Clarkson University Ranks High in ROI in New York Times College Rankings Tool

January 31, 2024

Just as companies decide where to recruit their future workforce and the skills and attributes they value, finding the right college is the student’s choice based on their goals and aspirations. Thanks to the New York Times "Build Your Own College Rankings" tool, students and their families can set their own priorities and find colleges that rank high for them.

A student’s hand rests on a laptop as the screen shows them exploring the New York Times College Rankings Tool.

In those rankings, when students interested in STEM programs prioritize metrics that demonstrate the return on investment for great career outcomes and social mobility, Clarkson University shines.

Clarkson is ranked in the top 10 nationally among smaller public and private universities with less than 10,000 students that offer more than 50% STEM degrees when prioritizing schools with the highest academic profile and the best earnings and economic mobility graduation outcomes, as well as the highest campus safety levels and that offer a vibrant athletics and recreation program.

College administrators have long lived and died by rankings that represent only a small perspective within the American Higher Education landscape. This means students with different viewpoints have relied on the same static equations to inform their largest life-long investment; and universities have taken extreme measures to optimize performance in specific parts of the equation which might be controlled.

The New York Times ranking tool allows individuals to decide what matters most to them when choosing a college, and shows them top schools that meet their personally selected and weighted criteria.

“I commend the Times for introducing this past year this bold ranking tool that lets students determine what is important to them.  By putting control of the importance of a variety of criteria into the hands of the consumer, the New York Times is ending ‘gaming’ the system for schools that try to chase a ranking,” said Clarkson University President Marc P. Christensen, Ph.D., P.E., “Clarkson knows who it is and why it matters, and students can find us based on aligning what matters most to them, too.”

Clarkson remains in the top tier on many things that also matter to our current students including low net price after alumni and scholarship aid, regardless of size or location.

Try the New York Times Build Your Own College Rankings tool by clicking here

Clarkson University is a proven leader in technological education, research, innovation and sustainable economic development. With its main campus in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Hudson Valley, Clarkson faculty have a direct impact on more than 7,800 students annually through nationally recognized undergraduate and graduate STEM designated degrees in engineering, business, science and health professions; executive education, industry-relevant credentials and K-12 STEM programs. Alumni earn salaries among the top 2% in the nation: one in five already leads in the c-suite. To learn more go to
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