Clarkson University in Potsdam

Potsdam, NY

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Clarkson University offers 177-degree programs and 45 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 62%. The most popular test is SAT - 88% of students submitted it in comparison to 44% of students who submitted ACT. 69.2% are women, and 30.8% are men. 9% percents of international students. Clarkson University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Clarkson University is 27629$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $47618 and $59922 per year. 72% of full-time Clarkson University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $68,300, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Clarkson University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Clarkson University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$17,406
$30,001 - $48,000$21,220
$48,001 - $75,000$24,947
$75,001 - $110,000$28,030

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Neither required nor recommended:



    • Typical room charge for academic year: 7334

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -


    Percent of students with financial aid


    Types of financial aids


    3127 of Clarkson University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 96 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Clarkson University number 14 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in New York.

    Students at Clarkson University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

    Salary After Attending


    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services


    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    Credit for military training

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Recognized student veteran organization

    Disability services


    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Tuition payment plan

    Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in Clarkson University.


    ROTC - Army

    ROTC - Air Force

    Study abroad

    ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program providing scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements offering students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate


    Clarkson University graduation rate is above the national average.

    72% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Clarkson University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

    Applying information

    Average number of admissions to one applicant

    1 : 1

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    9 : 1

    Admission considerations


    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school rank
    • Secondary school record
    • Recommendations
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Formal demonstration of competencies
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

    Neither required nor recommended:

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


      In comparison to National Average

      Clarkson University acceptance rate is below national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 67%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 5% only.


      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 71%, so Clarkson University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 9%.


      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



      Full time


      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate


      Part-time retention rate


      The Clarkson University full-time retention rate is 88% and part-time retention rate is 0%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, welcoming student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Clarkson University students submitting SAT scores


      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      1570 - 1890

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 520 - 630
      Math: 560 - 660
      Writing: 490 - 600

      SAT Test Score Range


      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Clarkson University students submitting ACT scores


      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      24 - 30

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 22 - 29
      Math: 25 - 29
      Writing: 0 - 0

      ACT Test Score Range


      SAT Score Converter

      The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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      For the High School Class of 2016:
      Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

      For the High School Class of 2017:
      Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Clarkson University is 14:1, that means that for every 14 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio



      Number of international students


      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown


      Students enrollment in distance education


      In Clarkson University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown


      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Clarkson University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in New York.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

      The campus located by 10 Clarkson Ave. address in Potsdam, New York.


      Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Clarkson University with 0.18% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, motor vehicle theft, and forcible sex offense.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Clarkson University offers 177 programs in total: 95 are for Bachelor's degree, 48 - for Master's degree, and 31 are Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs.

      This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 481 universities in New York state. Clarkson University is one of the few institutions in New York that offers a Bachelor's degree program.


      Number of degree programs offered via distance education

      There are 45 distance learning programs that are offered in the Clarkson University: 42 are for Master's degree.

      Note, that programs offered via distance education might be entirely online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the New York state average data to help you compare.


      Clarkson University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 3193 students with 95789 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 467 with 11219 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 69 students.


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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Clarkson University

      Overall Rating:

      Overall Rating:

      This school has a serious issue with drug usage on campus. Administration/ Campus Security has neither made nor is making a noticeable effort to reduce drug usage.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Tough but academically excellent. Standards keep rising including facilities. Spirited students. Super administration, facility & staff.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      My son graduated from Clarkson in May 2017. I sent him to Clarkson all the way from India, for undergrad in Computer Science. We are grateful to Clarkson for being there for him every time he had a challenge! Their attitude was always 'how can we help you help yourself'. He learnt lot more than academics at Clarkson. His experience there was a blessing!

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Amazing school. Job placement and average earnings are top 1% as far as I'm concerned!

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Absolutely amazing school, that will 100% prepare you for the future.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: 8 Clarkson Ave


      Religious affiliation: Not applicable

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +3152686400

      Institution is active in current year: 1

      Institution's internet website address:

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