Are You Ready to Become a Golden Knight?

The first step toward your future is completing and submitting the online application. Find out more about the process below, including how to apply for financial aid and scholarships.

Applying to Undergraduate Programs

Incoming undergraduate students can complete ONE of the applications listed below:

You will also need to submit the following supporting materials:

  • Official high school transcript.
  • Test optional: SAT/ACT scores*. If submitted, the scores will be taken into consideration during the admissions process. Clarkson also accepts self-reported test scores.
  • A letter of recommendation from a school counselor, principal or headmaster.
  • A second letter of recommendation from a core subject teacher.
  • Personal statement or essay (250-500 words).

If you are an international student, please submit the following:

  • Official secondary school transcript, mark sheets or national exam scores.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Test optional: SAT/ACT scores*. If submitted, the scores will be taken into consideration during the admissions process. Clarkson also accepts self-reported test scores.
  • Official English proficiency test scores, unless you are applying from a country with English testing waivers. Acceptable tests and minimum scores are:
    • TOEFL: 80
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • Duolingo English Test: 115
    • PTE: 56

*Special Note Regarding the Redesigned SAT (Fall 2017 applicants and beyond): Clarkson will not require you to take the optional essay writing portion of the redesigned SAT. For students who have taken both the newly redesigned SAT as well as the old version, Clarkson will accept and consider both score sets.

  • Submit a résumé, portfolio, links to projects or your YouTube channel.
  • Submit additional letters of recommendation from employers, coaches, etc.

All application materials, transcripts and test scores should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Clarkson University Holcroft House

8 Clarkson Ave. Box 5605

Phone: 315-268-6480

Fax: 315-268-7647


Review additional requirements for:

Transfer Students

As a transfer student, the admissions process includes some special steps like submitting a Dean of Students Recommendation Form and official transcripts from high school and college. Find out more about how to apply, as well as the ways we use transcripts to evaluate courses for transfer credit.

How to Apply as a Transfer Student

International Undergraduate Students

If you are an international student, you'll need to take additional steps to complete the admissions process:

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you are likely going to need a student visa. For more information, please visit the International Center to learn more about this process.
  • To receive an I-20, you will need to show proof of financial support. There are two ways to do that:
    • Complete and return the Certificate of Finance Form.
    • Provide a certified letter from your sponsor indicating the amount of support available for each year, along with a supporting letter from a bank official.

How to Apply as an International Student

Applying for Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the first step to applying for financial aid. With the information you provide, we can check your eligibility for federal, state and institutional need-based programs, as well as Clarkson grants. The programs take into account your financial need, as well as your potential. The deadline to file the FAFSA® is February 1, but it is recommended that you file it as early as possible.

Federal Student Aid Video

Financial Aid

Applying for Scholarships

Our goal is to offer an excellent, affordable education with a high return on investment. We have a robust list of merit-based scholarships, alumni-connection awards, special application-based funding, tuition exchanges and other programs that make Clarkson within reach to talented students.

To be eligible for merit scholarships and grants, we need to receive your admission application and any additional scholarship submissions by January 15. If you are applying for early decision, the deadline is December 1. 

Scholarships, Grants and Loans

Find Your Admissions Counselor

Have questions about the admissions process? Our admissions counselors are here to help you every step of the way. The admissions and financial aid offices are combined here at Clarkson. Our admissions counselors can assist you with financial aid, along with general Clarkson questions.

Find Your Admissions Counselor

Contact Us

Have questions about the admissions process as an incoming undergraduate student? Direct your inquiries to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, or reach out to your admissions counselor.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 315-268-6480 

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