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Undergraduate Admission

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Undergraduate Admission
Brian T. Grant, Dean of Admissions

Candidates for admission to Clarkson as first-year students are graduates, or soon-to-be graduates of a secondary school, preparatory school or equivalent educational process. In special instances, students are considered for earlier admission provided their academic records demonstrate a very high potential for academic success. In these select cases, students may be required to take an Ability to Benefit Test as prescribed by both state and federal education departments. In addition to superior scholastic achievement, consideration is given to personal qualities, participation in meaningful extracurricular or out-of-school activities, leadership and other information that may indicate the potential for successful completion of a college career.

The Committee on Admission places particular emphasis upon the following:
  1. The secondary school record.
  2. The results of the SAT Reasoning Test or American College Testing Program (ACT) exams.
  3. The personal statement describing a special interest, experience or achievement that is  important and meaningful to you.
  4. The recommendation of the principal, headmaster, or school counselor.
  5. Students for whom English is not their first language are required to submit TOEFL scores.
  6. SAT subject tests are optional.

A personal interview and a visit to the campus are strongly recommended. The purposes of the interview are to increase the applicant’s knowledge about Clarkson, provide an opportunity for the applicant to ask questions, and to share information about relevant personal, extracurricular and coursework preparations and backgrounds. Students who complete an interview with an admission staff member will receive a fee waiver for the application fee. For more information, call 800-527-6577, e-mail, or write the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Clarkson University, PO Box 5605, Potsdam, NY 13699-5605.

Candidates for admission to Clarkson as transfer students should review the transfer admission section below.

Academic Preparation
A thorough secondary school background in English, mathematics, and science is important in the academic preparation of a candidate for admission. Among the 16 units of secondary school work, the applicant’s record should include the following:                       

Engineering, Science, and Engineering  ♦
and Management Programs

Business and Liberal Arts

English 4 units English 4 units
Mathematics 4 units Mathematics 3 units
Science, including: 3-4 units Science 1 unit
  Chemistry 1 unit    
  Physics 1 unit    

High school mathematics preparation should emphasize the thorough mastery of fundamental definitions, concepts, principles and operations. The applicant must have sufficient preparation in algebra and trigonometry to begin the study of calculus. Courses in the sciences should stress basic principles and conceptual and quantitative understanding through classroom and laboratory work. Chemistry and physics are particularly important as background for Clarkson’s first-year science courses.

First-Year Application Procedure
Clarkson University is a member of the Common Application. Students may submit the Common Application either online or in paper format. Applicants will also be asked to submit a Supplement Information Form. The Common Application and Supplement Information Forms are available at

A first-year application fee of $50 is required. This fee is nonrefundable and must accompany the application. The application fee is waived for students who complete an interview with an admission staff member or for students who submit an application online.  Candidates are encouraged to submit their completed applications between October 1 and January 15 of their final year in secondary school. It is the student’s responsibility to make certain that appropriate secondary school transcripts, SAT or ACT test results, and recommendations are provided either with the application or promptly thereafter.

Applications submitted after January 15 are given full consideration in the order of their completion. Offers of admission continue only if space permits.

Students wishing to postpone admission for a year may do so. The procedure is to apply for admission in the senior year of secondary school and, when making the deposit reserving a place in the class, request a one-year extension. Most requests for deferred admission mention an intention to work or to travel before beginning college.

Early Decision Plan
Early Decision is an option for students who after careful consideration are certain that Clarkson is their number one college choice. The plan does not prohibit the student from making other applications, but it does commit the student to withdraw other applications if accepted at Clarkson. Early Decision candidates are strongly encouraged to visit the campus and meet with our students, faculty, and staff.

The Early Decision deadline is December 1 of the senior year. The high school record through grade eleven, with SAT or ACT scores, and recommendations should be received no later than December 15. If November SAT scores are sent directly to Clarkson, they will be included in the early decision review. Admission notification will occur by January 1. Students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will also receive financial aid notification.

Personal Interview
An informal interview is very helpful to the student in formulating college plans and is strongly recommended. It provides an opportunity to ask questions and gain a direct impression of the opportunities Clarkson offers and to determine the student’s “fit” with the University. This interview should be held on the campus with an admission staff member if possible, since a personal visit to Potsdam is highly recommended.

The Office of Admission is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturdays by appointment. Interviews on campus should be arranged by letter or phone at least one week prior to the intended visit. A personal interview conducted by a local alumnus/a in the student’s hometown area may also be arranged through the Admission Office. The telephone number, for use during normal business hours, is 800-527-6577 or 315-268-6480.

All applicants are promptly notified upon careful review of completed credentials. In the event that it is necessary to postpone action pending the receipt of final grades, or for other reasons, applicants will be notified. Notification of admission begins in February of the senior year if all materials have been received.

A $500 deposit is requested when the first-year candidate accepts the offer of admission; the class is filled as deposits are received. The deposit is payable any time prior to the Candidate’s Reply Date, as established by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. The reply date is May 1.

The deposit is not refundable if the student decides not to attend Clarkson, and it is not credited to the yearly University charges. The deposit is placed in a special account to provide payment for any outstanding charges for which the student is responsible at the time of graduation or upon withdrawal from the University. At this time, the unused portion is refunded.

Through The Clarkson School, the University offers a unique, specially designed program for talented high school students who have completed eleventh grade or are otherwise accelerated, and are ready to begin college studies. The Clarkson School has been bringing academically advanced students to campus since the fall of 1978. The Clarkson School provides a more supportive and gradual transition to college life than the typical early admission program.

Students who are accepted to The Clarkson School live together on campus, with specially trained house advisors. Commuting day students from St. Lawrence County are accepted in limited numbers. Clarkson School students are fully matriculated as University students and earn approximately 30 college credit hours during the year. Courses may be selected from the University’s offerings in the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business and Engineering. With assistance from school staff and faculty mentors, students design their programs of study to meet their individual needs and interests. The curriculum is academically challenging.

The small student body of The Clarkson School lends itself well to individualized attention. An orientation and advising program that extends into the first semester emphasizes the time-management and study skills that are essential for success in college. Each student’s progress is carefully monitored, and individualized help is provided where necessary. Personal development is considered an integral part of the program, and there are numerous structured activities that foster a cooperative living and learning environment. Monthly dinners are held to build a sense of community amongst the Clarkson School students and are tailored to address the needs of first year students. A typical year will feature guest speakers, discussions of future educational opportunities, and meetings with faculty mentors. Field trips are an integral part of the program. The University’s clubs, activities and most sports are open to Clarkson School students.

Upon satisfactory completion of the year, students may automatically continue as sophomores at Clarkson University. The staff also provides guidance and help for those who wish to continue their education at other colleges and universities. In most cases, our students have been given credit and appropriate advanced placement at other institutions.

Costs are comparable to the cost of a year at Clarkson University, and financial aid and merit-based scholarships are available. Please note that students who elect to remain concurrently enrolled in high school and The Clarkson School are not eligible for federal student aid. Credit may be given for Advanced Placement or college courses taken in high school, dependent on scores or grades achieved.

The Admission Committee evaluates each applicant’s credentials with great care. We require the following for application to our program: Clarkson School Application Form, $50 Application Fee, essay, Secondary School Report Form with a letter of recommendation from the guidance counselor, official high school transcript, standardized test scores, and at least two letters of recommendation from teachers. Note: All students admitted under the Early Entrance College Program are required to take an Ability to Benefit Test as prescribed by both Federal and State Education Departments.

Applying to The Clarkson School
A $50 fee should be submitted with the application, or may be submitted separately if the application is filed electronically. Application fee waivers are also accepted. All potential Clarkson School students are encouraged to visit the campus for an interview and campus tour. Students who interview with an Admission Representative for The Clarkson School will not be required to submit the application fee. Applications are accepted until July 1, but early application is recommended. Admission decisions are made on a continuing basis for students who have completed their Application Portfolio.

In general, applicants accepted to The Clarkson School have:

  • Demonstrated academic ability and motivation, as reflected by grades, standardized test scores, and class standing. Nearly all of our students rank in the top five to 15 percent of their high school classes.
  • Sought extracurricular involvement and demonstrated achievement in high school, and are looking for a greater challenge for the next year.

To request an Application Portfolio or more information, call or write: Director of Admission, The Clarkson School, Clarkson University, PO Box 5650, Potsdam, NY 13699-5650; telephone 1-800-574-4425 or 315-268-4425; e-mail We encourage interested students to visit our Web site at for additional information, as well as access to our online application.

These pre-collegiate programs are designed for high school students and administered by The Clarkson School.

Project Challenge
Project Challenge is held during the winter months on five consecutive Saturdays. The program brings area high school students to campus on Saturday mornings to study courses that might not typically be available in a high school. Courses are taught by Clarkson faculty and staff and highlight the various disciplines at Clarkson. Recent courses have included psychology, management, chemistry, biology, health sciences, engineering, computer programming, and humanities.

Young Scholars
The Clarkson Young Scholars Program is an innovative, challenging summer program at Clarkson University that attracts some of the brightest, most creative students in New York and the New England states. The week-long, team-based project course is led by three Clarkson professors and includes lectures and laboratory investigations, field trips, and guest speakers. Working together and in small groups, students address a real-world problem by: conducting research, providing recommendations, and making a final presentation to community leaders. Young Scholars is a stimulating program that fosters intellectual development, communications skills, and cooperative problem solving.

Clarkson prides itself on the success and strength of its Transfer Program and has put in place numerous transfer articulation agreements with two-year (2+2 programs) and liberal arts institutions (3+2 engineering programs) within the United States. For a current list of institutions with which Clarkson has articulation agreements, please visit

Unlike most institutions, Clarkson has established a separate office within Undergraduate Admission dedicated to the needs of transfer students. As a result of this commitment to transfer students, Clarkson, the local community, and the campus alumni chapter of the transfer honor society, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), welcome a large number of new transfer students each fall and spring to the campus. The quality and success of these students is constantly reflected in the praise from the faculty and those who graduate with honors.

Application Process
Transfer applicants are defined as those students who have graduated from secondary school and, after completing a semester or more at another university or post secondary institution, wish to continue their college education at Clarkson. Transfer applicants are admitted on a rolling basis (as their files become complete); however, the preferred deadline for completed applications is July 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission. Applicants must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit a completed Transfer Common Application form to the Director, Office of Transfer Admission, Clarkson University, PO Box 5610, Potsdam, NY 13699-5610 or electronically via our Web site
  2. Arrange for official transcripts to be forwarded from each institution previously attended and/or currently attending. Course descriptions in English are required for international students, if necessary. Transfer students from outside of New York should submit a school course catalog.
  3. Submit the Dean of Students Recommendation, found at This can be completed by Dean or equivalent title.
  4. Arrange for high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores if applying with fewer than 24 credits, to be sent to the Transfer Office.
  5. Arrange for TOEFL scores to be submitted if English is not their first language. A 550 (paper based), a 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based) score is required for admittance. Acceptance of other English testing exams or requests for waivers should be made in writing to the Director of Transfer Admission at the address above.
  6. Submit two Letters of Recommendation, including one from an academic professor/instructor.
  7. A personal statement (optional essay) describing a special interest, experience or achievement that is important and meaningful to you.
In addition, applicants should be aware that:
  • The $50 application fee is waived by applying online or by completing an on- or off-campus interview.
  • An on- or off-campus interview is optional, but strongly recommended.
  • Once a student’s file is complete, it will be reviewed for admission. Students who accept the offer of admission must submit a $300 deposit. (Three hundred dollars of this deposit is placed in a special account to provide payment for any outstanding charges for which the student is responsible at the time of graduation or upon withdrawal from the University. At that time, the unused portion is refunded.)

After acceptance to Clarkson, the appropriate academic department evaluates transcripts to determine the number of credits to be transferred. If needed, the faculty member may recommend courses to be taken in the final term or summer before transfer. The evaluator will also propose a tentative course schedule for the student’s first semester on campus. This evaluation is completed and mailed to the student within approximately two weeks of acceptance.

Financial Assistance for Transfers
Clarkson has financial assistance opportunities available for entering transfer students. Please check the Scholarships and Financial Assistance section of this catalog.

2+2 Transfer Student Policies
The 2+2 Transfer Program is based on articulation agreements with two-year colleges. These agreements typically specify a program of study at the two-year institution that will prepare students to enter Clarkson with junior status (54+ credits). These agreements cover students wishing to study engineering, business, science, or other disciplines.

Students who do not attend an institution with a formal 2+2 agreement are also encouraged to apply. The lack of an agreement does not mean that a student is ineligible for transfer or will not receive transfer credit for courses. Transfer coordinators interested in establishing a formal agreement should contact the Director, Office of Transfer Admission, Clarkson University, PO Box 5610, Potsdam, NY 13699-5610.

3+2 Engineering Transfer Program
The 3+2 transfer programs are established with many colleges and universities in the United States. Students who participate take the first three years of the prescribed program at a four-year liberal arts institution. Subsequently, they transfer with junior standing into one of Clarkson’s four-year engineering curricula. Upon satisfactory completion of two years of engineering courses, students receive degrees from both institutions. The 3+2 program provides students with an opportunity to obtain an exceptionally broad and firm academic foundation in the arts and sciences coupled with specialized training in an engineering discipline. For further information, please contact the Director, Office of Transfer Admission, Clarkson University, PO Box 5610, Potsdam, NY 13699-5610 or visit

As an internationally recognized institution, Clarkson has both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from more than 44 countries. This multicultural richness is evidenced on campus in our student organizations, successful multicultural events and the number of events/trips scheduled by the International Student Organization (ISO). International students can enter Clarkson as first-year students, transfer students, graduate students, or as part of a University exchange program. For the purpose of admission, an international student is defined as a student who is studying or wants to study in the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa. This definition does not include permanent residents or refugees who should apply using the same procedures as domestic students. 

International students are a critical component of the Clarkson Community and integral to the mission and vision of the University (see The Clarkson Education). Clarkson wants all students to graduate with a firm academic understanding of their chosen field, with excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, and knowing how to work effectively in diverse multicultural teams. 

To assist international students in attending Clarkson, the institution:

  • provides merit-based international scholarships to qualified applicants;
  • has an International Student Advisor on campus;
  • supports several international student organizations; and

has established a special office in Admission to support international students.

Application Process
Clarkson University is a member of the Common Application. International students, both first-year and undergraduate transfer, need to begin the admission process very early. Completed applications are continuously accepted; however, the preferred deadlines for completed applications are as follows:

  • First-Year Applicants:
    • January 15 (Fall Admission)
    • October 15 (Spring Admission)
  • Transfer Applicants:
    • July 1 (Fall Admission)
    • December 1 (Spring Admission)
Applications received after the dates above will be reviewed as space permits. Those applications arriving too late to process will automatically be deferred and considered for the following semester.

International applicants are admitted on a rolling basis (as their files become complete). Priority is given to those who complete their file by the preferred deadlines listed above. International first-year applicants may complete the Common Application online or in paper form. Applicants will also be asked to submit a Supplement Information Form. To request a paper application, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Clarkson University, PO Box 5605, Potsdam, NY 13699-5605, call 315-268-2125, or e-mail The electronic Common Application and Supplement Form can be accessed at Those international students wishing to apply for Master’s (MBA, ME, MS) or Doctorate (PhD) graduate programs should contact the appropriate graduate program director.

All international students are encouraged to contact the U.S. Educational Advising Center within their country to receive guidance regarding the application process. U.S. Educational Advising Centers can provide many services to support international students who are planning on studying in the U.S. To find the center nearest you, visit

Admission Requirements
To complete your file and process your application, we require the following documents:

Official Transcripts. Transcripts should include an English translation, if necessary. They should be accompanied by a school profile for all secondary schools or catalog/course descriptions from the higher institutions the applicant has attended. Mid-year and final grades also should be sent as they become available. National exam scores should also be submitted, if available.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
scores submitted (if English is not your primary language). For further information on the TOEFL exam, please visit or e-mail See the information regarding English requirements below.

SAT Reasoning Test for first-year candidates only. For more information about the SAT and how to register for it, contact the College Board at (Students from mainland China are exempt from this requirement.)

Certificate of Finance. The Certificate of Finance is required to verify the student’s sources of financial support for his/her expenses during the one-to-four years at Clarkson. In addition to completing the form, financial documentation verifying the source of funding is required from a bank, employer, or sponsoring organization. Once a student is accepted by the institution, the Certificate of Finance is processed, and the enrollment deposit is submitted, an I-20 will be issued. The I-20 will reflect any merit-based scholarship awarded to the student. The Certificate of Finance form is provided by the International Admission office.

Recommendations. A minimum of two recommendations should be submitted, preferably one from a math or science teacher for applicants wishing to pursue an engineering or science degree. The letters should discuss the student’s ability to succeed at the university level and present reasons to admit the student.

Personal Statement. Describe a special interest, experience or achievement that is important and meaningful to you.

Campus Visit/Interview (optional). International students are strongly encouraged to visit the campus. The International Admission Office (tel. 315-268-2125) can greatly assist in coordinating the visit to include pick-up from nearby airports, arranging for student hosts, faculty appointments, campus tours, admissions interview, meals, and hotel arrangements.

Application Fee: There is a required $50 application fee for International first-year applicants. The application fee is waived for students who apply online.

Once a student’s admission application file is complete, it will be reviewed and a decision made.
  • At the time of admission, an International student is considered for a merit-based international scholarship. Such awards vary according to the strength of the student’s academic record and in 2008 ranged from $3,000 to $20,000 per year.

Students who accept the offer of admission must submit a $300 deposit to reserve a place in the entering class. (Note: The deposit is placed in a special account to provide payment for any outstanding charges for which the student is responsible at the time of graduation or upon with-drawal from the University. At that time, the unused portion is refunded.)

Admission Criteria
Students are selected for admission based on the following:

  • Academic performance in secondary school, college or university
  • Class standing
  • Recommendation(s)
  • SAT and TOEFL (English proficiency) scores
  • Participation in extracurricular events, community service, and sports
  • Essay and interview (if completed)

Financial Aid/Scholarships for International Students

International Scholarships: All international students are considered for scholarships based on their academic record that includes: grade-point average, class standing, SAT and TOEFL scores and letter(s) of recommendation. No financial assistance application is required. International student awards are available up to $20,000 per year. 

Honors Scholarship: Students who are accepted into the Clarkson Honors Program receive an additional merit award. The Honors Program is aimed at providing a special environment for top students. To be considered, students need to be in the top 10% of their class and have a composite SAT score of 1950. For more information, please see the Honors entries in this catalog (see Academic Program Options).

Employment: International students are allowed to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week. The jobs include office worker, lifeguard, food service, etc. Hourly wages start at U.S. $7.25 per hour. The number of positions available varies from year to year.

Loans: Clarkson has developed a list of lenders that you may want to consider when making your financing decision. In most cases, eligible students may borrow up to the cost of attendance less any financial aid for a given year provided they have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-borrower.

English Requirements
Admission to Clarkson University requires a minimum TOEFL of 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 80 (internet based) for undergraduates. Students may submit on a case-by-case basis other proof of English proficiency. Request for waiver of the TOEFL exam should be sent to the Coordinator of International Students.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): The USCIS is the branch of the U.S. government that regulates the status of all people visiting the United States who are not citizens, including immigrants, visitors, students, and permanent residents (“green card” holders). International students attending Clarkson will be classified as nonimmigrant, subject to a number of regulations. They should take the time to understand their situation and to fulfill legal obligations. The International Students & Scholars Office will assist with Visa/I-20 issues, and can be reached by telephone at 315-268-7970 or by mail at Clarkson University, PO Box 5651, Potsdam NY 13699-5651, USA.

Getting a Visa: To obtain a visa, students should submit an application and supporting documents with their passport to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy that has jurisdiction for their place of residence. Students must also submit the required SEVIS fee to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security prior to applying for their visa. Visit for more information.

The supporting documents usually consist of the acceptance letter sent to the student by Clarkson; an I-20 for an F-1 (student) visa; evidence of ability to pay for studies; and sometimes evidence that the student does not intend to become an immigrant to the U.S. Check specific requirements for your home country.

When the Consul is satisfied with the application, the student’s passport will be returned with a visa stamped in it. This stamp allows the student to enter the U.S. only when possessing the I-20.

It is not necessary for Canadian students to obtain a visa at the Consulate. They simply present their I-20, passport and evidence of support at the border. Canadian students are required to pay the SEVIS fee prior to their arrival at the border crossing.

For a list of Consulates and Embassies, including addresses and phone numbers, visit Further international information can be obtained at


This policy is intended to encourage early consideration and preparation for graduate work at Clarkson by highly qualified students. Such students would likely participate in undergraduate research experiences and would have identified a graduate advisor before baccalaureate graduation. These students may also be interested in accelerating their course of study to graduate within three years in order to begin their graduate work as soon as possible.

Any student who completes at least two years of residential study at the University and who has received a baccalaureate degree from Clarkson will automatically be accepted into any Clarkson graduate program for a master’s degree, at minimum, if he or she meets the conditions below at the time of entry to Graduate School. Eligible students must have:
  • graduated in good standing from Clarkson within the previous year and have taken any necessary prerequisite courses for entrance to the graduate program in question;
  • exhibited the quality of character expected of an entering graduate student of Clarkson University, as indicated by a letter from their academic advisor, department chair, or the dean   of the school in which their baccalaureate degree resides;
  • maintained a minimum grade-point average of 3.50 in their major; and
  • achieved a School-defined minimum score on a designated national exam; the CUSB requires the GMAT or GRE exam and all others require the GRE.
Applications for graduate admission from students receiving a Clarkson University baccalaureate degree who have not met all conditions specified above will still be considered, but admission will no longer be automatic.

An individual may enroll at Clarkson University for nondegree study on either a full-time or a part-time basis. Although such individuals are classified as nonmatriculating, they are provided an opportunity for academic study in areas of interest. This status may be used to obtain exposure in a particular area as a foundation for further academic work. Many persons with a degree use this status to gain exposure to another discipline without pursuing a degree. Students who are enrolled as nondegree students may not earn a degree from the University without gaining admission to a degree-granting program. Nondegree students may take a maximum total of 15 credit hours of coursework.

Persons interested in admission as a nondegree student should contact Student Administrative Services. Nondegree students must obtain approval for the courses they want to take from the director of First-Year Advising and University Studies, or the dean of the appropriate School, if the courses are on the graduate level. This approval is given on the basis of the student’s academic background and personal goals.

Such students have no class standing and are not eligible to participate in any extracurricular activities involving intercollegiate competition.

A person may pursue a baccalaureate degree as a part-time matriculated student. For further information, call Student Administrative Services at 315-268-6451.

Tuition and other charges at Clarkson are set at the minimum permissible for financially responsible operation, and are considerably below actual costs. Gifts and grants received through the generosity of alumni, industry, foundations, and friends play an important part in reducing the difference.


The summary of annual fixed University charges for the 2009–2010 academic year follows:

Fixed Charges: 2009–2010
Undergraduate full-time charge (12 to 19 hours) $32,220 Credit-hour rate (11 hours or less) $1,074 Graduate Students: Tuition per credit-hour rate $1,074
Undergraduate students registered for 12 to 19 credit hours (inclusive) are designated as full-time students and are charged at the full term rate. Students exceeding the full-time load of 19 credits will be charged at the credit-hour rate for each credit hour over 19.
  • Room (based on two persons in freshman housing) $5,586
  • Meal Plans $5,228


  • Undergraduate Students $690
  • Clarkson School Fee $550
  • Graduate Students $440
  • Undergraduate Full-Time Cost of Attendance $41,622
  • Other expenses, such as travel, books, and spending money, vary. An estimated figure is approximately $3,178 for one academic year.

Activity Fee
The student government charges each student a fee in support of the student activity program. This nonrefundable fee is collected each semester.

Facilities Usage Fee
The facilities usage fee is charged to each full-time student. The funds are nonrefundable and are applied toward operating expenses incurred in the operation of the Student Health Center and the recreational facilities available to students.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is mandatory at Clarkson University. You will not be cleared for the term unless a Health Insurance Form is on file in Student Administrative Services. A new form must be submitted each academic year. All students must either have health insurance coverage under their own policy or be covered by their parents’ policy or enroll in Clarkson’s contracted insurance. The rate for 2009-2010 is $526 for coverage from 8/1/09 – 8/1/10.

Payment in full for all tuition, fees, residence and dining expenses must be made on or before the financial clearance deadline published at the beginning of each term in the pamphlet of Financial Information, which is sent to students with the first tuition invoice for the term. Check-in cannot be completed and the student cannot be admitted to class unless satisfactory payment is made. All accounts will be assessed a late fee charge of 1% of the unpaid balance at the end of each month. Enrollment indicates that the student agrees to pay all attorney’s fees and other reasonable collection costs necessary for the collection of any amount not paid when due and will be added to the unpaid balance. It is the University’s policy to withhold transcripts and diplomas until the balance of the account is paid in full.

Refund Policy
All refunds will be based on the last recorded day of attendance determined by and attested to by the Registrar. A student who withdraws within the first 60% of the term period is eligible to receive a refund using the Federal Refund Calculation* as follows:

If the student withdraws
 on or before the first day of classes 100% refund

 2-8 class days  90% refund
 9-19 class days  50% refund
 20-45 class days  25% refund

The percentage of the enrollment period is determined by the number of days enrolled divided by the total number of days in the period (75 during the academic year). *Refunds for “first-time students” will be calculated on a statutory pro rata basis.
Refunds will be applied to:

  1. Tuition, Activity Fee, Facilities Usage Fee: All fees are included in the refund calculations. There will be no refund of the student health insurance premium if coverage is in force.
  2. Meals: Refunded on the same schedule (consumption will not be considered in refund   calculation).
  3. Room: Refunded on same schedule.

All refunds will be made directly to lenders, or directly to the Title IV allocation accounts for federal loans and grants.

This refund policy has been established in conformance with the Higher Education Act of 1992, as amended in April and November 1994 and July 1995 and by GEN-95-22 (Dear Colleague letter) of April 1995. For further information or clarification, call Student Administrative Services at 315-268-6451.

The official date of withdrawal is established upon receipt of written notice of withdrawal from the student by Office of the Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs.

A majority of students receiving Advanced Placement credit at Clarkson have taken the Advanced Placement Examination of the College Board. The most common areas are listed below. Credit in most other subjects is awarded when a score of 4 or greater is received. For further information, contact Student Administrative Services at 315-268-6576.

AP score Course credit
1, 2, or 3 No credit
4 BY100 Biology Elective with Lab
5 BY140/142 and BY160/162 Biology I and II with Labs
AP score Course credit
1, 2, or 3 No credit 
4 CM131 General Chemistry I
5 CM131/132 General Chemistry I/II
Computer Science
AP score Course credit
  Computer Science A Computer Science AB
1, 2, or 3 No credit 1, 2, or 3 No credit
4 or 5 CS141 Intro. to Computer Science I 4 Intro. to Computer Science I
    5 CS141/142 Intro. to Computer Science I/II

The computer science department schedules an exam in C++ for new students during fall orientation each year. Students earning a satisfactory grade receive credit for CS141 Introduction to Computer Science I. The exam may also be taken in other pre-approved languages as posted on the department Web page at

AP score Course credit
  Language and Composition Literature and Composition
1, 2, or 3 No credit 1, 2, or 3 No credit
4 or 5 COMM210 Theory of Rhetoric (c2) 4 or 5 LIT101 Literature and Writing (c1)
AP score Course credit
  Calculus AB   Calculus BC
1, 2, or 3 No credit 1, 2, or 3 No credit
4 or 5 MA131 Calculus I 4 MA131 Calculus I
    5 MA131/132 Calculus I/II

The mathematics department schedules a calculus exam during fall orientation. Students receiving a satisfactory grade receive credit for MA131 Calculus I. To be eligible for AP or transfer credit for MA131, Calculus I, first-year students must also perform at a satisfactory level on the Calculus Readiness Test (which is taken in late May) or successfully complete the on-campus advanced placement exam given in the first week of the fall semester. For further information, see the department Web page at

AP score Course credit
  Physics B Physics C - Mechanics Physics C - Electricity & Magnetism
1, 2, or 3 No credit No credit No credit
4 SC131 Intro to Physics I PH131 Physics I PH132 Physics II
5 SC131 Intro to Physics Elective PH131 Physics I PH132 Physics II
  SC2 Science Elective    

Credit awarded for Physics B, non-calculus-based physics, will not substitute for PH131 and/or PH132 required by many Clarkson majors.

Advanced Placement Credit Through College Course Transfer
Students may enter Clarkson having already taken college courses while still in high school. Such courses will be considered for academic transfer credit if a grade of C or better was earned. Students should send an official transcript as well as a course description to Student Administrative Services as soon as available. The course(s) will be evaluated for transfer credit by the academic department responsible for the course curriculum. See the note under Advanced Placement mathematics regarding credit for Calculus I.

Credit by Examination
It is possible in some cases for a new student to take a special advanced-standing placement exam provided by the respective department. A satisfactory grade enables a student to receive credit. The format and availability of such exams are at the discretion of the appropriate department chairperson. Students interested in Credit by Examination are encouraged to notify the appropriate department as early as possible so a mutually convenient time to take the exam can be arranged. Note: Students who plan to take either or both the Calculus and Computer Science exams scheduled during fall orientation need make no special arrangements. Those exams are scheduled into orientation.

Clarkson will consider the following for advanced credit: AP, CLEP, GCE, GCSE, IB, OACs, A-levels, French Baccalaureat, Abitur, Italian Maturita and the Swiss Maturite. While credit is usually granted, there are situations, due to the technical nature of some of the programs, where it is not. Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis.