Location: Clemson, SC
Funding: Public University
Size: 16,560 Undergraduate Students
Percent Women: 46% Undergraduate
Tuition (one year): In State: $21,524 Out of State: $38,958 (Includes Room and Board)
Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 57.2% accepted
For more information about finanicial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores visit Clemson University's webiste at http://www.clemson.edu/admissions/
Why Choose Clemson?
"I chose to come to Clemson when I visited the campus. I fell in love instantly. I definitely recommend coming to see the campus because it is absolutely beautiful. There really is something in the hills. Every turn through the campus there is another cool or historic building or view of the mountains and lake. The town is such a special place and we definitely deserve the "Best Town and Gown Relations" award for the past 2 years!"- Machaella Reisman '16
"There is no way that you could be in Clemson on a Saturday in the Fall and not be in awe. The atmosphere on game day is unlike anything else. When the team runs down the hill it truly is the most exciting 25 seconds in college football (I think all of sports in general)! The tradition in Death Valley and surrounding football in Clemson is one of my favorite aspects of our school! Go Tigers!"- Liz Levine '16
"I grew up being a Clemson fan and so many of my family members have gone to Clemson and I wanted to carry on the tradition. Clemson has so much history and has been such an amazing school since it began as an agriculture school in 1889. Even if it hadn't been so ingrained in my head since I was a kid that the Tigers were the best, I think I would have come here anyway because who wouldn't wanna go to a Top 20 Public University with a huge lake right on campus!" -Bria Burke-Koscela '16
"I knew that Clemson had so much to do! Even though we are out in the country there is always something going on. There are so many clubs to be involved in and I knew I wanted to join a sorority and had only heard great things about Clemson Greek Life. So many people are involved in club and intermural sports and if you don't want to play them there's always an athletic event to go and watch! There is always a lot going on at night on the weekends too of course."- Ashlyn Carey '16
"I chose Clemson because when I walked around campus, everyone looked so happy to be there. Of course, the weather didn't hurt either! What stuck with me the most was how happy and proud people were to be Clemson students and I wanted to be a part of that!"-Claire Spellburg '17
There are too many great aspections of Clemson to even know where to begin! How many other schools have a beautiful campus beach on a lake right on campus? The beach can get a lot of use in the warm months (which is a very big part of the year in South Carolina). We are a college town where everything in the town pretty much revolves around the school but there are cities close enough to drive to when you need/want to. The list of traditions is pretty long (I even have a t-shirt from homecoming week that shows them all). Some of my favorites include the float building for both Homecoming and the First Friday Parade, everything revolving around the football team, getting a Clemson ring at the ring ceremony, $2 bills for away game and TTT's 21st birthday shirts.
I can honestly say that I like almost everything about my school. There really are not too many aspects that need improving but one that could use a little work is the housing in Bryan Mall or as students usually call it, the Horseshoe. The housing there is pretty traditional freshman style dorm rooms. They are considerably better than some of the other schools that I have visited but they are a little small. They really are in good shape though and I fit everything that I needed to in them. Sharing a bathroom is not that awful. Living in the community setting like that is a great way to meet other girls and a lot of people make some of their best friends from their halls. Clemson has also recieved funding for CORE campus which is allowing some of the older buildings such as the union to be updated and build new housing for upper classmen.
New Collegiate on Campus
Freshman year was incredible! It is so easy to get adjusted. The first few days that freshmen are at Clemson they have some events that are just for new students and are put into welcome groups with people who live around them which is a great way to get introduced to them! Orientation is over the summer before you come to school in August and is 2 days and students get to stay a night in the dorms! Freshmen have their own housing. Most of the housing on campus is for freshmen. A lot of the upper classmen move into the ridiculous number of apartment options around campus but there is housing for upperclassmen if they choose it. A great way to meet upperclassmen and more people your age as well is to go through recruitment! Sorority and Fraternity recruitment both take place in the Fall and is the perfect way to have to meet 200 girls within your first week of being at school! Clemson does not have accepted students days but they do have Spring Blitz where there are special tours and other activities for a few weeks in the Spring.
Clemson Welcome Week Activities
All About Academics
We are extremely proud to say that we are now ranked in the Top 20 Public Universities in the nation!
As it is at most colleges, scheduling classes can be similar to the Hunger Games. That's one of the few problems with a big school. Getting access to sign up for classes goes in order of class ranking from Senior down to Freshmen. I have not had a super hard time signing up for classes. Sometimes I don't get all the classes that I originally planned for, but I pick back ups that are still classes that I need to be taking and always end up with a full schedule. It's either a hit or miss with the advisors. My advisors in the College of Business and Behavorial Science have been great so far, particularly my Marketing advisor. Definitely recommend signing up for an appointment early because they do fill up pretty quickly and you'll get stuck with like an 8 am slot. Over 50% of the classes have less than 20 students in them and just 14% have over 50. This is great for a large school and gives a lot of opportunities to get to know your teachers.
The general education requirements are not too bad particularly if you can come in with any credits from high school. One of the more unusual requirements that Clemson has is called Cross Cultural Awareness and there are a lot of different classes that can fulfill this, I took a European History class that I ended up enjoying. There are 2 kinds of people; ones who spend every day in Cooper Library because they can't get work done anywhere else and the ones that only go in there to print or get coffee from Java City. There are lots of other great locations to go study like the Academic Success Center and Hendrix if you cant study in your room. It's usually not a problem to find a seat besides during finals week Cooper can be pretty busy. All the floors have different levels of noise allowed ranging from silent to talking being allowed so you can find whatever works for you!
Learn from the Best
One of the more infamous professors is Eddie Smith. He is a communications professor and he is definitely a character. I had him Freshman year and he is hilarious and always made class fun, if you can take one of his classes definitely do it. I recommend always trying to take one class a semester that you think will be an easy A. It definitely helps when you have a rough semester to know that you will have that easy class that does not take as much work as all your others or something that you really enjoy. My favorite teacher in the business department so far is definitely Carter McElveen (Marketing). Teachers have to have office hours so they are usually just sitting there waiting for people to come talk to them. I have found them to be the most helpful in my English classes when I have papers to write. They usually give you some help before you hand it in or give a better idea of what they are really looking for.
Interests & Involvement
There is no way to go to Clemson and not be involved. There is literally a club for everything and anything. Tiger Prowl is at the beginning of the year and all the organizations, clubs and athletic teams are there for students to come and sign up to particapate in. You are not usually committing for anything by signing up they will send you emails with more information and you can usually attend an interest meeting. Greek life is definitely popular and I recommend it to anyone even though recruitment can be a little stressful it pays off completely. Other popular clubs are intermural sports, FCA and Central Spirirt. FCA is a religious organization that meets every Thursday and has lots of students involved and does some great things for campus and on their Spring Break service trips. Central Spirit is an organization made up of students that supports all the athletic events. They do things like blow up all the balloons that are released in Death Valley at football games and go to all other sports and cheer on our athletes. GET INVOLVED!!!
If you're looking at Clemson you better know that football is a HUGE deal! There is really nothing I mean nothing like being in Memorial Stadium on Saturdays. It's really been some of my best memories of college. You better invest in a few orange dresses because we don't wear tshirts to football we dress up. It's one of the best traditions and the tailgating is seriously unreal. There is no way to explain the magnitude of it you just have to come see it! Everyone is currently bragging about beating our rivals University of South Carolina this year in the Palmetto Bowl and the Men's Soccer ACC championship this year. We love all sports at Clemson. Baseball and basketball games are both a blast too and best of all, the tickets to all sporting events are free for students. The athletes are great I have had lots in my classes and am friends with a bunch of football players. It's not like they stay to themselves and don't associate with other students they are all normal and you're always guarenteed to see some hanging out by Vickory or Schilletter.
The ratio of men to women is pretty close to even. I have never encountered a problem being a woman at school. The one place where you may feel outnumbered is in the Engineering major but besides that I don't think it will ever be noticable. While there are definitely exceptions, the overwhelming amount of girls will be seen in oversized tshirts and norts in class. It is not like people will think you are weird if that is not what you are wearing but definitely do not think you have to dress up to go to class. The style is definitely comfortable. Sororities is definitely the biggest group of women on campus but I am sure there are others to be involved in as well. Redfern (the students health center) has lots of resources available to women and students in general.
Food and Drink
Clemson has 3 dining halls. They are generally pretty good especially compared to some horror stories I have heard of from friends that go to other schools. There are also a lot of restaurants in downtown and on Tiger Boulevard. There are a lot of places that are open very late at night before for some college student late night snacking. The line outside of Little Caesars is usually extremely long when the bars close at 2. If you have never had Cookout, you will soon learn what you are missing. It is heaven.
Clemson has a very active social scene. There is always something to do on the weekends whether you want to go to a party or not. The fraternities through parties and provide sober rides to girls and their brothers going to parties because the houses are spread out we do not have a greek row. This is a very popular for underclassmen because the bars downtown usually require you to be 21+ to get inside. Thursday nights also are a big night to go out, more if you are going to bars than if you are going to a party, but still an option. Sometimes upperclassmen are known to go out on Tuesdays because many of the bars offer specials and karaoke. Clemson Live provides a lot of events to students that do not involve alcohol and are a lot of fun too. If you wanted to go to a party and not drink I have never experienced pressure or seen it to make girls drink. It would be very easy to be sober at parties if that was what you chose to do and no one would care either way.
There are a bunch of dorm options for freshman and I know people that have lived in them all and liked them all. There is the horseshoe, Clemson house, the shoeboxes and Johnstone. The majority of students end up in the horseshoe because that's where the high rises are which have the largest number of rooms. That is like your typical college dorm room. You really get to experience a great hall life and meet so many other people. The shoeboxes are on the other side of campus and are pretty normal rooms besides they have sinks in the room. Clemson House is where I lived freshman year. We had our own bathroom which was awesome. Some of the rooms had kitchens and the floors were co-ed because you didn't need to share a bathroom. It was a lot of fun to have a mix of boys and girls. Johnstone is all boys so you don't have to worry about that. If you don't live in Clemson House with a kitchen there are usually a kitchen in the basement or ground floor of the buildings that you can use. The dorms are extremely safe (I never locked my door once this past semester). As freshmen you have to live on campus unless you are commuting from home which I think it is great. After freshmen year you can live wherever you want.
The town of Clemson really revolves around the University. Downtown is within walking distance (right next to) the campus. There are lots of Clemson stores and restaurants right there. These restaurants all become the bars at night as well so everything is really close. The CAT bus also goes downtown so if you live off campus you can easily get there too. We can have cars on campus as freshman so that also helps too. Wal Mart is just a couple miles away which is pretty much where we get anything we need. There are a few grocery stores along the bus route as well. We have won "Best Town and Gown Relations" the past 2 years so it's clearly a great relationship and place to live. The closest mall is in Anderson which is about 20 minutes away and then Greenville which is the closest city and airport is about 45 minutes away. Clemson is also just 2 hours from both Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, NC.
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