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.

Website: www.clarkson.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,090
Undergraduate
Students
(30.3%) 935 Women
(69.7%) 2,155 Men
1,143
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate
66% of 7,000 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
630 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
610 average
563-650 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
27 average
24-29 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$68,112
Tuition and Fees
$49,444
Room and Board
$14,908
Average Percent of Need Met
90%
Average Freshman Award
$45,835
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$24,500
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
253
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 12% of classes
10-19 students: 28% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 18% of classes
Over 100 students: 5% of classes
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Campus Life

Potsdam Population
9,702
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
80% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Golden Knight
Sororities
12% of women participate
Fraternities
14% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.6% Asian
2.4% Black/African-American
5.0% Hispanic/Latino
3.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
83.3% White
2.2% Unknown
International Students
2.5% from 38 countries
First-Year Students Returning
87.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
57.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
81%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
14.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Very Difficult: More than 50% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT I or over 26 on the ACT; about 60% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 1 4
Foreign Language    
Social Studies    
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Recommended
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
8 Clarkson Avenue
City, State, Zip
Potsdam, NY 13699
Phone
(315) 268-6480
Fax
(315) 268-7647
E-mail
admission@clarkson.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
December 1
Early Decision Notification
January 1
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
66% of 7,000 applicants were admitted
Women
61% of 2,854 applicants were admitted
Men
69% of 4,146 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
714 (16%) of 4,600 admitted students enrolled
Women
236 (14%) of 1,732 admitted students enrolled
Men
478 (17%) of 2,868 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
55% of 199 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
59
Students Accepting Wait List Position
37
Students Admitted From Wait List
7

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.60
3.75 and Above
49%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
630 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
15%
Score of 600 - 700
52%
Score of 500 - 600
30%
Score of 400 - 500
3%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
610 average
563-650 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
11%
Score of 600 - 700
47%
Score of 500 - 600
37%
Score of 400 - 500
5%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
27 average
24-29 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
24%
Score of 24 - 29
58%
Score of 18 - 23
18%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 37%
Top quarter: 74%
Top half: 96%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
3%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$68,112
Tuition and Fees
$49,444
Room and Board
$14,908
Books and Supplies
$1,446
Other Expenses
$2,314
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
sas@clarkson.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Final deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning February 17
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002699
Free
State Aid Form  

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
610 (90.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
568 (93.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
568 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
118 (20.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
90%
Average Award
$45,835
Need-Based Gift
Received by 564 (99.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $35,300
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 448 (78.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,011
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 86 (15.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
94 (13.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $25,126

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,588 (86.9%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
2,416 (93.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,414 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
501 (20.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
89%
Average Award
$43,666
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,397 (99.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $32,061
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,948 (80.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,961
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 339 (14.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
484 (16.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $22,996

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
82%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$24,500
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
13.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans, Private loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Engineering/Technologies, Humanities, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Veterans
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Engineering/Industrial Management
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Molecular Biochemistry
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Most Popular Disciplines
Engineering, Business/marketing, Engineering technologies
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
253
Part-Time Faculty
106
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
62%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 12% of classes
10-19 students: 28% of classes
20-29 students: 16% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 18% of classes
Over 100 students: 5% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 43% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 39% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 10% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
369,540
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
350
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Engineering

Master's Programs of Study

  • Bioethics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Education
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English Education
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Health Services Research
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Science
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Middle School Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Physics
  • Science Education
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Sustainable Development

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical Therapy
  • Physics
  • Sustainable Development

Location and Setting


Potsdam Population
9,702
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
640 acres

Weather

Temperature
11 average low in January, 79 average high in September
Rain
171 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Potsdam
Nearest Train Station
 

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
80% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through senior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
20%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Not available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Golden Knight
School Colors
Green and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Golf     x  
Ice Hockey x x x x
Lacrosse x   x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x   x  
Skiing (Downhill) x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Golf    
Ice Hockey x x
Lacrosse x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x  
Skiing (Downhill) x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x x
Lacrosse x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x  
Skiing (Downhill) x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, softball, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, outing club, ski & snowboard club, society of women engineers, pep band, student association for engineering management
Sororities
12% of women participate
Fraternities
14% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,090
Women
935 (30.3%)
Men
2,155 (69.7%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,021
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.6% Asian
2.4% Black/African-American
5.0% Hispanic/Latino
3.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
83.3% White
2.2% Unknown
International Students.
2.5% from 38 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
1,143

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
87.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
57.7%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
72.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
74.4%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
81%
Average Starting Salary
81%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
14.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 5%
Engineering 6%
Law 1%
Arts and Sciences 5%
Medicine 2%
Education 1%
Other 3%

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