How to Apply

Step One

Complete one of the applications listed below:

Step Two

You will also need to submit the following supporting materials: 

  • Official high school transcript
  • Official SAT or ACT scores
  • A letter of recommendation from a school counselor, principal, or headmaster
  • A second letter of recommendation from a teacher
  • Application Fee - $50 (Waived for Applications Submitted Online)
Special Note Regarding the Redesigned SAT (Fall 2017 applicants and beyond): Clarkson will not require that you take the optional essay writing portion of the redesigned SAT.  For students that will have taken both the newly redesigned SAT as well as the old version, Clarkson will accept and consider both score sets. 

Step Three

Additional Application Related Information

  • Business or Humanities: your record should include at least four units of English, three units of math, and one unit of science
  • Engineering, Engineering & Management, or the Sciences, your record should include four units of English, four units of math, and three or four units of science, including chemistry and physics
  • SAT Subject Exams are recommended but not required
  • Clarkson SAT code: 2084
  • Clarkson ACT code: 2698

All online applications and test scores should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Sources of Financial Aid

Need Based Grants

Need based grants include:

  • Federal Grants
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Learn more about these government-sponsored programs.

Clarkson also offers their own form of need based aid in:

  • Clarkson Grants
  • Adirondack Scholars Award

Special Clarkson Awards

These scholarships require your action. If you think you qualify for one of these awards, make sure to read through the requirements for applying. If you are an Early Decision applicant, you must submit any scholarship application or complete any required action by December 1 and Regular Decision Admission by January 15 of your Senior Year. 
 

Alumni Connection Awards

  • Holcroft Alumni Recognition Awards: Awards based on strong potential for success and the recommendation from a Clarkson alumnus/alumna. Awards are $500 per year—students can only receive one award, regardless of the number of recommendations. We suggest students contact alumni who know enough about them to provide a meaningful reference. Recommendation letters must be submitted by January 15 of the student's senior year (December 1 for early decision applicants).
  • Alumni Family Award: If you indicate on your application for admission that you have a brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or cousin that attended Clarkson, you may qualify for a $500 scholarship. Only one scholarship will be granted no matter how many alumni family members you have.
  • Alumni Legacy Award: If you indicate on your application for admission that you have a mother, father, grandfather, or grandmother who attended Clarkson, you may qualify for a $1000 scholarship. You can only receive one Alumni Legacy Award no matter how many alumni family connections you have.

Financing Options & Resources

For an overview of financing options, please refer to the Clarkson University Financing Plan Packet, which contains information about:

  • Clarkson University’s Payment Plan
  • Federal student Loans
  • Federal parent Loans
  • Alternative student loans

You can also check out these helpful resource websites:

Work Study

If you have financial need, as determined by the FAFSA, you are eligible to work under the Federal Work Study Program. You will have the opportunity to seek jobs at various sites on and off campus. Federal Work Study money is allocated to the University by the federal government and jobs are contingent upon funding.  Once you find a job, you will be added to the University payroll and paid bi-weekly by check.

If you do not qualify for Federal Work Study, you may be considered for the University Work Program to work on campus.

Learn more about student employment once to come to campus and see job listings.

Merit Based Awards

Exceptional effort deserves recognition. If we think your admission application shows outstanding promise, you could be selected for one or more of the following merit-based scholarships from Clarkson University: 

  • Clarkson Scholarships: We consider you automatically for your potential to contribute to the Clarkson Community based on your application.
     
  • Clarkson Leadership Awards* & Clarkson Achievement Awards*: A $15,000 (Leadership) or $12,000 (Achievement) annual scholarship renewable for up to four years for qualified students who demonstrate leadership and outstanding academic achievement. Nominations are made by high school guidance counselors during the student's junior year of high school with final approval made by Clarkson University. Once nominations are received and approved, an official certificate will be mailed to the high school for presentation at a school assembly.  Leadership winners will be considered for other Clarkson scholarships including both those requiring an application as well as those that offer automatic consideration based on the admission application. Please note that these awards are still considered part of the overall Clarkson merit offer. *Students may NOT receive both a Leadership and an Achievement Award. Only one of each award will be offered per high school.

State Grants

New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Scholarships are available for students that meet residence, income, academic, or other requirements, as established by state law.  If you are from New York State, once you complete the FAFSA, your information will be forwarded to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC).  If you have never received a state award before, or if NYSHESC needs more information, you will be sent an Express TAP Application to complete.

An estimated NYS TAP award may be included as part of your financial aid awards, however the state’s notification is your official approved award.  Some students may also be selected for state-sponsored awards such as the Academic Excellence Scholarship or the NYS Leaders of Tomorrow award.   

More information about NYS financial aid programs is available here

Scholarship Searches

We encourage you to apply for additional scholarships. We will not reduce our scholarship/grant offer if you receive outside scholarships, unless the total amount of your scholarship money from all sources exceeds Clarkson's cost.  Please note, ROTC scholarships are not designated as outside scholarships and your Clarkson awards may be adjusted to accommodate room and board incentives.

Sources for scholarships include:

  • Your high school guidance office
  • Student and parent employers
  • Online searches

Tuition Exchange for Admission Applicants

Admission applicants applying for Tuition Exchange at Clarkson University should see the Tuition Exchange Liaison at the exporting school for direction on how to apply. Tuition Exchange is not guaranteed and is very competitive at Clarkson. We typically receive close to 100 applications but are only able to offer 6-8 TE Grants to incoming students. Preference is given to Early Decision applicants. Clarkson University offers the TE set rate of $35,000 (2017-18) to Tuition Exchange recipients. In additions, we now offer Tuition Exchange Merit Awards in the amounts of $2,000- $10,000 in addition to the Set Rate It is a tuition only scholarship. These recipients are not eligible for any other Clarkson University funded scholarships or grants. Recipients may file the FAFSA in order to be considered for additional Federal and State need-based assistance. When selecting students for Tuition Exchange, Clarkson looks at a number of factors including the admission application, GPA, SAT or ACT scores, extra-curricular activities, and demonstrated interest in the University. Interviews are not required however they are strongly recommended. For questions or concerns, please contact Kara Pitts at kpitts@clarkson.edu.  

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