Clarkson University

Potsdam (Main Campus)

Campus Description

Clarkson University, with campuses in Potsdam, Schenectady and Beacon, NY, is a private, nationally ranked research university with 4,300 students pursuing 50+ academic programs in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions. We are the institution of choice for enterprising, high-ability scholars from diverse backgrounds who embrace challenge and thrive in a rigorous, highly collaborative learning environment. In partnership with leading businesses and industries, we are reshaping education to meet the needs of a modern world by connecting knowledge, discipline, nations and cultures. We encourage our students to push the limits of what is known, and to apply their ingenuity to develop fresh solutions to real-world challenges. For nearly 120 years, our graduates have achieved extraordinary professional success and advanced the global economy ethically and responsibly. One in five alumni already lead as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. The PayScale Inc. College Salary Report lists Clarkson graduates having some of the highest salaries in the nation. Read more about Clarkson at

8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam, NY 13699

Toll-free 800.527.6577 or 315.268.6480

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Degrees Offered

Bachelor's, Master's, Advanced Certificates, Doctorate, DPT


Varsity Sports: NCAA Division I: Men's and Women's ice hockey. NCAA Division III: Men's: baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving; Women's: basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, softball and volleyball. USCSA: Men's and Women's alpine/nordic skiing.

Intramural Sports: basketball, broomball, touch football, ice hockey, soccer (indoor and outdoor), softball, volleyball and baseball.

Club Sports: aikido, baseball, bowling, crew, cricket, cycling, figure skating, flying, golf, hurling, ice hockey, kendo, lacrosse, netball, racquetball, rugby, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, tackle football, tae kwon do, tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, wrestling.

Clubs and Activities

Clarkson strives to maximize the potential of all of its students, and challenge them to both personal and professional growth. It doesn't matter if you are looking to pursue the pastime you are most passionate about, or taking up a new hobby, with 219 student-run clubs and organizations on campus, there is an opportunity for you to put your skills to work. Find out about all of them at

Featured Programs

THE CLARKSON SCHOOL: Founded in 1978, the Clarkson School is a special division of Clarkson University that provides an opportunity for talented secondary school students to begin university study early, usually in their senior year. Students attend classes as regular college freshmen, have access to everything the University offers. Upon completion of the one-year program, they continue as sophomores at Clarkson and are admitted with advanced standing to other universities. More at HONORS PROGRAM: The Honors Program offers unique academic challenges and opportunities to 30 exceptional students each year. The program builds critical problem-solving skills through special classes and research experiences. More at FIRST-YEAR OPTIONS: First-year students who are undecided about a major can elect to enroll in business studies, engineering studies, science studies, or university studies in order to explore alternative fields of study before deciding on a specific major. ROTC: Clarkson offers both US Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps programs that include scholarship opportunities. More at STUDY ABROAD: Clarkson offers students the opportunity to study abroad at one of 55 universities in 28 countries around the world. More at INTERNSHIPS & COOPERATIVE EDUCATION: Clarkson's Common Experience Curriculum requires each undergraduate student to complete a Professional Experience and many choose to do so through Clarkson's successful co-op and internship program. PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM: Students who complete Clarkson's pre-physical therapy undergraduate concentration can be accepted directly into the University's accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy program. More at PRE-PROFESSIONAL ADVISING: Pre-dentistry, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant and pre-veterinary medicine. More at SPEED: In Clarkson’s SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design) program, students can join one of more than a dozen student-run and faculty-advised project-based engineering design teams that compete in national collegiate competitions. More at LIVING/LEARNING COMMUNITY: Theme housing at Clarkson is a great choice for incoming students. These communities provide academic and social support, relationship building and leadership opportunities based on common interests. Themes include: Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE); Women in Engineering, Science & Technology (WEST); Outdoor Enthusiast; Clarkson CABIN (Communing and Bonding in Nature); FIRST Robotics; Pre-Health LLC; International Village; Unity House (LGBT); Engagement & Initiative LLC.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 3,153 (Full-time: 2,213 men, 934 women; Part-time: 5 men, 1 woman)
Graduate (Matriculated): 640 (Full-time: 258 men, 186 women; Part-time: 158 men, 38 women)
72% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
36% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 520 – 630
SAT math range: 560 – 660
ACT range: 24 – 30
96% have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
4% have a high school GPA of 2.0 to less than 3.0

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American2%2%
% Asian3%3%
% Hispanic / Latino4%3%
% White, Non-Hispanic82%56%
% International / Nonresident Alien4%30%
% Two or more races2%1%
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity3%5%

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

Tuition & Fees:
$44,630 per year, or $1,457 per credit
Tuition Only:
Room & Board:
$13,844 (all undergraduates required to live on campus)
Room Only:
$7,334 (upperclassmen may opt for room-only apartment accommodations with kitchen facilities)
Graduate Tuition & Fees:

$1,457 per credit; $590 fees

Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- January 15, early decision December 1; spring- October 15
Transfer Applications:
fall- July 1 preferred; spring- December 1 preferred

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines for Freshmen:
fall- March 1, February 15 priority
Financial Aid Deadlines for Transfers:
fall- April 15, February 15 priority

Application Requirements

Freshmen: Official secondary school transcripts; SAT or ACT score report (SAT Subject Tests optional); personal statement describing a special interest, experience or achievement that is important and meaningful to the applicant; 2 letters of recommendation including one from a principal, headmaster or school counselor; campus visit and personal interview strongly recommended. For students whose first language is not English, TOEFL or IELTS score report is also required.
Transfers: Transcripts from all colleges attended; transfer application; personal statement (optional); Dean of Students recommendation; and 2 letters of recommendation, including 1 from an academic professor or instructor. Students with fewer than 24 college credits must also submit official secondary school transcripts, and SAT or ACT score report; interview recommended.
Average Financial Aid Package:
Average Non-Need-Based Scholarship or Grant Aid:
Types of Non-Need Aid Awarded:
Academic scholarship; Athletic; ROTC; Leadership; County residency; Alumni; Resident Advisor