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| I chose Clemson because i wanted to experience a Southern University. I was glad I did... The time i spent at Clemson really was the best time of my life. The people are friendly (Southern hospitality), the campus gorgeous, the sprots are insane, and the education top-notch. Every time people hear that i graduated from Clemson, they are impressed, even all the way back home. This recognition also helped me get into law school. Another reviewer (from the north) complained and bashed the school. This is most likely an ignorant and closed minded person. There is lots to do at the school. There is no political bashing of any type, however we do still beleive in God and respect the American flag. So if you don't, then don't come here. I was actually amazed how friendly the people are in South Carolina. Ask around and you will find the same answers. Most people come here and have the time of their life... Go Tigers! |
|Jan 17 2008|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2006 |
Positives= Clemson is a beautiful campus, well landscaped and planned. Students take a lot of pride in the school while enrolled and as alumni. Student involvement is high and there are many opportunities to participate: intramural sports, student government, volunteer societies, religious groups, newspaper, and the list goes on. There is really NO excuse for going to class and then staying in a dorm room - I couldn't tell you a single person who has not been involved in something. Clemson provides a billion niches.
Other strengths: Division 1 sports, study abroad, leisure skills, emphasis on being well rounded, community spirit
My experience academically has been great - the honors program let me sign up for classes with the seniors so I always got to pick my professors according to ratemyprofessor.com. The only bad professor I've taken was in Physics and he got fired. Overall, my classes have taught me a lot, and most importantly, inspired me to keep learning in those areas.
Architecture at Clemson is more about design than practice. A lot of my friends want to go into other design fields than architecture anyway so that's good for them. I do want to be accredited so I will have to go onto a 2-3 year grad school. The 5 year program other schools offer is good if you are 100% sure architecture is what you want to do but the 4+2 program is good for flexibility. I like that I'll be able to do graduate work in a city.
I know I checked this site out before applying to Clemson for architecture and was worried because they don't have a national reputation for it: after studying there 2 years and spending the last semester abroad in Barcelona with their program there - I have to say that they deserve a great reputation. This is a public university: there are opportunities and professors there to be great - but you don't have to take them.
Clemson provides diversity though it could be said that it exists without integration. Your experience here really depends on your major and extracurriculars. The administration does a lot for minorities and international students - that said, Clemson is still 82% white. The bulk of that demographic follows an image of rainbows/sperrys and polos. At a shallow glance then, Clemson students may seem (visually) cookie cutter. Another (subjective) weakness: the town of Clemson pretty much is the University; it's small and controlled by sporting events. It's rural. On the other hand, you're two hours away from Atlanta and Charlotte and in the middle of a bunch of outdoors activities (water sports, hiking, etc).
|Dec 29 2007|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2009 |