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Nestled at the northern reaches of New York state (with additional graduate and research facilities in Schenectady and Beacon), Clarkson University is a science and engineering powerhouse that has consistently turned career-ready, “hardworking and determined” students out into the workforce. The school is known for its excellent job placement rate and “the large number of internship opportunities that Clarkson’s connections bring”; “Everyone wants you to succeed and provides the resources for you to do so.” One of Clarkson’s greatest strengths is that all “come here with the understanding that engineering is one of our main concepts” and are encouraged to work with others. The administration “really stresses on how important your career is” and the curriculum and faculty drive home the fact that “you go to college to eventually one day get a career in what you love.” Many courses here are project-based, so students receive “hands-on skills and real world experience that will immediate help in the workforce.” Professors become “more engaging the higher level of class you take,” and the majority of the harder science classes (such as biology and chemistry) pair each lecture with a lab and a discussion class where students “can get a more in-depth view of the material while working in a smaller classroom.” “I have taken trips for my classes to visualize rather than just read,” says a student.

Both “hard and soft skills have been developed and grown” at Clarkson, and are soon enough put to use; students rave about the Career Center, which holds two career fairs and “a myriad of workshops” to help students find and prepare for co-ops, internships, and jobs. Additionally, Clarkson SPEED teams like Design, Build, Fly “allow students to put their practical engineering knowledge to the test,” and the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship and Shipley Center for Innovation offer business students “a chance to create their own companies.”

Student Body

Clarkson truly acts as “a gathering place for like-minded individuals,” where different personalities, ethnicities, majors, and cultures reside, but “no one is afraid of work.” Everyone is friendly to each other: “You say hello to someone, and you will get a hello back.” Clarkson has “a fair ratio of ‘nerds’ to ‘jocks’ due to the recruitment of athletes for teams,” and the population also skews heavily male. “Diversity isn’t huge at Clarkson, but it is something they are working on.” In the end, everyone here “understands how difficult classes can be,” and problem-solving together and “working in teams is a big part of being successful here.” At Clarkson, “you constantly see students attempting to solve the same task in hundreds of different ways.”

Campus Life

Potsdam is located close to the Adirondacks and near “some of the best skiing in the Northeast.” During the long and very cold winters, “a lot of people go to local mountains to ski/snowboard on their days off.” The atmosphere of the small campus is “very comforting” and like a “home away from home,” and there are “ample things to do around campus, especially in the winter.” The school “hosts numerous events to get students involved in campus life,” and there is a wide spread of non-academic interests and clubs such as “The Outing Club [which] is the biggest club on campus.” Schoolwork is “a large portion of any student’s life” at Clarkson, but on the weekends students attend hockey games, go to parties, have movie nights, or “go fishing on the Raquette River, which is right next to the college.”

Overview

Applicants
7,000
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

47%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
563 - 650
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — December 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13.4:1
Total Faculty
359
with Terminal Degree
272

241
Men
118
Women
68
Minority
29
International

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
72%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Finance.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Information Systems, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

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

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Engineering/Industrial Management.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Computer Software Engineering.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • 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, General.
  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • 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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Michael L Sarafin
NASA Flight Director

Thomas Zacharia
Deputy Director for Science and Technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
72%
Graduate in 6 years
74%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$64,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$126,700

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$65,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$132,500

Percent High Job Meaning
59%

Percent STEM
52%


Students Say

Clarkson students praise the “availability of resources” for career prep on campus, “specifically the Career Center.” Here they can browse for local and national internship listings using the online system Knightlink, or make career appointments to build a résumé, find and apply for jobs, and get feedback on mock interviews. Clarkson University also offers more than 56 study abroad and co-op opportunities, and internships to students while they're still in school, and hosts a corporate sponsor day, career fair, and interview day each semester. Clarkson boasts a 95 percent undergraduate placement rate for the Class of 2016. Seventy-five percent of students are employed and 16 percent continued to graduate school. With top employers like Amazon, General Electric, and Lockheed Martin for Clarkson grads, current students feel confident about their prospects: “The school genuinely cares about helping students succeed, and [has] reasonable financial aid to assist in making college education affordable.”

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Feb 17

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,300

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,061

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,365

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
82%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,500

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$34,253

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$48,194
Required Fees
$1,250
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,446

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,920
Transportation for Commuters
$2,384

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,222
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,090
Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

3.51%
Asian
2.31%
African-American
4.85%
Hispanic
81.21%
Caucasian
2.17%
Unknown
2.54%
International

30% female
70% male
27% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
80%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of AccessABILITY Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Loren E. Nowak

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
292
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
4

14% join a fraternity
12% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

65% 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
Minority Support Groups
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.

91/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo Dell HP

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Trish Dobbs
Director of Admissions

Address
8 Clarkson Ave, Box 5605
Potsdam, NY 13699

Phone
800-527-6577

Email
admissions@clarkson.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center Forum & Java City
Wooded Recreational Trails
Cheel Campus Center & Arena
Adirondack Lodge
Residence Hall Rooms

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Adirondack Park
Lake Placid - The Olympic Village
Ottawa, Canada's Capital
Montreal
Downtown Restaurants and Coffee Shops
Azure Mountain and Whiteface Mountain

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
admissions@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 (23 miles) and Ogdensburg (29 miles) airports both offer commuter flights. Other airports include Watertown (1.5 hours away), Syracuse (2.5 hours away), and Ottawa and Montreal (each 2 hours away). Car rentals are available from all airports. Trailways of New York (800-858-8555) also offers bus service to Potsdam.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The Office of Admissions is located in Holcroft House, a gold 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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