Clarkson University

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School Overview

Clarkson University (locally referred to as just “Clarkson”) is a privately owned and operated four-year co-educational university located in the city of Potsdam, in the state of New York. Clarkson is primarily an undergraduate institutions but does offers several graduate degree programs. Total annual enrollment includes approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The university has a full-time academic staff of about 230.

Clarkson University is a fully accredited institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral via its four academic schools, which include the School of Arts and Sciences, the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, and School of Business and the Institute for Sustainable Environment. The university is particularly well known of its engineering program which was ranked No.11 in the nation.

In 2013, U.S. News and World Report placed Clarkson University in the top tier of national universities in its list of “America’s Best Colleges”.

General Information

Admission Office

Holcroft House

Potsdam, NY 13699-5605

(315) 268-6480

(800) 527-6577

Fax: (315) 268-7647

Contact: Brian Grant

Director of Admission
Main Address

8 Clarkson Avenue

Potsdam, NY 13699

(315) 268-6400

Total undergrads: 2,593

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 735

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,574

Graduate enrollment: 401


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 79%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 83%

College Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

American Studies B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Environmental Toxicology B
Molecular Biochemistry B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting/Finance B
Business Administration/Management B
E-Commerce B
Entrepreneurial Studies B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Environmental Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Software Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Architectural Engineering Technology B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Environmental Health B
Occupational Health/Industrial Hygiene B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Clarkson University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (315) 268-6400
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 8 Clarkson Ave, Potsdam, NY 13699
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 4,301
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 73%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,590 (83% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $51,128
Out-of-state Tuition: $51,128
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $37,536

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Clarkson University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Clarkson University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 311
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 241
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 231
Education 13
Engineering 2877
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
Health Professions and Related Programs 15
History 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 211
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Physical Sciences 222
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 3
Grand total 6332512

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Clarkson University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $51,128
Out-of-state $51,128
Books and supplies $1,446

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $34,212
Out-of-state $34,212

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 797 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 797 100% $37,536
Student loan aid 584 73% $10,059

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,969 96% $33,547
Federal student loans 2,127 69% $6,333

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Clarkson University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Clarkson University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 6,673 3,865 2,808
Percent admitted 100% 76% 72%
Percent admitted who enrolled 12% 14% 8%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Clarkson University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 4,301
Undergraduate enrollment 3,081
Graduate enrollment 1,220

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Clarkson University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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