Clemson University is among the top public schools in the U.S., ranking 40th in Forbes as of 2017. Founder Thomas Green Clemson first settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the mid-nineteenth century, dedicating his beautiful estate to the teaching of South Carolinians when he died. The school is comprised of seven colleges, including from Education and Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences, and is attended by just over 20,000 students.
Ranging from certifications to doctoral degrees, Clemson’s distance learning programs include both online and blended options, which may require online meetings, independent studies, or some in-person classes. The university maintains the highest standards for online curricula by having faculty who are experienced in using distance learning technology. Degree-granting programs are mostly in business and science fields:
- M.S. in Athletic Leadership
- M.S. in Biological Sciences
- MHRD in Human Resource Development
- Ph.D. in Healthcare Genetics
- M.S. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
- M.Eng. in Industrial Engineering
- Master of Public Administration
- M.S. in Youth Development Leadership
Beyond the famous Clemson Tigers football team, the university is also known for being a large land-grant institution, meaning it conducts research targeted at improving the community. Because of the school’s dramatic impact on the economy, it is estimated that the State government netted nearly $115 in revenue in 2010. Clemson is also the alma mater of some major players in politics, including current U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, former U.S. Senator of North Carolina, John Edwards, and the longest serving U.S. Senator ever, Strom Thurmond.