Academics

<p>Hello, I am currently a sophomore at Skidmore College, but I have just put in a transfer application to Clemson. </p>

<p>I have done quite well at Skidmore, I've received highest honors all semesters I've been there so far, but I'm not happy there. I don't fit in as well as I'd hoped, and I realize I hate the NY winters. (I lived in South Florida for years, and thought I wouldn't mind some snow. I probably wouldn't mind some snow, but not several feet of it Dec-March/April.) I also have been unable to find anywhere sufficient to keep my horse, and since I compete heavily, that has been a major con. </p>

<p>Clemson seems to fit all of the necessary criteria. I also play polo, so being within a drive of Aiken is a major plus. The only thing I'm a bit reserved about is the academics. I haven't been a huge fan of Skidmore's academics, I find myself bored in class and frustrated with people's lack of concern over grades. I've heard very mixed reviews about Clemson's academic rigor. I'd like to go to law school, and I'm aiming for a top 10 or 15 school. I've been trying to find acceptance numbers from the website about law schools, but I was hoping I could get some feedback here about academic rigor and prestige.</p>

<p>Thank you.</p>

<p>Glad to hear that you are considering transferring to Clemson. I'm guessing that your stats are good enough to get into the honors college at Clemson which will make academics a little bit more rigorous than the normal student. Clemson is traditionally an agriculture/science/engineering school (as defined in the will of Thomas Green Clemson, it's founder), and nursing, education programs are also strong. Liberal arts programs don't have the reputation here because it is overshadowed by the engineering and science programs here. However, I know the economics and history departments are pretty strong on campus. According to the economics webpage at Clemson, their graduates have been offered admission to law schools at Harvard, Virginia, UNC and University of Chicago. I don't have any acceptance rate stats (don't think Clemson lists them). In my opinion, if you keep performing at the level of work you have at Skidmore and take advantage of all the opportunities at Clemson, you should come out near the top at Clemson and be in a good place for admission to a good law school acceptance.</p>

<p>As for academics, I think people here stress a little bit more about grades but mostly because there is a wider variety of students here of different academic ability being a state school. However, work is not easy by any means, you're still expected to put in about 30-45 hours of school work a week if you want to get an A or B. All the professors that I've had so far are excellent and if you get to really know some of them, they could be great mentors. Everyone has great pride for their school and this extends to the professors who really want to make sure their students understand the material.</p>

<p>Let me know if you have any further questions and feel free to send me a private message if you want!</p>

<p>-Pierre</p>

<p>I have a few friends that are applying to Law School (econ majors) and they have been happy with Clemson. What is your intended major? This may determine how rigorous your courses will be compared to what you may be used to. People at Clemson care about their grades to varying degrees. There are a lot of us (like me) that are unhappy with anything less than an A. In most courses, you will have to work relatively hard to earn an A (but it can be done with a social/extracurricular life). There are also a lot of students here that are also content with C's. I SI for Accounting 202 (the most failed course in the business college), and many students just want to pass.</p>

<p>Acct 202 might be the most failed course, but you have to take into account that finance and accounting majors don't take it. So you're lacking the students in the two hardest majors, and that definitely has an effect on the pass/fail rate.</p>

<p>I'd be careful about making assumptions on the hardest major, or which major has the more intelligent students.</p>

<p>Come on man you and I know both know the only business degress worth pursing at Clemson are accounting, finance, and econ. In 202 you have too marketing, management, and industrial management majors.</p>

<p>I would suggest those majors to almost everyone entering CBBS for a business degree. IMO a management major is not the best route with the recent increase in MBA programs- something more specialized is better. I absolutely hate marketing, but I can see its need in the workplace. I don't think you can lump either of these majors into being less intelligent though. Maybe the people who are best in these fields don't think in the manner 202 is taught. </p>

<p>That also brings up the question of how you would define major difficulty. A high number of summa cum laude graduates could mean that a major is easy, or that it attracts a high number of intelligent people. Also, a large amount of low-GPA's could show major difficulty, or it could show a tendency of less intelligent people to choose that particular major. Obviously, this question cannot be answered without a good amount of statistical analysis and entry into the Clemson database. However, major difficulty is not an easy measure to construct.</p>

<p>^well it isn't wise to pursue a history or english degree now a days as compared to a practical job-training major but still people do it who are intelligent.</p>

<p>I think however most people can say with confidence that PRTM is one of the easier majors at Clemson haha</p>

<p>haha I take a different approach Mitch. I suggest anything major that gives me less competetion in the job market.</p>