#28 Best Private Colleges in New York

Clarkson University

Potsdam, New York

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Clarkson University overview
Location Potsdam, New York
Online clarkson.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Clarkson University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Clarkson University, situated in the small town of Potsdam, New York, is a private institution that emphasizes a rigorous technical education with strengths in engineering, business, and the sciences. Founded in 1896, the university maintains a campus noted for its modern architecture and provides a range of on-campus living options for its students. While the institution is not proximate to a major city, its remote location contributes to a focused academic environment. Clarkson's academic profile is marked by a moderately selective admissions process. Renowned programs at Clarkson include the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering and the Reh School of Business, which attract a significant number of the student body. The university is also recognized for its environmental sustainability efforts and research. While Clarkson participates in NCAA Division I athletics for men's and women's ice hockey, its broader athletic identity spans various sports competing at the Division III level under the team name Golden Knights.

In the most recent statistical year 6,594 prospective students applied, and 5,171 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 596 enrolled in the school.  3,228 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 491 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $54,960 plus fees of $1,298. Clarkson is ranked 220 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Clarkson is rated within the top 31% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Clarkson University overview
SAT 1190/1370
ACT 25/30
GPA 3.8

Applications Accepted

Clarkson University overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Clarkson University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,560
Other Fees$1,298
Room and Board $16,744
Budget for Other Expenses$2,496
Total One Year Cost$77,058

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$70,800 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

72% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Clarkson University students
Subject Percent of Class
Engineering 48%
Business 15%
Biology 9%
Engineering Technology 9%
Communication 3%

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