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Clemson University (U.S.)

Clemson, South Carolina

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[Flag of Clemson University, South Carolina] image by Clay Moss, 9 March 2008

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Description of the flag

Clemson University's most popular logo flag is a paw print in orange and white. The paw print of a school's animal mascot has become popular athletic logo throughout the US. I'm pretty sure that Clemson with its tiger paw logo was the first school to adopt the paw print idea and serves as the original inspiration to every school utilizing such an emblem.

I'm not sure how long the logo has appeared on flags, but I know that the practice goes back better than 35 years. I say that this flag "was" Clemson's most popular logo flag because I have not been there in a while. I had a cousin that attended Clemson, and upon visiting her would see this flag frequently in and around the city of Clemson and all around the state of South Carolina as well.

The flag could also be seen in white with an orange paw print.
Clay Moss, 9 March 2008

From "Authorized academic colors are purple (PMS 268) and orange (PMS 158)." White is used in addition to these, but it is not one of the official colors of the university.
Joe McMillan, 29 April 2008

The institutional flag, and most commonly used flag generally is a white on orange pawprint flag, without inscription:

There is also a variant with colors reversed.
Branding guide:
Dave Fowler, 1 February 2020

Adaptation of state flag

[Flag of Clemson University, South Carolina] image provided by Scott, 15 March 2008

The diagonal flag is totally a privatized commercial phenomenon, so it doesn't matter of the school itself is public or private. The official school athletic clothing will not show these things, so they can be hard to find. However, any school can conceivably make one if they want. I have seen them for schools like Limestone College (in Gaffney, SC) as a large billboard, and even Furman. I have searched around and I can't find any images online of the smaller colleges, but there is no reason schools like SC State and perhaps Benedict wouldn't have them too. It just depends on what kind of support the independent merchandise dealers get from those schools. I have attached several different flags and imagery to show how these emblems are used to represent schools in SC. These are particularly popular as "tailgate" flags that are attachable to cars.
Scott, 15 March 2008


[Seal of Clemson University] image located by Paul Bassinson, 19 November 2017

Supporters flag

[Supporters flag] image located by Paul Bassinson, 1 February 2020