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Clemson Engineering Enrollment Up

Since the start of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, one local university has seen a huge jump in enrollment in a particular discipline.

Clemson University's College of Engineering and Science has grown nearly 54% since 2007. It now stands at 7,167 students as of the fall semester 2013. Over this same period, Clemson University's total student enrollment grew 21.1% to 21,303.

Associate Dean Randy Collins, Jr. said there are a number of reasons why the enrollment has increased, but the experience of graduates may be helping.

"Graduates are finding jobs, that's the most important thing," said Collins.

Clemson student Brian Adams thinks it could be the university's increasing national reputation.

"The return on investment that students from Clemson get compared to other schools is way up there, and people are starting to learn that."

And the incoming students have better test scores--from an SAT average of 1244 in 2002 to 1290 this year. Many are also receiving state-sponsored scholarships: 1/3 of the college's freshmen have the prestigious Palmetto Fellows scholarship, up from 22 percent in 2005, according to a news release.

To learn more about applying to Clemson University's College of Engineering and Science, click here.


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