Clarkson University is a technology and research oriented institution based in the town of Potsdam, NY. There are also affiliate campuses in Beacon NY and the state’s Capital Region. Founded in 1896, the university is named for American philanthropist Thomas Clarkson.
At Clarkson, there are more than 60 avenues of study for students in the sectors of engineering, business, arts, sciences, education and health. There is also groundbreaking research being undertaken at the five distinct scientific research centers at Clarkson, made possible through a $30 million grant to the university, the largest in its history.
With an acceptance rate of about 62% Clarkson is slightly challenging to get in.
Since 2011, The Beacon Institute of Rivers and Estuaries has been a part of Clarkson University. At Beacon students can undertake scientific research into ensuring clean watersheds and waterways and mitigating the human and natural impacts on rivers. Beacon is also closely affiliated with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment based at Potsdam campus.
In addition, through the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, regional entrepreneurs can attain start-up funding and learn the management skills to grow their business. One in five Clarkson alumni serves as a CEO, VP or as an equivalent senior executive at companies across the world.
A dedication to fitness and athletic competition are an important part of life at Clarkson. Varsity teams are known as the Golden Knights and over 80% of students participate in at least one intramural sports team.
Clarkson University ranks #8 among "Top Salary-Boosting Colleges" nationwide 2015 by Money.cnn.com. The Carnegie foundation classified Clarkson University as a "High Research Activity" institution.
Forbes magazine ranks Clarkson University in its top-50 list of "America's most entrepreneurial universities" 2014. Washington Monthly National Universities Rankings 2016 placed Clarkson the 111th.
The university offers bachelor’s, master's, and PhD degrees in each of its schools or institutes: the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business and the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.
The most popular majors by the number of registered students are mechanical engineering, civil engineering, business/marketing, engineering technologies, biology.
Clarkson’s online graduate business programs #12 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report 2013. U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools 2015 ranks Clarkson the 32nd overall in Environmental Engineering.