Clarkson University - 11/6/19 & 9/10/18

Susan Bynum, Class of 1979 from Clarkson. She's their regional rep and can answer questions our students have. She can be contacted via email or by phone at (408) 464-3778.


Northern NY, 20 miles from Candadian border. Closest town is Lake Placid, closest big city is Ottawa. Most fly into Syracuse Airport, 2 hour car ride.


10,000 residents in the town of Potsdam. Potsdam has a state university and students can cross-register. 

3500 students (500-600 graduate students, the rest undergrad); 773 incoming freshmen


Half study engineering; STEM focused; on Forbes olist as in the top 25 STEM schools, Flexible curriculum - customize their education, can create your own major, lots of options to major and minor; non-impacted 

Three colleges: Reh School of Business, Coulter School of Engineering, School of Arts & Sciences

Engineering & Management = popular major and well -respected, especially in the Northeast

Institute for Sustainable Enviornment - all environmetal programs are housed here

Lots of combining of majors/minors; pre-professional programs (advising and tracking to help you get into grad schools); health and pre-law  are part of the pre-professional programs.


All programs require co-op = internship or research project; twice yearly career fairs. Top employers are GE, IBM, NASA, Amazon, Tesla; 96% placed in job or graduate school within 6 months of graduation.


Div. 1 ice hockey for men and women; no football. Women's ice hockey have won titles; all other sports are division 3

12 SPEED Teams - students compete in programs; robotics team (special projects in engineering design)

Study Abroad 55 universities in 28 countries; also have a semester in the Anderondacks

They "embrace the snow."

RPI, U Rochester, Lehigh, Worster Polytechnic Institute are the biggest overlaps


Avg. GPA is 3.6 (unweighted), 1230-1240 SAT; acceptance rate is 66%; 27 ACT


95% of students get financial aid, robust merit program; housing guaranteed all four years


Common Application; fee is waived if you apply using their own application


30% women, 70% men; Greek life (10-20%)


Lots of personalized attention and support; New innovation center - houses programs, maker spaces, collaborative spaces, seminars held there


1/2 of students are from NY and a lot from Canada and the New England area; 3% international students; strong ROTC program (Army and Air Force)