Clemson University

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Clemson University
City: Clemson, South Carolina
Type: Public[1]
Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball[2]
Colors: orange, purple
Mascot: Tigers
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral[3]

Clemson University was founded by Thomas Green Clemson, who set aside the Fort Hill plantation in his will to go towards a school that would teach scientific agriculture and the mechanical arts to South Carolinians. The college officially opened its doors in 1986 to a student body of 446. The school started out as an all-male military school, but in 1955 became a coeducational institution. It received the name Clemson University in 1964. With more than 70 undergraduate programs and 100 graduate programs the university has become home to over 17,309 students and 1,203 faculty. Students can also select from one of Clemson's five different colleges:

  • Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences
  • Architecture, Arts and Humanities
  • Business and Behavioral Science
  • Engineering and Science
  • Health, Education and Human Development

Thomas Clemson's original vision for the school was for it to “be a high seminary of learning in which the graduate of the common schools can commence, pursue and finish the course of studies terminating in thorough theoretic and practical instruction.”

His original vision has helped make the school what it is today.

The university's athletic teams are a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The football team has won three national championships (1981, 2016, and 2018, the latter two under Christian head coach Dabo Swinney).

Fast Facts

Established: 1889

President: James F. Barker

Colors: Burnt Orange & Northwestern Purple

Mascot: Tiger

Faculty: 1,264

Staff: 2,950

Location: Clemson, SC, United States



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