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  • Doctoral enrollment has increased 96 percent since 2002.
  • The University offers an overall 17-to-1 faculty/student ratio, and nearly half of Clemson's classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • R.M. Cooper Library is open 24 hours a day, five days a week in addition to weekend hours.
  • Each year Clemson offers admission to more than 1,000 transfer students.


  • Clemson graduate and former IPTAY Director George Bennett is credited with starting the Welcome Back Festival.
  • 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. Sometimes controversial, always colorful, he still holds the record as the longest-serving U.S. senator.


  • Clemson startup companies have created more than 100 jobs in the advanced-material, biomedical-device and information-technology sectors.
  • Clemson created more than $1.8 billion in economic impact in 2010.
  • S.C. county and municipal governments netted an estimated $101.8 million in revenue as a result of the economic activity associated with Clemson.
  • State government netted almost $115 million revenue in 2010 because of Clemson’s impact on the state economy.
  • Every 10 jobs directly created by Clemson generates an additional 16 jobs statewide through indirect and induced effects.
  • Clemson is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review in 2013.


  • Campus borders the 900-plus-mile shoreline of Hartwell Lake where swimming, boating, skiing and sailing are popular pastimes.
  • The mountains are less than an hour away and offer canoeing, kayaking, white-water rafting, hiking, camping, snow skiing and trout fishing.
  • The Clemson Experimental Forest covers 17,482 acres and has nearly 45 miles of maintained roads and more than 100 miles of designated trails.
  • On move-in day University employees and current students welcome new students by toting their luggage and other belongings to residence halls.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 18,354 questions were answered by library staff in the R.M. Cooper Library last year.
  • The Clemson libraries have access to more than 100,000 ebook titles.
  • The Special Collections Library contains the University Archives and the papers of John C. Calhoun, Thomas Green Clemson, James F. Byrnes and Strom Thurmond.


  • In 1917, the entire senior class enlisted in World War I.
  • Clemson College opened in 1893 with 446 students and 15 faculty under President Edwin Boone Craighead.
  • “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.
  • The phrase “Old Green Tom” refers to the weathered bronze statue of the University’s founder, Thomas Green Clemson, located in front of Tillman Hall.
  • Clemson’s campus houses South Carolina’s largest bur oak tree — the Clemson Centennial Oak. It’s more than 100 years old.
  • Special Collections houses the University Archives, the papers of John C. Calhoun and many manuscripts of noted South Carolinians.
  • 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.
  • Twenty-seven of the first 37 degrees granted by Clemson were in “mechanical-electrical engineering.” They were awarded in 1896.
  • Former Clemson President Robert Cook “R.C.” Edwards once created a day when people were allowed to streak on campus without legal consequences.


  • Clemson has study abroad programs on every continent – except Antarctica.
  • 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.
  • For more than 75 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.


  • Externally funded research awards topped $109M in fiscal 2017. This is an increase of $8.6M compared to fiscal 2016.
  • Research expenditures for fiscal 2017 were $90M*, a $10M increase compared to fiscal 2016
  • Since 2015, Clemson has won 19 major research projects. The total value of those projects is greater than $100M


  • The Palmetto Cluster ranks eighth on the list of university-owned supercomputers in the United States, according to the November 2014 Top500 list of international supercomputers and will get a $1 million upgrade in 2018.