The Clarkson School, a special division of Clarkson University located in the town of
Potsdam, N.Y., in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, is one of the few early-
entrance college programs in the country that provides a real community learning/living
experience on a university campus. Since 1978, highly motivated high school students
have entered college a year early to challenge themselves intellectually and socially.
Live and Learn on a College Campus.
The Clarkson School is a one-year early college entrance program which replaces the traditional senior
year of high school. Students take regular college classes with other Clarkson University freshmen
and live on campus in a separate residence hall reserved for Clarkson School students. Students are
immersed in a supportive environment with specialized programs and activities that bridge the transition
between high school and college. At the completion of the year, students can continue as a sophomore at
Clarkson University, or move onto other prestigious colleges and universities.