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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    D+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    D+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
About Clarkson University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Liberty League
Address
8 Clarkson Ave
Potsdam, NY 13699
From Clarkson University

Clarkson is a private, national research university and proven leader in technological education and sustainable economic development. Through more than 95 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions, we educate over 4,300 students and pursue interdisciplinary research, scholarship, teaching and innovation. We ignite connections across academic disciplines, industries and cultures to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Our alumni earn salaries that are among the top three percent in the nation and realize accelerated career growth.

Clarkson University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
68%
SAT Range
1080-1283
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$31,181/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,897/ year
  • $30-48k
    $20,244/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,110/ year
  • $76-110k
    $30,590/ year
  • $110k+
    $36,578/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.33 responses
64%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.39 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,203Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
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  • White, nerdy, conservative males
    39%
  • Ambitious
    24%
  • Multicultural, intellegent, hardworking
    15%
  • White, nerdy, conservative and ambitious
    12%
  • Nerdy, involved
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.48 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.62 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 32 responses
Report
  • Academic
    53%
  • Innovative
    28%
  • Progressive
    6%
  • Trying
    6%
  • Home
    3%
  • Home away from home
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $68,900/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    71%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    97%
    National
    83%
    96%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses
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    Clarkson University Reviews

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    Clarkson is definitely a challenge, in both coursework and adjusting to the environment. The area surrounding campus can be quite dull, but the downtown area of Potsdam has some shops and restaurants. As of right now, campus is seeing major improvements with multiple construction projects expanding some of the buildings, so I expect campus life to improve with the new additions. We also host several free student activities throughout each semester!
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    I'm still in my first semester here at Clarkson and I have to say that I'm glad I choose this school. Senior year in high school filled me with doubts about being able to live on my own, if I could succeed in college or even make any friends. I can easily say I'm glad I took that leap and committed to Clarkson! I'm learning, living, and mingling like never before which is new for me. I used to be very shy but Clarkson has brought me out of my shell. Clarkson has probably been the best thing that could happen to me personally.
    My only complaint is the food, otherwise I love it here. The majority of my professors have been amazing and incredibly helpful. You get the occasional bad professor, but that happens. I was able to join a research lab my Freshman year and making that connection with my research professors has been incredibly helpful to my career. My connections through my lab actually got me a summer internship with GE!