Chances of getting into Clarkson University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
71.1%
Admission Difficulty for Clarkson University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into Clarkson and can I get accepted? The school has a 71% acceptance rate ranking it #84 in New York for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,894 out of 6,885 applicants were admitted making Clarkson a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 29 percent. Clarkson University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Clarkson SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1160-1350
Applicants Submitting SAT
88%
SAT Scores for Clarkson University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1160
SAT Scores for Clarkson University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1350
Average SAT Score 1260

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Clarkson University?

Clarkson University typically requires applicants to be in the top 31 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1160 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1060. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1260 out of 1600. The school ranks #23 in New York for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Clarkson University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1350 and Above Good >81%
1255 to 1350 Avg + 71%-81%
1160 to 1255 Avg - 59%-71%
1065 to 1160 Reach 46%-59%
Less than 1065 Low <46%
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Clarkson ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
24-30 
Applicants Submitting ACT
30%
ACT Scores for Clarkson University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 25
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for Clarkson University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Clarkson?

Admission data indicates that Clarkson regularly accepts students with ACT's of 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #21 in New York for highest average ACT composite score. 30 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Clarkson University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Clarkson University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >81%
27 to 30 Avg + 71%-81%
24 to 27 Avg - 59%-71%
21 to 24 Reach 46%-59%
Less than 21 Low <46%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.56
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Clarkson University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Clarkson University was 3.56 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #32 in New York for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Clarkson accepts 71% of students who apply.

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Admission Statistics

Clarkson University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,787 4,098 6,885
Accepted 1,920 2,974 4,894
Acceptance Rate 69% 73% 71%
Enrolled 255 542 797
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 18% 16%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Clarkson University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Clarkson University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Clarkson University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190044 IPEDS survey data for Clarkson University.

Frequently Asked Questions

88% of students submit their SAT scores to Clarkson. 30% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

71% of those who apply are granted admission to Clarkson. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1160 and 1350. 88% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 30. 30% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.