Clarkson University

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world rank  3527

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University Overview

Founded in 1896, Clarkson University is a non-profit private higher-education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Potsdam (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), New York. This institution also has branch campuses in the following locations: Schenectady, Beacon, New York City. Officially accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Clarkson University (Clarkson) is a small (uniRank enrollment range: 4,000-4,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution. Clarkson University (Clarkson) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 124 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 70-80% making this US higher education organization a somewhat selective institution. International students are welcome to apply for enrollment. Clarkson also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Acronym Clarkson
Founded 1896
Motto A Workman That Needeth Not to Be Ashamed
Colours Green and gold

University Location

Address 8 Clarkson Avenue
13699-5557 New York
United States
Tel +1 (315) 268 6400
Fax +1 (315) 268 7647
Other locations Schenectady, Beacon, New York City

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is required
- Secondary school rank is required
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is recommended
- Recommendations are required
- Formal demonstration of competencies is recommended
- Admission test scores are required
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are recommended
Admission Rate 70-80%
Admission Office 6 HILLSIDE RD
Canton 13617

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 4,000-4,999
Academic Staff 300-399
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation None

Carnegie Classification New

Basic Classification Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity
2000 Classification Doctoral/Research Universities--Intensive
Size & Setting Four-year, medium, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Professions focus, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Professions plus arts & sciences, high graduate coexistence

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Clarkson University's Library
Clarkson University's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 116,048 physical volumes, 45,219 physical media, 40,041 digital/electronic medium and 134 licensed digital/electronic databases. Clarkson University's library has 1 branch.
Housing Yes
Clarkson University provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 2,541 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Institutional Accreditation

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Year of first Accreditation


Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET
  • Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management (CAHME)
  • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • The Accreditation Review Committee (ARC-PA) on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
  • The Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU)
  • Commission for Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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Online Courses

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