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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

We are excited to be offering in-person tours again! We have expanded online options such as a virtual viewbook/interactive campus map; our YouTube channel and Blog; and virtual interviews/events. Clarkson has implemented a "Test-Optional" policy for all Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants. Learn More

  1. Academics
    B+
  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
    A-
8 Clarkson Ave
Potsdam, NY 13699
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Liberty League
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
71%
SAT Range
1160-1350
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$31,376/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$34,405/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

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
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.51 responses
37%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.51 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    11%
  • On Campus
    89%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,016Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
75
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
26%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
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  • Ambitious
    32%
  • Multicultural, intellegent, hardworking
    25%
  • White, nerdy, conservative and ambitious
    25%
  • Nerdy, involved
    18%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
62%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.60 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.74 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Academic
    50%
  • Innovative
    23%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • Trying
    7%
  • Not worth the tuition.
    5%
  • Progressive
    5%
  • Home
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $72,000/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    75%
    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

    Clarkson University Reviews

    788 reviews
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    I really enjoyed the academic environment at Clarkson University. As a senior, I can gladly say that everyone is here to help you and you are not competing against one another in your courses. The staff/ professors are helpful and want you to succeed! There are plenty of opportunities to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people whether it’s joining a club, joining a SPEED team, doing research with a professor, studying abroad, or attending the fun on-campus activities. Clarkson University enables their students to push themselves to grow. It is challenging yet undoubtedly rewarding!
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    I have just completed my first year at Clarkson University, and it was one of the most memorable years of my life. I know I wanted to attend a college in upstate New York, but I did not anticipate this far upstate. But, I am an Environmental Engineer, and Clarkson is well-known for having a good Environmental Engineering Program. Clarkson also gave me the opportunity to attend the ADK Semester this fall at Paul Smith's College! With COVID-19, I miss my college friends greatly and I miss attending class in person. Clarkson, I hope to see you soon!
    Being in a small college town is nice if you're not coming from a big city. There's not really much to do in the local area and weather often prevents many days out, but the club's and campus events make up for this well enough. There's a great selection of clubs, and other events on campus. Many of the teachers are great, and many of the teachers are terrible; make sure you check the reviews first before choosing classes. The dorms are decent for what they are, and the food is mediocre. There's always something reliable as the dishes are always repeated. However, the food staff is wonderful! Make sure to be nice and respectful, it'll come back around in extras.