Clarkson University, New York, Potsdam - Admission

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    Clarkson University 2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Founded in 1896, Clarkson University is a private university located in Potsdam, New York. It offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, business, education, science, liberal arts and health professions. Some of the top areas of study are Engineering, Business and Computer Science.

    The student body consists of around 4,300+ students from 42 states and 50 countries. Clarkson University recorded 6,673 applicants in fall 2019 and had an acceptance rate of 75% while 16% of the admitted students enrolled. Out of the total admitted students, 76% were males while 72% were females. This implies that the acceptance rate for male applicants was slightly higher than females. Around 32% of the admitted students were in the top 10% of the high school graduating class.

    • Admitted students have an SAT score between 1160 and 1350 or an ACT score of 23 and 30.
    • Around 89% of the students of the admitted class of fall 2019 submitted SAT scores while 32% submitted ACT scores.
    • Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendations from academically related individuals such as school counselor, principal, teacher.
    • GRE/ GMAT scores may be required for admission to some graduate programs. The requirement may be waived if the applicant has sufficient work experience.
    • It invites admission applications on a rolling basis with a priority deadline of January 15. Applicants can apply through Early Decision by December 1.


    Application Portal UG: Common Application or Clarkson Undergraduate Application
    Graduate: Clarkson Graduate application
    Application Fee 50 USD
    Acceptance Rate 75 %
    Academic Calendar Semester-based
    Intake Season Rolling
    SAT (Middle 50%) 1160- 1350
    ACT (Middle 50%) 24-30
    Financial Aid Grants and Scholarships
    International Admission Helpdesk

    Clarkson University Admission Deadlines

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis by Clarkson University for undergraduate admissions. Graduate application deadlines may vary with certain programs.

    Application Deadline
    Early Decision December 1
    Priority January 15
    Deposit June 1
    Graduate Applicants
    Fall May 1
    Spring October 1

    Clarkson University International Student Admissions

    Clarkson University has around 4,301 undergraduates and graduate students from 42 states and 63 countries. The application process is quite similar for both domestic and international students. However, international applicants need to meet some additional requirements.

    Application Portal:

    Application Fee: 50 USD

    Admission Requirements: International applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for Clarkson University admissions-

    • Completed Application
    • Official Transcripts
      • High school/equivalent
      • Bachelors/Masters Degree ( Graduate)
      • Must be sent directly to the university.
      • Should be accompanied by certified translations if not in English.
    • SAT/ACT Scores
      • SAT Clarkson code- 2084
      • ACT Clarkson code-2698
    • GMAT/GRE Scores for certain graduate programs.
      • GRE Institution Code - 2084
      • GMAT Institution Code (Full-time) : V1G-53-52
      • GMAT Institution Code (Part-time) : V1G-53-77
    • Certification of Finances
    • Proof of financial support ( If any)
    • Copy of passport
    • Essay and/or SOP for US
    • Letters of recommendation
      • Undergraduate- 2 LORs
      • Graduate - 3 LORs
    • Resume (Graduate)

    English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

    International applicants need to demonstrate their English proficiency to be able to study in the USA. Students from English speaking nations or who have studied in an English medium college for at least 2 years are exempted from these tests.

    TEST SCORE (Minimum)
    TOEFL (internet-based) 80
    TOEFL (paper-based) 550
    TOEFL (computer-based) 213
    IELTS 6.5
    Duolingo 115
    PTE 56

    Visa Process for International Students

    International students need to apply for an F1 or a J-1 visa to study in the USA. Clarkson University will issue the I-20/DS2019 form required for the visa application to the accepted students.

    • The applicant needs to pay the SEVIS fee and print out the SEVIS Form I-901 receipt.
    • After the submission of the completed I-20/DS2019 form and payment of the SEVIS fee, students can schedule an interview.
    • Applicants must provide the following documents for visa application:
      • Signed I-20/DS2019 form
      • Passport
      • Acceptance letter from Clarkson University.
      • Proof of Financial Support
      • Fee Receipt

    Clarkson University Undergraduate Admissions

    It offers various Bachelor’s Degrees (Major, Minor, Concentration, and Advising Track). The top choices for fresh applicants include Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Business Studies, Software Engineering, Liberal Studies, and Humanities.

    Application Portal: Common Application or Clarkson Freshman Application

    Application Fee: 50 USD

    Admission Requirements: Applicants must satisfy the following requirements to be eligible for Clarkson University undergraduate admissions-

    Academic Requirements for certain programs:

    • Business or Humanities: four units of English, three units of math, and one unit of science
    • Engineering, Engineering & Management, or the Sciences: four units of English, four units of math, and three or four units of science, including chemistry and physics

    Test Profile of admitted students in the fall of 2019:

    Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
    SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 560 600
    SAT Math 600 690
    ACT Composite 23 30
    ACT English 21 29
    ACT Math 25 30

    Clarkson University Graduate Admissions

    Clarkson University offers Masters degrees in Business Administration, Basic Science, Bioethics, Data Analytics, Computer Science, Healthcare Data Analytics, Electrical Engineering, Mathematical Engineering, etc.

    Application Portal: University Graduate Portal

    Application Fee: 50 USD

    Admission Requirements: Applicants must submit the following to be eligible for Clarkson Graduate admissions-

    • Completed Application
    • Official College Transcripts
    • Three Letter of Recommendations from faculty members( Professional References)
    • GMAT/GRE Scores*
    • GMAT Minimum Score of 550 or GRE Equivalent.
    • Personal Statement/Essay (Minimum 250 words)
    • Resume

    *Instead of GMAT/GRE, the applicant may submit

    • MCAT- 500 or
    • LSAT-155 or
    • PCAT-400 or
    • USMLE- completion of step 1 and 2 or
    • Work Experience: Minimum 5 years or
    • Clarkson Undergraduate Degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0

    Applications are evaluated on a case by case basis. Since admissions are given on a rolling basis, international students must apply well before the intended semester as visa applications may take time. The university will give the updates regarding the status of the admission application through email once the final application is submitted.


    Ques. As an international student, how can I apply to Clarkson University?

    Ans. Undergraduate students can apply through the Common Application or Clarkson Undergraduate Application Portal and Graduate students through the Clarkson Graduate Application Portal.

    Ques. Is there any specific GPA requirement for undergraduate admissions?

    Ans. No, Clarkson University does not ask for a specific GPA for undergraduate admissions.

    Ques. What are the various financial aid options available to international students?

    Ans. International students are offered financial aid in the form of merit-based scholarships.

    Ques. Which programs are offered at Clarkson University?

    Ans. Clarkson offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of Business Intelligence and Data Analytics, Business Studies, Software Engineering, Liberal Studies and Humanities, etc.

    Ques. Is Clarkson University test optional?

    Ans. Clarkson University is test-optional for admission in 2021. Students may choose to self-report test scores.

    Ques. If submitted, will Clarkson University consider my test scores?

    Ans. Yes. If submitted, Clarkson University will consider SAT or ACT scores for admission.

    Ques. Are there separate application deadlines for domestic and international students?

    Ans. No. The application deadlines are similar for domestic as well as international students.

    Ques. Does Clarkson University offer merit based scholarships?

    Ans. Yes. Clarkson University offers merit based scholarships ranging from 2,000 USD to 11,000 USD.

    Ques. Are application fee waivers available?

    Ans. Yes. The application fee is waived for applications submitted online. International students are not eligible for the application fee waiver.

    Ques. What type of financial documents are required for admission to Clarkson University?

    Ans. International applicants can submit the proof of financial support by completing the Certificate of Finance form and providing a certified letter from the sponsor showing the amount required for each year of study at the university.

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