Clemson University: Narrative Description

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Clemson, SC 29634
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1889. Setting: 1,400-acre small town campus. Endowment: $264.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $104.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7729 per student. Total enrollment: 17,110. Faculty: 1,105 (942 full-time, 163 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 10,620 applied, 69% were admitted. 42% from top 10% of their high school class, 72% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 23 National Merit Scholars, 88 valedictorians. Full-time: 13,066 students, 45% women, 55% men. Part-time: 870 students, 41% women, 59% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 62 other countries, 32% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 7% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 5% 25 or older, 47% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 89% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; education. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 5/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 2/15 for early action. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. State resident tuition: $7840 full-time, $324 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $16,404 full-time, $676 per hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $234 full-time, $6 per term part-time. College room and board: $5292. College room only: $3094. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 250 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 15% of eligible men and 22% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Tiger Band. Major annual events: Homecoming/Tigerama, Welcome Back Festival, Campus Sweep. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 6,216 students; 6,329 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Robert Muldrow Cooper Library plus 1 other with 1.2 million books, 1.2 million microform titles, 5,587 serials, 131,280 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $10.4 million. 1,250 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Clemson is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains approximately 135 miles from Charlotte and Atlanta. The average temperature is 61 degrees. The area is served by U.S. Highways 76 and 123, and air service is available nearby. Clemson has several churches of different denominations, a library, YMCA, concert series, and Little Theatre. Hotels, apartments, and rooming houses provide additional student housing. Local recreational facilities include fishing, hunting, golf, tennis, swimming, sailing, and skiing. Job opportunities are available.

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