Clarkson University

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University History

Clarkson University is a Private National Research University with its main campus located in Potsdam, New York. The University was founded in the year 1896 in the honor of Thomas S. Clarkson. The University earlier started as Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology but late or in the year 1984 it changed its name to Clarkson University. The University offers various graduate, undergraduate, doctoral degrees. The University takes around 4,600+ undergraduates and graduate students from 42 states, 61 countries. 

Clarkson University Programs and Courses

Clarkson University Programs and Courses are quite popular among the students because of the diverse subjects that are being offered. The University has some of its major schools that are as follows: 

  • Graduate School
  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • David D. Reh School of Business
  • Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering
  • Earl R. and Barbara D. Lewis School of Health Sciences
  • Institute for a Sustainable Environment
  • Early College Program: The Clarkson School
  • Institute for STEM Education
  • Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries

The major research centers include the following:

  • Clarkson Center for Complex Systems Science (C3S2)
  • The Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP)
  • Center for Air and Aquatic Resources Engineering & Science (CASARES)
  • Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR)
  • The Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST)
  • NYS Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions
  • The Shipley Center for Innovation

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 Clarkson University Rankings and Achievements

Clarkson University Rankings and Achievements are as follows:

  • The Entrepreneurship program of the University is one of the top 15 programs of the University.
  • Ranked 8 among “Top salary boosting colleges” in the nation.
  • Ranked 49 in best value schools 
  • Ranked 127 in best National Universities
  • Ranked 179 in “Top Performers on Social Mobility”
  • Ranked 114 in “Best undergraduate engineering programs”

Clarkson University USP

The Clarkson University USP is what attracts a huge number of applications around the globe. The university's unique programs and courses have been able to set up a benchmark for the students. The University along with various departments has also various research centers that are known for its excellence. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities for conducting high research activity. The university is known for amazing job placement of its students that is always commendable.

Clarkson University Notable Alumni

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Clarkson University Infrastructure and Services


The Clarkson University Campuses are beautiful in their own way. They are all well located in the city. The university comprises three campuses: the Potsdam, Schenectady campus, and the Beacon campus. 

  • The Potsdam campus: This is the main campus of the University that is spread across 640 acres. The campus offers various Undergraduate, Masters and PhD programs. There are also residential halls and academic buildings.
  • The Schenectady campus: The campus is located in the heart of Schenectady and is also called the Capital Region campus. The campus offers various graduates, professional, K-12 outreach programs. 
  • Beacon campus: This campus is situated on the banks of Hudson River and has the Clarkson's Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, which offers graduate programs, water research and K-12 outreach programs.

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Clarkson University Libraries are known for their largest collections of books, journals, and all other resources. The Libraries have print books and journals, electronic databases, online journals and newspapers, and government documents. There are two main libraries of the university: Main campus library and Health science library. The main Campus library is in the Potsdam campus and the Health science library is in Potsdam's downtown campus. There is also what the University achieves: a place to know more about the history of the University and to witness the collection of arts. To know more about the libraries, click here:

Housing services

Clarkson University Housing Services offers an ample of options to choose from. It is always exciting to live on-campus because of all the perks it has. The housing services have well-equipped facilities. Some of the residential halls are as follows:

  • Cubley hall
  • Reynolds hall
  • Ross hall
  • Brooks hall
  • Prince hall
  • Woodstock village
  • Hamlin powers
  • Moore house
  • Riverside apartments
  • Graham hall
  • Townhouse apartments
  • Westons’ apartments

These residential halls offer all the facilities for a comfortable stay on the campus. To know in detail about each of these residential halls, click here:

There are also Living Learning Communities on the campus that give a residential environment to the students. Students having similar interests live together and participate in various programs. 

Housing rates are mentioned below:

  • Traditional residence hall: $4,363 (Cubley, Reynolds, Ross, Brooks, Hamlin, Powers residences)
  • Suite-style residence hall: $4,481 (Moore House, Graham Hall, Price Hall)
  • Single residence hall room: $5,047 (Moore, Graham, Hamlin, Powers residences)
  • Townhouse and Woodstock: $5,047
  • Riverside: $4,971
  • Weston's: $4,687
  • Theme House: $5,047
  • The Clarkson School: $4,191
  • Pioneer Plan: $1,154
  • Board Plan: $3,759

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Medical Services

Clarkson University has the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC) that provides all kinds of health and counseling services to the students and the staff. The health services that are being offered are as follows: 

  • Evaluation for Illness or Injury
  • Women's Health: including gynecological care, birth control, and emergency contraception.
  • STD and HIV Testing and treatment
  • Immunizations (MMR, Tdap, PPD)
  • Influenza Vaccination, offered through local partnership, clinic throughout the Fall semester
  • Allergy Injections
  • Physicals
  • Travel Consults
  • Referrals
  • Health Education and Counseling

There are also counseling services to help students dealing with problems like: anxiety, adjustment to change, bereavement and grief, depression, sexual assault or harassment, substance abuse, self-esteem, academic problems, gender identity and so on. There is also health insurance provided by the University. to know more about the health services, click here:

Students club

Clarkson university students clubs are actively conducting various events in the university. The student clubs and organizations give the students an opportunity to learn different skills. There are around 250 student clubs. To name a few:

  • Women’s volleyball club
  • Cultural club
  • Student government
  • Clarkson union board
  • Competitive bass fishing
  • Mountain bike club
  • Clarkson’s speed team

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Clarkson University Location

Clarkson University main campus is located in Northern New York in the village of Potsdam. A beautiful place that is located on the banks of the Raquette River. The second campus is located in the heart of Schenectady and is also called the Capital Region campus. The other campus is situated on the banks of Hudson River and has the Clarkson's Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries.

Top landmarks

Clarkson University top landmarks include the following:

  • Raquette river
  • Crane school of music
  • St. Lawrence university
  • SUNY Canton
  • National arts center

Nearest airports

Clarkson University Nearest Airports includes the following:

  • Ogdensburg International Airport 
  • Massena International Airport
  • Adirondack Regional Airport
  • Watertown International Airport
  • Plattsburgh International Airport
  • Ottawa International Airport 
  • Montreal-Trudeau International Airport
  • Syracuse Hancock International Airport 
  • Albany International Airport

International student Information

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Visa and immigration support

International student and scholar services of the university give all the information regarding visa and immigration support to the students. International students have the following Visa options: 

  • International students coming will primarily come to study at Clarkson University under the F or J student visa.
  • Most of our international students will enter under the F student visa. ISSS will review your eligibility if J student status is requested.
  • Student Interns will use the J Student Intern visa category. 

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Scholarships for International students

Clarkson University Scholarships for International Students gives the students good financial support. All the International students are eligible for a partial scholarship of the University. The scholarship ranges from $200 to $2000 per academic year. The amount awarded is totally dependent on students’ performance in the various tests. For first-year students the required documents are: secondary school GPA, rigor of the curriculum, SAT and TOEFL scores, and letters of recommendation. For transfer students, university GPA, rigor of curriculum, TOEFL score, and letters of recommendation are considered.

Students admitted in the Honors program also receive a scholarship of $2000 per year. 

Admission process

How to apply?

For First Year Undergraduate admission, click here:

Application deadline: Early Decision - December 1; Regular Decision - January 15

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Student life

Clarkson University student life is quite engaging and gives the students the opportunity to learn and grow. There are various clubs, organizations and fraternities and sororities working towards different goals and agendas. Clarkson's SPEED team focuses on robotics, aeronautics and bridge building through design, manufacturing, implementation and presentation/competition. The Clarkson Union Board hosts a variety of campus events throughout the semester. The Clarkson University Student Association (CUSA) is the representative of the student body at Clarkson. The Clarkson Army ROTC Battalion is one of 272 Army ROTC battalions in the United States.

WCKN Television is a student-run television station that broadcasts various shows. WTSC Clarkson Radio is the radio station handled by the students.


Clarkson’s both men and hockey team compete in Division I. the athletic teams are named the “Golden Knights”. There are fitness centers, hydrotherapy rooms, fuller pools, recreation centers and many others for the students. 

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Food and Drinks

Clarkson University Food and Drinks have the following options: 

  • RoBro Dining Hall 
  • Schuler's
  • Student Center Servery
  • Concrete Café
  • Distefano's Family Café
  • Marketplace Deli
  • Healthy Pantry

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Job opportunities

There are only a few work-study positions available for international students on campus. Students with jobs work about 8-10 hours per week, and the pay is $9.70 per hour. Under the terms of the F-1 student visa, international students cannot work more than 20 hours per week on campus.

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 Weekend getaway

Places to visit near Clarkson University for a weekend getaway are as follows: 

  • Old Montreal
  • Museum of fine arts
  • Rideau canal
  • Postwood park
  • Lampson falls
  • Tupper lake
  • Lake placid
  • Thousand islands
  • Adirondack Mountains
  • Olympic Events Center.

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IELTS score requirements

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Clarkson University Cost of studies


Bachelors: $ 48,194

Fees vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.

Clarkson University Deadlines

Undergraduate: Fall-January 15, Spring-October 15

Graduate: Deadlines vary for each program.

Deadlines vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific deadlines.

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