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Clarkson University
Motto A Workman That Needeth Not to be Ashamed
Type Private
Established 1896
Endowment $186.14 million
President Anthony G. Collins
Provost Chuck Thorpe
Academic staff
Students 4,300
Location , ,
Campus Village
640 wooded acres,
46 buildings
Accreditation ABET
ARC-PA (provisional)
Colors Green and Gold          
Athletics 20 varsity teams
NCAA Div IECAC Hockey (women's & men's)
NCAA Div III – Liberty League
Nickname Golden Knights
Mascot The Golden Knight

Clarkson University is a private research university with its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in New York State's Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y. It was founded in 1896 and has an enrollment of about 4,300 students studying toward bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in each of its schools or institutes: the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business and the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Clarkson University ranks #8 among "Top Salary-Boosting Colleges" nationwide. The Carnegie foundation classified Clarkson University as a "High Research Activity" institution.


Clarkson provides education for undergraduates, graduate students and early college students through the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering and the Clarkson School.

At the undergraduate level, students study in more than 50 majors and minors, including multidisciplinary degrees in engineering & management (E&M), environmental science & policy, digital arts & sciences, and innovation & entrepreneurship.

At the graduate level, Clarkson’s School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, Institute for a Sustainable Environment and Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering provide programs of study leading to degrees in master of business administration, master of engineering, master of science, master of physician assistant studies, master of arts in teaching, doctor of physical therapy and doctor of philosophy.

Clarkson's 15 Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design (SPEED) teams allow students across all majors to participate in hands-on, extracurricular projects.

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

Forbes magazine ranks Clarkson University in its top-50 list of "America's most entrepreneurial universities."

Clarkson University's Entrepreneurship Program is one of the top 15 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Clarkson University graduates have some of the highest salaries in the nation, according to the 2015 College Salary Report from PayScale Inc.


Clarkson's athletic teams are known collectively as the Golden Knights. There are 20 varsity athletic teams. Except for the men's and women's alpine and nordic skiing, all of these teams compete in the NCAA.

While Clarkson is a NCAA Division III school, both the men's and women's ice hockey teams compete in Division I, with both teams playing in the ECAC. The women's team is far younger, beginning play in 2003, than the men's team, although they too have become an ECAC power.

Other Division III varsity teams compete in the Liberty League conference and include baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming, and women's volleyball.

The men and women's alpine skiing and Nordic skiing teams compete in the MacConnell Division of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC), within the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA). They are top contenders almost every year within their division.


Clarkson University's Student Association (CUSA) sponsors more than 130 clubs and organizations, the largest of which being the Outing Club, Ski Club, the Clarkson Pep Band, and the Clarkson Union Board. All CUSA sponsored clubs are entirely student-run and both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to join.


Amateur Radio Club (K2CC), established in 1922 is the University's oldest organization that is still active today. The club offers two licensing exam sessions per semester and interacts regularly with the local community.


With WTSC 91.1 FM The Source, Clarkson also offers one of the North Country's most popular radio stations, which is run completely by the student body. Students can broadcast their own shows, and offers a wide variety of music from Rap to Alternative, from Classic rock to street punk. The station has well over 1000 CDs and nearly 24 Terabytes of music on vinyl. The station has a fully equipped broadcast studio (studio A), as well as a second studio for mixing (studio B), and a fully functional recording studio.

Clarkson Photo Club

The Clarkson Photo Club is a group of students with strong interests in photography, ranging from black and white, color, or digital.

FIRST Robotics

Clarkson Robotics is a unique club on campus that brings Clarkson University students together with local high school students to design, build, and test a robot that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition each year.

Applied Computer Science Labs

Applied CS Labs - The Applied Computer Science Labs at Clarkson University consist of the Clarkson Open Source Institute, the Internet Teaching Lab, and the Virtual Reality Lab. These labs, which are part of the Computer Science department, are almost entirely student-run, offering the opportunity to gain experience in managing both facilities and projects.

Clarkson Pep Band

The Clarkson University Pep Band is a student-run organization that supports the Clarkson University Golden Knights ice hockey teams. The band consists of approximately 75 full-time members.

Clarkson Theater Company

The Clarkson Theater Company (CTC) is a student-run theater group, part of Clarkson University and supported by the Clarkson University Student Association (CUSA). The mission of CTC is to provide both theatrical entertainment and an outlet for artistic self-expression in the realm of the theater arts at Clarkson.

CTC's most famous alumnus is not a student, but an adviser. Wes Craven, creator of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, was a professor at Clarkson University in 1968, as well as faculty adviser to the Clarkson Drama Club. As part of one of Professor Craven's classes, several members wanted to make a spoof of traditional horror movies, about the strange occurrences in their fraternity's house at 18 Elm Street.

The filming included CTC's home, Old Snell Hall, where the boiler room scene took place in the basement. While none of those involved had very much film experience, they made the film for about $300 and it was shown twice on campus. Much of Craven's inspiration for A Nightmare on Elm Street came from this first film-making experience; the house in the movie, while not the house used in the first version, resembles this house and also resides on Elm Street.


Clarkson University is a host university for both the Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC. ROTC has been an institution at Clarkson since May 1936. The ROTC program at Clarkson has commissioned well over 1,150 military officers.

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