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Clemson University

Clemson University combines the benefits of a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university with a strong commitment to quality teaching and individual student success. It is a student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, inclusiveness, collaboration and a drive to excel.



Located in a college-town setting, Clemson boasts a 17,500-acre forest, a 295-acre botanical garden and a lakefront setting. Undergraduate enrollment is managed to ensure small classes, an 18-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, and high retention and graduation rates. Clemson scores above the national average on student engagement and satisfaction surveys, and has earned national recognition for living-learning communities, Creative Inquiry, writing across the curriculum and participation in community service. 



A new 10-year strategic plan, the Clemson 2020 Road Map, focuses on providing talent for the new economy, driving innovation that stimulates economic growth, and addressing the great challenges of the 21st century, such as health, energy, transportation and environmental sustainability. Other key emphasis areas include advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical science, information and computing technology, family and community living, general education, information and communications technology, and leadership and entrepreneurship.

Clemson ranks 21st among national public universities according to U.S.News & World Report and is the No. 1 choice of the state’s best high school graduates. More than half of Clemson’s incoming freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class. The University ranks seventh among national universities, both public and private, in payback ratio, according to SmartMoney Magazine – a calculation based on graduates’ lifetime earning potential and the cost of tuition.

Clemson’s 20,000 students can select from 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate degree programs offered by five colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business and Behavioral Science; Engineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson was founded in 1889 through a bequest from Thomas Green Clemson, a Philadelphia-born, European-educated engineer, musician and artist who married John C. Calhoun’s daughter, Anna, and settled at her family estate in South Carolina. Clemson believed that the way to rebuild his adopted state’s war-ravaged economy was through scientific education, so he left his home and fortune to the state of South Carolina to create the institution that bears his name.


For more information, go to www.clemson.edu, visit us on Facebook, or call the Class of ‘44 Visitors Center at 864-656-4789.