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Study at Clarkson University

Clarkson University is situated in Potsdam, New York, United States. It was founded in the year 1896 as the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology. It became a university in 1984. The university s two distinct campuses are the ‘downtown campus' and the ‘hill campus. ' Clarkson University is divided into three degree-granting schools, which are:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering
The university fields a wide range of men’s and women’s sports teams known as the Golden Knights. The male students compete in sports such as basketball, cross country, alpine ski, hockey, golf, baseball, Nordic ski, lacrosse, swimming and soccer. The female students participate in sports such as volleyball, alpine ski, hockey, cross country, basketball, Nordic ski, lacrosse, swimming, and soccer.

Profile of Clarkson University

Students attend Clarkson in Potsdam, NY, a self-contained town. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Clarkson degrees go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in science and engineering.

Clarkson Selectivity

Clarkson is selective and does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 510. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 560 and 660.


Clarkson has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student enrolment

There are 2,949 students at Clarkson . A very high share of students at the school are male.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Clarkson. The school has a residential or campus feel. Clarkson offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Clarkson values student athletics, and belongs to the New York State Women s Coll Athletic Association and Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association.

Clarkson Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Engineering331mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, aerospace engineering, various engineering courses, environmental engineering, engineering science
Business and Management151 business management, electronic commerce, financial management, business administration, MIS
Liberal Arts101 interdisciplinary studies, social services, humanities, political science, history, liberal arts and humanities
Science 80chemistry, molecular biology, biology, physics, biological and physical sciences, environmental toxicology
Therapy and Counseling37psychology, physical therapy
Computer Science and Engineering31computer engineering, computer science, information technology
Media12communication studies
Mathematics8mathematics, applied mathematics
Conservation and Resource Management7environmental science
office and Administration5 office data entry

Contact: Clarkson

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY 13699-5557

General Phone: (315) 268-6400


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