Students Say

Located in the wilds of northern New York, Clarkson University is best known for its strong business and engineering programs, and its exceptional record of career placement for graduates thanks to its “amazing reputation with a large range of companies.” The science and tech programs “prepare engineeringcentric minds for the future of the ever-advancing technological world,” and the school is constantly “keeping a responsible eye on ways to positively influence a ‘green’ and sustainable future.” A competitive Honors Program and excellent scholarships only sweeten the deal. As one sophomore puts it, “Golden Knights = Golden Education.”

Overview

Applicants
7,401
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

50%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 620
SAT Math
570 - 670
SAT Writing
500 - 600
ACT Composite
24 - 29

Deadlines

Early Decision
December 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Located in the wilds of northern New York, Clarkson University is best known for its strong business and engineering programs, and its exceptional record of career placement for graduates thanks to its “amazing reputation with a large range of companies.” The science and tech programs “prepare engineeringcentric minds for the future of the ever-advancing technological world,” and the school is constantly “keeping a responsible eye on ways to positively influence a ‘green’ and sustainable future.” A competitive Honors Program and excellent scholarships only sweeten the deal. As one sophomore puts it, “Golden Knights = Golden Education.”

The classes are undoubtedly tough, but professors “are always available for extra help.” These teachers “have been in their field for years and try to give you the best information they can.” “Many of my professors have become advisers, friends, and great mentors,” says one student. “A lot of the math and science professors are foreign” and can be hard to understand, but “the TAs are usually very good” and the higher level courses in particular “really show the brilliance of the staff here.” The curriculum is “challenging” and goes beyond theory to real world application, and everything is taught through the lens of the “sustainability mindset.” The workload is “heavy,” but you “always have something applicable to take from every class.”

Clarkson being a medium-sized school, “you meet tons of people and get to form good connections with most,” and the excellent alumni network is buoyed by the many internships and co-ops that are readily available. “I know that if I obtain a degree I will have little to no trouble getting a job,” says a civil engineering major. Facilities are the source of many complaints here, as “nearly all of the academic and recreational buildings could use a major overhaul.”


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14.4:1
Total Faculty
300
with Terminal Degree
236

215
Men
85
Women
48
Minority
37
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
71%
Graduate in 6 years
73%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Molecular Biochemistry

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Information Technology

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering/Industrial Management

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Physical Therapy/Therapist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Michael L Sarafin
NASA Flight Director

Kaitlin Monte
Antibullying Advocate, Runner-Up to Miss America, & NY TV Personality

Barney Adams
Founder of Adams Golf

Paul D Tonko
New York State Congress

Bob Chiarelli
Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada

Jean Spence
Executive Vice President for Mondelez International

Daniel Heintzelman
Vice Chairman, General Electric

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
86
Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Mar 17

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Bottom Line

The tuition at Clarkson University comes to $41,690 per year, without fees and room and board. But Clarkson does its best to meet its students’ needs, with an average need-based financial aid package of $38,840. Ninety-eight percent of students receive some form of aid, and on average 90 percent of students’ financial aid needs are met. The school offers a lot of aid, and has a respected job placement rate.

Bang For Your Buck

At Clarkson, 98 percent of students received some form of financial aid, and the average aid package comes to about $38,840. It is a private institution, and tuition runs $41,690, and the school makes an effort to make sure that up to 90 percent of financial aid need is met, demonstrating a commitment to meeting demonstrated need. Students feel that “they have a high tuition, but attract kids here by giving them high scholarships.” Clarkson “has a great reputation as an engineering school in the corporate world which reflects its high job placement percentage for students after they graduate.” Most students report receiving scholarships that they rate from “great” to “excellent.” With their high rate of financial aid and reportedly excellent job placement, one could say that Clarkson offers an excellent bang for ones buck.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,947

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,179

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,533

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,000

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
85%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$43,690
Required Fees
$940
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,416

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,532
Transportation for Commuters
$2,698

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

HEOP
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The “small town atmosphere” of Clarkson is home to a group of “strongly motivated” students and people who “are always there by your side trying to push you to always do your best.” The number of students creates a community where “everyone seems to know one another and you rarely see a unknown face.” Though the majority of students fit the description “nerdy white male,” Clarkson is a “very academically and socially diverse” school for its size; “you don’t always have to hang out with the ‘smart’ people, but you aren’t surrounded by dumb people either.” Religion rarely matters; “whether you’re a PS4, XBox One, PC, or Nintendo player is much more important.” “We’re all a little quirky here,” confesses one student.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,247
Out of State
25%

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

3.36%
Asian
2.23%
African-American
4.82%
Hispanic
85.41%
Caucasian
1.71%
Unknown
3.85%
International

30% female
70% male
25% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Clarkson is “a good size—not so small as to be clique-y, not so big that you get lost among thousands of other students,” and there are several nearby schools that help to diversify the faces students see each day. Though it’s proximate to Canada and the Adirondacks, there is “not much to do in Potsdam” for fun without “freezing to death in the cold weather,” so “most entertainment lies in campus attractions and campus organizations.” People partake in a lot of winter sports such as hiking and skiing, or they “just stay in and play Cards Against Humanity, or rent an academic building and watch a movie on the big screen.”

For a STEM major there is “much pressure put on you by the workload,” so students study for the most of the week—“sleepless nights are commonplace and being in more clubs than you should be able to handle is normal”—then decompress with “sports, clubs or other activities in their free time.” There is “a good attempt at late night programs by res life, but often times you’ll end up at a party.” Greek life “thrives on weekends” and the Division I hockey games are “a great event where the whole community—both school and town—gather together and cheer as loudly as possible.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
83%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
69
First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
176
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
4

14% join a fraternity
14% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

31% participate in intramural sports
12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Golden Knights)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Swimming
Women's Sports (Golden Knights)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: See http://www.clarkson.edu/pipeline/

Minority Support Groups: See http://www.clarkson.edu/pipeline/

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

“Defy Convention” is one of the guiding principles of this New York state institution, and that mantra has led Clarkson University to pursue sustainability policies in their own unique way. For instance, Clarkson University has a number of ‘unconventional’ environmental initiatives such as a “No Styrofoam” policy on campus, a commitment to keeping designated areas of campus “forever wild,” and a policy to limit the loss of trees eight inches in diameter or greater during construction. Clarkson has also adopted green building policies, such as a commitment to meeting LEED Silver criteria on all current and future construction. The Technology Advancement Center exceeded that requirement, having achieved LEED Gold. The university hosts a “Take It or Leave It” event at the end of the school year to reduce the stream of trash during move-out weekend, and to give students an opportunity to acquire free, used goods. The Clarkson Institute for a Sustainable Environment sponsors workshops, seminars, and a Sustainability Fund program, as well as undergraduate and graduate-level research experiences on a variety of projects around clean energy, clean water, ecology, and air quality. Students are involved in a range of projects that provide hands-on experience as they make campus more sustainable. Students designed and are operating a year round cold-climate greenhouse, collect food waste from campus kitchens and apartments to feed an anaerobic digester, and build bridges and develop maps for Clarkson’s woods, wetland and river areas. Interdisciplinary minors in sustainable energy systems engineering and sustainable solutions for the developing world are available.

Green Rating
90
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
20%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
46

Average Number of PC's per Lab
6

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo Dell HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Brian T. Grant
Dean of Admissions

Address
8 Clarkson Ave, Box 5605
Potsdam, NY 13699

Phone
800-527-6577

Email
admission@clarkson.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center
Residence Hall Rooms
Cheel Campus Center & Arena
Java City Coffee Shop
Educational Resources Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Adirondack Park
Lake Placid - The Olympic Village
Ottawa, Canada's Capital
Montreal, Quebec
Whiteface Mountain Skiing
Also, the Thousand Islands

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@clarkson.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Mon-Thurs, 1 night only, for accepted students

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Massena Airport offers commuter flights, and is located 24 miles from campus. Nearby international airports include Watertown (1.5 hours away),Syracuse (2.5 hours away), Ottawa and Montreal (each 2 hours away). Car rentals are available from all airports. Trailways bus lines (800-776-7548)also serves Potsdam.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The Office of Admission is located in Holcroft House, a white house located immediately on your left after entering campus through the main entrance on Maple Street (Route 11).

Local Accommodations
The Clarkson Inn, Potsdam http://www.clarksoninn.com; Hampton Inn, Potsdam http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hampton-inn-potsdam-OGSPCHX/index.html
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Key Stats

7,401
Applicants
3,247
Size
62%
Acceptance Rate
1190
SAT Scores

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