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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A
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.

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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

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
66%
SAT Range
1140-1330
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$31,050/ 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
$32,540/ 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.48 responses
35%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.48 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,021Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
69
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
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  • Ambitious
    33%
  • Multicultural, intellegent, hardworking
    26%
  • White, nerdy, conservative and ambitious
    22%
  • Nerdy, involved
    19%

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.57 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.71 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Academic
    49%
  • Innovative
    24%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • Not worth the tuition.
    5%
  • Progressive
    5%
  • Trying
    5%
  • Home
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $72,000/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    73%
    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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    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.
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    Not worth the cost! The main factor that attracted me was the 96% job placement statistic. A majority of companies that go to the Clarkson career fairs are somewhat local and scattered throughout NY. A lot of these companies are located in dull rural areas and they like hiring Clarkson students because they think that if you could make it in Potsdam for 4 years then you will have no trouble living a dull life working for their company in a poor climate/location. Getting a job is more about timing, talking to the right person, and personality rather than having an expensive degree or high GPA. I recommend caution for anyone planning to go to this school for the 96% job placement rating. Your starting salary will be exactly the same as the binge drinker sitting in the cubicle next to you who went to a dirt cheap school and didn't put in half the work or money that you will by going to Clarkson.
    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!