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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

  • 7th DesignIntelligence magazine has again named Clemson’s graduate architecture programs in the nation’s top 10 among accredited public institutions; it is ranked No. 18 overall nationally.
  • 20th Ranking of top public national universities that U.S.News & World Report gave Clemson for 2015.
  • 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.
  • 10 Incoming freshman ACT scores rank in the top 10 among national public universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2015.
  • 92 percent of seniors would choose Clemson if they could start their college career over again.
  • 7 Ranking in terms of students’ return on investment, as rated by SmartMoney in 2012.
  • 5 Ranking of Clemson’s career services program, according to the 2015 Princeton Review.

All Rankings

Academic

  • 28th Ranking Clemson’s bioengineering graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 7th DesignIntelligence magazine has again named Clemson’s graduate architecture programs in the nation’s top 10 among accredited public institutions; it is ranked No. 18 overall nationally.
  • 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.
  • 28th Clemson is one of the 28 "Public Ivy" schools based on the attraction and retention of excellent students in addition to educating them for significantly less than those students would pay to attend an Ivy League school according to Educated Quest's 2014-15 list.
  • 12th Clemson ranks No. 12 for conferring doctoral degrees in engineering to students of color, according Diverse Issues in Higher Education in 2013.
  • 16th Clemson ranks No. 16 for conferring undergraduate engineering degrees to students of color, according Diverse Issues in Higher Education in 2013.
  • 18th Incoming Clemson freshmen SAT average critical reading scores rank No. 18 among national public universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2015.
  • 21st Incoming Clemson freshmen SAT average math scores rank No. 21 among national public universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2015.
  • 39th Ranking Clemson’s chemical engineering 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.
  • 18th Ranking Clemson’s entomology graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 12th Ranking Clemson’s environmental engineering graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 17th Ranking Clemson’s environmental toxicology graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 19th Ranking Clemson’s food science graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 25th Ranking Clemson’s forestry and forest science graduate program received in the most recent National Research Council Assessment of Doctoral Programs.
  • 37th Ranking Clemson’s genetics 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.
  • 44th Ranking Clemson’s mathematics 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.
  • 50th Ranking of Clemson's undergraduate business program among national public universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2015.
  • 20th Ranking of top public national universities that U.S.News & World Report gave Clemson for 2015.
  • 18th Ranking our bioengineering graduate program holds among public national universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 39th Ranking our chemical engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 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 our electrical engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 22nd Ranking our environmental engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 25th Ranking our industrial engineering graduate program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2014.
  • 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.
  • 31st Ranking our undergraduate engineering program holds among national public universities, per U.S.News & World Report, 2015.

Campus-Life

  • 3rd Clemson ranks 3rd nationally for having the "happiest students," according to the 2015 Princeton Review.
  • 2nd National ranking Clemson holds for being a jock school, based on the popularity of intercollegiate and intramural sports, according to the 2015 Princeton Review.
  • 2nd National ranking Clemson received among colleges where everyone plays intramural sports, according to the 2015 Princeton Review.
  • 2nd Ranking Clemson received among colleges where their students love these colleges, according to the 2015 Princeton Review.
  • 1st Top ranking Clemson received among colleges where town-gown relations are great, according to the 2015 Princeton Review.

Technology

  • 11th Ranking among colleges and universities for producing the 21st Century IT workforce according to Insurance & Technology in August 2012.

All Brags

  • 6 Years in a row that Clemson University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
  • 332 Clemson is one of 332 schools honored by the 2014 Princeton Review Green Colleges Guide for efforts in sustainability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 4 Clemson is one of the friendliest colleges in the nation! A 2011 survey conducted by The Huffington Post ranks Clemson fourth for students’ approachable, supportive and charitable nature, along with their deep love for other students.
  • 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.
  • 11 Clemson seniors and graduate students won the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2012.
  • 10 Clemson students have received Fulbright Grants for study, research or English-language teaching in eight different countries since 2008.
  • 5 Clemson's Palmetto Cluster ranks among the top five on the list of university-owned supercomputers in the United States, according to the June 2014 Top500.org list of international supercomputers.
  • 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.
  • 9 Clemson’s Lee III was one of nine buildings described as “the best in new university architecture around the world,” by Architectural Digest magazine in 2014.
  • 10 Incoming freshman ACT scores rank in the top 10 among national public universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2015.
  • 22 Number of Clemson’s faculty who are active NSF Career Award recipients.
  • 84 percent of Clemson seniors have done or plan to do a practicum, internship, field experience or clinical.
  • 46 percent of Clemson seniors have or plan to work on a research project with a professor outside of what's required.
  • 92 percent of seniors would choose Clemson if they could start their college career over again.
  • 7 Ranking among national universities on the U.S.News & World Report list of the most efficient schools for 2014.
  • 2 Ranking Clemson received among colleges where students pack the stadium from the 2015 Princeton Review.
  • 31 Ranking Clemson received among public colleges and universities in delivering a quality education at an affordable price, according to Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 2014.
  • 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.
  • 48 Ranking in terms of students’ return on investment among public universities, as rated by PayScale 2014.
  • 7 Ranking in terms of students’ return on investment, as rated by SmartMoney in 2012.
  • 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.
  • 5 Ranking of Clemson’s career services program, according to the 2015 Princeton Review.
  • 4 Ranking our generous alumni boosted us to when it comes to alumni giving participation among national universities per U.S.News & World Report, 2015.
  • 14 The Walker Course was named the 14th best collegiate golf course in the country, according to Golf Week magazine in 2014.

20th

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

7th

In return on investment according to SmartMoney

91%

Freshman retention rate