Clarkson University

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.

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Clarkson University
Potsdam , NY 13699-5557
General Phone: (315) 268-6400

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Clarkson Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Engineering337aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering science, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, various engineering courses
Liberal Arts98humanities, liberal arts and humanities, interdisciplinary studies, social services, political science, history
Business and Management92business management, logistics, electronic commerce, financial management, MIS
Science73biology, molecular biology, environmental toxicology, chemistry, physics
Computer Science and Engineering50information technology, computer science, computer engineering
Office and Administration46office data entry
Therapy and Counseling32psychology, physical therapy
Mathematics17mathematics, applied mathematics
Media9communication studies
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Clarkson in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree60930
Master's degree11114
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship299
Doctor's degree - professional practice81

Clarkson Student Body

In 2007-2008, Clarkson had a total enrollment of 2,949 students (2,906 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 72%
Women 28%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 83%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 10%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 4%
18-19 38%
20-21 37%
22-24 14%
25-29 5%
30-34 2%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York68%
New Hampshire4%
(International Students)2%
New Jersey2%
North Carolina1%

Clarkson Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %

Clarkson Room and Board (2007)

Clarkson offers campus housing for 2,120 of its 2,906 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Potsdam, New York for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New York Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Clarkson Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500610
SAT Math550660
SAT Writing490590
ACT Verbal2226
ACT Math2530
ACT Composite2428

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT38%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrecommended

Clarkson Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 31,010
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 31,010
Room and board $ 10,612
Room charge $ 5,586
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,026
Books and supplies $ 1,100
Other expenses $ 2,078

Financial Aid:
Clarkson participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 269900)

Clarkson Faculty

Clarkson has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3718
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1115

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year53$101,8845$101,011
Associate professoracademic year42$89,54410$83,625
Assistant professoracademic year34$76,93117$66,386
Instructoracademic year6$51,9716$56,631
No academic rankacademic year4$39,7809$44,015
All faculty totalacademic year139$88,11047$68,208

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Clarkson Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball New York State Women's Coll Athletic Association
Baseball Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Track Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports181937

Clarkson Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science
Engineering, Other
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Liberal Arts
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Office And Administration
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Environmental Toxicology
Molecular Biology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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