CLEMSON — Fall semester classes began Wednesday at Clemson University, and more than 4,400 new freshman and transfer students are starting their Clemson careers.

Approximately 3,260 freshmen are enrolled at Clemson this semester along with 1,175 transfer students. Once again, Clemson received a record number of applications for the year: 18,653 freshmen applications and 2,481 transfer applications.

“We’re excited about our 4,400 new students joining us this fall,” said Robert Barkley, director of admissions. “They have made an excellent choice of schools in Clemson University, and I know they will have a wonderful experience both in and out of the classroom.”

The unofficial average SAT score for the entering class is 1245, and approximately 52 percent of entering freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. The projected ACT average for the class is 28.

Of the transfer students, approximately 40 percent are coming from the Bridge to Clemson Program at Tri-County Technical College.

Sixty-five percent of incoming freshmen are in-state students. The top five states with the most out-of-state students in the class are North Carolina, Georgia, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland.

Approximately 98 percent of incoming freshmen from South Carolina receive either a Palmetto Fellows or LIFE Scholarship. On the average, in-state freshmen pay about 35 percent of the total cost of tuition, according to financial aid director Chuck Knepfle.

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