Clemson University first is an educational institution, which means the primary focus is on students, their academic success and the experiences they have on campus.

Clemson is proud of its students and vice-versa

  • For several years, Clemson has received record numbers of applications from prospective students. More than 3,600 freshmen were accepted in fall 2016. Their average SAT score was 1243 and 57 percent of them were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.
    Overall, Clemson University has more than 18,500 undergraduate students and 4,800 graduate students.
  • In a national survey, 92 percent of seniors would choose Clemson if they could start their college careers over again. And 95 percent of seniors have taken part in an internship, a research project, study abroad or other student engagement opportunity.
  • The Princeton Review’s “The Best 381 Colleges” 2017 edition ranked Clemson No. 3 in the category “Their Students Love These Colleges” and No. 11 in “Happiest Students.”

Opportunities to learn

  • Forty-six percent of Clemson seniors have or plan to work on a research project with a professor outside of what’s required.
  • The award-winning Creative inquiry program gives undergraduates the opportunity to work on multi-semester research projects with faculty mentors. Since the program began in 2005, faculty have mentored Creative Inquiry projects involving more than 37,000 student experiences.
  • Clemson’s Social Media Listening Center gives students a unique opportunity to analyze more than 150 million sources of social media conversations and apply the analyses to studies of communication strategies, advertising and branding and other data.
  • Thanks to the support of corporate partners and others, Clemson students are able to work with state-of-the-art technology they may use in their post-college careers. For instance, Siemens made an in-kind grant of $357 million in product lifecycle management software that more than 140,000 companies worldwide are using. At the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, automotive engineering students word side-by-side with industry professionals from such companies as BMW and Toyota.

Champions start with champion facilities

Clemson is producing champions on the field. Those champions live and work in Clemson University facilities in Clemson and across the Upstate. Clemson has embarked on a physical transformation to move the campus forward into the next 50 years. The transformation includes new and renovated facilities where faculty, staff and students live, work, play and prepare to succeed in a global workforce.

Some of Clemson’s newest additions include:

  • The Watt Family Innovation Center: The 70,000 square-foot facility opened in January 2016 and proves significant space for teaching and research in science, technology and engineering. With a two-story media grid, highly reconfigurable spaces and cutting-edge technologies, “The Watt” offers an innovative, cross-disciplinary learning experience that may serve as a model across the country.
  • Core Campus: With a combined 260,000 square feet, the buildings in Clemson’s Core Campus provide housing for more than 700 students. The new facility replaces the old Harcombe dining hall and offers more than 76,000 feet of unique dining options and retail opportunities. Core Campus also houses the university’s Calhoun Honors College, which offers student specialized courses, innovative learning experiences and promotes intellectual engagement for students, faculty and staff.
  • Zucker Family Graduate Education Center: Opened in the fall of 2016, the $21.5 million, 70,000-square-foot center is home to graduate programs in electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering; a Ph.D. In computer science; and a Master of Fine Arts in digital production arts. Inside, the building features glass walls, giant monitors as far as the eye can see and reclaimed wood beams from the dilapidated World War II-era warehouse that sat on the property before ground was broken for the center last year.
  • Clemson’s football operations complex is said to be one of the best in the nation and includes state-of-the-art locker rooms, top training/rehabilitation space, a 20,000-square-foot weight room, a lounge, a nutrition center and much more. Officials say that the facility allows staff and players to operate more efficiently with highly functional space that supports growth while maintaining the “Clemson Family” atmosphere.
  • Scheduled to open Fall 2018, the $212 million Douthit Hills project will transform Clemson’s gateway into the main campus and provide housing for more than 1,700 students. In addition to sleek and modern dormitories, Douthit Hills will offer a new bookstore, coffee shops, retail dining opportunities and a recreation center.

Clemson students give back

There are many examples of students giving their time and talents to help their communities and the world at large. Here are a few:

  • For 23 years, students have volunteered to build a Habitat for Humanity House for a local family during Homecoming. Each year, more than 500 students donate 2,100 of time to build a house on Bowman Field.
  • Many students use their spring breaks for service trips to help other. Last spring, 420 members of Fellowship of Christian Athletes went to Indianapolis to work as teaching assistants and serve homeless shelters. Thirty from the Clemson branch of Students Helping Honduras traveled to that country to help build new schools and encourage children to stay in school.
  • Clemson students and employees also donated 3,393 pints of blood to beat rival University of South Carolina students in the 32nd annual Blood Bowl before the Clemson-USC football game.

They also give back in the classroom

  • For instance, students worked with architecture professor Paul Russell to design a new student life center at South Carolina State University.
  • On a more modest scale, students in Creative Inquiry worked with local elementary school students to build a garden to show them how to grow vegetables in an urban setting.

Offering a more inclusive educational experience

  • Several programs are aimed at providing opportunities for underserved populations.
  • One of the most successful is “Call Me MISTER,” an initiative launched at Clemson to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background, particularly among the state’s lowest-performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. The program now is in place at dozens of other colleges and in several states.
  • Clemson University is launching a major initiative to foster a more inclusive, supportive, and diverse South Carolina. On April 27-28, 2017, Clemson’sOffice of Inclusion and Equity will present its inaugural Men of Color National Summit to help close the achievement gap for young men of color with the promise of new opportunities through higher education. The goal of the summit is to attract and retain a highly talented and diverse group of students, faculty, and staff at the University, and especially to open up educational and career opportunities for young men of color, most of whom will be first-generation college students who often face an unusually challenging path to higher education.
  • The President’s Forum on Inclusive Excellence is a twice-yearly forum with corporate executives and higher education who have track records of building successful, inclusive organizations.
  • A new initiative funded with a $3.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation nicknamed Tigers ADVANCE aims to increase the participation of women and minorities in the STEM fields.
  • Clemson’s engineering program is ranked as the nation’s 20th highest producer of African-American undergraduates receiving baccalaureate degrees, according to the magazine Diverse Issues in Higher Education.