Clemson buzzes with activity this week as it welcomes its largest-ever freshman class that numbers more than 3,450 students. Clemson received a record number of applications this year—18,500—and saw a four percent increase in yield, the percentage of accepted students who enroll. The unofficial average SAT score for the entering freshman class also sets a new record of 1,245. About 95% of incoming freshmen from South Carolina receive either a Palmetto Fellows of LIFE Scholarship. On the average, in-state freshmen pay about 32% of the total cost of tuition. About 1,200 transfer students also are expected to enroll this fall. One-third of those transfer students are coming from the Bridge to Clemson program at Tri-County Technical College.