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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 3,200 students in upstate New York, and specializing in entrepreneurship, business, and engineering. According to the school, one out of five alumni have held positions as a CEO, president, 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 such as environmental sustainability, biotechnology, and advanced materials. 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. While Clarkson's location about 35 miles from Canada might seem a bit remote -- and cold -- the male-dominated student body isn't hiding under the covers: Outdoor sports and recreation are popular, and the ice hockey team competes in Division I. The surrounding town of Potsdam, also home to a State University of New York campus, has quaint eateries and shops, among them a comic book store and a vendor of natural soaps.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$67,700
% of students who get any grants
97%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$33,500
Average price for low-income students
$18,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
68%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1180/27
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
3,335
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
90%
% of students who get merit* grants
18%
Average merit grant
$22,172
student success
Graduation rate
71%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$64,200
% 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* 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, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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