Clemson University resumed classes Wednesday, welcoming over 4,400 new faces to campus.
There are approximately 3,200 freshmen and 1,200 transfers from other schools, including nearly 500 from the Bridge to Clemson partnership with Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton.
Clemson received 18,653 freshmen applications and 2,481 transfer applications for this fall’s class.
The unofficial average SAT score for the entering class is 1245; approximately 52 percent of entering freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes and the projected ACT average for the class is 28.
Sixty-five percent of incoming freshmen are from South Carolina. North Carolina, Georgia, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland sent the most students from out-of-state.
Approximately 98 percent of in-state freshmen have received either a Palmetto Fellows or LIFE Scholarship. Financial aid director Chuck Knepfle said in-staters pay about 35 percent of the total cost of tuition on average.
The day began with a power outage on the south end of campus. The lights went out just after 8 a.m. at Clemson House, the campus visitor’s center and fire station. Traffic signals were also dark at the intersections of S.C. 93 and Cherry Road and U.S. 76 and Perimeter Road. Power was restored by 9:30 a.m.