Clarkson University

Clarkson University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Clarkson University Ranked?

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2022 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 139 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is allied health professions.

Overall Quality

Clarkson landed the #197 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Clarkson is also ranked #22 out of 160 schools in New York.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Clarkson?

Acceptance Rate

Clarkson University has an acceptance rate of 78%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

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 560 and 660. Math scores were between 590 and 690.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Clarkson University  ( 560 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Clarkson University  ( 590 to 690 )
Clarkson received ACT scores from 31% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 30.

ACT Composite Scores for Clarkson University  ( 24 to 30 )

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Clarkson University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 13 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 70%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  70 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Clarkson University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 87% 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  87 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 59%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  59 out of 100

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Clarkson University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,905 undergraduates at Clarkson with 2,845 being full-time and 60 being part-time.

How Much Does Clarkson University Cost?

The overall average net price of Clarkson is $29,015. 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 +
$19,209 $20,122 $25,419 $29,482 $34,921

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Clarkson, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $10,534 a year. That adds up to $42,136 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Clarkson is 2.2%. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Clarkson with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $72,000 in their early years. 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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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, 743 received undergraduate degrees and 438 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 175 $68,316
Civil Engineering 72 $61,197
Engineering-Related Fields 67 $64,581
Chemical Engineering 52 $64,493
Electrical Engineering 40 $68,305
Business Administration & Management 36 $61,888
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 34 $67,492
General Biology 32 $27,823
Computer Science 28 $64,493
Accounting 27 $53,775

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

Online Learning at Clarkson

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 798 students took at least one online class at Clarkson University. This is an increase from the 711 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 798 437
2018-2019 711 297
2017-2018 741 252
2016-2017 503 251
2015-2016 553 246

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.


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