Clemson University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.07 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 83 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACEND
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABET, + 6 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 22,698 (18,016 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 38% part-time, 62% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,220 in-state; $18,406 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

One of the biggest pros I feel Clemson's grad program has to offer is its student-faculty environment/relationship. Professors are very receptive to students both inside and outside of the classroom which really helps facilitate learning as well as efficient research. The program also offers high quality research facilities and equipment. The only con would have to be its location away from any major metro areas as well as the lack of a medical school to collaborate with. That being said, there is still heavy involvement from local medical professionals and Atlanta and Charlotte are within driving distance.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2015

Clemson's MAPC program has been an incredible experience so far, and I have only completed one year! I have taken courses in digital design, technical writing, rhetorical theory, and workplace communication. While the courseload is heavy, the faculty are incredibly supportive and help you tailor your degree to whatever you want to study. I plan to go into the field of UX/Usability and already feel prepared to make a lasting impact on the working world. When I applied to Clemson's MAPC program, I was offered a graduate assistantship. Because of that, my education has been completely paid for by the school... which is the best part of this program. Although the area surrounding Clemson is no bustling metropolis, there are bars and cute restaurants downtown and in the surrounding areas.
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2013

Excellent education offerings and course diversity, but hard to get in touch with professors and advisors prior to admission.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

Overall a good program but needs to have a better student environment. There is no where for students to work or meet in a group.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: Program is very competitive and offers a high quality of education, with reasonable pricing. Cons: The area is very much a "college town". Not really ideal for older students or students moving into the area with families.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Industrial Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

The IE program is well structured. The campus is located close to several corporations which gives us abundant co-op and internship opportunities. The faculty are helpful too. Financially, the department itself does not have much funding for grad students.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros of my graduate program are that 1) the stipend for the graduate assistants is competitive with other graduate programs. 2) The area is pretty cheap to live in compared to some other locations with a big named schools. I pay around $500 a month for a 2 bedroom furnished apartment with one roommate that pays the same amount (we have separate leases which is great). 3) Being that only about 20 students are accepted per year, its easy to make friends and know people when you are first starting out because for the first week you are doing activities with the people who are coming into the program alongside you. 4) There are some really knowledgeable professors in the department from schools such as Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford, etc. You can learn a lot if you really take an interest in talking to professors because majority of them are willing to have open conversations with you whether it is to give you advice or just talk about how things are going in your life. A big con of my graduate program is that the graduate assistants have to teach three chemistry labs compared to other school programs where you might have to only teach one or two labs. Another downside of the department is that there are few course options outside of the traditional advanced chemistry courses for like analytical, inorganic, organic, physical chemistry. I have had to take classes in other departments to learn things like more advanced biological chemistry (such as practical protein/enzyme chemistry and purification) or do my own reading if I was interested in something like forensic chemistry. But the campus is easy to navigate so taking classes outside of the chemistry building can also be thought of as a good thing if you just want to get out for a little while.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Animal Science
Graduation Year: 2014

The Graduate program at Clemson is on the rise. Clemson is not very large, but they are turning their emphasis towards quality not quantity. I have throughly enjoyed my time here. Most all the faculty I have worked with have been extremely helpful and passionate about their careers. The only downfall for me is that the town of Clemson is so small.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2014

The graduate architecture program at Clemson University is a tight community with very supportive faculty and student organizations. Education is great but not being in a large city is a con since there is hardly any inspiration of architecture. Another con of not being in a large city is that there isn't a variety in resources nearby. The graduate program in general at Clemson does a great job in making us feel like a part of the campus and community and there are some fun activities and social events just for grad students.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

Graduate only program. However, it offers one of the best MS degrees (Deep Orange) where education includes the traditional theoretical work as well as hands on development (you design and build a car). The research center and degree programs are new so there are some rough edges with curriculum definition / course availability / etc. The same issues exist for both the MS and PhD degrees. However, the education and degrees are highly marketable and worth the investment. This program is based on the premise that 19th century academic models (stressing class room theory and academic theoretical modeling) need updating for the 21st century students. Unfortunately, some faculty are reluctant to accept that the students’ needs and industry expectations have changed and new approaches are needed. This is not an easy program and requires perseverance and dedication but you will not find a more rewarding educational program.
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