Who Attends The Clarkson School?

Clarkson School students are high academic achievers who have progressed beyond their high school curriculum and are ready for a fresh challenge. Independent by nature, Clarkson School students are captivated by the prospect of living away from home in a supportive community of students with the same goals and passions.

TCS boasts a diverse student body, with 60% hailing from New York state and 40% from across the U.S. and all around the globe. Admission is selective, with the majority of Clarkson School students in the top 10% of their high school class.

What to Expect from The Clarkson School

Attending The Clarkson School is similar to being a first-year student at Clarkson University. You will take a full course load and have the opportunity to join student clubs, academic and social organizations and sports teams. As opposed to the typical Clarkson University first-year experience, Clarkson School students live in their own residence hall with a dedicated staff of house advisors (HAs). This extra layer of support ensures that Clarkson School students make a smooth transition to college life.

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I was pleased with the amount of academic rigor, which is exactly what I wanted. What I didn't anticipate was how beneficial it was to be part of a close community. Knowing my best friends were right down the hall created a perfect balance for my first taste of college life.

Christina Shupe '17 TCS now attending Cornell University

Things You Need to Know

60 Students, Average Incoming Scores, 1260 SAT Average, 28 ACT Compo, 94 GPA
60% of Students Stay at CU with an average Clarkson School Year Class GPA of 3.2

Top Schools TCS Students Attend

Boston College • Brown University • Carnegie Mellon UniversityCornell University • Dartmouth College • Georgetown University • McGill University • Middlebury College • MIT • Olin College • Princeton University • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • Stanford University • United States Military Academy, West Point • University of California, Berkeley • University of Chicago • Washington University in St. Louis • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

What About My High School Diploma?

Graduation cap and a diploma

Clarkson does not grant high school diplomas, but we encourage all students who have not earned their high school diploma, or its equivalency, to pursue one of the following options. Please keep in mind, students are eligible to receive Clarkson School Scholarships and Grants regardless of which option they choose.

  • Graduate Early
    Receive the high school diploma from your high school at the end of your junior year.
  • Stay Enrolled in High School Through the First Semester*
    We will assist you in working out a suitable academic plan with the high school administration to satisfy your graduation requirements during the Fall Semester, while studying at The Clarkson School. The required classes will be built into your schedule here at Clarkson and upon satisfactory completion, the appropriate documentation will be provided to your high school. Students who complete their high school requirements in this fashion are eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid in the Spring Semester. Please note, regardless of high school enrollment status, all students are considered for Clarkson School Awards and New York State TAP.
  • Stay Enrolled in High School for the Entire Year*
    We will assist you in working out a suitable academic plan with the high school administration to satisfy your graduation requirements, while studying at The Clarkson School. We simply include these required classes into your schedule here at Clarkson and upon satisfactory completion, the appropriate documentation will be provided to your high school.  Please note, regardless of high school enrollment status, all students are considered for Clarkson School Awards and New York State TAP.
  • Diploma from New York State
    Apply for a diploma from the New York State Education Department upon successful completion of twenty-four credit hours in six different disciplines. The state diploma shows that you have successfully completed these college credits at Clarkson University.
  • Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC)
    Take the two-day New York State Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). This option provides the student with increased flexibility in their schedule and we provide assistance with registration and transportation to the test, which is conducted at a nearby location.

Our staff will assist with any of these choices.

*If a student chooses to remain enrolled in a high school while enrolled in The Clarkson School, the student is eligible for Clarkson School financial aid but not federal aid. By definition, enrollment 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, e.g., 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.

Come See What We're All About

No Two Visits are the Same

The Clarkson School allows you to tailor a visit to your interests. The visit can include an interview with an admissions professional, a campus tour or the opportunity to meet with a professor in your academic area.

Wondering what a day in the life of a Clarkson School student would be like? Here’s your chance to join our students and experience a university classroom, have lunch or simply chat in the Clarkson School/Honors lounge. We can also arrange for you to meet with a member of a club or organization that may interest you.

Visiting campus and customizing your time with us allows you to get the most of your stay while providing a sense of what it would be like to be a student at The Clarkson School.

You can arrange a personal visit by calling 1-800-574-4425, or by emailing us at tcs@clarkson.edu.

I knew it was the place for me, an eager young adult trying to get ahead in life. It felt right the moment I stepped on campus, and I just knew it was where I belonged. I wanted to be different, get ahead with my schooling, and challenge myself. TCS did all three.

Lorel Meyer ‘16, TCS Student

Spend the Night

Our Overnight Hosting Program is available to accepted students Monday through Thursday nights starting Monday, January 29, and ending Thursday, April 12. (Please note some dates may not be available due to exams or breaks.)

Accompany your host to class, to the dining hall, to the Cheel Campus Center or to one of the many other exciting places on campus. Through your interaction with students, faculty and staff, we hope that you are able to get a better sense of why students decide to start college early at Clarkson.

What It'll Cost

Sticker Price vs. Real Costs

Keep in mind you are a fully matriculated first year student at Clarkson, completing your freshman classes a year early.  Don't let the sticker price scare you! All Clarkson School students can receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study jobs. That means that the sticker price is NOT what you're going to pay.

The Clarkson School Fees: Tuition - $48,194, Housing, Meals & Fees - $15,842, Total Per Year - $64,586

Other expenses such as books, travel and spending money vary from student to student. An estimated figure for these expenses is approximately $3,736 for one academic year.

Scholarships & Awards

We have countless scholarship, grant, loan and work-study options to explore with you, and we're here to help. In fact, we automatically consider all applicants for merit-based scholarships, and if you are accepted, your award package will contain at least $30,000!

All of our accepted students receive at least $30K in thier rewards package

Start Your Application

Applying to The Clarkson School is just like applying to college. In fact, if you’re accepted to The Clarkson School and attend, you’re automatically admitted to Clarkson University. Upon successful completion of The Clarkson School year, you may continue at Clarkson University as a sophomore. Or you can carry your credits to the college or university of your choice.

Admission Requirements

Among the factors we consider in your application are your secondary school record, scores on the SAT or ACT exam and scores on the SAT Subject Exams. Since numbers don't tell the whole story, we also consider personal recommendations, extracurricular activities, individual honors and accomplishments, special talents and your own personal statement. Please visit Steps to Apply to submit the online application and to learn more about the required materials to complete your application portfolio.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about eligibility for The Clarkson School, our academic program or the admissions process, don’t hesitate to call us at 315-268-4425 or 1-800-574-4425 or email us at tcs@clarkson.edu. You can also consult our helpful Admissions FAQs.

*If you would like to be considered for need-based financial assistance, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This qualifies you to be considered for federal and state aid, as well as university grants. Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Our code number is 002699.

Important Admission Dates

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year as long as space remains available, so early application is encouraged. Starting November 1, 2017, applicants will be notified of the admission decision within three to five business days once the application is complete. Financial Aid will follow within five to seven days, provided the FAFSA results have been sent to Clarkson University.* 

We strongly encourage all applicants to visit The Clarkson School and have an admissions interview. Your visit can include taking a campus tour, attending a class or request a meeting with a professor in your field of interest. Accepted students can apply for an overnight visit hosted by a current Clarkson School student.

To schedule a visit or campus interview, please call The Clarkson School Office at 315-268-4425 or 1-800-574-4425. If you can’t make it to Potsdam, we can also help you arrange an off-campus interview, phone interview or Skype session.

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