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CU 101: Intro to Clemson

Watch "Clemson: The Place" to see why there's no place like Clemson.

Founded in 1889 as Clemson Agricultural College, the university began as an all-male military school nestled on 1,400 acres on the shores of Lake Hartwell. With over 80-plus majors and 120-plus graduate degree programs, Clemson offers an array of academic opportunities for its 21,653 undergraduate students.

A college town at its core, Clemson sits just two hours away from both Atlanta and Charlotte and is just an hour away from some of the best kayaking, whitewater rafting and hiking in the nation.

Clemson University

  • Consistently ranked among the top 25 public universities according to US News and World Report
  • 500-plus ways to get involved on campus: student government, service efforts, religious groups, social events, military organizations, etc.
  • 16-to-1 faculty-to-student ratio, and more than half of all classes have fewer than 20 students
Where the Blue Ridge yawns its greatness • Where the Tigers play
Here the sons of dear Old Clemson • Reign supreme alway.
Dear Old Clemson, we will triumph • And with all our might.
That the Tiger's roar may echo • O'er the mountain height.

572 student-athletes compete on 21 NCAA Division I teams for Clemson University under the leadership of Director of Athletics Graham Neff. The Tigers compete in the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference.

Clemson Athletics

7 National Championships

  • Football (3): 1981, 2016, 2018
  • Men’s Soccer (3): 1984, 1987, 2021
  • Men’s Golf (1): 2003

177 ACC Championships

  • Current sports: baseball (26), football (18), women’s tennis (14), men’s soccer (15), men’s indoor track/field (12), men’s tennis (11), men’s outdoor track/field (11), golf (10), women’s outdoor track/field (7), men’s cross country (7), women’s indoor track and field (6), women’s basketball (3), volleyball (3), women’s soccer (2), women’s rowing (1), women’s cross country (1)

18 Olympic Medalists

  • 8 gold medals
  • 5 silver medals
  • 8 bronze medals

43 Academic All-Americans (52 all-time)

  • Current sports: football (13), baseball (3), men’s track/field (3), men’s basketball (3), men’s golf (3), men’s soccer (2), men’s tennis (1), volleyball (2), softball (1), women’s tennis (1), women’s track/field (6), women’s soccer (5)
  • Clemson’s men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs collected 3 and 6, respectively

See an aerial tour of Clemson's beautiful campus.

The goal of the Tiger Strength, Speed and Conditioning Program is to provide to our competitive athletes the means by which they develop attitude, work ethic, mental toughness, discipline and pride, in-self and total program.


The goal of the Nieri Center is to support all student-athletes in maintaining high academic standards while also encouraging them to work towards their future goals. Academic coordinators, learning specialists and tutors are on hand to facilitate these processes.


The Clemson Sports Nutrition Department educates, counsels, and fuels Clemson student-athletes utilizing best evidence-based practice to promote optimal athletic and academic performance, injury prevention, and overall health and wellness now and in the future.