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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Clarkson.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Clarkson has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Clarkson University?
Contact details for Clarkson are given below.
|Address:||8 Clarkson Ave, Potsdam, NY 13699|
How Do I Get Into Clarkson?
You can apply to Clarkson online at: https://www.clarkson.edu/apply-now
Admission Requirements for Clarkson
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||required|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Clarkson?
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.
Can I Afford Clarkson University?
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
There are also 1,220 graduate students at the school.
Of the 3,012 full-time undergraduates at Clarkson, 69% are male and 31% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Clarkson University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||86|
|Hispanic or Latino||160|
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
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Clarkson has changed over the last few years.
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|
|Business, Management & Marketing||9%|
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|
|Computer & Information Sciences||#136|
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.
*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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