Students form giant human tiger paw as Clemson opens the year

CLEMSON — Clemson University freshmen formed a giant human tiger paw in Death Valley to mark the beginning of the 123rd academic year.

The start of school also included welcome back celebrations, pep rallies and orientation for freshmen and returning students alike. Photos of campus activities are posted on Flickr.

Classes began Wednesday, and with increasing student interest and applications, Clemson University continues to solidify itself as one of the nation’s top universities. The school welcomes 3,475 freshmen and 1,350 transfer students among its 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

The incoming freshman class has an average SAT score of 1250, an average ACT score of 28.5 and 55 percent of them ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. They hail from 42 states and the District of Columbia and 11 countries.

In addition, there are 1,400 new graduate students, hailing from 43 states and 41 countries, including nine Fulbright Scholars and 39 military veterans.

“We are extremely excited about the new students we have attending Clemson this year,” said Robert Barkley, director of undergraduate admissions. “The top students in South Carolina consistently apply to Clemson, and this year is no different. This year promises to be an exciting one at Clemson for the in-state students who have chosen us, as well as those we have joining us from across the nation and beyond.”
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