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Report: Clemson Ranked 27 Among U.S. Public Universities

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Clemson University is ranked at 27 in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report ranking of 381 overall national universities. The school slipped from the 24 spot in the 2018 rankings.

“Clemson is the preeminent university in the State of South Carolina, and it’s always great to be recognized by outside organizations for our achievements – including this recognition by the U.S. News & World Report,” said Clemson Executive Vice President and Provost Bob Jones. “Our continued commitment as a university remains to the lifelong development of our students, and the quality of the education and opportunities our students are afforded.”

Among key metrics released by the report, Clemson’s graduation rates and freshmen retention rates remain in the top 25 among public universities, far exceeding the national averages and remain at historical highs for the university.

Additionally, Clemson’s alumni are among the most engaged in the nation. The percentage of Clemson alumni who financially support the university ranks second among public universities, and contributes to the continued strong growth in fundraising, which reached a record $177 million in fiscal year 2019. The generosity of Clemson alumni and friends helps more than half of all Clemson undergraduate students to graduate debt free.

Other metrics included in the report show Clemson students enjoy a supportive academic environment characterized by small class sizes, as more than half of all classes include fewer than 20 students.

Clemson’s work on behalf of students also continues to be recognized by its university peers. In addition to receiving our highest overall peer assessment ever, Clemson’s commitment to providing student internships/co-ops, as well as to student learning communities, were selected among the top 15 in the country by our university peers.

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