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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.