How to Apply

Step One

Complete the application listed below:

Clarkson School application

Step Two

You will also need to submit the following supporting materials: 

  • Official high school transcript
  • Official SAT/PSAT or ACT/PLAN scores
    Clarkson SAT code: 2084
    Clarkson ACT code: 2698
  • letter of recommendation from a school counselor, principal or headmaster
  • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher
  • Personal statement or essay (250 - 500 words)
  • 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

Application Decision:

Once all materials are received, you will be notified of your admission decision within five to seven days.

Sources of Financial Aid

Need-Based Grants

Need based grants include the following:

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

Special Clarkson School Awards

Alumni Connection Awards

  • Holcroft Alumni Recognition Awards: Awards are 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.
  • 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 and see job listings on Handshake.

Clarkson School Merit and Need Based Awards

Exceptional effort deserves recognition. If we think your admission application shows outstanding promise, you will automatically receive a financial aid package, made up of awards  that will total at least $30,000.

  • The Clarkson School Presidential Scholarship: The $80,000 Clarkson School Presidential Scholarship is one of the highest honors given to incoming students.  Each year, five scholars will be chosen to receive this $20,000 per year award.  Recipients are selected based on their high school GPA, standardized test scores, and extracurricular involvement. In order to receive full consideration, students must submit the Clarkson School application portfolio by April 15.*
  • The Clarkson School Scholars Award: This award is given by a participating high school guidance counselor to a student during his/her junior year.  This award provides $15,000 yearly and can be used for up to four years while attending The Clarkson School and Clarkson University.  Eligible students must be in an accelerated high school program and have maintained a GPA of 93 or higher or are ranked in the top 15% of their class.  Submission due by April 15.*
  • The Clarkson School Merit Award: This award is available based solely on prior academic success and promise of future achievement. The student must have a 2.0 cumulative average at the end of the spring semester to continue receiving the award for the following years.*
  • The Clarkson School Grant: This grant is based primarily on financial need and academic achievement. This award is renewed each year based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The student must remain in good academic standing at Clarkson to continue receiving the award for the following years.

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 New York State 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 New York State financial aid programs is available at

Scholarship Sources

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 School 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

*It is important to note that if you choose to remain enrolled in a high school while you are enrolled in The Clarkson School, you will not be eligible for federal aid. By definition, the term "enrolled in high school” includes, but is not limited to, “the concurrent pursuit of a high school diploma while enrolled in The Clarkson School.” It also includes (i) a student who has completed the requirements for his/her high school diploma but not yet received it and is taking coursework for which his/her high school will give the student credit or (ii) a student who has not received a high school diploma and is considered by his/her high school to be enrolled, for example, as a requirement for participation on an interscholastic sports team or in any other curricular or extracurricular activity for which enrollment in high school is a prerequisite.