Cadence Count

What does it take to dress a Clemson football player? There’s a lot that goes into getting the Tigers ready to play before they run down The Hill at Death Valley. Beyond all of the training and drills and hard work that goes into preparing for the season, there’s also a lot of equipment. When […]

CADENCE COUNT: Clemson Hits the Top 20

This fall, Clemson broke into celebration mode when the U.S.News & World Report rankings hit the street. Sitting beside Clemson University’s name on the listing of national public universities was a #20.

The audacious idea that Clemson could rank among the top national universities in the nation was first articulated by President Emeritus Jim Barker in a 10-year plan he set forth in 2000. At that time, Clemson was tied for 38th. It was a bold goal, and it took a bit longer than 10 years.

So what does it mean to be top 20? For alumni, it means that your degree keeps gaining value each year, as public recognition of a Clemson education grows. There are both quantitative and qualitative factors that go into the rankings. Here are just a few of the pieces of that puzzle.


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Recognized for Writing Across Disciplines program


Alumni Giving


Best Undergraduate Engineering Program


Best Undergraduate Business Program


Average ACT Score (28)


Average Math SAT Score (637)


Average Critical Reading SAT Score (609)


Percentage of Incoming Freshmen who Ranked in top 10% of High School Class (56%)


Fall 2013 Acceptance Rate


Average Freshman Retention Rate


Classes with Fewer than 20 Students


6-year Graduation Rate


Student-Faculty Ratio

Cadence Count

The Will to Lead campaign, by the numbers

In 2012, Clemson surpassed the $600 million goal of the Will to Lead campaign. In an act of optimism and confidence, the campaign leadership and Board of Trustees decided to dream big and raise the challenge to a new goal of $1 billion. Here are a few illustrations of the progress we’ve made, thanks to your generosity, as well as what still lies ahead to be accomplished. Read more

The Barker Presidency

For 14 years, James F. Barker ’70 has served as Clemson’s 14th president and an ardent cheerleader for the University. Under his leadership, the University has grown substantially while still maintaining a firm grip on its identity and sense of family.

Here are just a few of the numbers that tell the story.

The presidency of Jim Barker … by the numbers.