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Meet Clemson’s newest students


After receiving a record number of applications for Fall 2021 admission, Clemson will soon welcome a new class of 4,600+ first-year undergraduate students to campus.

These students are athletes and artists, volunteers and leaders. They’re aspiring engineers, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, researchers, public servants, educators and creators. They’re arriving at Clemson with diverse backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives that will help our campus grow as much as they grow with it.

But every new Tiger in the Class of 2025 has one thing in common: They’re part of a high-achieving group of students that is eager to learn, both in and outside of the classroom. They’re ready to take on new challenges, make a difference in the lives of others and leave a lasting impact on their communities. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish during their time here and beyond.

Where they’re from

These new Tigers hail from 48 states and 18 countries. Fifty-one percent are South Carolina residents, representing 270 high schools.

One student is traveling 4,308 miles from Anchorage, Alaska, to be a Tiger. Another student is from Qishan District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan — 8,195 miles away from Tigertown.

Who they are

Seven hundred and twenty-nine members of this class are the first person in their family to attend college, and 697 students report having one or both parents as Clemson alumni.

One hundred and three high school valedictorians and 93 high school salutatorians have enrolled.

The five most popular student names in the Class of 2025 are William, Matthew, John, Emma and Sarah.

The most common birth month is September (421 students), and 27 sets of twins are enrolled.

What they’re doing

Eleven first-year students were Tiger Alliance participants, and 11 were part of the Emerging Scholars program.

Ninety students are first-year student-athletes, and 396 are enrolled in the Clemson University Honors College.

Purple and orange graphic that shows the Top 10 intended majors: General Engineering, Pre-Business, Biological Sciences (B.S.), Ccomputer Science (B.S.), Nursing, Undeclared, Psychcology (B.S.), Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Pre-professional Health Studies and Psychology (B.A.)

Meet our first-year graduate and transfer students


First-year graduate students

Number of students
Master’s – 1,855
Ph.D. – 430
Certificate and non-degree – 257

Top first-year master’s program enrollment
M.S. Automotive Engineering: 199
MBA: 178
M.S. Computer Science: 126
M.Ed. Teaching and Learning: 110
M.S. Industrial Engineering: 101

Top first-year Ph.D. program enrollment
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction: 25
Ph.D. Educational Leadership: 22
Ph.D. Chemistry: 22
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering: 22
Ph.D. Physics: 21


Transfer students

Number of transfer students

Top feeder schools
Tri-County Technical College
Greenville Technical College
Trident Technical College
Anderson University
The University of South Carolina – Columbia

All information pertaining to undergraduate and graduate students is current as of July 14, 2021, and July 1, 2021, respectively. These are unofficial data points provided by the Clemson University Office of Admissions and the Graduate School.

The Clemson University Office of Institutional Research will release official data points to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System later in the Fall 2021 semester. That data can be found in the Clemson University Interactive Factbook here.

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