Clarkson University: Narrative Description

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Potsdam, NY 13699
Tel: (315)268-6400
Free: 800-527-6577
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Independent, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1896. Setting: 640-acre small town campus. Endowment: $94 million. Research spending 2003-04: $16.3 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,175 per student. Total enrollment: 3,123. Faculty: 189 (172 full-time, 17 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 2,473 applied, 86% were admitted. 33% from top 10% of their high school class, 73% from top quarter, 93% from top half. 13 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,719 students, 23% women, 77% men. Part-time: 17 students, 41% women, 59% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 23 other countries, 25% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 2% 25 or older, 83% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 86% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: engineering/engineering technologies; business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 3/15, 12/1 for early decision plan 1, 1/15 for early decision plan 2. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Comprehensive fee: $34,930 includes full-time tuition ($25,185), mandatory fees ($400), and college room and board ($9345). College room only: $4896. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $840 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 62 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities; 20% of eligible men and 16% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Ski Club, Outing Club, Pep Band, Crew Club, Racquetball Club. Major annual events: Alumni Reunion, Homecoming, Winter Carnival. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,179 college housing spaces available; 2,114 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Andrew S. Schuler Educational Resources Center plus 1 other with 257,958 books, 259,253 microform titles, 1,806 serials, 2,058 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus.

Community Environment:

This is a college community with a population of 9,500. Bus and air lines serve the area. Local community services include a library, a museum, a hospital, churches of major denominations, and several civic, fraternal, and veterans' organizations. There are part-time jobs available at the campus and with businesses in the area. Recreational activities include bowling, canoeing, fishing, hiking, golfing, mountain biking, swimming, skiing, and theater.

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