Clemson, SC
Clemson University


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Lauren
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Clemson has the small-town school feel but the big college atmosphere. Most of your teachers will NOT know you by name, you w...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Clemson has the small-town school feel but the big college atmosphere. Most of your teachers will NOT know you by name, you will NOT always have all your friends in your classes, and you will NOT be invited to the home of your professor for a intellectual dinner and debate. Clemson has a strong following and legacy, but that is made by the good times people have and by the football games, not by the academics. I would say Clemson would make a top 20 party school before academics.

Describe the students at your school.

AMAZING. You will meet your best friends at Clemson. We come together over study guides, bad classes, horrible NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING lab TA's, and beers at Tiger Town Tavern. Whether you rush a fraternity or sorority, you will be with the most incredible and diverse student body around.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Clemson will screw you, always watch your back.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Both are. Clemson students fight hard to earn the grades they are given--nothing is handed to you. BUT, the faculty is not quite up to par in some programs.

What are the academics like at your school?

You will spend the vast majoirty of you time doing busy work, that is unimportant and will be graded by a TA (teaching assistant), not your own professor. You will spend at least one hour per semester in the office of your professor hearing him repeat the same confusing lecture he has given you all semester, just on a one-on-one basis. You will be completely unable to ever carry on an intelligent conversation with your professors--they are always too smart for you.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everyone is NOT as smart as they are portrayed. Clemson IS has hard as people say it is.

Derek
What is your overall opinion of this school?

For being a big public school its amazing how many people you get to know. Just from walking to class you feel like you know ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

For being a big public school its amazing how many people you get to know. Just from walking to class you feel like you know everyone, especially by being in greek life. The atmosphere and student spirit is second to none. The university brings people from all over the states so it means something different for everyone, but everyone seems to come together, which for the other schools I have visited is not the same. We are balanced well. For being on the verge of becoming a top 20 school, we still have so many outgoing people that truly make the social scene and weekends one of a kind. Plus, when you add in football season, the community really comes together. I have met my best friends at Clemson, and I think most people have a special feeling when they think of their school. The campus is beautiful and the lake is a great thought for after class to go to the beach.

Describe the students at your school.

The only kind of students that would feel out of place are those that don't enjoy meeting people or who are terribly shy. Some students can be extremely religous, but if your not its not a problem. Students are politically aware and and conversations can spot up everywhere. I would say most of Clemson students are a little on the wealthy side, especially with the out of state prescence, but that shouldn't bother you. There are part time jobs avalable in and around Clemson (even though pay is not that great in SC). Clemson students just like to have a good time, and be successful while doing it. Different types of students do interact. in my fraternity alone we have like 20 states represented. The typical thing in Clemson to wear is the polo with crokees and flip flops, which was weird to me at first, but its kind of funny and easy to join in if you would like.

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Clemson is an all around great school, and I think there is very few students at Clemson that feel they made a poor decision is selecting it at their school.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

They are to an extent. Even though it is a small town, there is so much to do and be involved in. I personally like it because the university is the town so everyone supports the student body and the culture of the University. Plus Charlotte and Atlanta are 2 hours away and the beach is within a weekend trip. As far as diversity, even though we have exchange students and some ethnic background people, we are a little behind. Our real strength is the diversity from around the US. There is a huge percentage of out of state students, especially from the northeast, which makes it cool to meet and beciome really good friends with alot of different people. Even though Clemson has a southern culture, there are many exceptions to the rule, including me.

What are the academics like at your school?

Even though Clemson is such a good school I don't feel like it is extremely hard to do pretty well. The university likes well rounded students so they like people to concetrate on other things than their classes especially when it comes to getting involved in various clubs and activities on campus. This makes it nice becasue instead of your peers being really competitive with you, everyone is willing to help eachother out for the betterment of everyone. The library can even be fun sometimes because all your friends go and it can turn all niters in to just hanging out with them. I mean, everyione goes to the library to do their studying. Not alot of people like to study in their rooms. Professors are real laid back and more than willing to help. We have great opportunities. I studied aborad last semester in Hong Kong and am currently in Washington DC interning for the state department so you can be extremely successful if you take the opportunities available to you within your departments. Clemson can be dificult to get in nowadays. I know it has increased alot from when I applied. They seem to liek well roundedness however so don't worry to much about SAT/ACT scores because I was well below average. The business school that I am in is now a top 20 public school program and they have alot of opportunities within.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

That Clemson is in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do and that there is no deversity

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Social life is so fun. Greek life on campus is huge and pretty much runs the university. Everyone knows or have met everyone. The bars are packed all the time and fraternity parties along with formals, mountain weekends are almost held every night/weekend. Football games and tailgaiting is the best in the country and some of the best times you'll have with your friends. If its not football season, it great to catch a baseball/basketball game or head to the lake and relax at the beach. Everyone is extremely outgoing and fun so I really urge you to not come to Clemson if you are not wanting to meet people. Even thought Clemson students seem to drink alot, there are alot of other things, like festivals, cookouts, and others to attend and meet people.

Jane
What is your overall opinion of this school?

"Name one thing you'd change. What was the biggest recent controversy on campus? What are the most frequent student complaint...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

"Name one thing you'd change. What was the biggest recent controversy on campus? What are the most frequent student complaints?" There are definately things I would change about Clemson; the main one being the parking situation during game day. There was recently a bill passed that is going to convert all of R-1 to IPTAY parking on game day. Which is going to remove at least 200 parking spaces from students when there already weren't enough spots to park on campus before the bill was passed. Another problem with the parking situation is that Clemson is planning on taking the students tuition money and using to make a parking garage available only to teachers. However, it would be far more practical to either make the garage for the students (we already have more limited parking than the teachers) or have the teachers pay for their own lot. These two examples of things I would change have been huge contoversies and the leading causes of student complaints on the campus in the past year that I've been here.

Describe the students at your school.

"What are your experiences with racial, religious, LGBT, socio-economic, and/or other groups on campus?" From what I've noticed, there isn't much, if any, racial, religious, or any other kind of descrimination here at Clemson. Most people seem to be very open to people of different cultres, religions, etc. and it seems to be a non-issue. There is, however, a bit of self-segrigaiton going on that I've noticed; but that is to be expected for groups of people who share a similar first language, other than english, to gravitate towards eachother. "There are four tables of students in the dining hall. Describe them." This is something I've actually noticed when I'm eating at the dining halls, and I'd have to say the four major groups are: frat/sorority kids, band kids, nerdy kids, and (I hate to say it but it's the truth) black people. I don't intend to be racist witht that comment, however, I have seen that the black kids tend to sit with eachother in the dining halls. Now, that is not to say that just because they're not white then they can't be in a frat/sorority, in the band, or that they can't be nerdy; however Clemson has the lowest ratio of black to white students than any other University in the state. It's unfortuante, but a I metioned earlier, minorities tend to search eachother out and that causes them so self-segregate themselves. The other three I mentioned aren't as risqué and are to be expected: frats and soroities are part of a "brother/sisterhood" and naturally spend more time with eachother; the band kids spend so much time with eachother during practice, it's natural for them to bond; and the nerdy kids eat with eachother because their interests tend to be very similar yet radically different from the rest of the population.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

There is definately a lot of partys on campus, and if you want to you'd definately be able to find one any day of the week. But I've yet to go to one and most of the students, the one's that make it past their freshman year that is, only attend on occasion. I don't think that it is an issue at all but I guess it depends on the student.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The main stereotype of Clemson is that it is a major party school and that all Clemson students party.

Harper
What is your overall opinion of this school?

best thing - you get the complete college experience s/thing I'd change - better alternatives to hanging out downtown on the...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

best thing - you get the complete college experience s/thing I'd change - better alternatives to hanging out downtown on the w/e size - depends on the individual, but a perfect fit for me reaction - very positive, especially impressed that I graduated in 4 years time - at my dorm or in the library college town - what college town? admin - competent controversy - frat brother died in hazing exercise pride - in abundance unusual - red sunsets every once in a while memorable experience - seeing Barack Obama speak at our amphitheater frequent complaints - crowded library

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

populated by farm boys and girls - no college sports crazy - yes strong engneering school - for the most part hot redheads - some of the nicest party school - not so much, there's a lot more crazy out there

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

populated by farm boys and girls college sports crazy strong engneering school hot redheads party school

Connie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Clemson is the feeling of pride you get walking around campus. From day one, you start to bleed Orange, ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Clemson is the feeling of pride you get walking around campus. From day one, you start to bleed Orange, due simply to the fact that they imprint that national sense of pride into you. School size is just right, because it's big enough where you can meet someone new everyday for your whole career there, but small enough where you will pass your friends/acquaintances on the way to class every so often. Some people to this day do not know where Clemson is located, and many in fact thing it's a private school since there's no "state" title tagged to it, and the city of "Clemson" is barely known to anyone who doesn't know about the school. It's a great college town because the town was set up to meet the needs of the students: college-price friendly restaurants, shops, bars, etc. Another awesome thing you will rarely find in in-state public schools is the diversity among people from different areas. Clemson's roughly about 40% out of state, and is certainly noticeable when asking people where they're from. Sadly, the race balance is nowhere near where it should be as it is about 87% white. Experiences I will always remember include how the entire CAMPUS becomes one big tailgate, the hills, stories, "snowdays" (we've had one every year I've been there), etc.

Describe the students at your school.

You will find clicks at Clemson, just as easily and realistically you would/will find at ANY other University in the country despite popular belief. At Clemson, it comes down to the Greeks, Athletes, and regulars. However, just because people are associated with one particular group does not mean they won't hang out with others. You will see plenty of interaction between black/white, athlete/greek, etc. You will find that most out-of-state kids, who are from the North, come from strong socioeconomic backgrounds, although that's a bit obvious considering it costs close to 30k to come from out-of-state anyways. Once people separate from their parents for long enough, they begin to form their own political views but it's a southern school so you will find a strong abundance of RIGHT winged people

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Um, the girls are very attractive for the most part and it is college, so people are hooking up left and right/experimenting just like anywhere else. Parties and bars are pretty much the ideal places to pick up girls I'd say, and meeting people through mutual friends is often a popular option for the passive-aggressive people out there. It's college, and it is what it is so make the best of your 4 years here if you do choose to come. The people around town are super-friendly and cater to college folk, the students are nice for the most part and are out to have a good time just like you, and the professors are helpful and actually want you to succeed.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Like any other school, yes, some stereotypes are accurate and describe certain people but not the vast majority. Yes, for the most part, the girls are southern belles but are incredibly sweet, usually gorgeous, and fun. The guys range everywhere from closet computer nerd to Fratty McGee and everywhere in-between.

What are the academics like at your school?

Classes range in size, depending on how general the subject is. For example, an intro Bio class will be about 230-250 where a more personalized class, as you get deeper into your major, will only be around 15-25 kids which is awesome. You'd be surprised the number of intelectualites walking around the halls. I've had a number of stimulating conversations with people that includes politics, religion, sports, and everywhere in between.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are plenty of clubs for even the shyest of the shy out there, and if you give it some time, you can find a group or organization you truly feel connected to and want to join. Trust me. IF you want it, you can find it. Dorm life is just like anywhere else, and a great place to meet people you're freshman year. Athletic events are HUGE, I think clemson is one of the biggest jock schools in the country, hands down. People show up in the masses for women's/men's soccer games (1,000-2,500+), football (90,000), men's basketball (13,000+), baseball (6,000 people+). Mass support. Greek life comprises about 25% of the population. I met my friends I have now from a variety of places...orientation, clubs, classes, sports. You'll find that freshman year especially everyone is eager to meet people and find their potential "new best friend"...trust me. Party scene is just as big as anywhere else if not bigger, especially during football season. Spring time, cops crack down a little more but it's still a pretty big scene. They usually have a good amount of activities/sponsored events on the weekends that don't involve drinking. The Edgar's student union is usually pretty active Friday nights in the spring and includes bowling, comics who come do stand up, pool, video games, etc.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Many of the stereotypes create the preconceived notion that most Clemson students are deeply rooted in their southern traditions, where boys where typical southern "frat" stuff and the girls are southern belles, some of which are just there to receive their M.R.S. degrees. Clemson, as a city, is stereotypes to be a desolate, remote, hick-town village in the middle of nowhere with little civilization encompassing its area.

MJ
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Strength: Personal attention and faculty-student interaction. Location- needs more urban location to get the school more exp...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Strength: Personal attention and faculty-student interaction. Location- needs more urban location to get the school more exposure. Just right size. College Town. Helpful and efficient administration. Lot of school pride!!! I am a proud Clemson Tiger too. Great school, but the potential is still unknown!

Describe the students at your school.

Very out-going and progressive.

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Will you recommend? Why did you choose? What do you think of your decision? I will definitely recommend my school... I chose it over Ivy League schools... It has been one of the best decisions for my career.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

No... I have come across some of the best people, and they are all spread across the world. I, myself, am moving to Washington, DC as are two other classmates of mine.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors know everybody individually. Class partcipation is common; we do discuss outside the class, and students are competitive.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

People often cited that they are more of sportspersons than academicians. Mostly stay in SC.

Harper
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The Cops at clemson suck. The parking services at clemson are even worse

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The Cops at clemson suck. The parking services at clemson are even worse

Describe the students at your school.

Awesome student body, everyone is so friendly.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Greek life is fun, it can either be a big party school or low key scene to accomodate any students life style. There are tons of things to do at Clemson, with emphasis on the outdoors. Nearby lake hartwell is my favorite thing about Clemson.

Alex
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I applied to seven school, all ACC, Clemson was the last school that I heard from, and basically was the only one I was truly...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I applied to seven school, all ACC, Clemson was the last school that I heard from, and basically was the only one I was truly concerned from hearing from. I got it, and it was the best peice of mail that I have ever and will ever receive! President Barker calls it a Clemson family. And as corny as it might sound, it really is. Everyone, alumni included, is concerned about Clemson students, sports, and their "blood running orange". I have never heard of a school being so proud about where they go/went. Myself included. Its the perfect size. Around 17,000 but if you go to to the library you will know at least 100 people. You can walk or take the CAT bus everywhere. You can wear and be comfortable in anything to class. You will have great teachers that are willing to help you. There is ALWAYS something to do. There are tons of places to eat. Using your Tiger Stripe card to pay for things is always nice, too. Clemson is truly a college town and those that live around town, love the college kids. You will see clemson tiger paws everywhere, followed by beautiful landscapes and buildings. There are tons of on and off campus housing, and a great new recreation facility as well. The most common complaint, however, is parking. There is never enough. Yes, its a pain, but definitly not a reason to diss clemson. I am so proud to say that I go to clemson and I let everyone know that.

Describe the students at your school.

All I can suggest is to take full advantage of what being a Clemson student has to offer!

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I love Clemson. 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, C-L-E-M-S-O-N T-I-G-E-RRRR-S Fight Tigers, Fight Tigers, FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT!!! Woooooh

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Clemson is full of all kinds of people. Of course you will find tons of southern, preppy kids, but you can also find a group of every "type"

What are the academics like at your school?

If you are in state there are tons of scholarships you can get. They do require you to keep your grades up. I am out of state and did really poorly my first semester. However, since then I have gotten my act together. It was my own fault and as long as you keep up with the class you can do fine. of course there are some challenging courses, thats the idea, but there is tons of extra help you can get if you are struggling. The longest paper I ever had to write was a 24 page, single space, term paper. Other than that I have only heard of 12-15 pages double space. Tests are regular, and of course there are some classes that are a peice of cake. Your grades are your own and we use a Blackboard computer system to keep up with your progress in every class. I am a travel and tourism major and the best teacher I have ever had is Dr. William Norman. He is constantly offering his students support, I stop by his office in passing just to say hi, because he makes his students appreciate him, as well as themselves. My computer crashed mid spring semester this year. He helped my find a backup so I could still complete my work with ease. As an advisor for the department he tells it like it is, and always find the best solution to a problem. All of the departments back up their students and are always finding internships and job opportunities.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

A million activities to be involved in including intramurals, clubs, and greek life

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

School spirited, outgoing, fun, entertaining, southern

Ryan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Everything at Clemson is a big deal. They make everything as fun and interesting as possible. Football and basketball games a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Everything at Clemson is a big deal. They make everything as fun and interesting as possible. Football and basketball games are a really big deal. Even minor things like freshmen fest are a big deal and they make it fun. I'll never forget the my first Bowden Bowl, we rushed the field, were asked to get off the field thent hey let us rush it after they reviewed the replay. It was amazing.

Describe the students at your school.

Clemson and USC have a really wierd rivalry. Clemson students tend to be pretty well-off. USC students I gather are not. So we are the rich kids and they are the poor kids who we always beat. The steriotypes are pretty true.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

mostly, yes. There is a great recreation facility called Fike where there are 5 basketball courts where games are constantly going on. Sporting events are the place to be. Alcohol during tailgates is a big deal, but not so much that it wrecks the experience for someone who doesn't drink.

What are the academics like at your school?

Most professors are personable and friendly. They are willing to help you through things you don't understand. TAs can suck, often times they don't speak good english. Overall academics are relatively enjoyable and challenging, but not miserable hard.

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