Clemson University's founder was Thomas Green Clemson. He was
originally from Philadelphia. He came to South Carolina in 1838 when
he married Anna Marie Calhoun, the daughter of famous John C.
Calhoun. At that time the south was in economic ruin and everyone
that could leave did. Thomas Green wanted to help the south and when
he died on April 6 1888, in his will he left the Fort Hill
plantation and a considerable amount of money for the establishment
of an educational institution to help the young people of South
Carolina. Thomas Clemson's donation established the Clemson
Agricultural College of South Carolina. Clemson College opened in
July 1893 and had 446 students. The college was an all-male military
school until 1955 when it became a coeducational institution. In
1964 it was renamed Clemson University.
Clemson University is known for its many traditions. Many of the
traditions have unfolded because of the unique history of this
campus. Some traditions are from the stories told about the campus
when it was a military college. Others are from Clemson's historic
buildings, an annual event, legendary songs, or a famous gathering
place. Some of the traditions include:
Everything a college student could need is offered within Clemson
University and its surrounding areas. Students looking for outdoor activities are in luck; Clemson
borders Lake Hartwell and the mountains are less than an hour away.
Many students enjoy kayaking, hiking, swimming, skiing, and more. Downtown Clemson is within walking distance and offers a wide
variety of dining and shopping options. It is a great place to stock
up on Clemson attire.
If you can't find what your looking for in Clemson, Anderson is only twenty minutes away and is conveniently located off of Clemson Boulevard. Also, Greenville is only forty five minutes away and located just off of I-85.
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