Contact Us: Office of Undergraduate Admissions

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

Clarkson University's average starting salary for undergraduate students in the Class of 2019 was $63,000
Clarkson University was named a "Hidden Gem College" with the highest paid alumni by College Gazette
Clarkson University was listed as Top 40 in the nation for Best Value Schools by U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges

Clarkson Fast Facts

STUDENT BODY: ~4,600 students from 40+ states and 60+ countries; ~3,100 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: 46,000+

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

TEST SCORES: Optional for 2022 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 EXPERIENCES50+ partner institutions in nearly 30 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.

What's your purpose? Achieve it here.