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Historical Enrollment 1893 to Present

 

G.E. Metz compiled these statistics in March 1988 using Annual Statistical Reports of the Registrar's Office, the Clemson Catalog, and "Clemson Alumni News" from Dec. 1952. Enrollments are for Main Campus only.

Year

Main Campus
Enrollment

1893
446
1894
635
1895
370
1896
350
1897
449
1898
446
1899
461
1900
483
1901
500
1902
539
1903
605
1904
674
1905
652
1906
658
1907
687
1908
648
1909
653
1910
684
1911
804
1912
819
1913
800
1914
819
1915
803
1916
853
1917
804
1918
825
1919
886
1920
847
1921
1,007
1922
1,008
1923
1,057
1924
1,155
1925
1,032
1926
1,137
1927
1,212
1928
1,258
1929
1,242
1930
1,348
1931
1,247
1932
1,217
1933
1,120
1934
1,262
1935
1,535
1936
1,620
1937
1,912
1938
2,150
1939
2,279
1940
2,381
1941
2,349
1942
2,370
1943
752
1944
745
1945
1,041
1946
2,965
1947
3,253
1948
3,277
1949
3,360
1950
2,921
1951
2,788
1952
2,764
1953
2,749
1954
2,690
1955
3,006
1956
3,285
1957
3,540
1958
3,793
1959
3,889
1960
4,048
1961
4,104
1962
4,252
1963
4,376
1964
4,588
1965
5,024
1966
5,540
1967
6,057
1968
6,525
1969
6,666
1970
7,188
1971
7,965
1972
8,584
1973
9,461
1974
9,763
1975
10,247
1976
10,289
1977
10,382
1978
10,471
1979
10,817
1980
10,891
1981
11,291
1982
11,618
1983
11,828
1984
12,122
1985
12,126
1986
12,149
1987
12,870
In 1893, there were 446 students and 15 faculty. The President was Edwin Boone Craighead.
The first graduation was held in December 1896 with a graduating class of 37 students-- 15 in agricultural courses and 22 in engineering courses.
In 1914, the Cooperative Extension Service was established, fulfilling our land-grant mission.
In 1917, the entire senior class enlisted in World War I.
In 1940, legendary Frank Howard began his 30-year stint as head football coach. (He guided Clemson to six Top-20 seasons, eight conference championships, 100 conference victories, 165 overall wins and eight bowl games.)
Over 6,000 Clemson students and alumni served "gladly to the defense of our nation" in World War II;
373 died, 57 from the Class of 1941. The Class of 1944 was the smallest class in Clemson history with 13 graduates.
Margaret Marie Snider was the first woman to graduate from Clemson in 1957.
in 1964, Clemson Agricultural College renamed Clemson University
in recognition of expanded academic offerings and research pursuits.
Clemson's first black student, Harvey Gantt, graduates in 1965.
Clemson won their first national football championship on Jan. 1, 1982, defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 22-15 in the Orange Bowl.


Listed Below are Total Enrollment figures that have been reported to the Commission of Higher Education. 
These numbers include enrollment data from Greenville Tech, Institutes and MBA-Furman.

Year
Total
Undergraduate
Graduate
1982
12,093
10,150
1,943
1983
12,459
10,330
2,129
1984
12,926
10,488
2,438
1985
12,893
10,434
2,459
1986
13,062
10,360
2,702
1987
13,865
10,970
2,895
1988
14,794
11,774
3,020
1989
16,072
12,563
3,509
1990
16,303
13,010
3,293
1991
17,295
13,285
4,010
1992
17,666
13,305
4,361
1993
16,614
12,525
4,089
1994
16,290
12,290
4,000
1995
16,318
12,542
3,776
1996
16,484
12,691
3,793
1997
16,367
12,703
3,664
1998
16,674
13,050
3,624
1999
16,982
13,526
3,456
2000
17,465
14,066
3,399
2001
17,101
13,975
3,126
2002
16,876
13,734
3,142
2003
17,016
13,813
3,203
2004
17,110
13,936
3,174
2005
17,165
14,096
3,069
2006
17,309
14,172
3,137
2007
17,585
14,270
3,315
2008
18,317
14,713
3,604
2009
19,111
15,346
3,765
2010
19,453
15,459
3,994
2011
19,914
15,836
4,078
2012
20,768
16,562
4,206
2013
21,303
16,931
4,372

 


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