Clarkson University

Potsdam, New York
4-year Private university


Clarkson University is a private institution established in 1896 with rural setting located at Potsdam. It is ranked 142 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. It practices semester-based academic calendar. Undergraduates at Clarkson can choose from more than 50 academic programs.

#142 in National Universities
Location Potsdam, New York
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1896
Selectivity Very Low
Size Small
2,668 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technologies And Engineering-Related Fields
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $49,444
Outstate Tuition Fee $49,444
Room and Board Fees $17,792
$68,239 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


78% (Very Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Minimally Difficult
$50 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.8 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Recommended
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

80 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is your first language.

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$44,397 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$14,713 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $78,466
79% Students with need received Financial Aid
50% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application March 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Clarkson Leadership Awards and Clarkson Achievement Awards
Total Worth $25,000 (Leadership) or $20,000 (Achievement) annual scholarship
Eligibility All entering freshmen
Minimum Criteria leadership and outstanding academic achievement
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed Yes
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Young Entrepreneurs and Young Innovators Programs
Total Worth --
Details Prospective students that are selected into these programs at the Young Entrepreneurs and Innovators Business Plan Competition hosted by the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship
Clarkson FIRST Scholarship
Total Worth Up to $6,000
Details For select high school seniors who have participated on a FIRST Robotics (FRC) or Tech Challenge (FTC) team with a minimum overall high school average of 85


2,668 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
87% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
64% Students graduate within 6 years