Office of the Provost; University News

New students arrive in Tigertown


Following an admissions cycle that becomes more competitive with each passing year, Clemson University is ready to welcome another record-setting class of around 4,705 first-year undergraduates to campus.

These incoming students are athletes and artists, volunteers and leaders. They aspire to be the next generation of engineers, health care workers, entrepreneurs, researchers, public servants, educators and creators. Each of them is arriving at Clemson with a unique life experience and perspective that will enrich our entire University community.

Every new Tiger is part of a high-achieving group of students ready to learn in and outside the classroom. They’re prepared to face new challenges, seek transformative solutions and make an impact on the lives of others. We look forward to seeing what the Class of 2026 will accomplish throughout their Clemson Journeys and beyond.

Where they’re from

These new students represent 45 states and the District of Columbia and 16 countries.

Fifty-two percent are South Carolina residents, representing 274 high schools.

Who they are

This year’s class includes 96 high school valedictorians and 88 salutatorians.

The five most popular student names in this year’s class are William (77), Emma (50), Caroline (49), Emily (47) and Anna (46).

What they’re doing

Top 10 Intended Majors

1. General Engineering.

2. Pre-Business.

3. Biological Sciences (B.S.).

4. Nursing.

5. Computer Science (B.S.).

6. Animal and Veterinary Sciences.

7. Undeclared.

8. Health Science.

9. Preprofessional Health Studies.

10. Architecture.

One hundred and twenty-four students are first-year student-athletes, and 363 students are enrolled in the Clemson University Honors College.

We have a lot of other new members in the Clemson Family.

Top First-Year Master’s Program Enrollment

1. M.S. Computer Science.

2. MBA Business Administration.

3. M.S. Automotive Engineering.

4. M.S. Industrial Engineering.

5. M.Ed. Teaching and Learning.

Top First-Year Doctoral Program Enrollment

1. Ph.D. Chemistry.

2. DNP Nursing Practice.

3. Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering.

4. Ph.D. Mathematical Sciences.

5. Ph.D. Literacy, Language and Culture.

All information pertaining to undergraduate and graduate students is current as of August 1, 2022, and July 7, 2022, 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 2022 semester. That data can be found in the Clemson University Interactive Factbook.

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