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Clarkson University Hits Record In Early Decision Applications

Potsdam, N.Y. -- Clarkson University announced this week that it has received a record number of Early Decision applications and acceptances for enrollment in the freshman class that will enter in fall 2000. Early Decision students are those who have declared an institution to be their top choice and have committed to attend it upon acceptance.

"We are very pleased that Early Decision applications are up 13 percent over last year," said Suzanne Liberty, vice president for Enrollment Management.

This year's total of 185 Early Decision applications represents an increase of 60 percent over the number two years ago. Early Decision applications are up 25 percent for the School of Business and have nearly quadrupled for the Interdisciplinary Engineering and Management program. In addition, the University is up over 10 percent from the same time last year for all students who have made their decision to attend Clarkson.

"Early Decision applications traditionally come from the most talented pool of students," said Liberty, "and this increase reflects a growing recognition of the strength and value of the education we deliver. No matter what their career interests may be, high school students are becoming more savvy about the importance of the strong technical base that we are able to provide for their futures."

"Clarkson is becoming known as an institution that develops innovative leaders for the technological age by combining personalized teaching and world-class research in a unique project-based education," said Liberty. "Our graduates leave here possessing technical, communication, and collaboration skills that are prized in the global marketplace.

Clarkson University has taken the lead in developing the kinds of experiential, hands-on programs that prepare students for the demands of the real world. It continues to pioneer the development of interdisciplinary programs that leverage the strengths and insights of different academic areas to find creative solutions to complex problems. For example, this fall the University announced new interdisciplinary programs for undergraduates in software engineering and bio-molecular science.

Next fall Clarkson’s programs will be even stronger, thanks to the opening of a new academic building, Bertrand H. Snell Hall. "It will be the home of three innovative new interdisciplinary centers that will benefit students in all majors," said Liberty. “The Center for Excellence in Communication, the Center for Global Competitiveness, and the Shipley Center for Leadership and Entrepreneurship." The building will also be the new home of the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Business.
The opening of the new building is one reason that Early Decision interest among business majors is especially high. "Our new building will provide an appropriately innovative home to one of the most innovative business programs in the country,” said Liberty. “We have a well-earned reputation for teaching practical, cutting-edge skills that our students can directly apply in the real world. They really do hit the ground running.

"With the growth of technically oriented business, the growing marketplace emphasis on communication skills, and the expansion of global competition, students can see that now we will be better positioned than ever before to launch them on rewarding careers."

Located in northern New York in the foothills of the scenic Adirondack Mountains, Clarkson enrolls 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students. Clarkson is on the Web at

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