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About Clarkson University

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Student Population Number of Students attending College




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Clarkson University is private not for-profit university headquartered at Potsdam, New York and has a 640 acres huge campus adjacent to Adirondack Park. The University is an independent, nationally recognized technological university whose faculty of teacher-scholars aspires to offer superior instruction and engage in high-quality research and scholarship in engineering, business, science, health, education and liberal arts.

It was founded in 1896 as a school and now it is a national research university currently having 4,384 students from 65 countries.

The university has over 120 years of educational history and is a nationally recognized technological university. It offers a variety of programs in various domains. Its mission is to provide education for the talented and motivated individuals to make them successful professionals through quality education.

  • University's acceptance rate is 68%.

  • The graduation rate is 71% and the retention rate is 85%.

  • The student-faculty ratio of the university is 14:1.

Clarkson University, which is located in Potsdam, NY is a private university. Clarkson University occupies a total area of about 640 acres. Clarkson University was founded in the year 1896. The motto of the Clarkson University is A Workman That Needeth Not to be Ashamed[a] and its official colors are green and gold. In addition to over 3,081 undergraduate students, CU also boasts of over 1,220 students in its postgraduate courses, taking the total enrollment to over 4,300. The school has a total of 309 academic staff. These faculty teach different courses to the students. Clarkson University is home to an ethnically diverse student body. At CU around 78% are white, 5% belong to Hispanic ethnicity, and 4% are Asian. Further, around 99% of the students are 24 and under. When it comes to gender distribution at the varsity, around 31% of the students are females and 69% are males. The college has produced several achievers in its 124 years of existence and some of the notable alumni are Dean Kamen (Businessperson, Entrepreneur), M. Emmet Walsh (Actor, Voice acting), Dede Scozzafava (Politician), and Willie Mitchell (Ice Hockey Player). The school believes in the all-round growth of the students and, hence encourages students to take part in several sporting activities, conducted inside the campus. Students taking admission here will notice that the university boasts of a decent sports infrastructure. A total of 140 programs are currently offered by the varsity to the students. It includes both the residential as well as online programs. The university also has a long list of accreditations. It has been accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.), AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association), and APTA (American Physical Therapy Association). The total endowment of the Clarkson University is around $198 million (2018).

Location & Contact


8 Clarkson Ave


Email: N/A
Phone: 3152686400
Fax: 3152687647
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To tackle the tough decision of choosing the right university, the ranking of a particular university helps the student in clearing their doubts regarding where they want to apply. Clarkson University has been ranked at the 207th position among other universities by Forbes. It is to be noted that Forbes decides on the rankings of the university based on common metrics like acceptance rate, endowment, benefits, and SAT scores, among others.


Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

15th Jan

Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


SAT Range

1160 - 1350

ACT Range

24 - 30

Application Fee




High School GPA


Accept Common App


Admission to the university is fairly easy and the students are recommeded to make the most out of it. Clarkson University has 3 admission thresholds. The admission process starts by filling up the form and submitting a fee of $50. If the SAT score of a student lies in the range of 1160-1350, it would improve her chances. A candidate, in order to take admission to Clarkson University, must score 26 in her ACTs. But, in certain cases, those having ACT scores less than 23 are also given admission. The application process can be completed online. However, if needed, one can also visit the office at 8 Clarkson Ave, Potsdam, New York 13699, or call (315) 268-6400.

Annual Cost to Attend

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The next two things to keep in mind before applying to CU are the tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure. The full-time cost of attendance is approximately $70,348 per year. The average annual tuition cost ($51,128), books and supplies ($1,446), room and boarding ($15,340), and budget for other expenses ($2,314) are all included in this cost. Students can also explore numerous financial aid options offered by the university.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.


Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


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Non-traditional Learning

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Study Abroad


Mechanical Engineering

172 Graduates

Civil Engineering

92 Graduates

Engineering-Related Fields

67 Graduates

Chemical Engineering

65 Graduates

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astrona...

49 Graduates

Electrical, Electronics and Communi...

46 Graduates

Biology, General

37 Graduates

Entrepreneurial and Small Business...

29 Graduates

Business Administration, Management...

27 Graduates

Environmental/Environmental Health...

26 Graduates

Computer Engineering

23 Graduates

Computer Science

17 Graduates

Psychology, General

17 Graduates

Communication and Media Studies

16 Graduates

Accounting and Related Services

13 Graduates


10 Graduates

Applied Mathematics

9 Graduates

Management Information Systems and...

9 Graduates

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

7 Graduates

Political Science and Government

7 Graduates


6 Graduates

Social Sciences, General

6 Graduates


5 Graduates

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Ot...

5 Graduates

Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

5 Graduates

Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

4 Graduates

Natural Resources Conservation and...

3 Graduates


2 Graduates

Pharmacology and Toxicology

2 Graduates


Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%




80% White

2% Unknown

2% Black

5% Hispanic

3% Two or more races

4% Non Resident alien

4% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

0% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$62,332 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and 97% of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


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Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $6,900/year.

Meal Plan Available


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Division Sports Nickname

Golden Knights

School Colors

green and gold

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Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Not applicable

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Cross Country


Ice Hockey




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Cross Country

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Campus Safety

24-Hour Security Patrol


Campus Emergency Phones


24-Hour Escort Safety rides


Mobile Campus Emergency Alert


Students who want to enjoy the campus and lodging life can benefit from the on-campus housing facility provided by CU. At CU, $15,340 is the normal expense for on-campus housing, which a student will be needed to pay, each year. The average meal plan at CU costs around $6,900 a year. Notably, students at the varsity get to choose from various dining and meal plan options as well. To ensure the safety and security of students, the university has a number of campus safety and security measures in place. Some of these features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones and mobile campus emergency alert. The university has enrolled around 69% male and 31% female students.

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.




Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$253 - 280

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


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Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income

Aid awarded based on the family income.


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< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


As mentioned, if one finds the fees and cost of living at CU to be on the higher side, the financial aid department of the varsity would be of huge assistance. They can assist students with scholarships, grants, and student loans as well. The average federal grant that comes from the university is around $5,376, whereas the financial aid is $35,271. Prospective students can benefit from state-level aid worth $3,009 as well as institutional aid worth $35,271. At CU, the total amount of need-based scholarships/grants awarded to students stands at $76,861,259 per year. On the other hand, the total non-need-based scholarships/grants offered in a year add up to $19,001,093.

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