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Clarkson University Named U.S. News Best College, Best Engineering Program

Clarkson University is once again ranked among the Best National Universities and has one of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2003.

“Over the years Clarkson has consistently ranked among the top schools in this guide and others,” said Clarkson President Denny Brown. “However, college guides provide only one perspective on an institution’s success. Our greatest pride is in the achievements of our alumni and the awards Clarkson has received for its innovative educational programs.”

Clarkson is ranked in the top half of “National Universities – Doctoral”; a grouping that includes such well-known institutions such as Princeton, Harvard, MIT and Columbia, as well as RPI, Boston University and many flagship state universities. These institutions all offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees, and typically have active research programs.

“We’re especially proud to hold our own in this elite category,” continued Brown, “in particular because Clarkson – at 3,000 students – is one of the smallest universities in the top 130 schools. We take advantage of our small size to foster a community in which undergraduates develop leadership skills by participating in experiential programs.”

U.S. News also listed Clarkson as one of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs at schools whose highest degree is a Ph.D.

Brown points to four years of increasing enrollment and a history of near 100 percent placement of graduates as key indicators of quality. “More students are choosing Clarkson because they recognize the value of the education we provide,” said Brown. “Undergraduates have the opportunity to become involved in research, team projects, or internships or co-ops with our corporate partners. The rigorous curriculum and collaborative environment allows students to develop their talents to the fullest.”

Clarkson has received numerous awards for its innovative educational programs. Clarkson’s team learning activities in undergraduate engineering earned it the 2001 Boeing Outstanding Educator Award and the 2002 Corporate and Foundation Alliance Award. Clarkson’s undergraduate business program was first runner-up for the 2002 USASBE National Award in Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Education, and Clarkson won the worldwide 2002 IBM Linux Challenge with the best student Linux projects.

In determining the Best Colleges, U.S. News categorized more than 1,400 accredited four-year institutions. The “National Universities – Doctoral” category includes 249 institutions.

Clarkson University, founded in 1896, is an independent technological university in Potsdam, New York, offering majors in the sciences, engineering, liberal arts, health sciences and business. At Clarkson 2,600 undergraduates and 350 graduate students learn in an academically rigorous, collaborative culture that emphasizes hands-on team projects and real-world multidisciplinary challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level. As a result, Clarkson has earned a reputation for developing innovative leaders in technology-based fields. For more information, visit

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