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05-01-2015

Clarkson University in Top 10 of New Brookings Institution College Value Rankings

Clarkson University is among the top 10 four-year colleges in the nation adding the most value to student earnings potential, according to new value-added college rankings released this week by The Brookings Institution, which look at colleges' direct contributions to alumni salaries.

Graduates from the Clarkson University Class of 2014 display their new diplomasThe report says that getting your degree from Clarkson University can increase your earnings by 42 percent, putting the research university with under 4,000 students in the top 10 on return on investment (ROI) nationwide.

Brookings used data on a range of college and student characteristics, and then calculated the difference between the actual mid-career salary of alumni and an estimation of what a graduate from a similar school would have earned given his/her characteristics. Clarkson scored very high on Value of Alumni Skills, Curriculum Value and Average Student Aid Provided.

In rankings that look at the outcomes of graduates, Clarkson University routinely makes the top 10 lists when it comes to measuring ROI and attracts students from all walks of life and personal experiences.

"Brooking's Beyond College Rankings report, captured much of what has always been Clarkson’s historic value-added formula," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "This high ranking is due to three main Clarkson attributes: a personal team-oriented learning environment for our students who bring grit and work ethic to real-world problems; our robust corporate and alumni network; and the fact that more than 95% of our full-time faculty are committed to both research & teaching."

This ranking by Brookings is one of many recent rankings lauding the value and return on investment of a Clarkson education. Last fall, PayScale's College Salary Report indicated that Clarkson graduates have some of the highest salaries in the nation. Earlier this year, the Princeton Review also recognized Clarkson in its book Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In.

Read the full Brookings report at http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports2/2015/04/29-beyond-college-rankings-rothwell-kulkarni.

See the Brookings news release at http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/reports/2015/04/29-college-value-add/college-valueadded-press-release-final.pdf.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Clarkson University is among the top 10 four-year colleges in the nation adding the most value to student earnings potential, according to new value-added college rankings released this week by The Brookings Institution. Above, graduates from the Class of 2014 display their new diplomas.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/diploma-grads-2014.jpg.]

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

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