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There is more to college than classroom learning. Clarkson maintains a strong belief that college should prepare you for the way the world actually works. Therefore, our students combine extracurricular activities and classroom learning with community learning and living to make their college experience both fun and academically successful. This unique and challenging atmosphere on campus, in and outside the classroom, helps explain why nearly 90 percent of the students who enroll as freshmen return the next year.

Staying busy outside of the classrooms is what makes our students multidimensional. Clarkson has more than 60 student-operated groups, a variety of intramural teams, a dedicated community program, a plethora of professional organizations, 21 varsity athletic programs and an active outdoor program, just to name a few. So whether you are looking to pursue the pastime you are most interested in, or taking up a new hobby, there is sure to be an opportunity for you to put your skills to work.

Located in a quintessential college town where life revolves around two universities, our students embrace their academic challenges and can easily get involved in the community. Our Adirondack location provides world-class downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking and canoeing, which are just a short drive away. You can also enjoy the nature and the outdoors right on our 640-acre campus thanks to three miles of trails for hiking, biking, or cross country skiing or through woods and wetlands.

If you need a quick taste of city hustle and bustle, a short trip north to Canada's Ottawa or Montreal will probably do the trick. Each of these major cities is within two hours of campus by car.

But the truth is there's more to Clarkson's location than meets the eye — a lot more to do and many more ways to defy convention.


All of our first-year students live on campus, making the transition to Clarkson healthy and positive. Freshman students live in one of three residence halls with a residential advisor who is there to help you. After that, you have choices among suites, apartments and townhouses.