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U.S. News: Clarkson University In Tier One Of National Universities

U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2009" has placed Clarkson University in tier one, the top tier of national universities, with a ranking of 121.

Its School of Business Supply Chain Management program is ranked 13th in the nation. The undergraduate engineering program is recognized as one of the "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" whose highest degree is a doctorate, with a ranking of 86. Clarkson is also on the "A+ Options for B Students" list.

Clarkson is in good company in the top tier, which it shares with schools like Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Cal Tech and Duke.

"Our first tier ranking in this survey is another indicator of the success of our students, faculty and alumni, who are at the forefront of engaging society in the complex challenges and opportunities that define our global future," said Clarkson University President Tony Collins. "One of these challenges, working toward a sustainable environment, is a longtime focus at Clarkson that more and more incoming students are making a priority. In fact, Clarkson was recognized this month by both Princeton Review and the National Wildlife Federation as a campus leader in sustainability."

Clarkson's undergraduate engineering program, ranked at 86 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs whose highest degree is a doctorate, has also been consistently listed among the top in the nation.

Last year's average starting salary for all Clarkson graduates was $51,000. The placement rate for Clarkson-trained engineers and business school graduates is consistently at or near 100 percent, and one in six alumni is already a CEO or senior executive.

With only 3,000 students, Clarkson is one of the smallest universities included in the U.S. News top tier of national universities, and one of the few top schools not located in a metropolitan area.

Each year U.S. News surveys more than 1,400 accredited four-year institutions for their annual "Best Colleges" issue. To be considered for the "National Universities" category, the institutions must offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees, and also emphasize faculty research.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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