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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
Clarkson is a highly rated private university located in Potsdam, New York. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,203 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Clarkson acceptance rate is 68%. Popular majors include Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Industrial and Engineering Management. Graduating 71% of students, Clarkson alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $55,200.
About Clarkson University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Liberty League
Address
8 Clarkson Ave
Potsdam, NY 13699
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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

Acceptance Rate
68%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1080-1283
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.35 responses
43%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.35 responses
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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 29 responses
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  • White, nerdy, conservative males
    38%
  • Ambitious
    24%
  • Multicultural, intellegent, hardworking
    17%
  • Nerdy, involved
    10%
  • White, nerdy, conservative and ambitious
    10%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
59%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.44 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.58 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Academic
    61%
  • Innovative
    21%
  • Progressive
    7%
  • Home
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Trying
    4%

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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I love Clarkson very much. I can't express enough how happy I am to be attending such a university. The many opportunities, friends, faculty, and people I've interacted with has shaped a lot of my experience. The academics are ranked high and many are dedicated to improvement, knowledge, and succeeding. There are many different groups of people here, but overall people wish others to do well and help one another progress through the college life. There are rooms for improvement with Clarkson, but I feel that many of the problems are either being addressed or still in the process of being dealt with. This university continues to change and defy convention in many ways and I hope to help the university be left in a better place than when I first entered it. Clarkson is definitely a great place to study and find peace, but know that like with anything, there are problems and that it isn't a perfect school.
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Clarkson University is located in a super small town. It has an adorable small town feeling, you feel like you're in a different world. The weather is great if you love freezing temperatures and winter activities! There's lots to do on campus, and you can start a club for anything you want. The professors I have had are all beyond amazing, very intelligent and happy to help you with anything. I would highly recommened coming here.
Clarkson has excellent education, but housing and student life is lacking. The professors are absolutely amazing and extremely dedicated to your education (depending on your major). The advising leaves little to be desired and the pre-health majors don’t always get the most attention. If you are looking for research opportunities, there are many amazing chances.