Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

Clarkson University is a private research university founded in 1896. Its 640-acre main campus is located in Potsdam, NY, with additional graduate programs and research facilities at its Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, NY, and its Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries in Beacon, NY.

Tuition & Fees

$52,724

$52,724

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
12%
600-699
47%
500-599
37%
400-499
4%
700-800
25%
600-699
51%
500-599
21%
400-499
3%
700-800
3%
600-699
20%
500-599
47%
400-499
27%
300-399
3%
30-36
21%
24-29
33%
18-23
35%
12-17
11%
30-36
26%
24-29
58%
18-23
14%
12-17
2%
30-36
29%
24-29
43%
18-23
27%
12-17
1%
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undergraduateRatios

69%

male

31%

female

1

teacher

14

students

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Moderately Selective

74%

acceptance rate

Accepted 4,978
Declined + 1,695
Total Received 6,673
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Private (nonprofit)

3,081

undergraduate students

1,220

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Engineering And Management
  3. Civil Engineering
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Codes

SAT 2084
ACT 2698

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School Facts

Clarkson University is a private research university founded in 1896. Its 640-acre main campus is located in Potsdam, NY, with additional graduate programs and research facilities at its Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, NY, and its Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries in Beacon, NY.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 4,301
Established in 1896
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association)
•  APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
•  ARC-PA (Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant)
•  CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)
•  CAHME (Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education)
•  MSCHE (Middle States Commission on Higher Education)

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Potsdam, NY

640-acre main campus in Potsdam (population: 17,029), 125 miles northeast of Syracuse, 62 miles southeast of Ottawa, Ontario, and 56 miles northwest of the Olympic Village of Lake Placid. Campus served by bus; major airport serves Syracuse; smaller airports serve Ogdensburg and Massena, NY.

Clarkson University
8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
82%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
94%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
9 fraternities 14% of male students
 
4 sororities 11% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
37%
Top 1/4
69%
Top 1/2
94%
Bottom 1/2
6%
Bottom 1/4
1%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
12%
600-699
47%
500-599
37%
400-499
4%
700-800
25%
600-699
51%
500-599
21%
400-499
3%
700-800
3%
600-699
20%
500-599
47%
400-499
27%
300-399
3%
30-36
21%
24-29
33%
18-23
35%
12-17
11%
30-36
26%
24-29
58%
18-23
14%
12-17
2%
30-36
29%
24-29
43%
18-23
27%
12-17
1%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
(waived if filed online or with admissions interview)
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 15
School has early decision program yes
Early decision program application deadline December 1
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Recommended
SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

74%

acceptance rate

Accepted 4,978
Declined + 1,695
Total Received 6,673

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record

Important

Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Recommendations
Standardized test scores
Volunteer Work

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Particular talent/ability
Work Experience

Not Considered

Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Trish Dobbs
Director of Admissions
P: 800 527-6577
F: 315 268-7647
admissions@clarkson.edu

Financial Aid

90%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$46,636

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $51,454
Room $8,480
Board $7,306
Additional fees $1,270
Books & supplies $1,446
Total $69,956
Average Financial Aid - $46,636
Total with Avg. Aid $23,320
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Financial Aid Deadline

FAFSA
March 1

State aid form
March 1

Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

State aid form

Financial Aid Office

P: 800 527-6577
F: 315 268-7647
admissions@clarkson.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Kara Pitts
Director of New Student Financial Assistance
kpitts@clarkson.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
Alpine skiing
Nordic skiing
baseball
basketball
cross-country
golf
ice hockey
lacrosse
soccer
swimming
volleyball

Club Sports - Men's

aikido, baseball, bowling, crew, cricket, cycling, equestrian sports, figure skating, flying, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, rugby, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, spikeball, table tennis, tackle football, taekwondo, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, wrestling

Club Sports - Women's

aikido, baseball, bowling, crew, cricket, cycling, equestrian sports, figure skating, flying, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, rugby, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, spikeball, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Intramural/Recreational Sports

badminton, ballroom dance, baseball, basketball, billiards, broomball, competitive bass fishing, dance ensemble, dance team, field hockey, fishing, ice hockey, jet skiing, juggling, laser tag, martial arts, mountain biking, paintball, riflery, road cycling, sailing, scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, soccer (indoor/outdoor), softball, step team, swing dance, squash, touch football, volleyball

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Athletic Directors

Scott Smalling (men's)
Director Of Athletics And Recreation
email

Scott Smalling (women's)
Director Of Athletics And Recreation
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
NCAA (Divisions I and III), Liberty League, ECAC Hockey
Mascot
Golden Knights
School colors
green and gold

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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accelerated M.B.A.
Adolescence Education 7-12
Aeronautical Engineering
Applied Mathematics/Statistics
Basic Science
Biochemical Engineering
Bioethics
Biology
Biomolecular Science
Bioscience/Biotechnology
Bioscience/Biotechnology
Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Business Intelligence/Data Analytics
Business of Energy
Business/Marketing Education
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Civil/Environmental Engineering
Clinical Leadership in Healthcare Management
Communication
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Data Analytics
Data Science
Digital Arts/Sciences
Electrical Engineering
Electrical/Computer Engineering
Energy Systems
Engineering Management
Engineering Science
Engineering/Management
Engineering/Management Systems
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Health Science
Environmental Policy
Environmental Science/Engineering
Environmental Science/Policy
Financial Information/Analysis
Global Supply Chain Management
Healthcare Data Analytics
Healthcare Management
History
Humanities
Information Technology
Innovation/Entrepreneurship
Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Materials Science/Engineering
Mathematical Economics
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant Studies
Physics
Political Science
Professional Management
Psychology
Software Engineering
Supply Chain Management
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Technology Education K-12
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Engineering And Management
  3. Civil Engineering

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-veterinary science

4,301

total students

69%

in-state

31%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

72%

3,081
students

Female
31%
951

Male
69%
2,130

28%

1,220
students

Female
43%
529

Male
57%
691

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

97%

3,012
students

Female
31%
926

Male
69%
2,086

3%

69
students

Female
37%
25

Male
63%
44

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Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Hispanic/Latino
76%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

79%

Transfer applicants accepted

51%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.80
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Recommended of All
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Required of Some

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

90

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

30

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Personal
  • Psychological

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

85%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 30
Countries most often represented Canada
China
Finland
India
Jamaica
Saudi Arab
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Colleen Thapalia
Director of International Graduate Admissions & Recruitment
518 631-9866
cthapali@clarkson.edu

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