Clemson

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Located in the northwest corner of South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is home to Clemson University, a highly ranked public research university founded in 1889. Nearly 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in its seven colleges. Although much of the towns hustle and bustle revolves around the universitys academic calendar, Clemson is also home to Lake Hartwell, a man-made recreational reservoir, the South Carolina Botanical Garden, and several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Clemson

    Clemson

    The town and university are well-known for maintaining excellent “town-and-gown” relations and Clemson University is widely seen as the cultural hub of the community. The school is also the source of Clemson’s proudest traditions, including Tigerama, one of the country’s largest student-run pep rallies; the First Friday Parade, held before the first home football game; and Clemson Blue Cheese, which dates back to 1941.

  • Clemson University

    Clemson University

    One of the country’s most selective public research universities, Clemson University is particularly noted for its science and engineering programs. It is ranked the 23rd best national public university by U.S. News & World Report.

    The school was founded in 1889 by Thomas Green Clemson. Known as the Clemson Agricultural College, it was an all-male military school with an enrollment of 446. Today, it serves nearly 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Clemson comprises seven colleges, offering more than 80 majors and more than 110 graduate degree programs. 

    Clemson University spans 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Lake Hartwell, Clemson is dedicated to teaching, research and service. 

Traditions

  • Lovers' Lane

    Lovers' Lane

    According to local lore, a walk through the President's Park with your sweetheart is a step toward future wedding bells. 

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  • Clemson Ice Cream

    Clemson Ice Cream

    Delicious Clemson ice cream was first created in the 1920s and continues to be a campus-wide, student-made staple. You'll find it at the ’55 Exchange campus store.

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  • Howard's Rock

    Howard's Rock

    Before each home game, Clemson football players rub Howard's Rock as they run down the hill - a spirited tradition dating back to a 1967 game against Wake Forest. Legendary football coach Frank Howard told his players if they gave 110 percent, they'd receive the privilege of rubbing the rock, if not, to keep their filthy hands off of it. The rest is history!

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  • First Friday Parade

    First Friday Parade

    The Clemson football season kicks off every year with the First Friday Parade, held on the Friday afternoon before the first home game. The parade floats roll through downtown Clemson, culminating with a pep rally at the Amphitheater.

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  • Clemson Blue Cheese

    Clemson Blue Cheese

    Dating back to 1941, Clemson Blue Cheese is the invention of a Clemson dairy professor who recognized the Stumphouse Tunnel’s perfect curing conditions. The rest is cheese history!

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  • $2 Bills

    $2 Bills

    When Georgia Tech decided to stop playing football against Clemson in 1977, Clemson students and alumni stamped $2 bills with Tiger Paws and used them in Atlanta - a subtle protest and powerful illustration of the money Tiger fans spent at athletic events. Tiger fans still carry $2 bills to away games.

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  • Tigerama

    Tigerama

    Among Clemson's cherished homecoming traditions, Tigerama is one of the nation’s largest student-run pep rallies, featuring skits by student groups, fireworks, and the crowning of the homecoming queen.

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