Local Atmosphere

Clemson, SC
Tuition (in-state)
$30,004 ($13,076)
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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

Local Atmosphere: the community really supports the students

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love the city of clemson and all the wildlife around it

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: There isn't much to do unless you own a car and can drive 40 minutes. to Greenville

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nice small town college town feel

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Sarah Camille Hipp
Alexandria, VA
Communication Studies
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Obvious to anyone who visits Clemson, life here revolves around the school. The towns of Anderson and Seneca are only short drives away, but few find them to be more interesting than the university atmosphere at Clemson. Some students say there isn't much to do in or around Clemson, while other, more adventurous ones say they can't get enough of the outdoor activities the region has to offer. If nothing else, Clemson has a golf course and an enormous man-made lake on the outskirts of campus.

When students and alumni talk of the "Clemson Experience," they aren't talking about sitting in a classroom five days a week. The "experience" comes from exploring the area in and around Clemson and taking part in every opportunity to wear something orange. Even if you don't like football (which is life at Clemson), the school and the surrounding area offer limitless opportunities if you're willing to do a little searching. Greenville and Atlanta are great for the club/bar scene, and the Appalachian Mountains offer everything from camping to water skiing.

Facts & Statistics

Points of Interest
  • Fort Hill Historic House
  • The Hanover House
  • Lake Hartwell
  • South Carolina Botanical Gardens
  • T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena
Shopping Centers
  • Anderson Mall, Anderson, SC
  • Haywood Mall
Movie Theaters
Astro III Theatre
403 College Ave.
(864) 654-1670
Movie Theaters
Seneca Cinema 8
675 Bypass 123
(864) 882-0000
Major Sports Teams
  • Atlanta Braves: baseball
  • Carolina Panthers: football
  • Charlotte Bobcats: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Atlanta: GA: 2 hours
  • Charlotte: NC: 2 hours
  • Greenville: SC: 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 108 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 108 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 38% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 56% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 108 responses

  • 19% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 40% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 41% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 108 responses

  • 35% No way.
  • 46% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 19% Totally.



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