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.”
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.”
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