Why Join the Honors Program?

The Honors Program takes the undergraduate experience to a whole new level. Clarkson is famous for our hands-on, problem-based curriculum, but Honors gives you even more opportunities to conduct original research or independent projects, to go on internships, co-ops or study abroad, and to work in teams on real-world problems. Admission to Honors is highly selective, and we form an intimate and supportive "community within a community" of highly motivated and talented students.  We collaborate in our classrooms, make lifelong friends, and we are serious about having fun.

You can find out more about the Honors Advantage at Clarkson.

Who Can Join the Honors Program? 

Honors Program at Clarkson University is seeking talented and motivated students who are prepared to tackle its challenging four-year curriculum centered on current and emerging problems in science, technology, and society.  

The Clarkson University Honors Program is looking for students who:

  • are intellectually curious
  • have motivation and take initiative
  • can handle risk and uncertainty
  • show a good work ethic
  • are creative, innovative or entrepreneurial
  • dedicate themselves in leadership and service

What about GPA and SAT/ACT Scores?

We do not have any minimum criteria for admission for first year students, though we are looking for all-round high-achieving students with the potential to make a difference in their field, so you need to have a strong academic record as well as evidence of leadership and service to your community.  The following guidelines may help:

Current High School Students

The Program enrolls about 60 students per year and is highly selective: applicants are usually in the top 5-10% of their graduating class, score highly on standardized tests, and demonstrate outstanding achievement in academics, leadership and service.

Current Clarkson students

Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.75 and demonstrate outstanding achievements in academics, leadership and service while at Clarkson.

Transfer Students

Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.75 and demonstrate outstanding achievements in academics, leadership and service at their previous institution

How Do I Apply?

For all students, admission to the Honors Program requires an application form with short answers and a resume.  Applications will be reviewed and select candidates will be invited for an interview.   

There are several different ways to apply to the Honors Program depending upon your current status:

  • First Year students (students not already at Clarkson)
  • Clarkson students (including The Clarkson School Fast Track)  
  • Transfer students (students that are planning to transfer to Clarkson from another university)

What if I Have Some Questions?

If you still have questions about the program or the admissions process, don’t hesitate to contact us at honors@clarkson.edu or 315-268-2290/2320.