Clemson, SC
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Reviews 1817 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: Being from the north, it is very hard to get home. I have to arrange rides because Clemson offers limited services. It is always a big ordeal and so I can only go home a few times a year--another reason why I am transferring.

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1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Clemson has about 4 off campus dining options. They are all overpriced and provide mediocre foods. There are no healthy options and a majority of the students just end up at chipotle every time they go downtown.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The campus is wireless but often unreliable. Internet in certain locations drops for no apparent reason. There are few accessible computer labs so having a laptop is necessary. The school provides some printing dollars but not enough to make it through the year so students will have to either provide their own printer or pay $0.05 per page.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It is easy to get in trouble for alcohol use underage. the dorms are dry and therefore getting written up is a pretty big deal here. The drug scene is not as controlled at Clemson. not many students choose to take part but the students that do are not typically caught. There is not much direct peer pressure but the constant "drunk" surroundings makes it hard to say no.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Clemson's night life is really not worth all of the hype it receives. It really revolves around the greek life and there is access if you are not involved in a fraternity or sorority but that is limited for unaffiliated males. There are no greek houses and so parties are typically located off campus. The fraternities do, however, always have sober drivers to take people to and from the parties. The frats are typically where undergraduates spend their weekend nights. Upperclassmen usually go to the bars. There are only about three though so they are often crowded and not very fun. These students can walk to the bars because they are on the downtown strip.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: As a freshman, I have only been in a couple of off campus houses. They are typically all the same, the farther from campus, the nicer the style which makes for a difficult decision when deciding on housing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at Clemson are not the worst I have seen but there are several issues with them. The buildings that house most of the freshman are high rises with 10 floors and the elevators break about once a week. There is little to no study space in the dormitories and there are very few maintenance staff members. The dorms are safe because each student only has access to his or her specific building but they are not the nicest of living conditions. It is rather unacceptable because the students (particularly out of state) pay so much to attend the university and are placed in mediocre dorms. The housing process is dependent on when students first applied to the school which is fair but it is evident that some dorms are a lot worse than others so if your roommate applied late, you are basically out of luck.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is little to no diversity on Clemson's campus. Most students are white except for the athletes who do not really interact with the rest of the student body.

2 College Freshman

Academics: The students at Clemson do not all apply themselves as much as they should. The university offers numerous resources for success but because a majority of the students are from South Carolina, a state struggling with academic achievement, they do not understand the concept of trying in school. It is frustrating to work alongside some of the very unmotivated students here and that is one of the main reasons I have chosen to transfer.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Clemson is a very safe campus, the police are very accessible and the students are friendly. There is limited concern for theft and most crimes are typically small.

2 College Freshman

Majors: As a biological sciences major I have many things to say about Clemson's academic systems. I did not have to go through an extra application process to get into Biological Sciences because I was accepted directly into the major. One of the biggest challenges I have faced is communication with my academic advisor. The advisors are assigned so many kids that they do not even know your name when you walk into their office. They are not at all accessible, you can really only meet with them 2 times a year right before registration for classes because the university requires them to meet with students at this time. They offer limited help when picking classes and students are really on their own for navigating their way through their majors. It is no surprise that many students at Clemson end up graduating late because their advisor failed to inform them of general education classes that they are required to take. Other than the advising situation, however, Clemson's biological department is strong and the students really tend to apply themselves. I cannot really offer any tips for admission because of the fact that this program does not require a special application process separate from a normal application.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The only problem I have with the biological sciences program is the fact that the advisors are terrible.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Clemson itself is a town revolving around the University. The few people that choose to reside in the town are not very well off and so it is rare for students to interact with the locals. The "downtown" portion of Clemson is really just a singular street lined with subpar restaurants and a few expensive clothing stores. Outside of Clemson's campus, there is very little to do. There are few recreational activities and the campus is located decently far from the beach as well as the mountains making these typically advertised aspects of the university less than appealing. There are really no cultural events around the campus due to the fact that the student body really lacks a culture. Most of the students are of white ethnicity and a majority are from South Carolina. These students tend to have prejudices from being raised in a southern home and therefore the Clemson population is not very accepting of people who stay from "the norm". The one thing Clemson does choose to focus its attention on is football. The town, and most of the state of South Carolina in fact, revolves around the sport. In my opinion, this is not enough to keep the university thriving. Students and alumni should be focusing more on academic aspects of the university and less on the rank of the football team. Coming from the north, I expected Clemson to fit the southern mold I had dreamed about for so long. It turns out, the lifestyle is much different and I did not enjoy it as much as I anticipated. I will be transferring out next semester.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing in the Suites is great. The atmosphere is welcoming and feels like home.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a major problem on campus but off-campus drinking is definitely prominent.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Greek life is the most prominent night life but Clemson does a lot to offer other night time events.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of options off campus but it's hard to get housing closer to campus.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics on campus are extremely important from intramural sports to football game day. The campus truly revolves around football in the fall.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Clemson offers great scholarships for out-of-state students but very little in the way of additional private scholarships.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Clemson is a great school academically and offers students numerous ways to get involved with research and faculty.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt threatened at Clemson and probably feel a little too safe here. There has only been one minor incident in my time at Clemson.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is limited to the small Clemson downtown, but there are a number of great local places to eat as well as some nicer chain restaurants.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is definitely very prominent on campus, but not necessary to make friends. It's a huge part of the social scene and non-Greeks enjoy Greek parties as well.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Fast and easy to use

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Public school, doesn't give many scholarships

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Sarah Camille Hipp
Alexandria, VA
Communication Studies
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Clemson offers an amazing college experience. Students return for the rest of their lives to see how the campus has changed and to support the Tigers. Although it is located in a small town, the school is big enough that there is never a dull moment, and the location only makes the student body closer to one another. As anyone who has been to Clemson knows, the students' blood here is orange, and the Clemson spirit is contagious for almost anyone who attends.

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