Founded in 1896 as a memorial to Thomas S. Clarkson, a Potsdam
businessman and humanitarian
Anthony G. Collins, a member of the faculty since 1982.
Potsdam, N.Y., the quintessential “college town” with four higher
education institutions within a 10-mile radius; many cultural venues
and recreational opportunities
3,072 undergraduate students; 280 faculty
3,072 undergraduates and 532 graduate students from 41 states,
School of Arts & Sciences
Dean: Peter Turner; 90 Ph.D. faculty
School of Business
Dean: Dayle M. Smith; 31 Ph.D. faculty
Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering
Dean: Goodarz Ahmadi; 78 Ph.D. faculty
Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE)
Director: Philip K. Hopke; 4 faculty, 62 affiliated faculty
Center for Advanced Materials Processing; Health Professions; Honors
Program; The Clarkson School, an opportunity for talented secondary
school juniors to begin university study one year early.
One of the top 20 most wired campuses
— PC Magazine and The Princeton Review
Army and Air Force (voluntary)
More than 100 clubs
19 varsity and nine intramural; varsity sports: two Division I (Men’s and
Women’s Hockey) and 18 Division III
Seven national and three local fraternities; four national sororities
SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering
Experience and Design)
Program promotes multidisciplinary, project-based learning
opportunities for more than 300 undergraduates annually.
Selected students from all majors address complex problems involving
The Clarkson School
An opportunity for talented secondary school juniors to begin university
study a year early. Upon completion of the one-year program, students
are admitted with advanced standing to Clarkson and other outstanding
The Commission on Higher Education of theMiddle States Association of
Colleges and Schools.
The Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for
Engineering and Technology Inc. (ABET).
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the
American Physical Therapy Association.
The Accreditation Review Committee (ARC-PA) on Education for
the Physician Assistant has granted Provisional Accreditation to the
Physician Assistant Studies Program.
Clarkson strongly encourages applicants to engage in a challenging
curriculum at the secondary school level. In addition to your secondary
school performance, our Admission staff will also consider letters of
recommendation and standardized test scores. For those who are
applying for admission to our School of Engineering, or admission to
a science or math-based major in our School of Arts & Sciences, we
expect that you will have extensive coursework in math and science at
the secondary level.
First-Year Admission Requirements
• Students must complete the Common Application and
Common Application Supplement which is available at
• English Proficiency — Students whose native language is not
English must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The English
proficiency requirement will also be waived for students who score
above a 550 on the Critical Reading portion of the SAT or who have
attended an international school for at least four years.
*TOEFL score requirements to be considered for admission
are 550 (paper-based test) or 80 Internet-based test), or an
IELTS score of 6.5.
• Students must submit either the SAT exam or the ACT exam.
Scores must come directly from the testing agency in order to be
considered official. Mainland China students will have the SAT/ACT
requirement waived as the test is not available.
• Official secondary school transcript/mark sheets and leaving
certificate/exam scores (if applicable). In order to be considered
official, these documents must be sent to us directly from your
secondary school/examination council in an envelope that has
been sealed and stamped by your school/ examination council.
• Two letters of recommendation. At least one of these should be
from a teacher or advisor who can address your academic abilities.
Applications will be accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis.