In 1889, one of South Carolina's now largest public colleges, Clemson University
, was established. Formally opened in 1893, as an Agricultural College, it enrolled a meager 446 students and was a military school for all white males. The school became coed in 1955 and the very first African American male, Harvey Gantt, was admitted in 1963. Harvey Gantt went on to become the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina! The Agricultural College's name was changed to Clemson University in 1964 in order to show that the school had pursued more research opportunities and its academic opportunities had expanded. In 2011 over 20,000 students, including undergrad and post grad, were enrolled. The university is made up of five different colleges: Business and Behavioral Sciences, Engineering and Science, Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences, Health, Education and Human Development, and Architecture, Arts and Humanities. Out of these colleges, the College of Engineering and Science enrolls the most students while the College of Business and Behavioral Science comes in at a close second. In order to be accepted into any of these colleges, incoming freshman must have been top ranking in their high school classes and have above average scores on the ACT and SAT. For this reason, they has been classified as being very selective when choosing their freshman class. Being selective does not hurt their enrollment, though, it actually helps because it makes more and more high school seniors want to be accepted by Clemson.
Clemson is proud of their athletics and traditions. Their mascot is the tiger and no matter where you go in the area you will see the infamous Clemson tiger paw on clothing and apparel. The tiger paw is even seen as you drive into town, painted on many of the highways! The colors are Clemson Tigers
orange and Regalia (purple) and on football gameday or other sporting events there is no doubt that fans will be sporting orange or purple dresses
in all its glory. As a part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, they are very active in competing in a number of sports. These sports include football, basketball, baseball, golf, soccer, track and field, cross country, tennis, volleyball, rowing, and swimming. The University of South Carolina Gamecocks are the university's biggest rival. The annual football game between the two schools bring in record breaking crowds, both proudly sporting their team's mascot and colors. The Clemson-Carolina Rivalry, or better known as the Palmetto Bowl, has been going on since 1896, where the Gamecocks beat the Tigers 12-6 on a beautiful Thursday morning. Ever since then, the rivalry has been a bittersweet topic amongst many South Carolinians. If you plan on attending this game day, make sure you score an orange and purple printed dress by Judith March
or a solid Orange or purple dress by Hourglass Lilly in order to root on your Tigers!