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Clarkson University
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  • 4 Year
  • POTSDAM, NY

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

Report Card

grade B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B+
  2. Value
    grade A+
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade D minus
  5. Athletics
    grade B
  6. Party Scene
    grade B+
  7. Professors
    grade A minus
  8. Location
    grade C+
  9. Dorms
    grade C minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade D minus
  11. Student Life
    grade B minus
  12. Safety
    grade A minus

About

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.

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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
75%
SAT Range
1160-1350
ACT Range
23-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$29,891 / 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
$37,536 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A minus
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. 52 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 52 responses

Majors

Clarkson's New Direct Entry Program

Students interested in physical therapy, occupational therapy or physician assistant studies have the opportunity to enroll in Clarkson’s Freshman Direct Entry program. Freshman Direct Entry provides a guaranteed spot in our DPT in physical therapy, MS in occupational therapy or MS in physician assistant studies programs to select first-year applicants.

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
    10%
  • On Campus
    90%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,012 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
69
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
  • Ambitious
    32%
  • Multicultural, intellegent, hardworking
    23%
  • White, nerdy, conservative and ambitious
    23%
  • Nerdy, involved
    16%
  • Stressed
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
95%
Poll
61%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 61 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 75 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 45 responses
  • Academic
    51%
  • Innovative
    22%
  • Home away from home
    7%
  • Trying
    7%
  • Not worth the tuition.
    4%
  • Progressive
    4%
  • Home
    2%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$72,000 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
78%
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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