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Clarkson University

Potsdam, NYwww.clarkson.edu
Students who like to run things should feel right at home at Clarkson, a small university serving about 4,300 students in upstate New York, and specializing in liberal arts, business, science, health, engineering, and education. According to the school, one out of five alumni have held positions as a CEO, owner, or other senior executive of a business. Founded by the family of a local entrepreneur known for his philanthropy, Clarkson prides itself on job placement. The school has a strong reputation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) areas. Its Center for Advanced Materials Processing is sponsored by corporate heavyweights including Xerox and Corning. And though tuition isn't especially cheap, the school is known to be generous with merit aid -- it offers scholarships from $2,000 to $25,000. While Clarkson's location about 35 miles from Canada might seem a bit remote -- and cold -- the student body isn't hiding under the covers: Outdoor sports and recreation are popular, and the Golden Knights ice hockey team competes in Division I. The surrounding town of Potsdam, also home to a State University of New York campus, has quaint restaurants and shops, among them a comic book store and a vendor of natural soaps.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$69,000
% of students who get any grants
97%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$33,100
Average price for low-income students
$15,720
admissions
Acceptance rate
66%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1240/27
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,991
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
89%
% of students who get merit* grants
16%
Average merit grant
$22,996
student success
Graduation rate
73%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$65,100
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
53%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Dec 1
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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