50 States, 50 Colleges: South Carolina

Today’s featured college for 50 States, 50 Colleges is from South Carolina!

College in the Spotlight:  Clemson University


Location:  Clemson, South Carolina

Size:  16,552 undergraduate and 4,206 graduate students

Fast Facts:

  • Founded in 1889, Clemson is a selective public research university best known for Science and Engineering programs.

  • Students have over 80 majors and 75 minors to choose from!

  • Clemson’s campus borders Hartwell Lake where students can often be seen swimming, boating, water skiing, and sailing.  The campus is also surrounded by its own forest!  

  • 91% of Clemson seniors say they would pick Clemson if they had to make the decision all over again.

  • Clemson was named the 4th friendliest college in the nation by the Huffington Post!  The 2011 survey highlighted Clemson’s students as approachable, supportive, and charitable.

  • Clemson offers study abroad programs on every continent except Antarctica

  • Homecoming has been a Clemson tradition since 1914.  The pep rally that weekend is called Tigerama–it involves fireworks and skits by student organizations and is one of the largest student-run pep rallies in the nation!

  • The Clemson Tigers have 7 NCAA Division 1 athletic teams–Go Tigers!


  • Many of Clemson’s majors require a capstone project in which students solve real world problems they are interested in.
  • There are over 400 student clubs and organizations, including 50 club sports!

  • Students applying to Clemson can also apply to the elite Calhoun Honors College, which offers smaller classes, innovative programs and individualized attention.

  • There are 1.5 million items in Clemson’s libraries!

  • The Fike Recreation Center is a state-of-the-art fitness facility including an indoor track, 25-yard pool, and climbing wall!

  • Clemson’s Agricultural Mechanization and Business program features one of the world’s only cutaway tractors made entirely by students!  This is a one-of-a-kind inside out tractor designed to show the details of how tractors function.


Want to learn more about Clemson?  Visit www.clemson.edu


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