Clemson University was founded in 1889 after the death of Thomas Clemson. He donated his Fort Hill plantation and money for the establishment of the school after seeing first hand the devastation caused by the Civil War to the surrounding community and the economy. He wanted to make sure that young people in the area would have a chance to become educated and help revive South Carolina. Originally an all-white-male military school known as Clemson Agricultural School, it updated in 1955 to become a civilian co-ed institution.
Today, this public university is one of the top research schools in the nation. Set at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains with it’s own personal forest, undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered, and students can enroll in five different schools.