This fall, Clemson broke into celebration mode when the U.S.News & World Report rankings hit the street. Sitting beside Clemson University’s name on the listing of national public universities was a #20.
The audacious idea that Clemson could rank among the top national universities in the nation was first articulated by President Emeritus Jim Barker in a 10-year plan he set forth in 2000. At that time, Clemson was tied for 38th. It was a bold goal, and it took a bit longer than 10 years.
So what does it mean to be top 20? For alumni, it means that your degree keeps gaining value each year, as public recognition of a Clemson education grows. There are both quantitative and qualitative factors that go into the rankings. Here are just a few of the pieces of that puzzle.
Up & Coming Universities
One of 11
Recognized for Writing Across Disciplines program
Best Undergraduate Engineering Program
Best Undergraduate Business Program
Average ACT Score (28)
Average Math SAT Score (637)
Average Critical Reading SAT Score (609)
Percentage of Incoming Freshmen who Ranked in top 10% of High School Class (56%)
Fall 2013 Acceptance Rate
Average Freshman Retention Rate
Classes with Fewer than 20 Students
6-year Graduation Rate