Clarkson University

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Clarkson University can be found in Potsdam, NY, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Clarkson University has an enrollment of approximately 3,500 students.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores between 1585 (25th percentile) to 1885 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and in the range of 24 (25th percentile) to 28 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is typical among applicants admitted to this school. We were able to estimate the Clarkson University average GPA (3.28 - 3.57) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 64% of all applicants are granted admission to Clarkson University, from which 18% choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Clarkson University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Clarkson University was reported as 64.0% in Fall 2013 with over 6,750 college applications submitted to Clarkson University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SAT Scores: 1585 - 1885
  • ACT Scores: 24 - 28
  • Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.57

How Hard Is It to Get into Clarkson University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Clarkson University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Clarkson University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 72.7%
  • 2010-2011: 79.6%
  • 2011-2012: 77.5%
  • 2012-2013: 76.1%
  • 2013-2014: 64.0%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 72.0%

How Does Clarkson University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Clarkson University is fifteen percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
SUNY College at Potsdam68.4%
St Lawrence University46.4%
SUNY College of Technology at Canton78.2%
Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science74.9%
Burlington College82.9%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Clarkson University (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading520 - 620
Math570 - 665
Writing495 - 600
Total Score1585 - 1885
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 27
Math25 - 29
Composite Score24 - 28
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