Clemson University is a
public, coeducational, land-grant, research university
located in Clemson, South
Carolina, United States.
Founded in 1889, the University is
academically divided into five colleges: Agriculture
and Life Sciences
and Behavioral Sciences
and Human Development
The University currently enrolls more than 17,000 students from
across all 50 states and 89 countries.
University is located in upstate South Carolina in Pickens
County just north of Interstate
85 and Anderson, South Carolina, along the shores of Lake Hartwell. The University is located just outside of the
greater Greenville area and is approximately two hours away from
Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbia, South Carolina. Clemson is situated in South Carolina's
foothills, where excellent vistas of the rising Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina, North
Clemson University operates a research park off Interstate 85 and
is currently constructing its Clemson University International
Center for Automotive Research (I-CAR) center in Greenville, also
off Interstate 85. The University has agricultural extension
offices in every county in South Carolina as a public service in
its furtherance of its founding goals as an agricultural
of Clemson is served by the Clemson
Area Transit bus system, as well as the Amtrak's Crescent
line running through Clemson's train station right off Highways 28, US 76, and US 123.
County Airport is located adjacent to the university's campus and
is the closest public-use airport to the campus (as well as the
home of the Clemson Flying Club and Dixie Skydivers), with Greenville-Spartanburg International
Airport offering commercial airline service only forty-five
Thomas Green Clemson
University's founder, came to the Foothills of South Carolina in
1838, when he married Anna Maria Calhoun, daughter of South
Carolina statesman, John C. Calhoun
. When Thomas Clemson died on April
6, 1888, he left most of his estate in his will to be used to
establish a college that would teach scientific agriculture and the
mechanical arts to South Carolinians. Clemson's decision was
largely influenced by Gov. Benjamin
. Clemson University founder Thomas Green
Clemson directed in his will in 1888 that the University be modeled
after Mississippi A&M.
Tillman strongly lobbied the state legislature
Clemson as an agricultural institution for the state and in the
end, the resolution to accept Clemson's gift and create the
institution passed by only one vote.
In November 1889, Governor
signed the bill, thus establishing the Clemson
Agricultural College of South Carolina. As a result, federal
funds for agricultural education were transferred from South Carolina
College to Clemson.
See Hatch Act of 1887
and Morrill Land-Grant Colleges
Clemson Agricultural College formally opened in July 1893 with an
initial enrollment of 446. From its beginning, the college was an
all-white male military school. Clemson remained this way until
1955 when it changed to "civilian" status for students and became a
coeducational institution. In 1963, Clemson admitted its first
African-American student, Harvey Gantt
In 1964, the college was renamed Clemson University as the state
legislature formally recognized the school's expanded academic
offerings and research pursuits.
Enrollment (Fall 2007)
|College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences
|College of Arts, Architecture, and Humanities
|College of Business and Behavioral Sciences
|College of Engineering and Science
of Health, Education, and Human Development
|Calhoun Honors College
- As found at .
- Not a degree granting college.
The Carnegie Foundation classifies it as more selective
since Clemson admitted less than 55% of those who applied to be
in 2006. When admitting
Freshmen, the university places emphasis on the rigor of high
school study and scores on standardized tests, SAT
also considers class rank, extracurricular activities, and an
optional personal statement. The average incoming freshman had a
combined SAT score of 1200 and a high school weighted GPA
of 3.99 in 2006. In 2008, admission to Clemson was
the most competitive in University history. Clemson had over 15,000
applications for their freshman class of approximately 2,800
students. It was especially competitive for out-of-state students
in that Clemson is a state supported institution. Of those 15,000+
applications, over 10,000 were from outside of South Carolina;
however, a little over 1,000 freshmen from other states were given
Calhoun Honors College and National Scholars Program
Clemson is home to The Calhoun Honors College, which is designed to
offer academic diversity to gifted undergraduates and to provide
for an atmosphere of a "higher seminary of learning" that Thomas
Green Clemson outlined in his will within the large
Admission to the college is by application to freshman as well as
to any student beyond freshman year but with over four semesters
worth of undergrad studies remaining.. Admission to the college is
based on a combination of standardized test scores, high school
class rank, and leadership and extracurricular activities. A GPA of
at least 3.5 is required for applicants to the college after their
freshman year. Members of the honors college are permitted to live
in the typically honors-only dorm, Holmes Hall, and are granted a
variety of other benefits including complementary copies of the
New York Times
tickets to on-campus cultural events.
The Clemson National Scholars Program is the institution's top
academic recruiting scholarship, offering a full tuition and fees
scholarship plus study abroad in Europe, along with other learning
and travel opportunities. The NSP selection process is highly
competitive, with approximately 15 scholarships offered out of over
12,000 applicants to Clemson each year.
Top-20 initiative and research
Cooper Library and the Reflection Pool
- in addition to its aesthetic appeal, the 1,960,000 gallon
reflecting pool also serves as a heat exchange for the cooling
systems of several academic buildings.
The University has undertaken an endeavor to become a "Top 20"
public institution, undergoing a process of enhancing its graduate
programs while continuing to emphasize the quality of the
undergraduate experience. The initiative has led to increased
faculty compensation, higher graduation rates, and higher incoming
student SAT averages. The University has steadily moved up the
rankings from 34, to 30, to 27, to 22 in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008
respectively: according to the U.S. News and World
.As part of its push to enhance graduate-level
education, several new Ph.D.
been created including interdisciplinary doctoral programs in
Rhetoric and Planning, Design, and the Built Environment (formerly
Environmental Design and Planning). Also noteworthy is a new master's degree
in historic preservation, jointly offered in collaboration with the
The Clemson University reflection
The university's currently most ambitious academic and research
endeavor is the Clemson University International Center for
Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). ICAR is a 250 acre (1 km²) automotive
and motorsports research campus located in nearby Greenville,
ICAR will include a graduate school
offering Master's and Doctoral degrees in automotive engineering,
and offering programs focused on systems integration. The campus
also includes an Information Technology Research Center being
developed by BMW
. BMW, Microsoft
are all major corporate partners of the
ICAR center. Private-sector companies that have committed so far to
establishing offices and/or facilities on the campus include the
Society of Automotive
and Timken. Plans for the campus also include a
full-scale, four-vehicle capacity rolling-road model wind
Clemson also recently established the Restoration Institute whose
mission is to "advance knowledge in integrative approaches to the
restoration of historic, ecological, and urban infrastructure
resources." The institute will be located in North Charleston and
subsume the Hunley Commission that is currently undertaking the
stabilization of the Hunley
, the world's first
submarine to sink a ship.
While Clemson’s gains have generally been received well, at the
2009 forum of the Association for Institutional Research there was
some expressed concern that the university was pursuing
improvements that directly affect the rankings such as class size,
professor salary, and SAT scores. President Jim Barker's also made
the decision that many other University Presidents make to rate
other schools lower than his own. Some attendees of the forum were
also concerned that Clemson has become more exclusive and now
appears to favor student merit as opposed to access when selecting
|U.S. News & World Report
(out of 262 institutions)
|U.S. News & World Report
||Public Institutions (out of 164)
|The Scientist magazine
||Places to work in academia (#1 among academic
Clemson offers club, intramural, and varsity sports. The
University's 19 varsity men and women's sports teams compete in the
Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference
as the Clemson Tigers
. The most prominent
athletics facilities on campus are Memorial
Stadium, Littlejohn Coliseum, Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Historic Riggs Field, and Fike Recreation Center.
Clemson has won 4 national championships
including football (1981), 2 in men's soccer (1984 & 1987), and
men's golf (2003).
Two dollar bills
It has been a Clemson tradition dating from September 24, 1977 for
Clemson fans to spend two dollar bills on away game trips. This
began when Clemson played Georgia Tech "for the last time" as Tech
refused to travel to Clemson. Of the seventeen games played between
Tech and Clemson between 1953
, only once, in 1974
, did the
Yellow Jackets deign to come to Death Valley. To show the Atlanta business
community how much money Clemson fans contributed to the local
economy which would not be coming to town anymore, Tiger fans spent
vast quantities of two dollar bills, many of them stamped with
This was the start of Clemson's two dollar bill
tradition, which, while very popular in the 1980s and 1990s, may
have waned a bit.
The fight song is the classic jazz tune Tiger Rag
recorded by the Original Dixieland
Jazz Band, also known as Hold That Tiger
, which was
introduced in 1942 by Clemson cadet and band member Robert Dean
Ross (Class of 1948), who brought the sheet music to campus,
purchased at an Atlanta music store. Also popular is Eye of the
, a number one hit of 1982 by the band Survivor.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
The newly renovated Fraternity Quad.
Clemson's Greek system is somewhat different from other large
universities in the southern United States in that there are no
Greek houses on campus. There are residence halls designated for
fraternities and sororities, but there are no traditional Greek
houses on Clemson's campus. The Fraternity Quad on campus
(consisting of 6 fraternity halls) has recently undergone a major
renovation and is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council's
in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) program. Clemson is
about to undertake a major central campus reconstruction program
that will include all-new sorority housing. Currently, there are 19
NIC Fraternities, 11 NPC Sororities, and 8 NPHC Chapters, which
make up approximately 21% of the undergraduate student body.
Clemson's rich military history is
very conspicuous on campus.
Although Clemson became a coeducational civilian institution in
1955, the university still maintains an active military presence.
The university is home to detachments for Army
and Air Force ROTC
as well as a host
school for the Marine
program adjacent to the Semper Fi Society. In addition to
students from Clemson, these organizations also serve students from
Anderson University, Southern
Wesleyan University, and Tri-County Technical College.
The following organizations are present among the military
personnel at Clemson:
Clemson's AAS squadron was selected to be home of Arnold Air
Society's National Headquarters for the 2005-2006 year, and again
for the 2006-2007 year. This is the first time is AAS's history
that any university has served as National HQ two years in a
The C-4 Pershing Rifles have won the national society's drill meet
six times: 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008. Company C-4 also
performs colorguards, 21 gun-salutes, exhibition drill
performances, and POW/MIA ceremonies. Company C-4 is well known for
their colorguard performance at Clemson home football games. In
addition to the C-4 drill company Clemson is the former home of the
4th Regimental Headquarters (4RHQ), the National Headquarters for
the Junior ROTC level of Pershing Rifles (BlackJacks) and the Co-ed
Auxiliary for Pershing Rifles (CAPeRs).
Clemson University's Air Force ROTC Detachment 770 "Flyin' Tigers"
was selected as the #1 "medium-sized" Air Force ROTC detachment in
the nation for 2006 (the "High Flight" and "Right of Line" awards),
#1 Detachment in the "Southeast" in 2006 ("medium-sized") and 2007
("large-sized"), and #1 in the state of South Carolina (out of 3 -
University of South Carolina and The Citadel) three consecutive
years (2005, 2006, and 2007).
MARINES AT CLEMSON - Clemson University has also developed a group
of Marines and Marine Officer Candidates within an organizaiton
called the Semper Fi Society. The society is in no way an ROTC
organization, but can lead to a commission into the United States
Marine Corps via the Platoon Leaders Course program, if desired. To
find out more about the Marines at Clemson visit .
tend to socialize off campus in downtown Clemson.
Downtown Clemson is located adjacent to the
University's campus, and students on campus are within walking
distance to restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping. Greenville is about 45 minutes away and is a popular
destination for many students on the weekends.
favorite bars downtown for students are TD's, Wingin' It, 356,
Club, Tiger Town Tavern (TTT), and Flip
Lake Hartwell, Keowee, Issaqueena, and Jocassee, as well as the
near-by Blue Ridge Mountains of
South Carolina and North Carolina offer students many outdoor
recreational activities like boating,
rowing, rafting, kayaking, skiing, rock climbing,
mountain biking, hiking and backpacking.
- Henry Kissinger, political
scientist, diplomat, and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, National
Security Advisor and later concurrently Secretary of State in the
Nixon Administration pursued training at Clemson
- Lucas Glover, Golfer, 2009 US Open
- James F. Byrnes, U.S. Congressman, Senator, U.S.
Supreme Court Justice (1941-1942), Secretary of State (1945–1947),
Governor of South Carolina (1951-1955), and confidant of President
Franklin D. Roosevelt. A dormitory on the eastern
part of Clemson's campus is named after Byrnes. While not a
graduate of Clemson, Byrnes was a Life Trustee of Clemson
University (appointed in 1941).
- David Beasley, South Carolina
governor (1995–1999). Beasley ran for the South
Carolina State House while a student at Clemson and transferred to the
of South Carolina upon taking office, from which he went on to
graduate with a bachelor's degree and law degree.
Thurmond, The late United
States Senator from South Carolina who was famous for being the longest serving
Senator in U.S. history.
- David H. Wilkins graduated from Clemson cum laude in
1968 with a bachelor's degree in history. He attended Clemson as an
undergraduate on a tennis scholarship. Wilkins was elected to the
South Carolina House of Representatives in 1981 and was elected
Speaker Pro Tempore in 1992. After the elections of 1994, Wilkins
was elected Speaker of the House; the first Republican Speaker in the
South since Reconstruction.
Wilkins had many legislative accomplishments during his tenure as
Speaker, including welfare reform, property tax reform, tort reform and finding a compromise to remove
the Confederate Flag from atop the
statehouse dome. On April 27, 2005, President George W. Bush
nominated him to be the U.S. Ambassador to
- Lt.Col. Jimmie Dyess, of the
United States Marine
Corps, the only person in history to earn both the
Congressional Medal of Honor and the Carnegie Medal of Honor.
Annually, the Semper Fi Society on campus holds a 5K in the Spring
to honor LtCol Dyess and those Marines that served from
- Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney, United States Ambassador to the
Republic of the Philippines. She received a Bachelors degree in
Political Science from Clemson University. She was nominated by
George W. Bush on November 3, 2005, confirmed by the United States
Senate on February 16, 2006, and sworn in to office by Secretary
Condoleezza Rice on March 6, 2006. On March 17, Kenney arrived in
the Philippines to assume her duties as the first female ambassador
to this former US colony in Asia.
- Robert H. Brooks, founder of Hooters of America, Inc.
- David Reinking, Eugene T. Moore
Professor of Education (2003-present), Co-editor of Reading
Research Quarterly, a peer reviewed journal published by the
International Reading Association.
- Gender and Race at Clemson University
- Clemson Freshman Admissions Data
- University Common Data Set for 2006
- Traditions :: Clemson Tigers - Official Athletic
- Blackman, Sam, Bradley, Bob, and Kriese, Chuck, "Clemson: Where
The Tigers Play", Sports Publishing, L.L.C., Champaign, Illinois,
2001, ISBN 1-58261-369-9, page 144.