The Division of Student Affairs is a preeminent, student-centered community that creates supportive and inclusive environments to prepare Clemson students for lifelong learning. Our mission is to prepare and empower students to make a difference as global citizens.


Student Affairs recently redefined its scope as a division through the development of a comprehensive strategic plan. The plan supports ClemsonForward and the university’s goal of consistently being recognized as a top-20 public institution.

What are the most important contributions from Student Affairs to the mission of the university?

  • A safe, secure and inclusive environment

  • Access to health services and wellness programs

  • Support for student success from acceptance through graduation

  • Access to employers seeking highly-skilled employees

  • Out-of-class activities to facilitate growth and leadership

  • High-quality staff to deliver services and administer programs


Four core themes exist as part of the division’s strategic plan. By focusing its work within the core theme areas, Student Affairs aims to have the greatest impact on student recruitment, retention, graduation and value of our graduates in the marketplace. Each core theme includes several desired outcomes, as listed below.

Health, Safety and Wellness

  • Enhance the university’s capacity to identify student needs and connect them to relevant resources in a timely manner

  • Increase facility capacity through renovation and new construction

  • Develop student service infrastructure to meet student needs at innovation campuses

  • Broaden the range of students participating in related programs

Student Learning

  • Strengthen coordination of engaged learning and student support resources with Academic Affairs

  • Focus learning experiences to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for success after graduation

  • Increase availability of space for students to study in residence hall common areas

Inclusive Excellence

  • Improve effectiveness of mentoring opportunities

  • Increase staff capacity to serve student populations with varied identities and needs

  • Develop structure to support international and graduate students

  • Increase positive interactions between students with different identities, backgrounds and viewpoints

Staff Experience

  • Increase capacity of staff to perform at high levels

  • Apply effective best practices in the workplace

  • Clarify connection of staff roles to overall divisional and university objectives

  • Recruit and reward high-performing staff