Students Say

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam New York, is a private university known “first and foremost as an undergrad engineering school”; however, many students look to its burgeoning business program to help them get a foothold in the business world. Its MBA program allows many of its students to finish in less than 12 months, even though many believe they could receive their degree in around “nine months.”

Overview

Applicants
121
Acceptance Rate
60%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.58
Years Work Experience
2
Average Age
26

Test Scores

GMAT
480 - 580
GPA
3.2 - 3.7

Deadlines


Rolling Admission Deadline
July 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

GMAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Non-Academic

Overall

Students Say

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam New York, is a private university known “first and foremost as an undergrad engineering school”; however, many students look to its burgeoning business program to help them get a foothold in the business world. Its MBA program allows many of its students to finish in less than 12 months, even though many believe they could receive their degree in around “nine months.” The “speed and reputation” of the program are just two of the good aspects of the program that many students enjoy. The school tends to use its engineering acumen to teach students about innovations in the engineering sector that may affect business and its own Institute for a Sustainable Environment, which helps to foster “green business.”

The main focus of the curriculum, however, is the use of the “supply chain” style of management. While many find this especially “helpful” in the workplace, some students wish the curriculum were a little broader and that the school “cater a little more to marketing and sales students.” One thing all students can agree on is that they love the size of the school and praise that, “[it] is very small [and] gives each student a very personalized experience.” The faculty are a huge part of the experience and each takes “the time to get to know” the students. Those enrolled in the program think that most professors are “absolutely wonderful” and have taught them a great deal about various facets of business, yet the professors are occasionally hindered by an administration that is not exactly “unified,” leaving some to re-teach material that students have already learned. Some subjects may also be under taught. Despite this, they say that the faculty is more than “willing to help students with schoolwork and find jobs.” If the faculty is not available, many students love the team-oriented courses and say they “love working at school as [their] fellow students are always available if [they] need help.”


Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
3:1
Total Faculty
24

100
Full-time
29
Female
5
Minority

Specialities of faculty

Academic specialties of faculty
URL

Supply Chain Management


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description

Career overview

Career Rating
83
Average Starting Salary
$57,000

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
44%
School Facilitiated
42%
Unknown
14%
Graduate Facilitated

Source Of Internship Acceptances
44%
School Facilitiated
42%
Unknown
14%
Graduate Facilitated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

50%
Operations/Logistics
17%
Consulting
17%
Finance/Accounting
8%
General Management
8%
Information Technology

Graduates Employed by Region

54%
Northeast
23%
West
15%
South
8%
International

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Operations / Logistics 50% $61,000 $58,833 $45,000 $70,000
Consulting 17% $50,000 $50,000 $45,000 $55,000
Finance / Accounting 17% $55,000 $55,000 $45,000 $65,000
Information Technology 8% $50,000 $50,000 $45,000 $55,000
General Management 8% $58,000 $58,000 $58,000 $58,000

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Manufacturing 42% $62,000 $60,200 $50,400 $70,000
Consulting 17% $50,000 $50,000 $45,000 $55,000
Consumer Products 17% $60,000 $60,000 $60,000 $60,000
Financial Services 17% $55,000 $55,000 $45,000 $65,000
Technology 8% $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000

Prominent Alumni

William Harlow
VP Corporate Development

Paul Hoeft
President and CEO

Elizabeth Fessenden
President - Flexible Packaging

David Fisher
President

Vickie Cole
President and CEO

Dates

Application Deadlines
Jul 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$26,476

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$6,500

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
85%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
85%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
85%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
85%

New Students Receiving Loans
75%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$37,590
Fees (In-State)
$440

Tuition Part-Time (per credit hour)

Tuition (In-State)
$1,074
Fees (In-State)
$0

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$7,500
Academic Expenses
$2,000

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
40
Out of State
19%

In State
100%
Foreign Countries Represented
4

Demographics

3.00%
Minorities
19.00%
International

47% female
53% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Potsdam is located in rural New York, so “there isn’t a whole lot to do unless you knowwhere to find activities.” The upside of an isolated campus is that students have fewer distractions: “You learn that business work is not always going to be a 40 hour work week;” weekends are often “straight work days where most group meetings and homework for the next week are done.” Though some students note problems with “administration not always taking care of small issues immediately,” “because it is a one-year program…problems are not an issue for very long before a new class comes in.”

“Almost all [students] are what you’d traditionally picture as ‘MBA’ students: white, upper middle class, financially and socially moderate to slightly conservative,” and “they are very good at quantitative analysis.” “Everyone is accepting of what you believe. They may disagree but it is done in a way that allows for intelligent and thought-provoking conversation.” And some students note “the pleasure to meet, interact with and become friends with students from other countries.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Danielle McAuliffe
Assistant Director, Graduate Business Programs

Address
8 Clarkson Ave.
CU Box 5770
Potsdam, NY 13699

Phone
315-268-6613

Email
busgrad@clarkson.edu
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Key Stats

121
Applicants
40
Size
60%
Acceptance Rate

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