Clarkson University

597 reviews
  1. Potsdam, NY
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A
Clarkson University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
Address
8 Clarkson Ave
Potsdam, NY 13699

Clarkson University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
62%
SAT Range
1090-1290
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$28,303/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,406/ year
  • $30-48k
    $21,220/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,947/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,030/ year
  • $110k+
    $33,432/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.33 responses
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.31 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.31 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,166Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
25%
Varsity Athletes
11%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • White, nerdy, conservative males
    36%
  • Ambitious
    24%
  • Multicultural, intellegent, hardworking
    20%
  • Nerdy, involved
    12%
  • White, nerdy, conservative and ambitious
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.40 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.54 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Academic
    63%
  • Innovative
    21%
  • Progressive
    8%
  • Home
    4%
  • Trying
    4%

After Clarkson University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$68,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
96%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.24 responses

Reviews

597 reviews
  • Excellent
    97
  • Very Good
    206
  • Average
    241
  • Poor
    46
  • Terrible
    7
Best Hidden Secret – Potsdam NY, and the surrounding Adirondack park offer sights that cannot be seen anywhere else. Within a short drive, students can enjoy the scenery and wildlife in several ways. Including hiking, backpacking, camping, canoeing, fishing, skiing, and many other recreational activities.
That being said, the campus and comfortable town atmosphere offer students all the necessary commodities during the semester. Very few colleges can offer great wildlife and scenery, and a well-connected high tech campus. At Clarkson, you are guaranteed to have both!
  • College Senior
  • July 2 2013
The town here in incredibly boring. There's nothing to do unless you're an outdoors kind of person. It's quiet and there are parties practically every weekend. The campus food is greasy. However, dorms are really spacious and generally really nice. It gets windy up here so don't come if you don't think you can take the cold. Some professors have an extremely thick accent that make it difficult to understand. The people here are really friendly and administration is relatively helpful. However, if you're looking for a cheap school, they give a lot of financial aid out. Hockey team is pretty good. It's also extremely safe. There's literally no one here... at all..
  • Freshman
  • 1 month ago
If you're serious about getting the best education/degree...Clarkson's the school for you! The classes, unlike many other schools, are truly difficult. The best way to stay on top of everything and continue to do well is to ask for help, go to your teacher's office hours and get a tutor if you need one.
It is said that "One in every six alumni is a CEO or vice president of a company" at Clarkson and I believe it. Clarkson may not be as known as other schools, such as Cornell, however it's known as a great school within it's discipline.
  • College Junior
  • May 17 2010