Clemson University is a public research university serving 18,600 undergraduates and 4,800 postgraduate students in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Clemson, South Carolina.
Famous "Tiger" alumni include Nikki Haley - US ambassador to the United Nations, James Michael Tyler - actor (played Gunther on Friends), Nancy O'Dell - former Miss South Carolina and host of Entertainment Tonight, Brianna Rollins - 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the 100 meter hurdles, and Mike Williams - wide receiver for the Los Angeles Chargers and drafted 7th in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Top 5 Parent Picks when visiting the Clemson University:
No visit is complete without attending a football game if possible including a tailgate and a touch of Howards Rock.
Stroll through the South Carolina Botanical Garden.
Enjoy a casual meal at The Esso Club - a classic Clemson institution with a fun bar atmosphere and a more fancy affair at Rick Erwin’s Steakhouse or Pixie and Bills.
Best weekend brunch is at Sunnyside Cafe.
Best hiking trail - Table Rock (about 30 minutes from campus).
Mandy is a Senior from Charlotte, North Carolina. One quirky fact about Mandy..."I have a healthy college chef account on Instagram @chef_manderz".
Gabby is a Junior from Washington D.C. One quirky fact about Gabby..."I have a foodsta @gibbysgrub!
Madison is a Junior from Plainville, Massachusetts. One quirky fact about Madison..."I hate seafood yet live in MA and have a house on the Cape. Not sure how that happened!"
Lawtob is a Junior from Charleston, South Carolina. One quirky fact about Lawtob..."I can make my eyes vibrate!"
Olivia is a Sophomore from Frederick, MD. One quirky fact about Olivia..."I have always preferred the cookie part of the oreo over the icing and almost wish they wouldn't put the icing in at all."
Mamie is a Junior from Gastonia, North Carolina. One quirky fact about Mamie..."I studied Italian wine in Italy for a semester."
Hal is a Junior from Gastonia, North Carolina. One quirky fact about Hal..."I’m a 4th generation Clemson student!"
Fun fact about Clemson:
Mandy - We were the 2017 NCAA Football Champions!
Gabby - Natty champs!
Madison - There's a secret book on campus that you have to find and sign before you graduate.
Lawtob - We’re a land grant college.
Olivia - Freshmen used to wear rat caps and wave them after every homecoming football game continuing a tradition from Clemson's military days. Now students wave our fingers during the alma mater. Also, the ROTC bangs on drums for 24 hours before the Carolina-Clemson game!
Hal - Make sure you don’t read the plaque on Thomas Green Clemson's Statue!
Favorite Ice Cream Parlour and Flavor:
Mandy - Spill the Beans! It is customized ice cream flavors. My favorite combo is vanilla blended with heath, oreo, and butterfinger.
Gabby - Spill the Beans.
Madison - Spill the Beans.
Lawtob - Spill the Beans.
Olivia - Spill the Beans for sure. You can create your own flavor of ice cream. I like using vanilla ice cream and adding raspberry and graham crackers.
Mamie - '55 exchange, peach.
Hal - ‘55 Exchange.
Bakery and Favorite Sweet:
Mandy - Clemson Confectioneries, Monster Dough Cuper/Brownie Tower.
Madison - Clemson Confectioneries.
Olivia - Clemson Confectioneries makes the BEST and most creative cupcakes.
Mamie - All In Coffee Shop, cinnamon roll.
Hal - Sweet Spot Bakeshop.
Where to Grab a Coffee:
Mandy - All In Coffee.
Gabby - Einstein's Bros. Bagels.
Madison - All In Coffee or Mojo's Cafe.
Lawtob - Mojo's Cafe.
Olivia - There are 2 Starbucks on campus. One in the library and one in Core.
Mamie - All In Coffee Shop.
Hal - All In Coffee Shop.
Burger Joint and Fries:
Mandy - BGR Burger Joint.
Gabby - BGR Burger Joint.
Madison - BGR Burger Joint.
Lawtob - BGR Burger Joint.
Olivia - BGR Burger Joint has really good burgers, but Wendy's on campus is open until 2 if you need a late night study break.
Mamie - Loose Change.
Hal - Mac’s Drive In.
Finger Licking Good BBQ Spot:
Mandy - Smokin' Pig BBQ.
Gabby - Smokin' Pig BBQ.
Madison - Smokin' Pig BBQ.
Lawtob - Smokin' Pig BBQ.
Olivia - Smokin' Pig BBQ for sure.
Mamie - Smokin' Pig BBQ.
Hal - Smokin' Pig BBQ.
Vegetarian Hot Spot:
Mandy - SunnySide Cafe.
Madison - Pot Belly Deli (PBD) has good salads.
Olivia - There is not really one, but there's a great pasta place downtown called Brioso.
Mamie - SunnySide Cafe.
Hal - Yolk Asian Kitchen.
Mandy - Todaros.
Gabby - Your Pie.
Madison - Your Pie.
Lawtob - Peppino's.
Olivia - Todaro's downtown, but Little Caesar's and Domino's are good options for late night snacks.
Mamie - Todaro's.
Hal - Todaro's.
Diner and Favorite Dish:
Mandy - Paws (Dinner Special: Meat and 2 sides).
Olivia - Mac's Drive In is a historic staple my dad always talks about but I've never been.
Mamie - The Esso for meat and 3 or Paws Diner for meat and 3.
Hal - Walhalla Steakhouse.
Hottest Mexican Spot and Recommended Plate:
Mandy - El Jimador. Always go for the fajitas.
Gabby - El Jimador. Can never go wrong with a quesadilla!
Madison - El Jimador. Get the ranch queso dip!!!
Lawtob - El Jimador.
Olivia - El Jimador. Their quesadillas are huge and their queso is the bomb.
Mamie - El Jimador (closer to campus) or Monterrey (farther from campus).
Hal - Monterrey’s. Dollar Tacos!
Sushi Spot and Your Go to Roll:
Mandy - 356 Sushi & Martini Bar, Gamecock Roll.
Gabby - Cheaper sushi at 356 and the shell roll. More upscale sushi at Tokyo.
Madison - 356 Sushi & Martini Bar, Clemson Roll.
Lawtob - 356 Sushi & Martini Bar, shell roll.
Olivia - 356 Sushi & Martini Bar, gamecock roll (it's got like teriyaki chicken in it).
Mamie - Blue Heron.
Hal - 356 Sushi & Martini Bar, Cucumber Roll.
Breakfast Spot with a Friend or Date:
Mandy - PBD (Pot Belly Deli).
Gabby - SunnySide Cafe.
Madison - SunnySide Cafe.
Lawtob - SunnySide Cafe.
Olivia - Waffle House or SunnySide Cafe.
Mamie - All In Coffee Shop or SunnySide Cafe.
Hal - SunnySide Cafe.
Where you would love your parents to take you for parents weekend:
Mandy - Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse.
Gabby - Rick Erwin's.
Madison - Blue Heron, best spinach dip!
Lawtob - Rick Erwin's.
Olivia - If possible, a boat ride on Lake Hartwell. There is nothing like it.
Mamie - Calhoun Corners.
Hal - Rent a House on Lake Keowee.
Things to do:
Where to go for Yoga, Exercise Classes, or the Gym:
Mandy - Fike, 9Round, Clemson Fitness Company, & Solshine Wellness.
Gabby - 9Round.
Madison - 9Round and Circuit Training.
Lawtob - 9Round.
Olivia - Fike on campus has a rock climbing wall, a bunch of group classes like zumba and yoga, a steam room, basketball courts, wrestling mat rooms, racquetball rooms, etc.
Mamie - 9Round.
Hal - 9Round.
Best Dive Bar:
Mandy - Tiger Town Tavern (TTT's).
Gabby - Nick's Tavern.
Lawtob - Nick's Tavern.
Olivia - Most bars on campus, especially Tiger Town Tavern (TTT's) and Backstreets.
Hal - Loose Change or Nick's Tavern.
Night Spot for Music:
Mandy - Studyhall.
Gabby - TD's on karaoke night.
Madison - Tripple T's (Tiger Town Tavern) karaoke night.
Lawtob - Tripple T's (Tiger Town Tavern).
Olivia - 356 Sushi & Martini Bar, Backstreets, Tripple T's , Sauced, and Studyhall are all good.
Mamie - Studyhall or Loose Change.
Hal - TD's.
Where is your favorite spot on campus to hang:
Mandy - Tillman.
Gabby - Reflection pond.
Madison - Y Beach by the lake. The water is always warm and there are docks and a beach volleyball court.
Lawtob - Agriculture buildings.
Olivia - Studying by the reflection pond.
Mamie - Bowman.
Hal - Cooper Library.
Where do you want to go on spring break:
Mandy - Back to Barcelona!
Gabby - Mexico.
Madison - We're all going to Key West. Last year we went to Cancun and the year before we visited Gulf Shores Alabama.
Lawtob - The Keys.
Olivia - Florida.
Mamie - Florida or Colorado.
Hal - Argentina.
Where to Stay:
Mandy - Courtyard Marriott.
Gabby - The Abernathy. It is so close to the stadium which is great for game days.
Madison - The Abernathy. It is brand new and you can see the stadium from the hotel.
Lawtob - Tillman’s place.
Olivia - The Bleckley Inn located in Anderson (even though its a little farther away) or The Abernathy right next to the intramural fields.
Mamie - The Abernathy.
Hal - Sleepy Hollow B&B.
Anything we missed? Tell us more!
Madison - This is literally the best school in the country and the only way to understand the Clemson Family is to experience it first hand yourself.
Olivia - LOOK UP CLEMSON TRADITIONS!! There are so many. Also I would really look into Dabo Swinney's life story because it's amazing and he's a staple of Clemson.
Mamie - It's so fun in the Fall. We have two lakes where you can rent boats or houses. It is a really fun area.
Hal - Clemson is a Great Town and a Great University. Everyone should come and explore the state. It’s beautiful!