Why Attend The Clarkson School?

Why Attend The Clarkson School?

Start Here. Go Anywhere.

In high school, you’ve embraced every opportunity to acquire new knowledge and dive into your interests — Advanced Placement (AP) classes, robotics and business clubs and research projects, to name a few. As you seek a new challenge, rather than returning to high school for your senior year, perhaps you're ready to begin your college journey in The Clarkson School’s immersive, applied learning environment.

Once enrolled in our early college program, you’re considered a first-year student, with access to all of Clarkson University’s academic, research, experience-building and support programs. At the same time, you’re surrounded by others like yourself — driven, inquisitive strivers ready to explore solutions and build their résumés in the process.

As you picture your future and your impact on the world, here’s why you should consider The Clarkson School.

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Find Your Community

Whether they’re from a big city or small town, Clarkson School students pursue innovation and tackle problems through the intersection of science, engineering, mathematics and technology. Through dedicated housing and mentorship, they quickly form a tight-knit, supportive community built upon a collective spirit of exploration and idea sharing.

Living-Learning Community (LLC)

In Price Hall, live among other Clarkson School students — many ranking in the top 10 percent of their high school classes — who push you to do more. In this dedicated LLC, build connections through field trips, community programming and monthly family-style dinners.


Through guidance from a current Golden Knight who matriculated through The Clarkson School, acclimate to life on campus, embrace your independence and familiarize yourself with all available opportunities.

Available Resources

Whether for academic support, professional development or getting involved, access Clarkson University’s full spectrum of resources, including the Career Center, the Student Success Center, University Libraries, the Innovation Hub and employer networking events.

Our Alumni

Since 1978, The Clarkson School has graduated over 2,000 students. Join a globe-spanning community of professionals leading and influencing healthcare, media, academic, technology and political spheres, among other industries.

“You have the chance to build a community with other students who truly want to learn. The result is an amazing experience in which you can, if you choose, break down the barriers in your mind that are holding you back from reaching your full potential.”

Emily McGrail '24, The Clarkson School (read her blog post)

Access the Full Clarkson Experience

Clarkson School students select a course of study based on Clarkson University’s vast range of industry-relevant programs and get to participate in faculty-led research, on-campus clubs and organizations and competitive projects. As well, many opt to test potential career paths via internships, co-ops and our global and immersion experiences.

Areas of Study

Focusing your studies around Clarkson University’s 50-plus majors in business, engineering, the arts and sciences and healthcare, as well as our interdisciplinary and exploratory programs, you take 15 to 18 credit hours each semester — a full course load. Challenge yourself further in the Honors Program, or cross-register at other area colleges and universities to delve into another subject area.


Clarkson extends research opportunities to undergraduates, including Clarkson School students. Alongside faculty, ignite discoveries in engineering, the sciences, technology, healthcare, business and sustainable development as you gather data, test hypotheses and investigate with an interdisciplinary mindset.

Career Preparation

Add “intern” to your list of achievements as you venture into different fields and their related career paths. On campus, collaboratively problem-solve with Clarkson University students on SPEED teams, get a taste of entrepreneurship or try out media production and prototyping tools. Or, get a broader view of the world’s economy through our Global Business Programs.

Hear From Our Former Students

From more advanced courses to a community of driven, like-minded peers, understand why former students kick-started their college journey at The Clarkson School.

Get A Head Start on Your Future

You see yourself building tomorrow’s systems, aircraft and buildings, advancing patient care delivery, driving business success or uncovering transformative scientific discoveries. The Clarkson School starts you on this path through transferable college credits, real-world experiences and guidance as you think about what’s next. 

Earn Your High School Diploma

Align your Clarkson School course load with your high school graduation requirements to receive your diploma on schedule — or even a semester in advance.

Earn College Credit

Clarkson School students finish the program with at least 30 credit hours of transferable courses, in addition to credit from AP exams completed during their high school career. Students apply these credits to earn their bachelor’s degree at Clarkson or another college or university. 

Guidance As You Apply to Colleges

Sixty-five percent of Clarkson School students opt to continue their studies at Clarkson University. Wherever you see yourself, our staff assist you during the college application process. 

Financial Aid

As a Clarkson School student, you’re eligible for federal, state and university aid, including dedicated grants and scholarships.

Where Our Students Go

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
American University
Boston College
Boston University
Brown University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College

Georgetown University
McGill University
New York University
Princeton University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Stanford University
Syracuse University
The University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
Yale University

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