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Tiger statue outside Memorial Stadium with Clemson mask on

B – United as Tigers!

August 20, 2020

Greetings, fellow Tigers!

Our bond as Clemson Tigers has always brought us together in incredible ways. When our University made the difficult decision to transition to remote learning in the spring, we found ourselves in uncharted waters. And now our lives look vastly different than they did six months ago. But our tenacity as Tigers has brought us through, and today we remain united as Tigers.

Throughout the past several months, stories of our fellow Tigers have emerged and shown us the unique spirit of the Clemson Tigers. Clemson World has featured some of these stories, and I invite you to read them as a reminder of the deeds – great and small – that have kept us safe, brought us comfort and cared for our community. From developing serologic tests to studying parenting during a pandemic to printing ventilators to protecting grocery shoppers, the Clemson Family came together in extraordinary ways during these extraordinary times to face our greatest challenges.

I am also happy to share with you that Clemson University landed in the number one spot for strong town-gown relations on The Princeton Review’s 2021 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 386 Colleges. The University also earned a top-20 spot in 10 additional categories, including best career services (#2) and happiest students (#11). The company selects the colleges for the book based on data it collects from administrators at hundreds of colleges about their institutions’ academic offerings.

In “The Best 386 Colleges, 2020 Edition,” Clemson rankings are:
-Best Career Services (#2)
-Everyone Plays Intramural Sports (#3)
-Students Pack the Stadiums (#4)
-Their Students Love These Colleges (#5)
-Most Conservative Students (#10)
-Happiest Students (#11)
-Most Religious Students (#14)
-Best Quality of Life (#17)
-Future Rotarians and DAR (#17)
-Best Athletic Facilities (#20)

In February 2020, Clemson also made The Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges list and ranked as one of the country’s best schools for internships (#9) and best alumni networks (#11). We are always particularly proud of our rankings within The Princeton Review as they reiterate the special Clemson experience of our students.

It is during these times that we can all benefit from a little normalcy, and now you can have a little piece of Clemson delivered to your doorstep. When you buy Clemson ice cream, you are supporting the ’55 Exchange, the student-run business on campus where Clemson ice cream and other dairy products are sold. Just like many other small businesses, the ’55 Exchange has taken a big financial hit from forced closure due to COVID-19, and Clemson students have created a way to recover some of their losses. Orders can be placed here.

Students eating '55 Exchange ice cream

B – United as Tigers!  

When you wear a mask and practice social distancing, you are showing the Clemson Family that you care and showing the world that we are united! As our faculty and staff begin to intermittently return and we prepare to welcome our students back to campus next month, it’s more important than ever to do our part.

Clemson student wearing purple face mask

Thank you for supporting our University and for ensuring we will continue to impact future generations of Clemson Tigers.

Go Tigers!

Brian O’Rourke