CLEMSON — Clemson University’s freshman class will begin its collegiate academic journey Wednesday as classes begin for the 2017-18 academic year.

Currently, there are more than 3,650 freshmen scheduled to be on campus, including more than 400 in the Honors College. There also are 1,500 transfer students and 1,450 graduate students enrolled.

Freshman applications increased 12 percent this year with a total of 26,244. (Related: Last year’s student data)

Clemson students move into residence halls in preparation for the start of classes Wednesday.

Clemson students move into residence halls in preparation for the start of classes Wednesday.
Image Credit: Ashley Jones / Clemson University

“Our application numbers continue to increase annually and are a direct indication of the university’s growing national reputation as a leader in higher education,” said David Kuskowski, director of undergraduate admissions. “Our faculty and staff strive to create and maintain a positive learning environment that enriches the lives of our students and we’re looking forward to seeing all of the great accomplishments of the class of 2021.”

The Honors College saw a 5 percent increase in applications to 1,825 for fall 2017. Students currently enrolled in the program had an average score of 1470 on the SAT and 32 on the ACT. Eight students will also be part the National Scholars Program, the university’s most selective academic merit program. Their average SAT score is over 1530 and they all graduated in the top 1 percent of their high school classes.

First-year students and transfers hail from all over the U.S. and countries around the world, including China, Denmark, France, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Clemson University freshmen gather in Death Valley to celebrate the start of the school year.

Clemson University freshmen gather in Death Valley to celebrate the start of the school year.
Image Credit: Ashley Jones / Clemson University

The Graduate School is also on track for continued growth. Of the school’s 1,450 graduate students, 241 are vying for Ph.D.s and they will be spread among Clemson’s three campuses, with 908 students attending classes at the main campus, 306 in Greenville and 22 in Charleston.

Like the undergraduates, graduate students come from across the country and world. There are 400 international students, four Fulbright scholars and 42 veterans joining Clemson’s family.

The university’s Kick-Off Clemson week officially began Friday when students began moving into residence halls. Campus-wide celebrations for faculty, staff and students will continue taking place throughout the week, including today’s annual Tiger Prowl in Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m., and Wednesday’s second annual Unity Event and the Welcome Back Festival, which is hosted by the Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Council. It will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on College Avenue.

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