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  • Doctoral enrollment has increased 96 percent since 2002.
  • The University offers an overall 17-to-1 faculty/student ratio, and nearly half of Clemson's classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • R.M. Cooper Library is open 24 hours a day, five days a week in addition to weekend hours.
  • Each year Clemson offers admission to more than 1,000 transfer students.


  • Clemson graduate and former IPTAY Director George Bennett is credited with starting the Welcome Back Festival.
  • Alumnus Nancy Humphries O’Dell ’90 is co-host of “Entertainment Tonight” and of other major entertainment events.
  • Martin Driggers ‘94 served as the model for the student statue at the top of Bowman Field.
  • Rachel Drews ’06, Marc Bryant ’99, Wil Whaley ’99 and Josh Tomlinson ’02 were part of a team that won the Oscar for visual effects for the movie “The Golden Compass.” All are graduates of Clemson’s digital production arts program.
  • Strom Thurmond ’23, HD ’61 spent a lifetime in service to his country. Sometimes controversial, always colorful, he still holds the record as the longest-serving U.S. senator.


  • Clemson startup companies have created more than 100 jobs in the advanced-material, biomedical-device and information-technology sectors.
  • Clemson created more than $1.8 billion in economic impact in 2010.
  • S.C. county and municipal governments netted an estimated $101.8 million in revenue as a result of the economic activity associated with Clemson.
  • State government netted almost $115 million revenue in 2010 because of Clemson’s impact on the state economy.
  • Every 10 jobs directly created by Clemson generates an additional 16 jobs statewide through indirect and induced effects.
  • Clemson is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review in 2013.


  • Campus borders the 900-plus-mile shoreline of Hartwell Lake where swimming, boating, skiing and sailing are popular pastimes.
  • The mountains are less than an hour away and offer canoeing, kayaking, white-water rafting, hiking, camping, snow skiing and trout fishing.
  • The Clemson Experimental Forest covers 17,482 acres and has nearly 45 miles of maintained roads and more than 100 miles of designated trails.
  • On move-in day University employees and current students welcome new students by toting their luggage and other belongings to residence halls.
  • On every Homecoming Friday night, Tigerama — one of the nation’s largest student-run pep rallies — has featured the crowning of Miss Homecoming, skits by student organizations and spectacular fireworks.
  • Originally the traditional parade ground for Clemson cadets and the home of Clemson College's first football, baseball and basketball teams, Bowman Field now serves as a "green beach" on sunny days and the perfect place for the union of town and campus for special events.
  • 18,354 questions were answered by library staff in the R.M. Cooper Library last year.
  • The Clemson libraries have access to more than 100,000 ebook titles.
  • The Special Collections Library contains the University Archives and the papers of John C. Calhoun, Thomas Green Clemson, James F. Byrnes and Strom Thurmond.


  • In 1917, the entire senior class enlisted in World War I.
  • Clemson College opened in 1893 with 446 students and 15 faculty under President Edwin Boone Craighead.
  • "The most exciting 25 seconds in college football" began as a simple practicality. Players dressed across the road from the stadium and would run from there, through the gate and down "The Hill" to the field.
  • The phrase “Old Green Tom” refers to the weathered bronze statue of the University’s founder, Thomas Green Clemson, located in front of Tillman Hall.
  • Clemson’s campus houses South Carolina’s largest bur oak tree — the Clemson Centennial Oak. It’s more than 100 years old.
  • Special Collections houses the University Archives, the papers of John C. Calhoun and many manuscripts of noted South Carolinians.
  • Judge Keller’s downtown business got its name when Clemson cadets were told to take their uniforms to Keller's store and let him “judge” it to make it fit.
  • Twenty-seven of the first 37 degrees granted by Clemson were in “mechanical-electrical engineering.” They were awarded in 1896.
  • Former Clemson President Robert Cook "R.C." Edwards once created a day when people were allowed to streak on campus without legal consequences.


  • Clemson University’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble performed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
  • Clemson has study abroad programs on every continent – except Antarctica.
  • The nationally acclaimed Call me MISTER® program is designed to recruit, train, certify and secure employment for African-American men as teachers in South Carolina’s public elementary schools.
  • For more than 75 years, IPTAY, Clemson’s athletic booster club, has been the lifeblood of Tiger Athletics — transforming the Tigers from a regional presence to a national power.


  • Externally funded research expenditures surpassed $100 million in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
  • Eleven Clemson seniors and graduate students won the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2012.
  • Under the landmark agreement signed in June 2013, Clemson will be the primary research collaborator for Greenville Health System (GHS) and will serve as the research administrator for all GHS research.


  • The Palmetto Cluster ranks fifth on the list of university-owned supercomputers in the United States, according to the November 2014 Top500 list of international supercomputers.
  • The state’s wind-energy industry is getting a boost as Clemson finishes construction on a $98 million wind-turbine drivetrain testing facility in North Charleston.