Prospective Freshmen

Thanks for considering Clemson University’s Department of Animal & Veterinary Sciences (AVS)!

Clemson is a top-rated undergraduate and graduate university with an impressive record of academic achievements ( According to a recent Gourman Report, the AVS department at Clemson was in the top 1/3rd of all such undergraduate programs in the country. We pride ourselves on our commitment to:

  • Maintaining a safe and humane learning environment for our students
  • Mentoring and advising all AVS undergraduate majors by faculty
  • Providing hands-on opportunities with a variety of livestock (beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, horses, swine) and poultry species
  • Pushing our students to explore and expand their skill sets through research, teaching, Extension, international, or internship experience
  • Offering three distinct, but flexible, undergraduate curricula to meet student interests
  • Hosting the first, and only, Academic Living and Learning Community for Animal Sciences Freshmen Women – Women in Animal & Veterinary Sciences -WAVS
  • Supplying the animal and equine industries with career-ready entrepreneurs and employees
  • Affording our students opportunities for personal and professional development through extracurricular activities associated with clubs, animal exhibitions, and evaluation courses
  • Assuring that our students have the oral and written communication skills to succeed by incorporating writing and speaking opportunities into our courses
  • Meeting the requirements of students' choices of professional schools (veterinary, medical, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, law, and graduate)

We encourage you to peruse our web pages for specific information about our major, courses, faculty & staff, and facilities. If you cannot find the information you seek, or would like to schedule a meeting or tour, please feel free to contact Ms. Kathy Still, our freshman advisor, at 864-656-3162 or at

Admission to Clemson University is very competitive; in the event that you are not accepted to Clemson University as a freshman – cheer up – many of our students transfer to our department after a year (or more) at a smaller college or university. Here they would take their basic freshmen courses (English, math, biology, chemistry, literature, social sciences, and humanities) while adjusting to pace and difficulty of college-level courses.

We have a special section of our web pages set up just to help those students wishing to transfer into the AVS department at Clemson (Click Here for Prospective Transfer Students).

We encourage you to make use of the web-based resources that Clemson University provides for prospective students ( We do suggest that, if you have a background in animal agriculture (i.e. 4-H or FFA exhibitions, judging teams, or farm background), you mention that on your application. However, if you do not have these in your background- not to worry! We are here to teach you about animals, and we have no "pre-requisite" background expectations. The AVS major at Clemson University is not currently limited in its ability to enroll students. We have no cap on our enrollment or special admission requirements.