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Clemson University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
105 Sikes Hall
Clemson, South Carolina 29634
(864) 656-3311
School Information
"Initially an all-male, all-white military school, Clemson Agricultural College opened in July 1893 with 446 students. Clemson became a coeducational, civilian institution in 1955. In 1963, with the admission of Harvey Gantt, Clemson became the first traditionally white institution in South Carolina to desegregate since Reconstruction. With academic offerings and research pursuits, the institution became Clemson University in 1964." The university enrolls over 26,300 students, offers over 300 academic programs, and has a 16:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: (Source:
General Information
Clemson University has taken steps to rename Tillman Hall, with its Board of Trustees unanimously voting to ask the South Carolina legislature for permission to change the name to "Main Building." No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Clemson's "Diversity Scholarship" programs have been developed "to attract a diverse and talented student body" and include the "Clemson Scholars" program. "The top students at South Carolina public high schools with a majority underrepresented enrollment will be considered for a renewable Clemson Scholars award."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Division of Inclusion and Equity at Clemson offers "Diversity Education & Training" through its "Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate" and "Intercultural Development Inventory."
  • Clemson's Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center offers "Social Justice Education" which includes a variety of programs "designed to increase dialogue throughout the Clemson community" and which aims to "further develop the intercultural competencies of our students, faculty, and staff."
  • In 2021, the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences at Clemson offered diversity/anti-bias trainings for faculty and staff titled "Honoring Cultures by Understanding Bias" and "Creating Inclusive Cultures." The college also hosted several "Inclusive Excellence" lecture series from 2021-2022.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As a means to “develop the skills needed to advance Clemson’s equity, diversity, and inclusion,” the Division of Inclusion and Equity hosted its inaugural Strategic Inclusive Excellence Certificate (SIEC) on October 19, 2021.
  • As part of the general education degree requirements for a Bachelor’s degree, each undergraduate must complete at least 3 credits from the Cross-Cultural Awareness course list.
Program and Research Funding
  • The Charles H. Houston Center (for the Study of the Black Experience in Education) "will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion scholarship throughout the United States" and "examines issues and disseminates information about diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes impacting postsecondary institutions."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • The Clemson University Police Department "requires all employees to participate in a variety of trainings to address implicit bias, systemic racism, and bias-free policing." Additionally, CUPD has an "extensive policy outlining how to ensure policing is provided equitably and incidents of bias are documented and investigated."
  • On February 18, 2022, Clemson University hosted a webinar on the Open for Anti-Racism program which is a “nation wide initiative that supports faculty aiming to leverage Open Education to make teaching antiracist and close equity gaps.”
  • Clemson Libraries provides Racial Injustice and Anti-Racist Resources with distinct resources on “Anti-Racist Teaching Pedagogy” as well as “White Allyship.”
  • Organizations like Duke Energy and Dominion Energy have invested in Clemson University’s “nationally recognized diversity and inclusion programming.”
  • The Office of Inclusion and Equity has an Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness (IDEA) book club that meets regularly and reads and discusses books to expand diversity and equity relations.
  • The Office of Inclusion and Equity at Clemson works with The Houston Group consulting services who offer "diversity audits, specialized training, and ongoing support" that helps organizations "thrive in a competitive economy."
  • The purpose of Clemson's Commission on the Black Experience is to "advise the Division of Inclusion and Equity and the University about the Black experience at Clemson University and advocate for specific actions to enhance its quality and the environment."
  • In July 2020, then-President Jim Clements "directed the formation of a task force designed to accelerate the University’s inclusion and equity journey." The task force was named the President’s Social Justice and Equity Task Force and was charged with "taking feedback from the Clemson community and drafting a report of actionable and attainable recommendations that will change behavior, eliminate disparities and build a more diverse university community."
Symbolic Actions
  • The university's Board of trustees unanimously voted "to restore Tillman Hall to its original name of the Main Building, commonly called 'Old Main'."
  • Clemson received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight into Diversity magazine for the fifth consecutive year.
  • On August 5, 2020, Clemson Libraries published its "Action Steps for Statement on Race and Social Equity" which includes the following action: "Develop and implement diversity and inclusion training and development opportunities for library leadership team members and unit leaders, employee supervisors, and student supervisors."
Last updated March 13th, 2024
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