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Applying to The Clarkson School

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Applying to The Clarkson School is just like applying to college. In fact, if you’re accepted to The Clarkson School and attend, you’re automatically admitted to Clarkson University.  Upon successful completion of The Clarkson School year, you may continue at Clarkson University as a sophomore. Or you can carry your credits to the college or university of your choice.

Admissions Requirements

Among the factors we consider in your application are your secondary school record, scores on the SAT or ACT exam, and scores on the SAT Subject Exams. Since numbers don't tell the whole story, we also consider personal recommendations, extracurricular activities, individual honors and accomplishments, special talents and your own personal statement. Please visit Steps to Apply to submit the online application and to learn more about the required materials to complete your application portfolio.

Important Admission Dates

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year as long as space remains available, so early application is encouraged. Starting November 1, 2016 applicants will be notified of the admission decision within 3-5 business days once the application is complete.  Financial Aid will follow within 5-7 days, provided the FAFSA results have been sent to Clarkson University.* 

Application Submission/Review 
Honors Program Application Consideration
Clarkson School Deposit to Reserve Spot in Class
Until full

We strongly encourage all applicants to visit The Clarkson School and to have an admissions interview. Your visit can include taking a campus tour, attending a class, or request a meeting with a professor in your field of interest. Accepted students can apply for an overnight visit hosted by a current Clarkson School student.

To schedule a visit or campus interview, please call The Clarkson School Office at 315-268-4425 or 1-800-574-4425. If you can’t make it to Potsdam, we can also help you arrange an off-campus interview, phone interview or Skype session.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about eligibility for The Clarkson School, our academic program or the admissions process, don’t hesitate to call us at 315-268-4425 or 1-800-574-4425 or email us at  You can also consult our helpful Admissions FAQs.

* If you would like to be considered for need based financial assistance please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This qualifies you to be considered for federal and state aid, as well as university grants. Apply online at Our code number is 002699.

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