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Every year the Honors Program accepts 10-15 students from the current Clarkson University first year class, including Clarkson School students.  They enter the Honors Program in the fall semester of their sophomore year and begin the Honors curriculum with the Sophomore Problem Seminar (HP 200). If you have a 3.75 or higher GPA we'd love for you to apply!

The Honors Program may also accept "fast-track" applications from the Clarkson School for admission in the spring semester of the first year in which case they join the course on The Social and Ethical Implications of Research II (HP101). Please note that "fast-track" admission is offered only to a small number of Clarkson School students in the spring semester of their first year at Clarkson.  Such students will be expected to have demonstrated outstanding academic potential and a genuine interest in the Honors Program at Clarkson University.


 The current student application deadline is February 2, 2018. 

The TCS Fast Track application deadline is November 10, 2017. 

The Application Process

A complete Honors Program application will include the following:

  • Honors Program application form
  • Résumé
  • Letter of Recommendation

The Admissions Committee will review your materials and your academic record, and will usually contact your referee.  Select candidates will be invited to interview. Instructions for each component of the application are below.

Application Form

You must complete the online application form which consists of  educational background and two short answer questions.  You will send your resume and letter of recommendation to  


Please submit a one-page résumé summarizing your relevant achievements to date.  Be sure to include the following sections:  heading with personal information (including your contact information-mailing address, email address, and a phone number where you can be reached), education, honors and awards, co-curricular activities (school activities), extra-curricular (outside of school), work and volunteer experience, and other activities (e.g. hobbies, interests, travel).  A sample is provided for your reference. 


Please provide us with a letter of recommendation, preferably an instructor in one of your classes or an academic advisor at Clarkson. 

Applicants will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and candidates will be selected for an interview.  If you are a Clarkson School applicant you are required to have an Honors admissions interview. The Honors office will contact you to schedule your interview in either case.  In the interview we will cover the following topics with you:

  • Your recent high school experience
  • How you have learned from a personal experience or challenge you have faced
  • Your personal qualities and values
  • Your interests and activities
  • Your future plans and goals
  • Your passions and mission
  • Current events
  • Your reasons for joining the Honors program

Please submit your résumé and letter of recommendation to  If you are sending it through the mail, address it to:

Honors Program
Clarkson University
PO Box 5755
Potsdam, NY 13699-5755