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You come to Clarkson with a



Clarkson Ignite.

People with purpose make things happen.

Living A Gamer's Dream Living a Gamer's Dream

Clarkson Alum at Forefront of Gaming World

Gasoline pump showing prices Making the Connection

The Economics of Oil Prices and Politics

President Tony Collins Shaking someones hand A New, Interest-Free Way to Pay for College

Finance your Education Based on Your Future Career Success


Clarkson is more welcoming than any other college I considered. To be on a university campus as a senior in high school and have professors willing — in fact, wanting — to talk to you? That’s rare."

- Rachel Yerden '19


"…Search out the real needs of the American people…"

-1896 - Founding Address

Intersect science, technology, engineering, arts and business to pursue interdisciplinary research, learning and thought leadership focused on rapidly solving real world problems for a better future.

Clarkson Junior German Martinez Biomolecular Watch Out, Brain-Eating Amoeba

Clarkson Junior Sets Sights on Rare Disease Cures

Diversity or Prejudice Image Reducing Prejudice Through Motivation Science

Understanding Can Lead to Change

smokestack air pollution Small Package, Big Impact

Potsdam Air Sensors May Up Global Air Quality


ig·nite /iɡˈknight/ verb

• catch fire or cause to catch fire

• to pursue innovation intensely with powerful purpose

• how Golden Knights defy convention to innovate with impact


Roll-Up Your Sleeves and Do It.

Design your academic, research & social life to collide with your personal passions and goals. Sketch it. Code it. Prototype it. Fail at it. Reiterate it. Test it. Finance it. Build it. Do it. Ignite you.

A student an a prospective employer at the 2018 spring career fair They Came, They Saw, They Networked

Career Fair Puts Students in Touch With Their Future

swim team fundraising When Your Campus Is Your Client

Communications & Media Students Boost Fundraising


Clarkson taught me how to be a critical thinker, how to take things in and keep challenging myself. It has propelled me through my entire career."

- Thomas Gawrys '07
Vicarious Visions
Senior Software Engineer

42,000 Strong

Clarkson ignites the network of graduates with the entrepreneurial competence to make sense of complex systems, forge connections across fields and lead with purpose to find creative solutions.

  • One in five alumni already leads as CEO, senior executive or owner of a company.
  • Brookings Institution, a world renowned research and think tank, names Clarkson among the top 10 universities nationwide for maximizing career earnings potential.
  • National Model for Entrepreneurship Education – US Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Top 21 Institutions – Forbes Magazine

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