One of the most productive public research universities in the nation, Clemson University attracts and powerfully unites students and faculty whose greatest desire is to make a difference in the lives of others. Ranked among the top 15 percent national public universities by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is dedicated to teaching, research and service. The return on investment a Clemson degree affords has led to the University’s consistent rank as a best-value school by publications including The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger and Forbes

Clemson is located in Upstate South Carolina. Main campus encompasses 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Lake Hartwell. Midway between Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, Clemson offers the tight-knit atmosphere of a small college town with convenient access to the attractions found in major cities.

This dedication is illustrated by these significant outcomes that confirm Clemson as an exceptional university.

  • Great Career Services  (The Princeton Review, 2022)
  • 94% retention and 86% graduation rates among highest in the nation for public universities
  • 95% of seniors have participated in an internship, a research project, study abroad or other student engagement opportunity.
  • No. 1 in South Carolina and No. 48 among the country’s 484 four-year public business schools (Niche's 2022 Best College Rankings)
  • Most Loved Colleges (The Princeton Review, 2022)
  • No. 13 Conferring undergraduate engineering degrees to African American students (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
  • No. 1 Safest College in South Carolina (Your Local Security, 2019)
  • 89% of our students say if they could do college all over again, they’d still choose Clemson (National Survey on Student Engagement).

Life at Clemson

Our beautiful college town is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, home to the South Carolina Botanical Garden and next door to recreational Lake Hartwell. You’ll discover a vibrant campus life with top-level athletics and more than 500 clubs and organizations. From fraternities and sororities to international, performing arts, military, religious, club sports and service organizations, there’s a fit for everyone. More than just a place to be, Clemson is a place to belong.

Inclusion and Equity

Clemson University received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. This is the fifth year in a row Clemson has been named as a HEED Award recipient. Clemson was also one of only 14 schools named a Diversity Champion, scoring in the top tier of all HEED Award institutions – the fourth year in a row the University has received that honor.

Clemson is committed to fostering a community of acceptance through its Office of Inclusion and Equity, as well as a number of programs and initiatives.

  • Call Me MISTER® – aims to increase the pool of teachers from diverse cultures and backgrounds to serve in economically disadvantaged and educationally underperforming communities.
  • FIRST – provides academic support, social activities and other resources to help ensure the success of first-generation college students.
  • The Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center ­– supports and advocates for the needs of all students while creating diverse learning opportunities and greater cultural awareness.
  • PEER/WISE – provides mentoring, academic coaching, counseling and academic enrichment to underrepresented populations pursuing a degree in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.  

Innovative Learning

Clemson makes pursuing your passion exciting and engaging. We offer 80+ undergraduate and 120+ graduate degree programs across seven colleges, along with hundreds of major-minor combinations. We invite you to explore our degrees webpage, which matches your interests with the vast selection of available programs.

  • The Clemson University Honors College combines the strengths of a public, land-grant university with those of a highly selective small college
  • Creative Inquiry is a unique undergraduate research opportunity open to EVERY student and EVERY degree program.
  • EUREKA! (Experiences in Undergraduate Research, Exploration and Knowledge Advancement) — a program for select incoming Honors College students to participate in research projects before their first semester.
  • The Class of 1956 Academic Success Center provides supplemental instruction, academic coaching and tutoring available free to every Clemson student
  • The Cooperative Education Program enables students to alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of paid, career-related, engaged-learning experiences to bridge the gap between academic study and its application in professional practice.
  • The Watt Family Innovation Center is a state-of-the-art facility that allows for collaboration between academia and industry.
  • The Snow Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Complex features athletic fields and a large beach where students not only have access to Lake Hartwell but also a variety of outdoor equipment available for rent including kayaks, paddleboards, mountain bikes, tents, sleeping bags and much more. The 16,500-square-foot Andy Quattlebaum Outdoor Education Center opened in 2020.
  • • The new five-story, 176,000-square-foot Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business building opened in fall 2020. It is a dynamic think tank environment that brings together students, faculty and industry in a centrally located, collaborative space.


Admissions Information

Application Deadlines


  • October 15 - Early Action deadline (application submitted and file complete)
  • December 1 - Early Action decisions released
  • January 2 - Regular Decision deadline (application submitted and file complete)
  • March 1- Regular Decision decisions released

Note: must submit both application and supporting documentation by January 2 to be considered for academic merit scholarships

  • May 1 - final application deadline (all other notifications after Regular Decision deadline are on a rolling basis )


  • December 1 – application deadline for Spring Semester
  • July 1 – application deadline for Fall Semester

Required Application Materials


  • Coalition application for admission 
  • Self-reported academic record
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) (optional for 2022-23)
  • $70 application fee or application fee waiver


  • Coalition application for admission 
  • Official transcripts from each college previously attended
  • $70 application fee or NACAC transfer fee waiver

International (Freshman & Transfer)

  • Coalition application for admission
  • Official transcripts from all high school(s), preparatory school(s), and/or college institution(s) attended
  • Official TOEFL, IEFLS, and/or PTE Scores
  • $70 application fee 

Note: Students interested in the Clemson University Honors College should also submit an Honors College application by published deadlines.

Financial Aid

The University offers financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment opportunities. Financial aid is awarded based on need to supplement the amount students can contribute to college expenses. The amount of need-related aid for which you are eligible is determined by the information you supply annually on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Academic recruiting scholarships are competitive and awarded to entering freshmen on the basis of their admission applications. 

Connect with Clemson

Clemson Tigers are passionate about academics, athletics, friends and the color orange. We want you to see and experience what life on campus is like. On our campus tours, our student tour guides will walk you across campus and through the life of a Clemson student. We offer campus tours year-round, and several times a year, we hold special visit events.

Explore our Clemson website to learn more information about everything Clemson.

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