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A Quick Guide to Clemson University

This article was written based on the information and opinions presented by Amanda Poore, an Admissions Counselor at Clemson University, in a CollegeVine livestream. You can watch the full livestream for more info.


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In this post, we discuss Clemson University, including details about admissions and academics. For more information, check out our post on getting into Clemson.




Clemson University is located in Clemson, South Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, near the beautiful 100-plus-acre Lake Hartwell. Clemson is a true college town; it’s suburban and walkable, with no major roads or highways running through the campus, and there’s plenty to do and explore. 


Academics at Clemson


Clemson offers over 80 undergraduate degree programs within seven academic colleges. The most popular majors at Clemson in the 2021 academic year included industrial and mechanical engineering, management, biological sciences, and nursing. There is also an honors college, which has a separate application process. Many learning opportunities are available both inside and outside the classroom, including campus clubs and organizations and study abroad programs.


Enrollment and Admissions at Clemson


According to Clemson’s 2021 enrollment data, just over 21,000 students are currently enrolled. The student body’s male-female ratio has stayed around 50/50 year after year. Clemson students represent all 50 US states and over 50 foreign countries. Most of the American students are from South Carolina; since Clemson is a public land grant institution, it does enroll more in-state than out-of-state students. The 2021 freshman class was made up of about 60% in-state students.


Clemson does not currently have any Early Action or Early Decision admissions options. Its application opens up on August 1st every year. There’s a priority deadline of December 1st, with all application materials required by December 31st. Students who meet this priority deadline with their applications will receive their admissions decision in mid-February, and they’ll be automatically considered for any and all of Clemson’s merit-based scholarships. May 1st is the last day to apply for fall admission, but meeting the priority deadline is highly encouraged, as space fills up quickly. 


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