Kiplinger Ranks Clemson Among Best Educational Buys in Nation

January 12, 2009

University ranked highest among South Carolina institutions
CLEMSON, SC – January 12, 2009 – Clemson University offers outstanding academic quality and an affordable price tag, according to the editors of Kiplinger magazine.

Clemson is ranked No. 34 in the financial magazine’s, “Best Values in Public Colleges for 2008-2009,” which highlights institutions that offer top-quality educations at reasonable prices. Clemson is the highest-ranked public university in South Carolina.

“In the current environment, terms such as value, quality and return on investment are on everyone’s minds, said Clemson admissions director Robert Barkley. The Kiplinger ranking supports the observations of many who are well aware of the value of a Clemson education, the quality of the Clemson experience and the return on investment after graduation. It is something that prospective students and the citizens of South Carolina should remember and consider with confidence.”

Magazine staffers researched more than 500 public colleges and universities across the United States to determine the list of the top 100 best buys.

In-state students at Clemson pay $5,156 per semester and out-of-state students pay $11,667 per semester. Each figure excludes room and board, lab fees, library fees and differential costs related to a major. Ninety-nine percent of in-state entering freshmen receive a state scholarship.

Kiplinger researchers balanced the cost of attending an institution with its financial aid availability, student retention rates and graduation rates to determine the top 100. For more information go to