2013 was a great year for Clemson University. We drew national attention for our research and programs, named a new president and rose to the 21st spot of national public universities. We always enjoy hearing about our incoming freshmen class, but this year we followed their excitement about being Tigertown Bound on social media. Without question, our readers and followers love reading stories about what makes Clemson unique.

Here’s a look at the top 10 stories from the past year. Enjoy, and go Tigers!

Thumbnail picture of a rendering of the new Natural Heritage Garden at the South Carolina Botanical Garden.10) Take a walk through South Carolina without ever leaving Clemson

This story was written before major flooding damaged large portions of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, but the garden’s new Natural Heritage Garden uniquely represents the ecological aspects and heritage of each part of South Carolina.

Thumbnail image of Clemson student studying in the library.9) Another school year starts with a freshman class that has the total package

More students than ever are applying to Clemson. This slideshow story gives an overall picture of what this year’s incoming freshman class looked like.

Thumbnail image of a Greenlink bus8) Greenlink launches shuttle to serve St. Francis Eastside, CU-ICAR campus

A public-private partnership now means Clemson faculty, students and staff can more easily travel between the main Clemson campus and facilities in Greenville.

Thumbnail image of a Clemson art student drawing7) Clemson’s Class of 2013 grads are ready to turn their passions into careers

At each May graduation we profile five Clemson students as they’re preparing to leave Tigertown and head onto their next steps.

6) Clemson rises to 21st among top public universities

When the U.S.News & World Report annual guide to “America’s Best Colleges” came out in September, Clemson had risen to its highest ranking yet — 21st. Just one step away from President Barker’s vision of being a top-20 university.

Thumbnail image of Clemson student Scotty Haas and his orange mohawk5) The man behind the mohawk: Meet Scotty Haas, Clemson’s biggest ‘fan’

You’ve probably seen the student with the giant Mohawk in the Clemson student section of Clemson sports games. Now, get to know the mechanical engineering major with a big passion for Clemson.

Thumbnail image of Tigertown Bound envelope that Clemson students receive when they're accepted to the University4) Tigertown Bound

Seeing the joy on students’ faces as they open their big, orange envelopes is one of the highlights of the year. This year we produced a sampling of what these Tigertown Bound students were saying on social media.

Thumbnail image of outgoing Clemson President James Barker3) Barker to retire as Clemson president, return to architecture faculty

After nearly 14 years in the president’s office, beloved President Jim Barker announced his retirement and plans to return to the classroom.

Thumbnail image of Clemson President James Clements.2) James P. Clements named president of Clemson University

On Nov. 11, Clemson Trustees announced that James P. “Jim” Clements would be the University’s 15th president, succeeding President Jim Barker.

Thumbnail image of Howard's Rock1) Vandalism of Howard’s Rock draws national attention

When it was discovered that part of Howard’s Rock had been broken off and was missing, the story drew the interest of football fans and Clemson faithful across the nation.