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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I'm just gonna go ahead and say it, Clemson students are pretty damn attractive. You can see both guys and girls running around campus daily, Fike (the gym) has a constant inflow and outflow of students every day and night, and we're ranked one of the top Jock Schools in the country. Surprising for the good education right? Dress can be described as very preppy. All of the guys and girls generally wear the same thing, if you want to stand out, you will stand out. Do you want to go out and find a random hook up downtown or at a party? You will. Do you want to find a lasting relationship with the love of your life? You will. My personal advice is to have as much fun as possible and don't tie yourself down. There are like 16,000 undergrads here, you have options.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Clemson provides one of the greatest educations you can receive in the southeastern region of the country. The school pride is unparalleled, social life is awesome, students are beautiful, campus is beautiful, and our sports are insane. Clemson offers a full college experience that you can't find anywhere else. What would I do different if I could do it all again? I'll let you know what my GPA looks like after graduating with a Math degree.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: You should feel perfectly safe walking around campus at night, not just because of campus PD, but because Clemson in general is a safe place to be. If you aren't comfortable walking across campus at night, Tiger Transit is a shuttle system that will get you from point A to point B for free and fairly quickly. Depending on your driver they usually have some good music too.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Almost everyone is upper-class, southern, white, and republican. There are a lot of hardcore Christians, but maybe I just think that way because I'm from New York which is kind of the complete opposite. You won't be looked down upon for your beliefs whatsoever, but it's hard not to notice the conformity just by looking around. All of the guys wear Ralph Lauren, Vineyard Vines, Southern Tide, etc. All of the girls wear bright Norts to class with big t shirts (I don't mind it).

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Everyone loves Clemson. The students, business owners, and local families all interact downtown in the best way. On Saturdays in the fall, everyone is wearing orange, tailgating, and having a great time. You can stop by any tailgate, say "Go Tigers!", and get some food. There's a good mix of students and locals at the local food joints, and everyone gets along fine.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus PD isn't there to protect and serve the students, they're there to find kids drinking underage on campus and give them MIPs. That's it.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: If you're lucky, your roommate will be one of your best friends at school. Make sure you actively search for one on Facebook though, or else you'll get stuck with a rando which will reduce the chance of you having anything in common. Keep you door open for the first few weeks and walk around making friends, everyone is looking to make friends, and you never know who will be doing what next year. The Honors dorm, Holmes, and it's sister dorm, McCabe, are the nicest dorms on campus. The order from there would go high-rises, shoeboxes, johnstone. In terms of social scenes, you can meet plenty of awesome people no matter which dorm you're in. I was in Holmes, but all of my closest friends lived in each of those dorms. On campus housing is extremely convenient. Every dorm is within a 5 minute walk to class and about 30 seconds from a dining hall. As for the social scene, keep it small, keep it quiet, you'll be fine. Otherwise find some friends off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus gives you freedoms that you will definitely enjoy if you're a person who enjoys getting the full college experience. There aren't any RAs or campus cops busting down your door if you have a few friends over for beers in your room. There are more than a handful of different apartment complexes around, and you'll get what you pay for. Rent is usually around $500 a month more or less, which is dirt cheap comparatively around the country. If you live in a house off campus and not in an apartment complex, landlords are extremely helpful and understanding, at least mine is. Commuter parking is actually a lot nicer than resident parking, and if you don't want to walk 10 minutes to class, the CAT buses are on constant loops between parking lots and campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Clemson is known for being the best college in the state of South Carolina. I major in Mathematical Sciences, which is tough, but some of the brightest professors in the country are brought in here to teach. The workload is manageable if you can manage your time, the curriculum is well put together and challenging, the facilities are amazing, and I get emails multiple times a day about internship and job opportunities. If you want the easy way out, be a business major.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you go downtown, there are a lot of places to go such as Chipotle, Moe's, and Jimmy Johns to name a few. If you have a car, CookOut is the best thing around. If you don't know what CookOut is, come down and try it out. $5 trays of food you probably can't even finish, plus the best milkshakes you'll have ever… you need a spoon to eat them.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Two words: Orange Bowl. In football, the Clemson Tigers are at the top of the ACC and always a top 10 contender in the NCAA. We also have one of the biggest, loudest stadiums in the country. In basketball, we house a competitive team, and the atmosphere in Littlejohn Coliseum is electric at every home game. On game day, EVERYONE is wearing orange and purple. Tailgates are probably the highlight of the weekend, not including the game itself. The entire community is dedicated to the Tigers, which can be noted by Solid Orange Friday, where most students wear orange to class before game day on Saturday.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is the epitome of social life on campus. From frat parties to sorority functions, there is always something to do. For lucky freshmen and mostly sophomores, Greek students get to live on the Quad, which is a huge private, practically closed off dorm area home to tailgating on game day. Greeks make up about 20-30% of total student population, but you would think it was a lot more walking around campus.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Right now it's the third week in February and it has been 70 degrees out for the past few days. Even when it's 50 the sun makes it feel like 65. We got snow a few times this semester too. Even an inch equals a snow day!

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you're under 21, frat parties are the way to go. There's a catch, you either need to be pledging that fraternity, or be a girl. If you have a fake ID, downtown is always fun, but MIPs get given out like candy so you better look the part.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I live in New York and go to school in Clemson, SC. Usually I fly out of GSP airport, which is about 45 minutes away. If you post a message on your class's Facebook group, it's very easy to find a ride to the airport. There is also an AmTrak station right across the street from downtown, which is VERY convenient in distance.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: On campus, you will probably not hear of drug use at all. Off campus, some people smoke weed, but other than that anything else is pretty rare.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have received about 3/4 worth of tuition through scholarships, grants, and financial aid. All based on merits. If you're applying out of state, as long as you got good SAT/ACT scores and graduated top 10% of your class, you should be eligible for the bigger out of state merit scholarship.

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Sarah Camille Hipp
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Alexandria, VA
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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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