How to Apply

Transfer Application Requirements

Please submit all of the following materials according to Clarkson’s admission dates and deadlines:

  • Clarkson Transfer Application (online) OR Common Application (online)

  • Dean of Students Recommendation Form (PDF)

  • Official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. (If you attended college outside of New York State, please provide course descriptions.

  • Two letters of recommendation.  One should be from a college professor or instructor.  The other can be from a transfer counselor, professor, employer or other person able to speak of your ability to succeed at Clarkson University    

  • Personal statement (250-500 words) describing a special interest, experience, or achievement that is important or meaningful to you.

  • All transfer students are REQUIRED to submit a final high school transcript. This is required for federal aid and will not be taken into consideration for admission, unless the criteria below for credits is not met.

Less Than 24 Hours of Credit

If you have earned less than 24 hours of credit at your current college or university, you will also need to supply the following information:

    • Official high school record
    • SAT or ACT score report. Clarkson’s SAT code is 2084 and our ACT code is 2698.

Clarkson Awards & Scholarships

Clarkson Merit Based Scholarships

Based on academic success and promise, these include Clarkson Merit Awards, Transfer Leadership and Achievement Awards, Phi Theta Kappa, and Alpha Beta Gamma Scholarships.

Clarkson Transfer Leadership Awards

This award gives $15,000 annually for transfer students who demonstrate leadership and outstanding academic achievement and choose to enroll at Clarkson. Students are nominated for this award by a participating two-year school.

Honors Program

Scholarships for students selected for admission to the University's Honors Program. Space for transfer students in the Honors Program is limited.

Alumni Connection Awards
  • Holcroft Alumni Recognition Awards: Awards based on strong potential for success and the recommendation from a Clarkson alumnus/alumna. Awards are $500 per year—students can only receive one award, regardless of the number of recommendations. We suggest students contact alumni who know enough about them to provide a meaningful reference. 
  • Alumni Family Award: If you indicate on your application for admission that you have a brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or cousin that attended Clarkson, you may qualify for a $500 scholarship. Only one scholarship will be granted no matter how many alumni family members you have. *You may receive one Alumni Family and one Alumni Legacy award.
  • Alumni Legacy Award: If you indicate on your application for admission that you have a mother, father, grandfather, or grandmother who attended Clarkson, you may qualify for a $1000 scholarship. You can only receive one Alumni Legacy Award no matter how many alumni legacy connections you have. *You may receive one Alumni Family and one Alumni Legacy award.
Clarkson Transfer Achievement Awards

Clarkson awards $12,000 annually for transfer students who demonstrate leadership and outstanding academic achievement and choose to enroll at Clarkson. Students are nominated for this award by a participating two-year school.

Sources of Financial Aid

Need-Based Grants

To apply for need-based financial aid, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available from your transfer office, Clarkson's Office of Transfer Admission, or online. Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens can complete the FAFSA form and be considered for need-based financial aid at Clarkson. If you do not know whether or not you are eligible to file the FAFSA form, please contact the Office of Transfer Admission.

Need based grants include:

  • Federal Grants
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Learn more about these government-sponsored programs.

Financing Options & Resources

For an overview of financing options, please refer to the Clarkson University Financing Plan Packet, which contains information about:

  • Clarkson University’s Payment Plan
  • Federal student Loans
  • Federal parent Loans
  • Alternative student loans

You can also check out these helpful resource websites:

Scholarship Searches

We encourage you to apply for additional scholarships. We will not reduce our scholarship/grant offer if you receive outside scholarships, unless the total amount of your scholarship money from all sources exceeds Clarkson's cost.  Please note, ROTC scholarships are not designated as outside scholarships and your Clarkson awards may be adjusted to accommodate room and board incentives.

Sources for scholarships include:

  • Student and parent employers
  • Online searches
Work Study

If you have financial need, as determined by the FAFSA, you are eligible to work under the Federal Work Study Program. You will have the opportunity to seek jobs at various sites on and off campus. Federal Work Study money is allocated to the University by the federal government and jobs are contingent upon funding.  Once you find a job, you will be added to the University payroll and paid bi-weekly by check.

If you do not qualify for Federal Work Study, you may be considered for the University Work Program to work on campus.

Learn more about student employment once to come to campus and see job listings.

State Grants

New York Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Scholarships are available for students that meet residence, income, academic, or other requirements, as established by state law.  If you are from New York State, once you complete the FAFSA, your information will be forwarded to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC).  If you have never received a state award before, or if NYSHESC needs more information, you will be sent an Express TAP Application to complete.

An estimated NYS TAP award may be included as part of your financial aid awards, however the state’s notification is your official approved award.  Some students may also be selected for state-sponsored awards such as the Academic Excellence Scholarship or the NYS Leaders of Tomorrow award.   

More information about NYS financial aid programs is available here

International Transfer Students

Applying as an International Transfer Student

Transfer applicants from outside of the U.S. must also submit the following materials:

  • If English is not your first language, please submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (Internet-based) is required for admission. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. We will waive the TOEFL and IELTS requirement if you have attended an English-speaking college for two years.
  • International Student Certification of Finances (PDF) form and supporting bank statement.
International Transfer Student Financial Assistance

International students are considered for merit-based awards only. These awards range from $10,000 to $30,000 per year and are based on academic record and potential to succeed at Clarkson. Learn more about International Student Financial Aid.

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