More about Clemson University

Clemson University in South Carolina is a public land-grant and sea-grant research university with a proud military tradition.

Founded in the wake of the American Civil War, Clemson began as an all-male military school before opening as Clemson Agricultural College in 1893. It started to accept women in 1955.

The university was built on the Fort Hill plantation bequeathed by its founder Thomas Green Clemson, who had intended the institution to teach scientific agriculture and mechanical arts.

Clemson boasts 1,400 acres of land nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains that overlook the 900-mile shoreline of Lake Hartwell, where students can swim, boat, water-ski and sail.

The university practices a Faculty in Residence program, where both faculty and staff live on campus in shared residence halls, to encourage personal interactions outside of the classroom. While its Creative Inquiry Program enables undergraduates to participate in research alongside faculty and graduate students.

Call me MISTER, another university program, facilitates the employment of African American men to teach at South Carolina’s public elementary schools.

The university’s facilities include a trading room, social media listening centre, organic farm, and a campus shop selling ice cream which has been made by students since the 1920s.

Over 10,000 Clemson students have served in the armed forces and the popular, college-based Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program.

Clemson has study abroad program on every continent, except Antarctica. run media outlets, a golf course, and the Clemson Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble, which performed at the 2012 Olympics in London.

The Clemson mascot is a tiger, whose painted paw prints have been known to mysteriously appear along campus streets and within the university’s grounds.

A former President of Clemson, Robert Cook Edwards, famously founded a day where students were allowed to streak on campus without fear of reprisals.

Key statistics

  • 19,743
    Number of Students
  • 17.0
    Student to Staff Ratio
  • 7%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 46 : 54
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • $31,462
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
  • $8,358
    On-campus Room and Board
  • $50,100
    Salary after 10 years
Collected during World University Rankings on 28th Sep 2016 and US Rankings on 10th Oct 2016

Where we are


201 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
United States