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U.S. News Ranks Clarkson University One Of Nation's Best Engineering Graduate Schools

Clarkson University has once again been singled out by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best national universities in the country. In its recent edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools 2005, Clarkson’s School of Engineering is ranked 23rd overall in the engineering specialty category of environmental/environmental Health and 45th in civil engineering.

“We are consistently ranked among the very best schools by U.S. News and other guides,” said Clarkson President Tony Collins. “As pleased as we are of being grouped with top academic institutions like Stanford University, MIT, Princeton and others in this category, we recognize that such surveys are only one measure of a university’s success. We believe the hands-on learning, world-class research, and collaboration with business leaders makes the Clarkson education valuable and unique.”

In determining the best graduate schools, U.S. News reviewed post-graduate programs at more than 1,000 universities. The ranking is as of January 2004. Clarkson is also the eighth smallest of the nationally ranked research universities in the United States.

In August, Clarkson was ranked among the Best National Universities in U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2004. The 2004 rankings Web site recognized Clarkson as offering one of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. The same site ranked the Clarkson School of Business 16th in the nation for its supply chain management program.

Research and education at the University’s Center for the Environment focuses directly on the Environmental/Environmental Health category cited by U.S. News. The Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES), one of the flagship programs within the Center for the Environment, has the mission of developing better ways to address the health and ecological effects of air pollution. CARES is directed by Philip K. Hopke, an internationally renowned air-quality researcher and the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor in chemical engineering and chemistry at Clarkson.   

In 2002, the foundation established by Wallace H. Coulter ─ a pioneer in hematology and cell analysis ─ made the largest gift in the University’s history of $30 million. “This generous gift was in recognition and in support of our high-quality engineering and science programs,” says S.S. Venkata, dean of Engineering. “Having our graduate-level environmental, environmental health and civil engineering programs ranked 23rd and 45th by U.S. News is a terrific tribute to Mr. Coulter’s vision of academic greatness for Clarkson, as well as an acknowledgement of the high caliber researchers, faculty, and students we have here.”

Founded in 1896, Clarkson is an independent, technological university that offers majors in business, engineering, liberal arts, physical therapy, and science. More than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students develop the technical expertise, management skills, and versatility needed in today’s knowledge-based economy. The University has earned a reputation for producing innovative leaders in technology-based fields.

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