A Vision for Clemson's Future

Clemson's rise to be one of the nation's top-ranked public universities is due to a fierce commitment to be recognized as a top-tier research institution and an outstanding place to live, study and work. In 2016, the University adopted a new strategic plan, ClemsonForward, which lays a foundation that will position Clemson for the next 50 years to make an impact on real issues facing the real people of South Carolina and the nation. Clemson Forever supports these goals through its mission to build a solid financial base of private giving, providing stewardship of those gifts and communicating to donors the impact of their gifts and the gratitude of the Clemson Family.

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A REAL Plan for Success

Every college, every discipline within Clemson can use your support. In order to be efficient and responsible with your gifts, we put our focus on ClemsonForward's four strategic goals — easily remembered by the acronym REAL — Research, Engagement, Academic Core and Living environment.

REAL: Research

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Clemson's academic contributions have earned the reputation of being one of the nation's most active research institutions (Carnegie Basic Classification R1 — Highest Research Activity). R1 universities engage in extensive research that makes a difference in their communities, and their national and international reputations add significant value to the degrees they award.

Strategic Priority

  • Clemson will be nationally recognized as a leader in research and scholarship, consistently ranked among institutions with the highest level of research activity.


REAL: Engagement

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ClemsonForward will ensure that the University continues to enhance the intellectual journey through engagement opportunities that build a global engagement infrastructure, foster evidence-based academic engagement, enhance opportunities across academic affairs and student affairs, and leverage innovation and Extension campuses to support community and economic development in South Carolina.

Strategic Priority

  • Clemson will continue to be recognized as a leader in engagement, encompassing student engagement, community outreach and public-private partnerships.


REAL: Academic Core

ClemsonForward will enhance the academic core through interdisciplinary curricula, a new approach to general education and enhanced advising. ClemsonForward will focus on both undergraduate and graduate education.

Strategic Priority

  • Clemson will protect and strengthen the academic core, ensuring that it remains perennially ranked among the nation's top public universities.


REAL: Living

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ClemsonForward seeks to enhance the University's sense of family by ensuring that all members of the Clemson community feel valued and supported while also increasing the diversity of students, faculty and staff. Success within this area will add value to the Clemson Experience, increase the workplace readiness of graduates, enhance the University's national and international reputation, and improve the recruitment and retention of top faculty and staff.

Strategic Priority

  • Clemson will enhance the living environment to make the University an outstanding place to live, learn and work while also increasing diversity and a climate of inclusive excellence.

See how your support for ClemsonForward can have an impact on Clemson Forever.

We Need Real Help to Move ClemsonForward

It has never been in Clemson's nature to rest on its laurels. This ambitious plan will firmly establish our status as one of America's top universities, but we need private support to make it happen. As alumni and friends of the University, we can make a real difference — ensuring that the history of excellence we have grown to love will continue to grow well into the future. Thank you for considering a gift to ClemsonForward and for supporting this vision for Clemson.