Impressive rankings among universities. Outstanding achievements in academics, research, and athletics. And the graduating golden retriever seen ‘round the world. If the past 12 months at Clarkson were this good, we can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring.
Here are some highlights from the past year.
The Changing Face of Clarkson
This year’s freshman class has more women than in recent history, an increase of 12.1 percent from last year. There were also more minority students who became Golden Knights last fall – 25 percent more than in 2017. Clarkson also drew greater talent from across the country, with 41 percent of admitted students coming from outside New York State. The class's cumulative SAT scores were up 20 points, too.
Interest in Clarkson is on the rise: we hosted the highest number of prospective students ever for our 2018 open houses at the Potsdam campus.
Salary Stats You Can Take to the Bank
Clarkson graduates ranked in the top 2.4 percent of highest salaries in the United States, according to the PayScale 2018-19 College Salary Report. We’re one of the top 10 colleges in New York State by salary potential. PayScale also listed Clarkson in the top 3 percent of colleges and universities for salary potential, based on alumni earnings.
Top Tier Accolades
In September Clarkson was again in tier one, the top tier of national universities, in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 rankings of "Best Colleges." We ranked #102, moving up 22 spots from last year. Clarkson was also again on the U.S. News’ "Great Schools, Great Prices" list (Best Value Schools) and "Best Colleges for Veterans" in the National University category. Clarkson was also named one of the Best Northeastern Colleges by Princeton Review.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Clarkson’s online MBA program one of the top 50 in the nation. We also made their list for best online business graduate programs, non-MBA, in the nation.
Creative Student Financing
Early in 2018 Clarkson unveiled the Lewis Income Share Agreement (LISA), through which students have access to an innovative student finance model that allows them to reduce the upfront cost of college by paying with a set percentage of their income after graduation. Seed funding came from the generous commitments of Clarkson alumnus Earl R. “Skip” Lewis ’66 and his wife, Barbara Lewis.
In October, the Conrad Foundation and Clarkson announced an expanded partnership to give high school students, with a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, a one-of-a-kind gateway for their product ideas and solutions to drive future global sustainability. Finalists from the Foundation’s Conrad Challenge will be offered a Conrad Challenge Scholarship at Clarkson University, valued at $60,000 over four years.
Golden Knight Teams Rule
Clarkson solidified its spot as the leading team in NCAA Division I Women's Hockey by defeating ECAC Hockey rival Colgate 2-1 in overtime in the 2018 National Championship game, in March. Winners of back-to-back Frozen Four titles and with three National Championships in the last five years, the Golden Knights have secured a place among the most dominant programs in the history of NCAA Division I Women's Hockey. Check out a major New York Times's article on the team.
Meanwhile, Men’s Hockey capped off its best season in 10 years with a return to the NCAA Tournament in March for the first time since 2008. The Golden Knights finished with a 23-11-6 overall record.
In November, graduate student Abigail Sullivan of the Women's Cross Country team was the first female runner in program history to reach the NCAA Division III National Championships, joining Pete Rickert '80, Alex Benway '12 and Dan Fritz '14 from the Clarkson men's team to participate at the final race of the season.
In March, finishing off the USCSA Nationals with the Freestyle Relay, the Nordic Ski teams each closed out the annual competition in third place overall. Some great individual performances by the Alpine Skiers allowed the Golden Knights to earn their first-ever victory in the giant slalom at the USCSA Nationals in March.
New Majors to Consider
The New York State Department of Education approved two new Clarkson degrees in 2018: Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economics. Students admitted in the fall of 2019 can be the first to major in the new courses of study.
Expansion and Renovation
In July, Clarkson officials broke ground for the Cheel Campus Center and Arena expansion and renovation, a major overhaul that will modernize the building’s infrastructure and expand its footprint. The project will add state-of-the-art fitness facilities and educational opportunities and improve the hockey complex, while supporting our sustainability goals and bringing further economic benefits to the community.
And the Awards Go To…
Three honors students were awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships and one received an honorable mention in April. Sarah Duclos ’19, Andres Garcia Jimenez '19 and David Russell ’20 were all named Goldwater Scholars. Kiara Cruickshank ’19 received an honorable mention in the highly competitive selection process. This is the 19th consecutive year that at least one Clarkson student has received a Goldwater Scholarship.
Nicole Zaino '18 was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship for 2018; Emily Browning '18 and Tyler Tuttle '16 received honorable mentions. The program received more than 12,000 applications for the 2018 competition and made only 2,000 awards.
Our Chem-E Car Team nabbed first place in the U.S. Northeast Regional Chem-E Car competition and went on to win fourth place out of 40 teams in the international contest in Pittsburgh.
The Clarkson Baja SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design) team celebrated its 40th anniversary with its best showing since 2006. The team placed 11th overall at the Maryland Baja SAE race in April and sixth overall at the Kansas Baja SAE race in May.
The Design-Build-Fly SPEED team brought home a first-place trophy from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design-Build-Fly student competition in May. The team swept the field of 77 teams from 16 countries for its first-ever win at this event.
Not to be outdone, the Construction Management SPEED team’s Design-Build team took first place in its category during the 29th Annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 1 Student Competition in Albany, with its design of a 30,000-square-foot STEM building. The Preconstruction team from Clarkson took second place in their division.
Brittany Hawley ’19 and her service dog Griffin both received diplomas during our recent December Recognition Ceremony, and global media took notice – literally. University Photographer Steve Jacobs’ photos of the duo and Brittany’s own story led to coverage by national news outlets, including NBC Nightly News, the New York Times, Washington Post, and more, as well as an outpouring of “good boy!” across social media platforms. Check out some of the coverage with these links.