Clarkson University

Clarkson University
Type Disciplines
Private University General
Address Postal Code
8 Clarkson Avenue 13699
City State / Province
Potsdam New York
E-mail Country
Web Phone
link 315-268-6400

"Clarkson University, formerly Clarkson College of Technology, is a private university located in rural Potsdam, New York. It was founded in 1896 and has an enrollment of about 3,000 students studying towards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in each of its three schools: the School of Business, School of Arts & Sciences, and the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.

Clarkson participates in student exchange programs with many schools in Europe and Australia. One example is the University of Leicester in the UK where students who are studying engineering come to Clarkson for a year as part of one of the exchange programs.

Clarkson University is home to the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP). CAMP at Clarkson University is dedicated to developing Clarkson's research and educational programs in high-technology materials processing. CAMP's mandate is to develop innovations in advanced materials processing and to transfer this technology to business and industry. The center receives support from the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research for research and operating expenses as one of 14 Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs). In addition, CAMP-related work receives several million dollars each year from the federal government and private industry.

Clarkson's 16 (Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design) teams allow students across all majors to participate in hands on, extracurricular projects. These SPEED teams attend competitions all over the globe with other universities to test their designs and push the bounds of engineering design.

In 2007, U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Colleges issue ranked Clarkson among the 127 best colleges. Its undergraduate engineering program was recognized as one of the ""Best Engineering Programs"" whose highest degree is a doctorate. In addition, U.S. News rated Clarkson's School of Business’ Supply Chain Management program the 10th best in the nation.

In 2007, Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine ranked Clarkson University's undergraduate business program in innovation and entrepreneurship #22 among 700 U.S. higher educational institutions.

U.S. News ranks Clarkson 25th overall in Environmental Engineering 49th in Civil Engineering 82nd in Mechanical Engineering 135th in Chemistry and 147th in Physical Therapy To determine the best graduate schools, U.S. News reviews post-graduate programs at more than 1,200 universities. Rankings are based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of the school's faculty, research and students. Clarkson is the eighth smallest of nationally ranked research universities in the United States.

As much as Clarkson prides itself as a teaching school, it encourages its faculty to conduct research even more. The emphasis on research is so high that the 2007 Faculty Scholarly Productivity (FSP) Index ranks Clarkson seventh in the nation among small research universities.

Contact:  James D. Fish, Comptroller, 315-268-6689,

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