A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B+
Clarkson University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
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
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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

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
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.33 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.33 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,185Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • White, nerdy, conservative males
    41%
  • Ambitious
    22%
  • Multicultural, intellegent, hardworking
    19%
  • Nerdy, involved
    11%
  • White, nerdy, conservative and ambitious
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
57%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.42 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.56 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Academic
    62%
  • Innovative
    23%
  • Progressive
    8%
  • 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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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.
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I studied mechanical engineering at Clarkson University, where with the help my my peers and professors I excelled at learning the curriculum. I loved my time at Clarkson, but balancing a social life and school work was a challenge. Overall I really enjoyed my time there and I am contemplating going back for a masters!
There are some great resources and professors. However everything is run down besides the academic equipment and the food is horrible except for the dining locations in Cheel which are only open during the weekdays. You must help yourself when it comes to campus resources, they won't voluntarily help you and they accept loads of people in the expectation of failing a lot of them. The town is great though so if you want a great job and are not socially inept this place is great.