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Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY
Clarkson University, founded in 1896, is a private university. Its small, friendly environment attracts serious students interested in a high quality education in a pastoral setting. The emphasis on team projects is attractive to students who want to learn in a cooperative atmosphere. Many students are involved in multidisciplinary projects that give them exposure to real world problems. This, along with the school's extensive coop program, provides students with excellent experience for the world of work after graduation. Its 640-acre campus is located in Potsdam in northern New York.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 3,268
   Women 980 (30.0%)
   Men 2,288 (70.0%)
Graduate Students 1,116
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 68% of 7,066 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.60
SAT Math 612 average
560-663 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 570 average
520-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 27 average
24-29 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $64,018
  Tuition and Fees $46,132
  Room and Board $14,260
Average Percent of Need Met 89%
Average Freshman Award $43,391
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 229
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 29% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 9% of classes
50-99 students: 17% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes
Potsdam Population 9,702
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 97% of freshmen, 84% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Golden Knight
Sororities 14% of women participate
Fraternities 13% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.1% Asian
2.4% Black/African-American
4.8% Hispanic/Latino
2.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
84.7% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students 2.3% from 31 countries
First-Year Students Returning 88.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 57.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 76%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 17.0%