Clarkson University

8 Clarkson Ave, Potsdam, United States
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Overview of Clarkson University

About this school

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.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:3,090
    • Men:2,155 (69.7%)
    • Women:935 (30.3%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Clarkson University is 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

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
1
4
Foreign Language
-
-
Social Studies
-
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
January 15
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Recommended
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
Not reported

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
8 Clarkson Avenue
City, State, Zip
Potsdam, NY  13699
Phone
(315) 268-6480
Fax
(315) 268-7647
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission 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

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

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


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


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

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.60
375 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 Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


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

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $49,444 (72.59220108057318%)
  • Room & Board: - $14,908 (21.88747944561898%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,446 (2.122973925299507%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,314 (3.3973455485083393%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Clarkson University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1 | Final deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning February 17
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002699
Free
State Aid Form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


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 with Loans
82%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$24,500
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
13.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips 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
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Engineering/Technologies, Humanities, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Not reported
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Veterans

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & 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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

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
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
369,540

Computing


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 Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Clarkson University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


87.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


57.7%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


72.5%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


74.4%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (35)


  • 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


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

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


Engineering, Business/marketing, Engineering technologies

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Engineering

Master's Programs of Study (35)


  • 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

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


9,702

Nearest Metropolitan Area


640 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Weather


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

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
150 mile(s) from campus in Syracuse
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 of College Housing


80% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through senior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


20%

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

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


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

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing (Cross-Country)
Skiing (Downhill)
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing (Cross-Country)
Skiing (Downhill)
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


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

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Clarkson University offers 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

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


3,021

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
3,090
Women
935
Men
2,155

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

Number of Graduate Students


1,143

Student Resources

Study resources