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Another new school year starts with a freshman class that has the total package

Almost overnight, Clemson has become one of the nation’s top public universities. More students than ever are applying to come to Tiger Town — and their involvement and focus on academics is stronger than ever. As the new school year arrives, let’s take a by-the-numbers* look at this year’s incoming freshman class. (Click “next” to continue slideshow.)

Nearly 21,100 freshmen and transfer students applied to Clemson this year. Of those, more than 3,260 freshmen* and 1,100 transfer students* are expected to enroll for the fall semester.

Students are bringing with them an approximate average SAT score of 1245 and ACT score of 28.* And about 52 percent of our incoming students were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class.

Strong freshman classes like this one and, subsequently, strong graduates are pushing Clemson’s rankings even higher. In South Carolina, we’re No. 1 in

  • value, according to Kiplinger’s,
  • academic quality, according to U.S.News & World Report,
  • return on tuition investment, according to SmartMoney and Business Week and
  • student life, according to the Princeton Review.

Go Tigers!


*All numbers listed are unofficial.


— By Crystal Boyles | Office of Creative Services

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