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A-
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
    B
Clarkson University is ...
Private not-for-profit
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
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.34 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.34 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 28 responses
Report
  • White, nerdy, conservative males
    39%
  • Ambitious
    25%
  • Multicultural, intellegent, hardworking
    18%
  • Nerdy, involved
    11%
  • White, nerdy, conservative and ambitious
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
58%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.43 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.57 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Academic
    63%
  • Innovative
    22%
  • Progressive
    7%
  • 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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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.
I like Clarkson very much. The academics are difficult but according to past graduates they have very good job placement and the jobs are usually very well paying. Clarkson has Division 1 Hockey and all other sports are D3 but the hockey games are very fun to attend. It is in the small town of Potsdam, NY which doesn't have much more than a decent pizza shop, a Walmart, and a hardware store. But there are 3 other colleges within the area that can help students meet lots of people.