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Rankings and Brags

Clemson has been catching the attention of the world with impressive rankings that put the University among the nation’s elite. Here are just a few of the reasons why we’re the No. 1 national public university in South Carolina.

Top Rankings and Brags

Academic

  • 23rd Ranking of top public national universities that U.S.News & World Report gave Clemson for 2017.
  • 11 Clemson is one of only 11 public colleges and universities identified as making writing across all disciplines a priority per U.S. News & World Report, 2015.
  • 11 Clemson seniors and graduate students won the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2012.
  • 5 Ranking of Clemson’s career services program, according to the 2017 Princeton Review.
  • 7 Incoming freshman ACT scores rank No. 7 among national public universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2017.
  • 92 percent of seniors would choose Clemson if they could start their college career over again.

All Rankings

Academic

  • 1st Clemson ranks No. 1 in South Carolina and No. 33 among the country’s 484 four-year public business schools, according to The Business Journal, 2015.
  • 12th Planetizen ranks Clemson’s graduate program in city and regional planning No. 12 among “Top Small Programs” in the U.S. and No. 10 in the South region.
  • 12th Clemson ranks No. 12 for conferring doctoral degrees in engineering to students of color, according Diverse Issues in Higher Education in 2013.
  • 12th Ranking Clemson’s environmental engineering graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 15th Ranked No. 15 among national public universities for class sizes of 20 students and under, per U.S.News & World Report, 2017
  • 16th Clemson ranks No. 16 for conferring undergraduate engineering degrees to students of color, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education in 2013.
  • 16th Ranking among universities with the best internship opportunities, according to the 2015 Princeton Review.
  • 17th Ranking Clemson’s environmental toxicology graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 18th Incoming Clemson freshmen SAT average critical reading scores rank No. 18 among national public universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2015.
  • 18th Ranking Clemson’s entomology graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 18th Ranking our bioengineering graduate program holds among public national universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 18th The Business Insider ranked Clemson as 18th among the top 24 best public schools in the country in 2015.
  • 19th Ranking Clemson’s food science graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 21st Incoming Clemson freshmen SAT average math scores rank No. 21 among national public universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2015.
  • 21st Ranked 21st best university nationally on Money magazine’s annual list of “Best Colleges for Your Money,” in 2016.
  • 22nd Ranking our environmental engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 23rd Ranking of top public national universities that U.S.News & World Report gave Clemson for 2017.
  • 25th Clemson was named one of the top 25 public game Design Schools and Colleges in the U.S. in 2015, according to Animation Career Review.
  • 25th Ranking Clemson’s forestry and forest science graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 25th Ranking our industrial engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 28th Ranking Clemson’s bioengineering graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 32nd Ranking our materials and engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 32nd Ranking our mechanical engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 37th Ranking Clemson’s genetics graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 37th Ranking our civil engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 37th Ranking our computer engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 39th Ranking Clemson’s chemical engineering graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 39th Ranking our chemical engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 39th Ranking our electrical engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 44th Ranking Clemson’s mathematics graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 45th Ranking Clemson’s chemistry graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 45th Ranking Clemson’s industrial engineering graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 46th Ranking Clemson’s microbiology graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 46th Ranking Clemson’s plant science graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 50th Ranking Clemson’s polymer and fiber graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 53rd Ranking our undergraduate engineering program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2017.
  • 63rd Ranking of Clemson's undergraduate business program among national public universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2017.
  • 8th The John E. Walker Department of Economics ranks 8th among 88 U.S. southern universities in faculty research productivity, which was published in the journal Applied Economics Letters in February 2016.
  • 9th Clemson’s Student Organic Farm ranks ninth among the best college farms in the nation, according to Best College Reviews.

Alumni

  • 1st Ranking among universities for the best alumni network, according to the 2015 Princeton Review.
  • 6th Ranking our generous alumni boosted us to when it comes to alumni giving participation among national universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2017.

Campus-Life

  • 10th National ranking Clemson received among colleges where everyone plays intramural sports, according to the 2017 Princeton Review.
  • 3rd Ranking Clemson received among colleges where their students love these colleges, according to the 2017 Princeton Review.
  • 7th Clemson ranks 7th nationally for having the "happiest students," according to the 2016 Princeton Review.
  • 9th Top ranking Clemson received among colleges where town-gown relations are great, according to the 2017 Princeton Review.

All Brags

  • 11 Clemson is one of only 11 public colleges and universities identified as making writing across all disciplines a priority per U.S. News & World Report, 2015.
  • 11 Clemson seniors and graduate students won the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2012.
  • 14 Clemson is one of only 14 colleges and universities in the nation excelling in senior capstone experiences, per U.S. News & World Report, 2014.
  • 18 One of 18 institutions designated as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University for engaging communities in economic development activities that creates jobs and improves lives by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2015.
  • 22 Number of Clemson’s faculty who are active NSF Career Award recipients.
  • 25 Ranking among universities that pay you back – without aid, according to the 2015 Princeton Review.
  • 29 Ranking Clemson received among public colleges and universities in delivering a quality education at an affordable price, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 2015.
  • 332 Clemson is one of 332 schools honored by the 2016 Princeton Review Green Colleges Guide for efforts in sustainability.
  • 35 Clemson's School of Nursing is among only 35 nursing programs nationwide to be recognized as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing since 2004.
  • 46 percent of Clemson seniors have or plan to work on a research project with a professor outside of what's required.
  • 48 Ranking in terms of students’ return on investment among public universities, as rated by PayScale 2014.
  • 5 Clemson's Palmetto Cluster ranks among the top five on the list of university-owned supercomputers in the United States, according to the November 2014 Top500.org list of international supercomputers.
  • 5 Ranking Clemson received among colleges where students pack the stadium from the 2017 Princeton Review.
  • 5 Ranking of Clemson’s career services program, according to the 2017 Princeton Review.
  • 7 Incoming freshman ACT scores rank No. 7 among national public universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2017.
  • 75 Clemson is one of the nation's 75 best values in public colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review Best Value Colleges for 2014, based on excellent academics, cost of attendance and availability of financial aid.
  • 8 Ranking among national universities on the U.S.News & World Report list of the most efficient schools for 2015.
  • 8 Ranking Clemson received in U.S.News & World Report's 2015 Up-and-Comers category for institutions that have made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, students and campus life.
  • 8 Ranking of Clemson’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts on the list of the “25 Most Amazing University Performing Arts Centers” by bestvalueschools.com.
  • 9 The Walker Course was named the 9th best collegiate golf course in the country, according to Golf Week magazine in 2015.
  • 92 percent of seniors would choose Clemson if they could start their college career over again.
  • 95 Percent of seniors who have taken part in an internship, a research project, study abroad or other student engagement opportunity.

23rd

Top public national university according to U.S.News & World Report

3rd

Students who love their college according to Princeton Review

91%

Freshman retention rate