About the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences embodies founder Thomas Green Clemson’s vision of a “high seminary of learning” focused on improving the lives of South Carolinians through education and outreach in the agricultural and natural sciences.

Today CAFLS curricula explore plant, animal, human, molecular, and packaging sciences, and build upon Clemson University’s world-class academic, research and extension activities to produce scientific discoveries of global significance and graduates prepared to be leaders in their chosen fields.

CAFLS remains grounded in the fundamental principle that Clemson University is committed by its land-grant legacy to ensure that higher education remains a public good, and that land-grant colleges link their expertise to the needs of the people.

Notable Numbers


TOP 25 Public University

34% increase in enrollment in 10 years

94.5% Freshmen RETENTION rate

Over $400,000 in CAFLS-specific scholarships

Hands-on, student-led research

SAT 1320 | ACT 28

38 states represented

17:1 student-to-faculty


total acreage of Research and Education Centers

$22.9 million
total research funds secured by Research and Education Centers since FY13

10 countries
Experiment Station has shared research information with

$10,000 pesticide cost savings
per cotton and soybean farm due to Experiment Station Research

$7 million invested
in Advanced Plant Technology lab space and equipment


total amount of flood assistance dispersed with help of Cooperative Extension

236,881 people impacted by Extension outreach programs

11,297 Extension educational programs

educational programs delivered in forestry and natural resources

4,292 4-H programs delivered

100,155 youth and families reached through 4-H programming