is adjacent to Lake Hartwell, where sailing and swimming are popular activities. 

Also near the campus is the Clemson Experimental Forest, a 17,500-acre property that is managed by the university, and used for research as well as recreation. 

Above: A waterfall scene in the Clemson Experimental Forest.


The main university campus is home to administrative buildings, academic buildings, libraries, labs, and residence halls. Among the campus student services are a daycare center, campus security, placement services, health services, and others.

The Clemson University campus is conveniently within walking distance of downtown Clemson. 

The International Center for Automotive Research occupies a 250-acre campus in Greenville. 

Above: The Core Campus of Clemson features dining options and other conveniences.


The school colors are "Clemson" orange and Regalia (purple). The varsity athletes at Clemson are known as the Tigers. They play for the NCAA Division 1 - ACC. 

Varsity sports for men and women at Clemson include:  

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming (& Diving)
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Also available on campus are a number of club sports, such as some of the ones listed above, as well as billiards, bowling, dodgeball, racquetball, and many more. Clemson also offers a diverse selection of non athletic campus activities to choose from. Student organizations include an Amateur Radio club, a Bass Fishing club, a Black Students Union, a Chess club, and a Sign Language club, to name just a few. 

Above: The Clemson Tigers win the College Football Championship.


7. What are the distance learning options at Clemson University?

Clemson Online features a wide range of both hybrid and fully online courses. Some entire programs are offered fully online, for students pursuing Masters degrees and professional certificates.

Here is a list of the fully online programs offered at Clemson

  • Athletic Leadership
  • Biological Sciences
  • Commercial Modular Construction 
  • Construction Science Management
  • Healthcare Genetics
  • Human Resource Development
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
  • Public Administration
  • Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design
  • Teaching and Leanring
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Biology 
  • Youth Development

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8. What is the contact information for Clemson University?

To reach the undergraduate admissions office of Clemson, call 864-656-3311. 

To reach the International Center for Automotive Research in Greenville, call 864-283-7100. 

For information about distance learning programs at Clemson, call 864-656-9320.  

Above: Downtown Clemson, South Carolina.


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