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How Well Is Clarkson University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Clarkson University was awarded 39 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is environmental engineering.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Clarkson is ranked #146 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Clarkson also holds the #15 spot on the Best Colleges in New York ranking.

See all of the rankings for Clarkson University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Clarkson?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Clarkson University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 66%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to Clarkson submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 563 and 650. Math scores were between 580 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clarkson University  ( 563 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for Clarkson University  ( 580 to 680 )
Clarkson received ACT scores from 38% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Clarkson University  ( 24 to 29 )

Learn more about Clarkson University admissions.

Clarkson University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Clarkson University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Clarkson University is 73%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  73 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Clarkson University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 85% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Clarkson University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Clarkson the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 52%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  52 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Clarkson University.

Average Overall Diversity at Clarkson

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,081 undergraduates at Clarkson with 3,012 being full-time and 69 being part-time.

Clarkson Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

Clarkson scored 42.93 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  42.93 out of 100
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How Much Does Clarkson University Cost?

The overall average net price of Clarkson is $30,485. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Clarkson

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$20,280 $24,090 $26,763 $30,472 $36,199

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Clarkson, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Clarkson, approximately 75% of students took out student loans averaging $10,331 a year. That adds up to $41,324 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Clarkson is 1.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Clarkson Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Clarkson make around $72,000 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for Clarkson students since it is 81% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Clarkson University make the most money.

Location of Clarkson University

Clarkson University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Potsdam, New York. Potsdam is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Location of Clarkson University

Contact details for Clarkson are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 8 Clarkson Ave, Potsdam, NY 13699
Phone: 315-268-6400

Clarkson University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 44 majors graduated from Clarkson University. Of these students, 785 received undergraduate degrees and 407 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Mechanical Engineering 153 $63,800
Engineering-Related Fields 84 $60,300
Civil Engineering 61 $57,800
Chemical Engineering 56 $65,400
Electrical Engineering 54 $67,900
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 45 $64,300
Business Administration & Management 42 $54,500
General Biology 34 $21,600
Computer Science 32 $78,300
Computer Engineering 29 $70,900

Learn more about the majors offered at Clarkson University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Clarkson

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 741 students took at least one online class at Clarkson University. This is an increase from the 503 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 741 252
2016-2017 503 251
2015-2016 553 246
2014-2015 260 170
2013-2014 221 147

Learn more about online learning at Clarkson University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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