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  • Clemson is ranked No. 20 among national public universities and No. 8 among “up and coming” national public universities (U.S.News & World Report rankings).
  • Clemson’s enrollment is about 20,000, and the campus population is carefully managed to ensure small classes and a low student-to-faculty ratio. More than half of classes taught have fewer than 20 students.
  • The University’s 20,000 students can select from approximately 80 undergraduate degree programs and 110 graduate degree programs offered by five colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Architecture, Arts and Humanities; Business and Behavioral Science; Engineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.
  • As South Carolina’s leading land-grant university, Clemson has a presence in every county for outreach and community service, as well as research and education centers at five locations in-state and on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

Undergraduate student oriented

  • Clemson University ranked fourth in the nation on U.S.News & World Report’s list of the top 10 schools with the highest percentage of students who hold internships or co-op positions.
  • Clemson scores well above its peers on the National Survey on Student Engagement. More than 90 percent of seniors would choose Clemson again if they could start over – compared to a national average of 83 percent.
  • Clemson is the number one choice of Palmetto Fellows, the state’s top high school graduates. More than half of Clemson’s incoming freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.
  • More than 400 student organizations, honor societies, service fraternities and clubs make campus life a highly active experience.
  • Clemson’s abundant green space translates into roughly one acre per student.
  • Clemson is ranked No. 7 among national universities, both public and private, in payback ratio, according to SmartMoney magazine — a calculation based on graduates’ lifetime earning potential and the cost of tuition.
  • A team of researchers from the University of Maryland and the University of Wisconsin conducted a national study of living-learning communities and rated Clemson’s living-learning communities among the nation’s best.
  • In her book, The College Solution:  A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price, financial writer Lynn O’Shaughnessy profiled Clemson’s Creative Inquiry program as a best practice in undergraduate research. She wrote — “Unfortunately, the experiences that Clemson students enjoy are not nearly common enough.”

Location, environment and atmosphere

  • Located in a college-town setting, Clemson boasts its own 17,500-acre experimental forest, is home to the 295-acre South Carolina Botanical Garden, and sits on the shores of Lake Hartwell, one of the Southeast’s most popular recreation sites. Clemson’s main campus translates into roughly one acre per student.
  • Visitors can enjoy student and professional theatre, music and dance at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, play a round of golf at the championship-caliber Walker Course, tour historic homes at Fort Hill and Hanover House, and cheer at Division I athletic events in 17 sports – with newly renovated venues for football, basketball, track, rowing and baseball.
  • Clemson fans are known for their loyalty and pride, but also for their hospitality. The Institute for International Sport has named Clemson University an All-American Sportsmanship School because of its strong commitment to a culture of sportsmanship.
  • The Class of ’44 Visitors Center offers guided tours and information for the thousands of people who visit the campus each year, and the Clemson Conference Center and Inn helps fill the region’s meeting, conference and professional development needs.
  • Clemson ranks No. 1 in town-gown relations, according to the 2013 Princeton Review.

Research/Economic Development

  • Clemson is growing selected graduate programs and building new research and economic development centers to support a knowledge-based economy, focusing on advanced materials, automotive and transportation technology, biotechnology, and environmental sustainability. Ph.D. enrollment has nearly doubled since 2001.
  • Clemson's Palmetto Cluster ranks fifth on the list of university-owned supercomputers in the United States, according to the June 2013 Top500.org list of international supercomputers.
  • Major economic development initiatives launched in recent years include:
    • the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, a 250-acre automotive and motorsports “technopolis” in Greenville that has created nearly 700 jobs with another 2,000 anticipated from CU-ICAR partners.
    • CU-ICAR was named 2009 Emerging Technology Park of the Year by the Association of University Research Parks.
    • Clemson at the Falls offers graduate business education programs, continuing education, professional development, and resources for entrepreneurs and small business in downtown Greenville.
    • the Clemson University Advanced Materials Center, with state-of-the-art equipment including one of the nation’s most advanced electron microscope facilities.
    • the Clemson University Restoration Institute, being developed on an 86-acre tract of land in North Charleston, which promises to make S.C. a magnet for restoration economy and which will soon house a major wind turbine drivetrain testing facility — funded by a $45 million U.S. Department of Energy grant — which could make S.C. the hub of the wind energy industry.
    • agricultural research and education across the state that are being redirected to focus on agricultural productivity and sustainability and capitalize on new and emerging economic opportunities, such as bio-fuels, nutraceuticals, and ecological restoration.

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