General Questions

How will Clarkson view Pass/Fail and Satisfactory (S) and/or Unsatisfactory (U) grades on transcripts?

We understand that schools had to adjust grading systems over the past year. Classes moved to pass/fail will not affect your admission to Clarkson or your current admissions standing.

 How can I stay connected to Clarkson for the latest updates and information, as well as connect for opportunities to help in the college search process?
Are Clarkson's campuses open for visitors?

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is open for in-person options for prospective students and family members on our Potsdam, New York campus. We have specific guidelines put in place to continue to keep our Clarkson community and surrounding communities safe. For more information on how to plan your visit, please visit our Undergraduate Admissions Visits, Events and Tours page.

We recognize that many prospective students and families will still be unable to visit campus for a variety of reasons. With that, we encourage you to:

Class of 2026 Students

Final transcripts, grades, exams - what do I do when these documents are delayed or not available?

Clarkson will be working closely with Guidance Departments throughout the summer to ensure that we receive your Final High School transcript. If there are delays, please notify your Admissions Counselor so that we can follow up.

Will changes in senior year course offerings/grades/final results affect my admissions decision?

Clarkson is understanding that changes may occur as a result of COVID-19 and its impact on high schools. Your Admissions Counselor will be your main point of contact for any questions or concerns that you have about changes in grades and course selections.

What is the Deposit Deadline?

Clarkson’s Deposit Deadline is May 1! However, we understand the challenges that students may face this year when making a decision. If you feel that you need additional time, please contact your Admissions Counselor.

Has Clarkson changed how they are admitting students due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Clarkson will work with late applications for First Year students who are seeking alternatives due to the circumstances changing around COVID-19. Transfer and The Clarkson School admissions continue to accept and review applications on a rolling basis as is standard practice.

Will Clarkson open as scheduled in the fall?

We have no plans for changes in Fall courses at this time. We are currently planning to go forward with on-campus classes. Please continue to watch your emails for any updates and announcements. You can also view our announcement on current reopening plans here: Clarkson University Shares Plans For Fall 2021.

 

How can I learn more about Clarkson to help with my decision-making?

A great way to ensure that all of your questions are answered is to contact your Admissions Counselor! We want you to make an informed decision about where you will attend Clarkson, and your Admissions Counselor will be the best person to help get all of your questions answered. They will also be happy to connect you with other faculty and staff for more specific questions visit the general Experience Clarkson - Virtual Events page.

Where can I direct questions about my financial aid?

Your Admissions Counselor is truly your “one stop shop” for all of your admissions and financial aid questions! They will be happy to answer any questions that you have regarding the financial aid award that you received, what your next steps are, and anything else you may have questions on! We also recommend reading over the Financing Plan Information Packet that you received with your Financial Aid Award earlier this Spring - this is a great tool that will help you navigate your options in regards to your remaining invoice.  

Is Orientation still happening?

Orientation and Move-In Weekend will be in person. Classes will begin on August 30th with students arriving several days prior for Move-In Day and Orientation. Exact dates will be shared once they have been finalized. Please stay tuned for an email with a full schedule to be sent this Summer! You can also view our semester academic calendar here.

Prospective Students

Will Clarkson require the SAT or ACT?

For the 2021-2022 application year (students applying for Spring 2022 or Fall 2022 admission), Clarkson will be test optional in light of testing center closures and cancellations to ease the stress on prospective students. Application materials required will be two letters of recommendation, official transcripts and a personal statement.

What about AP and IB testing?

Clarkson will accept scores of 4 and 5 on AP tests within our current awarding parameters. IB testing is scheduled, but the IB website indicates that adjustments may be made. No matter how testing takes place, we will not change awarding policy. Missing IB exams will not matter as long as the student meets the IB requirements as IB will still grade on the normal 1-7 scale.

What if my high school used a pass/fail grading system? Is that OK?

We understand that many schools are using the pass/fail grading system. When reviewing applications, our admissions team is reading your application holistically. We look at course load, course type, letters of recommendation, and all four years of high school to gain a better academic picture of the applicant. Pass/fail will not negatively impact your application to Clarkson!

What if my extracurricular activities were canceled? How will Clarkson view this?

While reviewing applications, the admissions team is looking at extracurricular activities across all four years. We understand that this year is unprecedented and will not negatively impact your application.

Can I still visit campus?

The Office of Admissions has reopened our Undergraduate Admissions in-person options for prospective students and family members on our Potsdam, New York campus. There are specific guidelines and restrictions that we have in place to continue to keep our Clarkson community and surrounding communities safe. For more information on our safety and travel guidelines, as well as information on how to plan you visit, please visit our Undergraduate Admissions Visits, Events and Tours page.

We recognize that many prospective students and families will still be unable to visit campus for a variety of reasons. With that, we encourage you to:

Can I still interview and/or meet with an Admissions staff member?

You definitely can! Our admissions team is hosting in-person (on campus) interviews, Zoom interviews and phone interviews. To set up an interview in any of these formats, please our Personalized Clarkson Visit page.

You can also contact your Admissions Counselor to set up an appointment.

Transfer Students

Is it too late to apply as a Fall 2021 Transfer applicant to Clarkson?

No, it is not too late to apply. Our application deadline is July 1st, however, we always review applications on a rolling basis. 

My school is delayed in sending my official transcripts, Midterm Report or College Official’s Report. What should I do? 

We recognize that it may be difficult to submit all required application materials due to remote learning. If you are still unable to access these materials, we will take unofficial transcripts to make an admission decision. Students will need to submit official transcripts by August 1.

My college has gone to pass/fail. Is that OK?

We understand that many schools are using the pass/fail grading system. When reviewing applications, our admissions team is reading your application holistically. We look at course load, course type, letters of recommendation, and all four years of high school to gain a better academic picture of the applicant. Pass/fail will not negatively impact your application to Clarkson!

Do you have any transfer specific events scheduled?

Yes, please check out our visit page to learn more about our transfer events.

How do I find out how many of my credits will transfer to Clarkson?

Please reach out to our transfer admissions office at tradmission@clarkson.edu and we will conduct a credit evaluation.

International Students

What about AP and IB testing?

Clarkson will accept scores of 4 and 5 on AP tests within our current awarding parameters. IB testing is scheduled, but the IB website indicates that adjustments may be made. No matter how testing takes place, we will not change awarding policy. Missing IB exams will not matter as long as the student meets the IB requirements as IB will still grade on the normal 1-7 scale. Taking challenging courses is very important however, our admissions team understands that you may not be able to take the final exams. The same principle applies to A-level testing, which will be considered for admission and subsequently for transfer credit.

My high school and/or college courses are going pass/fail. Is that OK?

We understand that some schools are using the pass/fail grading system. When reviewing applications, our admissions team is reading your application holistically. We look at course load, course type, letters of recommendation, and all four years of high school to gain a better academic picture of the applicant. Pass/fail will not negatively impact your application to Clarkson! 

Can I get a visa to study in the US if I am from an affected country?

This is a fluid situation. While there are still some travel restrictions into the United States, we hope that this will not impede international students for the Fall 2022 semester. We encourage students to begin the visa application process as soon as they receive their I-20s. 

If you are currently attending a U.S. school and have F-1 status, you should be able to transfer your visa sponsorship from your current school to Clarkson. If you are currently attending a U.S. school in a status other than F-1, please contact the International Center Office and a member of the staff will help you explore your options.
 

Can I defer my admission for a semester if I am unable to come to campus for the fall?
  • We will allow enrolled students to defer their entry to start the second semester, which begins in January 2022.
  • We will allow enrolled students to defer to fall 2022 and join the Class of 2026.
  • Students planning to defer for a term or for the year should email the VP of Enrollment & Student Advancement, Brian Grant at bgrant@clarkson.edu, with the request.