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 4,500 students.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores between 1160 (25th percentile) to 1350 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and in the range of 23 (25th percentile) to 30 (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 - 3.64) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. 75% of all applicants are granted admission to Clarkson University, from which 16% choose to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Clarkson University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Clarkson University was reported as 74.6% in Fall 2020 with over 6,670 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

  • ACT Scores: 23 - 30
  • Average GPA: 3.28 - 3.64

How Hard Is It to Get into Clarkson University?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Clarkson University is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Clarkson University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 68.2%
  • 2017-2018: 65.7%
  • 2018-2019: 71.1%
  • 2019-2020: 74.6%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 66.2%

How Does Clarkson University Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Clarkson University is thirty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
SUNY College at Potsdam68.0%
St Lawrence University42.4%
SUNY College of Technology at Canton84.6%
Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science69.8%
Champlain College85.2%

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 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Clarkson University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading560 - 660
Math600 - 690
Total Score1160 - 1350
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 29
Math25 - 30
Composite Score23 - 30
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