Contact Us: Office of Undergraduate International Admissions

Clarkson University Holcroft House | 8 Clarkson Ave. Box 5605 | Phone: 315-268-6480 | Fax: 315-268-7647 |

Clarkson University was named one of the Top 10 Engineering Colleges in the U.S. by USA Today
Clarkson University was listed as Top 25 STEM Colleges in America by Forbes
Clarkson University was listed as one of 10 Great Colleges for Business Majors by TIME magazine

Clarkson Fast Facts

STUDENT BODY: 4,300+ students from 42 states and 63 countries; ~3,300 undergraduate students

LOCATION (for undergraduate study): Potsdam, New York

HISTORY: 1896 — Founded as the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology, a memorial to Thomas S. Clarkson, a Potsdam businessman and humanitarian. 1913 — Renamed Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial College of Technology — where we
got our chant, “Let’s Go Tech!” 1984 — Renamed Clarkson University to reflect status as a university with master’s and PhD programs in more than two fields.

PRESIDENT: Marc P. Christensen (2022-Present)

MASCOT: Golden Knight

COLORS: Green and Gold, after Thomas S. Clarkson’s favorite flower, the goldenrod

ATHLETICS: 2 Division I sports teams (men’s and women’s hockey); 18 Division III sports teams; 180+ club sports teams and intramural leagues

MILITARY: Army and Air Force ROTC programs


PLACEMENT RATE: 97% in chosen field


ALUMNI: 44,000+

APPLICATION DEADLINES: Early Decision - December 1; Regular Decision - January 15

TEST SCORES: Optional for 2021 Admission; Self-reported 

SCHOOLSBeacon Institute for Rivers and EstuariesWallace H. Coulter School of Engineering; Institute for STEM EducationInstitute for a Sustainable Environment; Earl R. and Barbara D. Lewis School of Health SciencesDavid D. Reh School of BusinessSchool of Arts & SciencesGraduate School

THE CLARKSON SCHOOLAn opportunity for talented high school students to start college early and enroll as first-year students at Clarkson. A special Living-Learning Community provides additional support for personal growth, academic achievement and professional development.

HONORS PROGRAMResearch-based option for students looking to pursue research even before the start of their first year in college; culminates in a senior thesis.

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT200+ clubs, organizations and teams to join on campus, including musical/performance, religious, political, hobby/special interest, volunteer/community service, Greek (9 fraternities, 4 sororities), athletic, academic/preprofessional,
honor societies and Leadership development clubs.

CO-OPS & INTERNSHIPS: All Clarkson students have a professional experience before graduation. For the majority of students, this means a co-op or internship with a top company in their industry of interest. 

GLOBAL/OFF-CAMPUS EXPERIENCES55 partner institutions in 29 countries plus three U.S. experiences: Trudeau Biomedical Scholars SemesterAdirondack Semester; Washington D.C. Semester; several Clarkson-led short-term trips throughout the year.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH: Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with focus areas in Healthy Global Solutions, Computational and Data-Enabled Discovery, Advanced Materials Development and Next Generation Medicine and Healthcare. Any undergraduate student who wants to perform research with a faculty member has the ability to do so.