The best dorms for freshmen are the high-rises or the Honors dorm, Holmes. If you must settle for less, the Shoeboxes are not a bad way to go. Students recommend avoiding Johnstone, but those who have lived there say it was a "bonding experience" due to the living conditions they all had to face.
The dorms at Clemson range from outdated to top of the line. A lot of construction has taken place in recent years to improve student living conditions, and if you can't find a dorm that feels like home after your first year, there are many off-campus housing options for you to choose from. If nothing else, the dorm experience will allow you to meet people with whom you will always share a common bond-be it good or bad.