General Questions

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

We understand that schools are having to shift grading. Classes moving 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 Admissions has canceled all campus visits as of March 13th. We regret that we cannot welcome prospective students and their families to campus, but in light of the coronavirus outbreak, we feel that this is the best measure for the health and safety of our community. We very much hope that we will be able to welcome prospective students to campus in the coming months.

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Class of 2024 Students

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

Clarkson will be working closely with your Guidance Department 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.

Is May 1 still the Deposit Deadline?

Clarkson has moved our Deposit Deadline to June 1! Please continue to watch your emails for updates.

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

There will be no change in our timelines to dates since the First Year student application deadline has passed.  However, we will work with late applications for students who are seeking alternatives due to the circumstances around COVID-19. Transfer and The Clarkson School admissions continues to accept and review applications on a rolling basis.

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.

What if I am delayed in arriving this fall?

For delays in arrival, please notify your Admissions Counselor as soon as you are aware of any changes in your ability to start classes on time. We will work with families on a case-by-case basis.

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. Accepted students can visit their personalized Experience Clarkson - Virtual Events page by clicking on specific links in recent emails from Clarkson faculty and staff. Anyone can visit the general Experience Clarkson - Virtual Events page here.

Can I defer my enrollment if COVID-19 related issues preclude my physical presence?

If you choose to defer your enrollment, please get in touch with your Admissions Counselor. They will help to walk you through this process and make sure that you are making the best decision going forward.

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.  

Will I still be able to enroll as a freshman if graduation is delayed?

Yes, we will work with each student to best address any barriers you may encounter. We recommend reaching out to your Admissions Counselor so that we can work closely with your high school’s Guidance Department. We highly recommend continuing to stay in touch with your School Counselor for any updates related to changes in graduation dates, course selections, etc. Remember, your Admissions Counselor is here to work with you!

Is Orientation still happening?

At this time, Orientation and Move-In Weekend are still going on as planned! This year’s Move In Day for New Students is Friday, August 28th (with Orientation Weekend immediately following through the end of the weekend). The Move-In Day for Transfer Students is planned for Thursday, August 27th through August 28th. Please stay tuned for an email with a full schedule to be sent this Summer!

My school has moved its classes online, and/or my schedule has changed. Will my decision be impacted by this?

Clarkson is committed to working through all obstacles our students are facing to ensure a smooth transition to Clarkson this fall.  We recommend reaching out to your Admissions Counselor for any changes related to your schedule. If your classes being moved online impacts your ability to complete your coursework, we again recommend reaching out to your Admissions Counselor to ensure your successful transition to Clarkson.

International Students

What about AP and IB testing?

We have been made aware that AP testing will now be conducted online for May 2020. Clarkson will accept scores of 4 and 5 on AP tests within our current awarding parameters. Though IB testing has been cancelled for Spring 2020 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. 

My high school and/or college courses are going 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!

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

This is a rapidly changing and fluid situation. While there are travel restrictions into the United States, we hope that this will not impede international students for the Fall 2020 semester.  We encourage students to begin the visa application process as soon as they receive their I-20s. Please be aware that there are parts of the world in which consulates may be closed or may not be offering visa services at this time, and we anticipate students may encounter delays in visa processing. 

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 and are in a different immigration status, please contact the International Students and Scholars Office and a member of the staff will help you consider your options.

Can I defer my admission for a semester if I am unable to come to campus for the fall?

Yes, we will work with students who need to choose this as an option.

Transfer Students

Is it too late to apply as a Fall 2020 Transfer applicant to Clarkson?

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

My school is closed and cannot send 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 school closures. If you are still unable to access these materials, we will take unofficial transcripts until further notice. Students will need to submit official transcripts by August 1.

What about AP and IB testing?

We have been made aware that AP testing will now be conducted online for May 2020. Clarkson will accept scores of 4 and 5 on AP tests within our current awarding parameters. Though IB testing has been cancelled for Spring 2020 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. 

My college is going 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!

I was unable to take the TOEFL or IELTS. How can I submit proof of English proficiency? 

We will accept the Duolingo English Test in place of the TOEFL or IELTS to fulfill the English proficiency requirement. Please note that this policy only applies to transfer students for the Fall 2020 semester who were unable to take the TOEFL or IELTS due to the coronavirus outbreak. TOEFL will be offering an online option as well.

What should I do if I can’t get my final transcript to you by August 1?

If your school is still closed as August 1 approaches, please contact us at admissions@clarkson.edu. We will work with students on a case-by-case basis, but this will not impact your ability to attend. 

Prospective Students

My SAT or ACT testing day was canceled. Can I still apply?

For the 2020-2021 application year, 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?

We have been made aware that AP testing will now be conducted online for May 2020. Clarkson will accept scores of 4 and 5 on AP tests within our current awarding parameters. Though IB testing has been cancelled for Spring 2020 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. 

My high school is going 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!

I'm a junior in high school and all of my extracurricular activities have been 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?

Currently, our campus is closed. We are hoping to welcome visitors again to campus this summer. Until then, we have Zoom and phone interview options, as  and a virtual tour of campus available. Check out the options on our Meet Your Counselor page.

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

You definitely can! Our admissions team is hosting Zoom interviews and phone interviews. To set up an interview, please email your admissions counselor for information. Find your admissions counselor here.