The current student application deadline is February 20, 2021. 

The TCS Fast Track application deadline is November 18, 2020. 

The Application Process

A complete Honors Program application must be sent to and will include the following:

  • Résumé
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Current Clarkson University Transcript
  • Letter of Purpose

The Admissions Committee will review your materials and your academic record, and will usually contact your referee.  Select candidates will be invited to interview. Instructions for each component of the application are below.


Please submit a one-page résumé summarizing your relevant achievements to date.  Be sure to include the following sections:  heading with personal information (including your contact information-mailing address, email address, and a phone number where you can be reached), education, honors and awards, co-curricular activities (school activities), extra-curricular (outside of school), work and volunteer experience, and other activities (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel).  A sample is provided for your reference. 


Please provide us with a letter of recommendation, preferably an instructor in one of your classes or an academic advisor at Clarkson. 

Applicants will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and candidates will be selected for an interview.  If you are a Clarkson School applicant you are required to have an Honors admissions interview. The Honors office will contact you to schedule your interview in either case.  In the interview we will cover the following topics with you:

  • Your recent high school experience
  • How you have learned from a personal experience or challenge you have faced
  • Your personal qualities and values
  • Your interests and activities
  • Your future plans and goals
  • Your passions and mission
  • Current events
  • Your reasons for joining the Honors program

Please submit your résumé and letter of recommendation to  If you are sending it through the mail, address it to:

Honors Program
Clarkson University
PO Box 5755
Potsdam, NY 13699-5755