Incoming First-Year Students

Students interested in applying to the Honors Program should first apply for admission to Clarkson University. After submitting your Clarkson University application, you will receive your username and password for your application status page, and you should see the Honors Program Application.

The Honors Program Application consists of two short essay questions, a résumé, and a third question which allows you to show and tell us something about you and your passions. Your completed application needs to be submitted by January 15th.  Early applications will become available in Fall 2022, and then they will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee as they are completed. 

Deadlines

The final date to submit an Honors application, as well as all supplemental materials, is January 15th.

Only in exceptional cases will the Honors Program accept applications after this date. 

If you have any questions please contact the Honors Program office: phone: 315-268-2290/2320; email: honors@clarkson.edu

Incoming Transfer Students

Students interested in applying to the Honors Program should first apply for admission to Clarkson University. In order to be considered for Honors, you must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA. The Honors program admission process includes an additional review of your Clarkson application by our Honors admissions staff. This additional review is solely for Honors admission (your admission to Clarkson University is determined separately).

After you have completed your Clarkson application, reach out to Honors at honors@clarkson.edu and tell us you’re interested in submitting an Honors application. The Transfer student Honors Program Application consists of a single 200-250 word essay answering the following question: 

Clarkson Honors requires students to develop their passions in a Capstone project over their final two years in the program. The Capstone is an individually-developed project with a faculty mentor, which allows you to explore the knowledge and skills you want to demonstrate in the culmination of your undergraduate career. The Capstone can be a traditional research project, a business plan, a creative work, a project that relates to an internship or co-op experience, or a signature project that connects volunteer or co-curricular experiences to your areas of study. In 200-250 words, we would like you to tell us what you’re passionate about and what topic or skill set you might want to explore for your Clarkson Honors Capstone.  

Email honors@clarkson.edu your completed essay as a .pdf attachment.

Deadlines
Transfer applications to the Honors Program will be reviewed on a rolling basis through May 1. Early applications are welcome and they will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee as they are completed. In exceptional cases, the Honors Program will accept applications after this date. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Honors Program Office by phone at 315-268-2290 or 315-268-2320, or by email at honors@clarkson.edu.

Current Clarkson School Students (Fast Track)

The Honors Program Application consists of two short essay questions, a résumé, and a third question which allows you to show and tell us something about you and your passions. Your completed application needs to be submitted by December 15 for Fast-Track admission. Early applications are welcome and they will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee as they are completed. Send your application materials to honors@clarkson.edu.

Part 1: Submit two essays. Each must be 200-250 words. Both essay prompts must be answered. Please respond to all parts of the prompt.

  • Tell us about a time you needed help. What happened, why did it happen, and what did you do about it? What did you learn from this experience?

  • The Clarkson Honors program emphasizes interdisciplinary learning. Tell us about  a subject you love learning about that has nothing to do with your intended major. Why do you love it? What do you gain from learning about it? How has it helped you understand yourself, others, the world, and/or your intended major better

Part 2: Show and Tell. Clarkson Honors asks students to develop their passions in a Capstone project over their last two years in the program. We want to see what you’re passionate about. Please upload an example: it can be a video, another essay, a photograph or a work of art with an accompanying explanation, or something else that shows and/or tells us what you know or care deeply about right now. **If you choose to submit a video, we ask that it be no more than 3 minutes in length. If you choose to submit written material, we ask that it be between 250-400 words (with or without accompanying images). If you choose to do a video, please include a link to your video in the email with your application materials.

Part 3: Résumé. Your résumé summarizes your relevant experiences to date. Heading should include personal information (including your contact information, mailing address, email address, and a phone number where you can be reached), and you must have a section on Education. Other sections include some or all of the following: Honors and Awards, Co-curricular Activities (school activities), Extra-curricular Activities (outside of school), Work and Volunteer Experience, and Other Activities (e.g. hobbies, interests and travel). A sample is provided for your reference.

Deadlines

Fast-Track applications to the Honors Program will be reviewed after December 15. Students will be informed of decision prior to the beginning of the Spring semester.

If you have any questions please contact the Honors Program office: phone: 315-268-2290/2320; email: honors@clarkson.edu

Current Clarkson Students (Self Nomination)

If you are a current Clarkson University student with a 3.25 GPA and at least two years left as an undergraduate, you can apply to join our program. The application opens on an annual basis on June 1st and requires a resume and two short essays. Interested and qualified students can apply by completing this form. If you have any questions please contact us at honors@clarkson.edu.