Clarkson University

Clarkson University

Clarkson is a private, national research university and proven leader in technological education and sustainable economic development. Our main campus of 640 wooded and waterfront acres is home to all undergraduate degree programs, many master's and Ph.D. programs as well as research centers, athletic facilities and residences for nearly 4,000 students.  

Top reasons to study here

  • Our programs are designed to create that opportunity in the fields of business, health professions, education and teaching, engineering or sciences.
  • Our singular focus is reflected in the reputation of our faculty, the strength of our programs, and the caliber of students that we attract.
  • You will deepen your knowledge base to accelerate your ideas into great products and lead organizations that have impact.



Founded in 1896 to honor Thomas S. Clarkson, a pioneering entrepreneur and humanitarian, Clarkson University today is a private, national research university that is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development for teaching, research and scholarship.  


Over our 120+-year history, Clarkson has honed an ecosystem that lets you design your rigorous academics, research and social life to intentionally collide with your own personal passions to create a powerful learning experience.  If you like to roll-up your sleeves to solve open-ended problems, we will get you ready to lead and impact a tech-driven world at the intersections of science, technology, engineering, arts and business.  


We pursue interdisciplinary research focused on rapidly solving real world problems for a better future.  Our students learn through instruction and guidance from nationally recognized faculty whose commitment to teaching, scholarship, research and innovation has made Clarkson a top-tier nationally ranked research university.


The Clarkson University Career Center provides excellent customer service to all populations it serves, including but not limited to students, employers, the campus community and parents. Our office fosters and maintains strong ties with partners for mutually beneficial outcomes by driving early engagement and exploration, providing linkages between students, employers and alumni to cultivate successful professionals and to meet post-graduate goals. 

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University Ranking

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Student services

The Office of Student Life (OSL) assists students in developing into well-rounded individuals through community service, co-curricular programming and social events.

We organize New Student Orientation, Convocation, Family Weekend, Spirit Week, Clarkson's Got Talent, MLK Day of Service, community service and Late Knights. We also bring lectures and films to campus, fund field trips, develop co-curricular programs and connect faculty, students and alumni.  

Housing services

Clarkson University offers residences from traditional to apartment style housing. The self-catered apartment style housing which include: Riverside Apartments, Townhouse Apartments, and Woodstock Village are traditionally housed with upperclassmen and exchange students. Clarkson University does not offer graduate housing.

Library services

At Clarkson, everything you need to succeed is at your fingertips. You can start with the University Libraries, which makes research, journals and texts from around the world available to you. We have the latest technology resources. Each student has access to our hard-wired network, our wireless network, e-mail, labs and other relevant software.

Medical services

Student health insurance coverage is mandatory at Clarkson University for non-distance program students. Students must either have adequate health insurance through their parent/guardian, their own coverage, or enroll in Clarkson University’s provided coverage through United Health Care.

Student Life

Campus life

Clarkson University’s main campus is located in Northern New York in the village of Potsdam—a classic college town located on the banks of the Raquette River just a few miles from the 6-million acre Adirondack Park. Clarkson’s main campus houses both undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Clarkson University’s Capital Region Campus is located in Schenectady, New York.  Centrally located to many of the University’s corporate partners for research, graduate education, talent development and alumni networking, the campus also affords convenient transportation via train, air and automobile interstates.  The campus is less than 15 minutes from the state capital in Albany, and less than three hours from New York City, Syracuse and Boston. If you want to take in the real Empire State experience, you can also be in New York’s great Adirondack Park with world-class recreation, camping and international tourism venues in less than an hour.

Sports facilities

Whether you're a tennis player, a jogger or enjoy taking fitness classes, Clarkson offers a variety of facilities to ensure that there is something for everyone.

The Indoor Recreation Center houses a gym; 25-meter swimming pool; indoor track; a field house for tennis, volleyball or basketball; racquetball courts; weight room; locker rooms with Jacuzzi and sauna; and a fitness center.

The Deneka Family Fitness and Yianoukos Fitness Center offers a full workout facility with an assortment of cardiovascular machines, a weight room and a list of classes, including yoga, belly dancing and aikido.

Student clubs

Your college experience should be about more than just coursework and deadlines. College is a chance for you to explore your interests, discover your passions and create lifelong memories. By joining one of Clarkson’s clubs or participating in one of our many fun activities like Tony Tuesday or Winterfest, you’ll create memories that last a lifetime.

Clarkson offers a variety of clubs and activities aimed at maximizing your potential while challenging your personal and professional growth. 


Clarkson University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was good. All the professors were helpful and provided a good education.

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