Clarkson at a Glance

Clarkson at a Glance

Fast Facts

Founded:  In 1896 as the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology, to honor Thomas S. Clarkson, a Potsdam businessman and humanitarian by his three sisters and niece. 

Renamed: In 1913 as the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial College of Technology;  And in 1984 to Clarkson University to recognize the depth and breadth of degree offerings and global impact of research.

President: Marc P. Christensen (2022 - Present)

Mascot: Golden Knight

Colors: Green and Gold, that match Thomas S. Clarkson's favorite flower, the goldenrod

Athletics: 2 Division I sports teams (men's and women's ice hockey); 18 Division III sports teams; 38 intramural teams

Military: Army and Air Force ROTC programs

Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Student Body: 4,000+ students from 42 states and 61 countries

Alumni: 46,000+

Campus Locations: Main Campus - Potsdam, NY; Capital Region Campus - Schenectady, NY; Hudson Valley Campus - Beacon, NY; online master's, PhD and certificate programs; Adirondack Semester in Saranac Lake, NY.


Clarkson University's bachelor's, master's, and PhD programs are fully accredited. Read more about our accrediting bodies for our various degree programs. 

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Clarkson University is highly ranked by top external sources such as The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, PayScale, and many more.

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