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  • since fall 2009, the number of undergraduate applications to clemson university has increased by 77 percent.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • eighty-seven percent of instructional faculty have a ph.d. or equivalent.
  • the six-year graduation rate for the 2012 cohort was 83 percent.
  • nearly 1,300 students study abroad every year, and clemson has study abroad programs on every continent "” except antarctica.


  • 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. 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.


  • 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).
  • in fiscal year 2017, clemson university generated $4.6 billion in overall economic impact to the state of south carolina.
  • state government netted almost $192 million revenue in fiscal year 2017 because of clemson's impact on the state economy.
  • ranked in the highest research university category by the carnegie classification of institutions of higher education with the r1 designation.
  • named a forbes best value college 2019 for return on investment.


  • the mountains are less than an hour away and offer canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking, camping, snow skiing and fishing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • campus borders the shoreline of lake hartwell, one of the southeast's largest recreational spots.


  • in 1917, the entire senior class enlisted in world war i. thirty-three alumni died in the conflict.
  • 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.
  • more than 6,000 clemson students and alumni served in world war ii.
  • clemson's campus houses south carolina's largest bur oak tree, the clemson centennial oak. it's more than 100 years old.
  • 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.
  • 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 at the first graduation in december 1896.
  • in 1964, clemson college was renamed clemson university in recognition of expanded academic offerings and research pursuits.
  • in 1970, the tiger paw was adopted as clemson's athletics symbol.


  • 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.
  • the princeton review ranks clemson 3rd for "everyone plays intramural sports".
  • 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 nearly $150 million in external research funding for fiscal year 2018, a $40.3 million increase from fiscal year 2017.
  • sponsored research expenditures topped $94 million in fiscal year 2018, a $4.6 million increase compared to fiscal year 2017.
  • in fiscal year 2018, expenditures from competitively awarded federal-sponsored projects topped $78 million. this is an increase of $3.6 million compared to fiscal year 2017.
  • 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.