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Clarkson University Overview

Located in Potsdam, New York, Clarkson University is a private not-for-profit institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Potsdam draws many to the area.

What Is Clarkson University Known For?

785 Undergraduate Awards
$40,071 Avg Cost After Aid
66% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Clarkson is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Clarkson.
  • In 2017-2018, 73% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Clarkson bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $72,000 a year. That's about 76% more than their peers at other schools.
  • The average Clarkson student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Clarkson University Rankings

We have ranked Clarkson as #170 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #20 out of 149 schools in New York.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Clarkson has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#56 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#92 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Clarkson.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Other Engineering Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Engineering-Related Fields Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Engineering Science Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Engineering-Related Fields Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular General Business/Commerce Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Computer Software & Applications Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Allied Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#102 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#110 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#117 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Clarkson has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Environmental Engineering College Factual
#13 Best Colleges for Civil Engineering College Factual
#19 Best Colleges for Mechanical Engineering College Factual
#21 Best Colleges for Engineering College Factual
#77 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#203 Best Healthcare Schools Healthcare Degree Search

Where Is Clarkson University?

Location of Clarkson University

Contact details for Clarkson are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 8 Clarkson Ave, Potsdam, NY 13699
Phone: 315-268-6400
Website: https://www.clarkson.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClarksonUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClarksonUniv

How Do I Get Into Clarkson?

You can apply to Clarkson online at: https://www.clarkson.edu/apply-now

Admission Requirements for Clarkson

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Clarkson?

66% Acceptance Rate
38% Of Accepted Are Women
86% Submit SAT Scores
Clarkson has an acceptance rate of 66%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 62% of accepted students are men and 38% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 69%, and the acceptance rate for women is 61%.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to Clarkson submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 563 and 650. Math scores were between 580 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clarkson University  ( 563 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Clarkson University  ( 580 to 680 )
200
800
Clarkson received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 28. Math scores were between 25 and 29. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Clarkson University  ( 22 to 28 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Clarkson University  ( 25 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Clarkson University  ( 24 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford Clarkson University?

$40,071 Net Price
75% Take Out Loans
1.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Clarkson is $40,071. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Clarkson, approximately 75% of students took out student loans averaging $10,331 a year. That adds up to $41,324 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Clarkson is 1.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Clarkson University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,012 Full-Time Undergraduates
31% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,081 undergraduate students at Clarkson, with 3,012 being full-time and 69 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Clarkson

There are also 1,220 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,012 full-time undergraduates at Clarkson, 69% are male and 31% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Clarkson

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Clarkson University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Clarkson Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 113
Black or African American 86
Hispanic or Latino 160
White 2,344
International Students 123
Other Races/Ethnicities 186

Geographic Diversity

New York students aren't the only ones who study at Clarkson University. At this time, 27 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 58 countries are represented at Clarkson. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and India.

Online Learning at Clarkson University

252 Took All Classes Online
741 Took At Least One Class Online
15.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 741 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Clarkson has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 77th most popular in New York for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Clarkson

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Clarkson University was 15.7%. This is the #1,049 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Clarkson regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Clarkson majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 42%
Business, Management & Marketing 9%
Health Professions 5%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Clarkson ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Clarkson.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Bioethics/Medical Ethics #4
Other Engineering #8
Mechanical Engineering #12
Civil Engineering #12
Information Science #17
Electrical Engineering #18
Computer Science #26
Engineering #39
Computer & Information Sciences #136
Health Professions #346

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Clarkson University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Mechanical Engineering 153 0 28 4 185
Engineering-Related Fields 84 0 62 0 146
Business Administration & Management 42 0 66 0 108
Civil Engineering 61 14 8 5 88
Electrical Engineering 54 0 18 6 78
Chemical Engineering 56 0 3 1 60
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 45 0 0 0 45
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 37 0 37
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 17 20 37
Computer Science 32 0 2 1 35
General Biology 34 0 0 0 34
Environmental Engineering 25 0 5 1 31
Computer Engineering 29 0 0 0 29
Allied Health Professions 0 0 28 0 28
General Business/Commerce 0 24 0 0 24
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 0 6 18 0 24
Entrepreneurial Studies 23 0 0 0 23
Accounting 22 0 0 0 22
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 21 0 21
Mathematics 13 0 3 5 21
Physics 13 0 3 4 20
General Psychology 18 0 0 0 18
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 16 0 0 0 16
Information Science 0 0 12 0 12
Chemistry 5 0 1 6 12
Communication & Media Studies 11 0 0 0 11
Other Engineering 0 7 4 0 11
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11 0 0 0 11
Management Information Systems 9 0 0 0 9
Natural Resources Conservation 6 0 0 0 6
Biotechnology 0 0 2 3 5
Biological & Physical Science 0 0 5 0 5
Pharmacology & Toxicology 4 0 0 0 4
Computer Software & Applications 4 0 0 0 4
History 4 0 0 0 4
Applied Mathematics 4 0 0 0 4
Political Science & Government 4 0 0 0 4
Engineering Science 0 0 2 1 3
Other Education 0 2 0 0 2
Teaching English or French 0 0 2 0 2
Materials Engineering 0 0 0 2 2
General Social Sciences 2 0 0 0 2
Human Resource Management 0 1 0 0 1
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 1 0 1
Economics 1 0 0 0 1
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 785 54 348 59 1,246

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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