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  • Overview

    Updated 1-29-18

    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. The student-centered community is characterized by high academic standards, inclusiveness, collaboration and a drive to excel.

    Clemson boasts a 17,500-acre forest, a 295-acre botanical garden and a lakefront setting. Undergraduate enrollment is managed to ensure small classes, a 16-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 community service.

    The strategic plan, ClemsonForward, focuses on the success of students by targeting the areas of research scholarship and funding particularly in the areas of advanced materials; cyber-infrastructure, analytics and big data science; energy, transportation and advanced manufacturing; human resilience; health innovation and sustainable environment; high-impact, evidence-based academic and global engagement; the academic core with initiatives in interdisciplinary curricula, general education and enhanced advising; and creating a living environment that is diverse, respectful and inclusive.

    For the past ten years, Clemson has ranked among the top 25 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 50 percent of Clemson’s incoming freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Both Money magazine and Kiplinger’s rank Clemson as a Best Public College Value for delivering a quality education at an affordable price. And Princeton Review ranks the University among the 200 schools that “Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”

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

  • 400-words

    Updated 1-29-18

    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, a low 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.

    The strategic plan, ClemsonForward, focuses on the success of students by targeting the areas of research scholarship and funding particularly in the areas of advanced materials; cyber-infrastructure, analytics and big data science; energy, transportation and advanced manufacturing; human resilience; health innovation and sustainable environment; high-impact, evidence-based academic and global engagement; the academic core with initiatives in interdisciplinary curricula, general education and enhanced advising; and creating a living environment that is diverse, respectful and inclusive.

    For the past ten years, Clemson has ranked among the top 25 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. Both Money magazine and Kiplinger’s rank Clemson as a Best Public College Value for delivering a quality education at an affordable price. And Princeton Review ranks the University among the 200 schools that “Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”

    Clemson’s 24,387 students can select from 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate degree programs offered by seven colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering, Computing and Applied Science; and Science.

    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 clemson.edu, visit us on Facebook, or call the Class of ‘44 Visitors Center at 864-656-4789.

  • 50-words

    Updated 1-29-18

    National focused

    Ranked for the past ten years among the top 25 national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit and a competitive drive to excel.

    Regional focused

    Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains surrounded by a lake and its own forest, Clemson University — South Carolina’s land-grant and highest-ranked institution — is committed to academic excellence, public service, economic development and innovative research, with students at the heart of it all. 

    EMPHASIS AREAS

    The university’s strategic plan, ClemsonForward, focuses on the success of students by targeting the areas of research scholarship and funding particularly in the areas of advanced materials; cyber-infrastructure, analytics and big data science; energy, transportation and advanced manufacturing; human resilience; health innovation and sustainable environment; high-impact, evidence-based academic and global engagement; the academic core with initiatives in interdisciplinary curricula, general education and enhanced advising; and creating a living environment that is diverse, respectful and inclusive. 

    FACTS

    GENERAL

    • Clemson is ranked No. 23 among national public universities. It has been ranked among the top 25 for 10 consecutive years.
    • Clemson’s enrollment is approximately 24,387, and the campus population is carefully managed to ensure small classes and a low student-to-faculty ratio. More than half of classes taught have fewer than 20 students.
    • Students can select from approximately 80 undergraduate degree programs and 110 graduate degree programs offered by seven colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering, Computing and Applied Science; and Science.
    • As South Carolina’s leading land-grant university, Clemson has a presence in every county for outreach and community service, as well as research and education centers at seven locations in-state, and educational programs in Charleston; Genoa, Italy; Brussels; and the island of Dominica.


    Undergraduate Student Oriented

    • Clemson scores well above its peers on the National Survey on Student Engagement. More than 90 percent of seniors would choose Clemson again if they could start over — compared to a national average of 83 percent.
    • Clemson is the number one choice of Palmetto Fellows, the state’s top high school graduates.
    • More than 400 student organizations, honor societies, service fraternities and clubs make campus life a highly active experience.
    • Clemson’s abundant green space translates into roughly one acre per student.
    • Clemson is ranked No. 31 on a list of Best Public College Values, by Kiplinger's magazine.
    • In 2016-17 Creative Inquiry, Clemson’s undergraduate research program included more than 4,802 students worked on 404 projects.


    Location, environment and atmosphere

    • Located in a college-town setting, Clemson boasts its own 17,500-acre experimental forest, is home to the 295-acre South Carolina Botanical Garden, and sits on the shores of Hartwell Lake, one of the Southeast’s most popular recreation sites. Clemson’s main campus translates into roughly one acre per student.
    • Visitors can enjoy student and professional theater, music and dance at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, named the No. 8 best university performing arts center by Best Value Schools; play a round of golf at the championship-caliber Walker Course, ranked the No. 9 best university golf course in the country by Golfweek; tour historic homes at Fort Hill and Hanover House; and cheer at Division I athletic events in 17 NCAA sports – with new or newly renovated venues for football and basketball.
    • The Clemson football team was named the 2016 National Champions after defeating Alabama in January 2017.
    • Clemson fans are known for their loyalty and pride, but also for their hospitality.
    • The Class of ’44 Visitors Center offers guided tours and information for the thousands of people who visit the campus each year, and the Clemson Conference Center and Inn helps fill the region’s meeting, conference and professional development needs.
    • Clemson is ranked in the top 10 by Princeton Review in town-gown relations, “everyone plays intramurals,” student career services, “students pack the stadium,” best alumni network and “their students love these colleges.”


    Research/Economic Development

    • Clemson is growing selected graduate programs and building new research and economic development centers to support a knowledge-based economy, focusing on advanced materials; cyberinfrastructure and big data science; energy, transportation and advanced manufacturing; human resilience; health innovation; and the sustainable environments.
    • Ph.D. enrollment has nearly doubled since 2001.
    • The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, which celebrated its 257th graduate in 2016, the same year it undertook 26 projects and received $3.6 million in research and sponsored programs.
    • The Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston is home to the SCE&G Energy Innovation Center, Duke Energy eGrid, Wind Turbine Drivetrain
    • Major economic development initiatives launched in recent years include:
        • The Clemson University Advanced Materials Center, with state-of-the-art equipment including one of the nation’s most advanced electron microscope facilities.
        • The Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus at the Greenville Health System strives to develop high-impact medical technology and devices and to transfer research and engineering to clinical applications. Testing Facility, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, Center for Workforce Development, Center for Watershed Excellence and the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center.
        • Clemson has a presence in every county for outreach and community service, as well as research and education centers at seven locations in-state, and educational programs in Charleston; Genoa, Italy; Brussels; and the island of Dominica.
        • Agricultural research and education across the state that are being redirected to focus on agricultural productivity and sustainability and capitalize on new and emerging economic opportunities, such as bio-fuels, nutraceuticals, and ecological restoration.

     

  • Long History

    One phrase that comes up again and again when talking to anyone related to the University is “the Clemson Family.” From the beginning it has been about family.

    It’s because of the Calhoun and Clemson families’ generosity and vision for the future that Clemson University came to be.

    Calhoun and Clemson family connections

    John C. Calhoun and Floride Bonneau Colhoun Calhoun — John C. Calhoun moved to what is now called the city of Clemson in 1825 — and the blueprint for the region was forever changed. During his lifetime, John C. Calhoun served in the S.C. Legislature, the U.S. Congress and the Cabinet, and he twice served as U.S. vice president. It was his estate that ultimately became Clemson University after Mrs. Calhoun left it to their daughter Anna Maria, who then left it to her husband, Thomas Green Clemson.

    Anna Maria Calhoun Clemson — Graceful and interested in politics, Anna married Thomas G. Clemson at age 21. Upon her death, it was her wish that her husband preserve her father’s house and use the land for a state agricultural college.

    Thomas Green Clemson — Recognized as the father of this extended family, Thomas Clemson had a great impact on our country’s politics, serving as an ambassador to Belgium under four U.S. presidents and then as the first secretary of agriculture. It was after Clemson married into the Calhoun family that his interests in agriculture grew. Upon his death in 1888, he left his estate and his fortune for the betterment of education in South Carolina.

    The establishment of Clemson Agricultural College

    In his will, Thomas Green Clemson left the Fort Hill plantation and a large part of his personal estate to establish what would become Clemson University.

    In November 1889, Gov. John Peter Richardson signed the bill accepting Thomas Clemson’s gift, which established the Clemson Agricultural College, with its trustees becoming custodians of Morrill Act and Hatch Act funds made available for agricultural education and research purposes by federal legislative acts.

    Initially an all-male military school, Clemson Agricultural College opened in July 1893 with 446 students. Clemson became a coeducational institution in 1955 when the college moved to “civilian” status for students. Expanded academic offerings and research pursuits led the way for the college to be renamed Clemson University in 1964.

  • Short History

    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.

    Also see: Longer University history

  • One-Liners

    Clemson is a nationally ranked, public research university where the student experience is second to none.

    Clemson is a nationally ranked, public research university where the teaching and learning environment, winning spirit, determination to excel and academic quality are second to none.

    Clemson is a nationally ranked research university with a small-college atmosphere and a determined spirit that is unrivaled.

    Clemson has created a culture that is both competitive and inclusive — a place where big ideas can, and do, thrive.

    Clemson is committed to consistently ranking among the nation’s top public universities and as a Carnegie tier one research institution.

  • Powerpoint Bullets

    All presentations made for non-university audiences should include 1-2 general information slides about Clemson University. Select the bullets that will be most relevant to your audience from the list below or choose other facts, figures and brag points in the Communications Toolbox.

    • Ranked No. 23 among national public universities
    • Science- and technology-oriented, student-centered research university with an 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio
    • Selective university with 24,387 students enrolled in approximately 80 undergraduate and 110 graduate degree programs in seven colleges
      • Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
      • Architecture, Arts and Humanities
      • Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences
      • Business
      • Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
      • Education
      • Science
    • College-town setting with a lakefront campus, the 295-acre S.C. Botanical Garden and a 17,500-acre experimental forest.
    • The University’s strategic plan, ClemsonForward seeks to increase national competitive scholarship and research funding, particularly in the areas of
      • Advanced materials
      • Cyber-infrastructure, analytics and big data science
      • Energy, transportation and advanced manufacturing
      • Human resilience
      • Health innovation
      • Sustainable environments 
    • Seven off-campus research centers in S.C. and educational programs in Charleston; Genoa, Italy; Brussels; and the island of Dominica.
    • An R1 ranked public research university where the student experience is second to none.
    • Clemson is both competitive and inclusive — a place where big ideas can, and do, thrive.
  • Tailoring our message.

    Here are some examples of how to quickly describe Clemson to different audiences.

    Undergraduate/parent

    Clemson University is a nationally ranked research university that is still a very student-centered community. Students at Clemson are engaged, spirited, highly competitive, and are ranked as among the nation’s happiest. Here you find a teaching and learning environment more common to private, liberal arts colleges. But we offer the increased academic, community service and social opportunities that you’d expect from a major public university. We are also on a beautiful campus surrounded by lakes, forests and mountains that offer all kinds of great outdoor activities.

    Graduate student/academic/business

    Clemson University is a R1 research institution ranked in the top 25 among national public universities. We are science- and technology-oriented with an emphasis on collaboration, research and entrepreneurship that drives economic development and improves quality of life in South Carolina. Clemson continues to grow both in facilities and programs especially in the areas of health innovation, sustainable environment, human resilience, big data science, advanced materials and complex engineered systems.

    Alumni

    The spirit of Clemson is as you remember it — students are spirited, conscientious, happy and engaged. Clemson is still an unmatched intellectual and social environment that gives students a sense of family, pride and loyalty. As a top-ranked national public university, Clemson continues to grow both in facilities and programs especially in the areas of health innovation, sustainable environment, human resilience, big data science, advanced materials and complex engineered systems.

    National focused

    Ranked No. 23 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel.

    Regional focused

    Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains surrounded by a Hartwell Lake and its own forest, Clemson University — South Carolina’s land-grant and highest-ranked institution — is committed to academic excellence, public service, economic development and innovative research, with students at the heart of it all.