One of the country's most selective public research universities, Clemson was founded in 1889 with a mission to be a "high seminary of learning" dedicated to teaching, research, and service. Today, these three concepts remain at the heart of the University and provide the framework for an exceptional educational experience.
At Clemson University, professors take the time to get to know students and explore innovative ways of teaching. Exceptional teaching is one reason Clemson's retention and graduation rates rank among the highest in the country for public universities.
Exceptional teaching is also why Clemson continues to attract an increasingly talented student body. In 2014, more than half of the entering freshmen were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes, and the freshman class averaged 1253 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT.
Clemson is committed to world-class research. Research expenditures in 2013 totaled nearly $101 million.
The University is also invested in the success of its students. For the fall 2012 class, Clemson's student retention rate was 92 percent. Much of this is due to the Academic Success Center (ASC), established in 2001 and recognized nationally and internationally for its programs in tutoring, supplemental instruction, and collegiate learning. The ASC moved into a new facility in 2012 where it offers free one-on-one tutoring services for more than 80 courses as well as for additional courses as the need arises. Supplemental instruction, academic skills workshops, and academic counseling are also available-free to all Clemson students. It is estimated that more than 50 percent of freshmen use ASC services during their first semester.
Clemson has also received national recognition for its innovative Communication Across the Curriculum (CAC) program, ranking ninth on the U.S.News & World Report list of public colleges and universities identified as making writing across all curriculums a priority. At Clemson, CAC has become a standard teaching method used in nearly every department to provide real-life challenges that require students to think and communicate effectively.
From cheering the Tigers at a football game to socializing at the Hendrix Student Center, Clemson students can participate in a wide variety of activities outside the classroom. The more than 400 campus clubs and organizations include fraternities and sororities, as well as honorary, international, military, performing arts, political, professional, religious, service, social interest, special interest, sports and fitness, and student media.
With 19 intercollegiate sports, Clemson offers exciting spectator sports year-round. Clemson is a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and is an NCAA Division I school. Admission to regular-season home events is included in University fees for full-time students.
The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.
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