Clemson broke a lot of ground in 2014. The University literally broke ground on several campus construction projects, but it also achieved groundbreaking success in other areas — the Will to Lead for Clemson capital campaign surpassed the $800 million mark, we welcomed in another record-breaking freshman class, and faculty continued to conduct groundbreaking research.

The top 10 most-read Web stories from 2014 sum up the year’s highlights pretty well:

10) Two Clemson professors named among nation’s top “40 Under 40

Two Clemson professors — Leidy Klotz from civil engineering and Steven V. Miller from political science — were named to the inaugural “40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire” list by

sheepbarn9) Historic campus building to house new student activity center

Thanks to a $1 million gift from the Barnes family of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Clemson’s historic Sheep Barn will be given new life as a student activity center.

8) This is what the ‘Clemson Family’ means to us

We took to Facebook and Twitter to ask Clemson people, “What does the phrase ‘Clemson Family’ mean to you?” This story is a round up of some of the best answers.

7) Clemson suspends 24 fraternities’ social, new-member activities

Social and new-member activities of 24 fraternities were suspended following the death of student Tucker Hipps in addition to other investigations into violations of the law and student code of conduct.

6) Amazing ambition drives the Class of 2014 toward their next set of goals

Each May, we profile five graduating seniors who are leaving Clemson ready to make a difference in the world.

5) Clemson University officials break ground for innovative, high-tech academic building

Construction has begun on the Watt Family Innovation Center, which will connect student research projects with industry partners in a building that provides state-of-the-art technology. The building is made possible by a gift from the Watt family of Kennesaw, Georgia.


4) Former Miss S.C. Ali Rogers selected for College Football Playoff internship

Clemson graduate Ali Rogers, former Miss South Carolina and first runner-up in the Miss America pageant in 2013, landed an amazing opportunity to work as an intern in communications and brand management for the first-ever College Football Playoff.

3) Welcome to the Tigertown Bound Class of 2018

It’s our annual round up of tweets, Facebook posts and photos from students who received that special orange envelope in the mail notifying them of their acceptance to Clemson.

2) Students love Clemson and are among nation’s happiest, new rankings show

Clemson ranked highly in many categories of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 379 Colleges,” including happiest students, students who love their colleges, town-gown relations and packing the stadiums.

Top 201) Clemson named a top 20 national public university

Clemson achieved a long-held goal when it was ranked No. 20 among public colleges and universities by U.S.News & World Report. The ranking is the highest ever achieved by the University and marks the seventh consecutive year Clemson has been in the top 25.