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 best national public universities in U.S. News & World Report for 12 consecutive years, 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.

  • #1 in Career Services in the nation (The Princeton Review, 2020)
  • 93% retention and 82% 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.
  • #1 in South Carolina and #39 among the country’s 484 four-year public business schools (College Choice)
  • #1 Students who love their college (Princeton Review)
  • #9 Student Organic Farm among the best college farms in the nation (Best College Reviews)
  • #13 Conferring undergraduate engineering degrees to students of color (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
  • #1 in safest campus in the nation (College Stats)
  • 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 is one of only 13 colleges and universities in the country to receive a Diversity Champion designation by INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine. In 2018, the University was also a recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the second consecutive year. 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.

  • Clemson University Honors College – combines the strengths of a public, land-grant university with those of a highly selective small college
  • Creative Inquiry – a unique undergraduate research opportunity open to EVERY student and EVERY degree program
  • EUREKA! (Experiences in Undergraduate Research, Exploration and Knowledge Advancement)
  • 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 Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center 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. A 16,500-square-foot Outdoor Education Center is slated to open in 2019.
  • Clemson’s new College of Business building is slated to open in 2020. This dual-tower, five-story 176,000-square-foot structure in the heart of campus will be a think tank environment — open, flexible and inspiring.


Admissions Information

Application Deadlines


  • Dec 1 - application submission for Priority Notification
  • Dec 31 - supporting material submission (includes test scores and transcripts)
  • Jan. 2 - deadline for freshman to submit FAFSA for need-based programs and consideration for loans and grants
  • Feb 15 - decision week for those submitting supporting documentation by priority deadlines

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

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


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

Required Application Materials


  • Coalition application for admission 
  • High school transcript 
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • $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), preperatory school(s), and/or college institution(s) attended
  • Official TOEFL, IEFLS, and/or PTE Scores
  • $70 application fee 

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

Financial Aid

The University offers financial aid in the forms of scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment opportunities. Financial aid is awarded on the basis of 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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