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  • Nearly 1,300 students study abroad every year, and Clemson has study abroad programs on every continent "” except Antarctica.
  • Since fall 2009, the number of undergraduate applications to Clemson University has increased by 77 percent.
  • The six-year graduation rate for the 2013 cohort was 83.7 percent.
  • Eighty-seven percent of instructional faculty have a Ph.D. or equivalent.
  • 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.
  • The University has a 16-to-1 faculty-to-student ratio, and more than half of all classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • R.M. Cooper Library is open 24 hours a day, five days a week during the academic year, in addition to weekend hours.
  • Each year Clemson offers admission to more than 1,000 transfer students.


  • 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. His 47 years in the Senate are the third-longest in U.S. history.
  • Nikki Haley '94 served as governor of South Carolina from 2011-2017 and as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2017-2018.
  • Clemson graduate and former IPTAY Director George Bennett is credited with starting the Welcome Back Festival.


  • Named a Forbes Best Value College 2019 for return on investment.
  • Ranked in the highest research university category by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education with the R1 designation.
  • State government netted almost $192 million revenue in fiscal year 2017 because of Clemson's impact on the state economy.
  • In fiscal year 2017, Clemson University generated $4.6 billion in overall economic impact to the state of South Carolina.
  • Eighty-nine percent of our students say if they could do college all over again, they'd still choose Clemson (National Survey of Student Engagement, 2016).


  • Campus borders the shoreline of Lake Hartwell, one of the Southeast's largest recreational spots.
  • The mountains are less than an hour away and offer canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking, camping, snow skiing and fishing.
  • 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.
  • The Clemson Experimental Forest covers 17,500 acres and has nearly 50 miles of maintained roads and more than 100 miles of multiuse recreational trails.
  • 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.
  • On move-in day, University employees and current students welcome new students by toting their luggage and other belongings to residence halls.


  • Special Collections and Archives houses the University Archives, the papers of Thomas Green Clemson and John C. Calhoun and many manuscripts of notable South Carolinians.
  • In 1970, the Tiger Paw was adopted as Clemson's athletics symbol.
  • In 1964, Clemson College was renamed Clemson University in recognition of expanded academic offerings and research pursuits.
  • Twenty-seven of the first 37 degrees granted by Clemson were in mechanical-electrical engineering. They were awarded at the first graduation in December 1896.
  • 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.
  • Clemson's campus houses South Carolina's largest bur oak tree, the Clemson Centennial Oak. It's more than 100 years old.
  • More than 6,000 Clemson students and alumni served in World War II.
  • "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.
  • Clemson College opened in 1893 with 446 students and 15 faculty under President Edwin Boone Craighead.
  • In 1917, the entire senior class enlisted in World War I. Thirty-three alumni died in the conflict.


  • For more than 80 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.
  • There are more than 500 ways to get involved on campus: student government, service efforts, religious groups, social events, military organizations, performing arts ensembles and much more.
  • Clemson Greek life represents about 24 percent of the student population and offers a wide range of opportunities for personal growth through 28 fraternities and 18 sororities.


  • Awarded $106.3 million in external research funding for fiscal year 2019.
  • In fiscal year 2019, Clemson University’s expenditures from competitively awarded federal-sponsored projects topped $85 million. This is an increase of $7 million compared with fiscal year 2018.
  • Sponsored research expenditures topped $104 million in fiscal year 2019, a $10.3 million increase compared with fiscal year 2018.
  • Clemson University researchers were awarded 16 patents in 2018.


  • The Palmetto Cluster is one of the largest supercomputers in the country and ranks fourth among U.S. academic systems on the Top500 list. It received a $1 million upgrade in 2018.