2016-2017 MOMENTS THAT MATTER

The 2016-2017 academic year was a record-breaking year for Clemson in so many ways. From smashing through the $1 billion goal of the Will to Lead for Clemson capital campaign to celebrating our faculty's breakthrough research to our united gasp as we became the 2016 National Champions in football to capturing all those special times to share in our Clemson Moments campaign, it was an incredible year to be a Tiger! Scroll below to see what we mean.

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Academic and Research Achievements

More than 5,600 students graduated from Clemson in the 2016-2017 year. A record number of 42 students won a national scholarship, received Honorable Mention or was named a finalist in a national scholarship competition, including the Fulbright Scholarship, the Goldwater Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship and the Truman Scholarship.


Clemson faculty received $109 million in research awards in the 2015-16 fiscal year, a 23 percent increase over the previous year.


Seven junior faculty members received National Science Foundation Early CAREER Awards, competitive research grants that are given to early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education. Read more


A team of five faculty members from the Department of Mathematical Sciences received a $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support research and training for students in areas such as coding, cryptography and number theory that are critical to data and cyber security. Read more

Sez Atamturktur, distinguished professor of intelligent infrastructure in the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering, received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program to start a new graduate program that will teach students how to predict vulnerabilities in infrastructure systems and how to keep them running effectively in the event of a disaster. Read more


A group of faculty from genetics and biochemistry, in collaboration with faculty from electrical and computer engineering, received a $2.95 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop cyberinfrastructure that will provide researchers with a more flexible system of analyzing large-scale data. Read more


Clemson received a $3.4 million National Science Foundation ADVANCE Grant that will help increase the number of women — especially minority women — in STEM fields. Read more.


Feng Luo, associate professor in the School of Computing, is leading a $4.3 million study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that looks at using bioinformatics to protect citrus crops from bacterial disease. Read more

Stephen Foulger, the Greg Graniteville Endowed Chair in Materials Science and Engineering, was selected to lead a team that has received a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation EPSCoR program to study how stimulating specific parts of the brain can treat seizures and other illnesses. Read more


A team of Clemson researchers, led by bioengineering professor Sarah Harcum, is part of the new National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals, which was recently awarded $70 million from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read more


Clemson faculty are playing a leading role in the new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, a $253 million project focused on developing next-generation robots for manufacturing and training workers to operate them. Read more


Dr. Angela Naimou, associate professor of English, received the 2016 ASAP Book Prize from the Association of the Study of the Arts of the Present. Read more

Athletic Achievements

The women's soccer team won the regular season ACC championship. Read more


The football team won its second consecutive ACC title and the 2016 College Football National Championship, after defeating Alabama 35-31. Read more


Six athletic teams were recognized by the NCAA with Academic Performance Awards — baseball, women's golf, men's basketball, men's and women's cross country, and volleyball. Read more


Clemson ranked 6th among public schools in the NCAA for student-athlete Graduation Success Rates. Read more


Athletics Director Dan Radakovich was named the 2017 Athletic Director of the Year by the SportsBusiness Journal. Read more


Clemson announced the launch of a new softball program beginning in 2020. Read more

Head coach Dabo Swinney congratulates quarterback Deshaun Watson after winning the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship

Institutional Achievements and Milestones

Clemson completed the Will to Lead for Clemson capital campaign, exceeding the campaign goal of $1 billion, making it the largest campaign in University history and the largest fundraising effort in the country for a university with an alumni base of fewer than 150,000. Read more


Clemson launched its new 10-year strategic plan — ClemsonForward — which focuses on four major strategic priorities: Research, Engagement, the Academic Core and Living. Read more


Clemson set a record for applications for admission with more than 26,000 applications this year, up 12 percent from last year.


Clemson and the Greenville Health System broke ground on a new facility that will be home to the Center for Nursing, Health Innovation and Research and will allow Clemson to expand its School of Nursing.
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More than 3,100 donors gave more than $2 million for Clemson's second ever Give Day, more than doubling the total raised during the first Give Day in 2016. Read more

Clemson continued the largest construction initiative in University history with the opening of many new or renovated facilities, including:


Clemson received a $357 million gift-in-kind of product lifecycle management software — from Siemens, the largest gift of its type in University history. Read more


Clemson's Sonoco Institute of Packaging and Design received a gift-in-kind of design equipment, software and other tools valued at more than $27 million from Esko, a global supplier for the packaging, labels, sign and display industries. Read more

Clemson's Joseph F. Sullivan Center launched the world's first 100 percent solar-powered mobile health clinic, which will provide educational opportunities for students and increase outreach efforts to underserved populations in Upstate South Carolina and beyond. Read more


Clemson and the Medical University of South Carolina announced new accelerated degree programs that will allow students to transition early into nine health-related graduate programs at MUSC, shaving a full year off of their undergraduate education. Read more


Approximately 1,600 people from across the country attended Clemson's first ever Men of Color National Summit, focused on reducing the achievement gap for young men of color and opening up educational and career opportunities for them. Read more

Records, Rankings and Other Highlights

Money magazine ranked Clemson as No. 12 among the nation's public universities and No. 21 among both public and private institutions, based on educational quality, affordability and career earnings for alumni. Read more


U.S.News & World Report ranked Clemson in the top 25 public universities for the ninth consecutive year. The University received its highest score ever in the 16 areas of academic quality that U.S.News & World Report measures. Read more


Princeton Review ranked Clemson in the top 12 in six different academic and campus life categories, as well as the No. 6 best alumni network in the country. Read more


The Creative Inquiry program was recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research with a 2016 Campus-wide Award for undergraduate research. Read more


For the second consecutive year, Kiplinger ranked Clemson No. 24 in the nation on their list of Best Value Colleges for in-state students, making Clemson the highest ranked school in South Carolina for delivering a high-quality education at an affordable price. Read more.


The Calhoun Honors College was ranked as one of the top 10 honors colleges in the country by Public Honors Colleges. Read more


Diverse Issues in Higher Education ranked Clemson No. 20 among top producers of African-American engineering graduates in the country. Read more


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