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Get the facts about Clarkson University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Clarkson University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Clarkson University was awarded 40 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is environmental engineering.

Overall Quality

Clarkson landed the #146 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 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 #15 out of 132 schools in New York.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Clarkson?

Acceptance Rate

Clarkson University has an acceptance rate of 66%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Clarkson.

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 )

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Clarkson University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Clarkson University is about average at 14 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much 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

Clarkson University has a freshmen retention rate of 85%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Clarkson for first-time, full-time students is 52%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  52 out of 100

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Average Overall Diversity at Clarkson

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,090 undergraduates at Clarkson with 3,021 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

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 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Clarkson make about $72,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Clarkson graduates 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

Located in Potsdam, New York, Clarkson University is a private not-for-profit institution. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Potsdam draws many to the area.

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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 47 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 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 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

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