Clarkson University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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Clarkson University accepts two-thirds of those who apply, and students with good grades and test scores above average have a good chance of being admitted. Students interested in Clarkson can submit the school's application or can use the Common Application. In addition, prospective students will need to submit test scores from the SAT or ACT, a letter of recommendation, transcripts, and a personal statement.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Clarkson University Description:

Clarkson University's 640-acre wooded campus is located in Potsdam, New York, near SUNY Potsdam and adjacent to the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park. St. Lawrence University is 10 miles away. Clarkson usually ranks highly among national universities. Students can choose from over 50 programs of study, with programs in business and engineering being most popular among undergraduates. The university has a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and students come from 34 states and 40 countries.

On the athletic front, most Clarkson teams compete in the NCAA Division III Liberty League, although the strong Golden Knights ice hockey teams compete in the Division I ECACHL. Popular sports include soccer, basketball, lacrosse, track and field, and swimming.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 4,384 (3,268 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 70% Male / 30% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $46,132
  • Books: $1,416 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,260
  • Other Expenses: $2,446
  • Total Cost: $64,018

Clarkson University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 75%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $30,729
    • Loans: $9,687

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 87%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 22%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 56%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 71%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Lacrosse, Skiing, Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Ice Hockey, Swimming
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Ice Hockey, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Swimming, Softball, Soccer, Track and Field

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

Clarkson and the Common Application

Clarkson University uses the Common Application.

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