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U.S. News: Clarkson University Ranked in Tier One of National Universities & A Best Value

Supply Chain Management #18 in Nation

Clarkson University is again in tier one, the top tier of national universities, with a ranking of 115 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings of "Best Colleges."

Clarkson University students in front of Bertrand H. Snell HallClarkson's Supply Chain Management program, highly acclaimed by employers of Clarkson graduates, was listed among the  best in the nation, ranked number 18 in Supply Chain Management/Logistics. Clarkson is among only five private institutions in the ranking, which also includes MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Pennsylvania.  

Clarkson is also again on the U.S. News "Great Schools, Great Prices" list (Best Value Schools), which takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2016 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2014-2015 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

"In addition to the historic added value of a Clarkson education, our alumni also benefit from an excellent return on their investment," said Clarkson President Tony Collins. "Our graduates go on to very successful careers and become part of a robust corporate and alumni network."

Clarkson is among the top 10 four-year colleges in the nation adding the most value to student earnings potential, according to value-added college rankings released in April by the Brookings Institution, which look at colleges' direct contributions to alumni salaries. The report says that getting your degree from Clarkson University can increase your earnings by 42 percent, putting this research university with under 4,000 students in the top 10 ROIs nationwide.

Clarkson is also #1 in salaries among all 41 Upstate New York colleges with a mid-career median salary of $117,000, according to the PayScale 2015-2016 College Salary Report released in August. Clarkson is at the top nationally, as well, with its graduates ranked in the top 3 percent of highest salaries, and graduates with additional degrees ranked in the top 2 percent. In August, MONEY magazine also ranked Clarkson as one of the most affordable colleges whose undergraduate alumni report earning more than $100,000 a year:

Of students graduating in Clarkson’s Class of 2015 and using the campus Career Services Center, 95 percent reported being placed in their field of study in the first year after graduation.

Clarkson is in good company in the top tier undergraduate rankings as well as the Best Value Schools category, which it shares with schools like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Cal Tech and Duke.  

The survey editors also placed Clarkson University in the "A+ Options for B Students" list, which they identify as strongly rated schools that accept nonsuperstars who have potential and will work hard.

Each year U.S. News surveys 1,376 accredited four-year institutions for their annual “Best Colleges” issue. Schools in the "National Universities" category, like Clarkson, offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master's, and Ph.D. programs and emphasize faculty research.

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 again in tier one, the top tier of national universities, with a ranking of 115 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 rankings of "Best Colleges." Above, Clarkson students in front of Bertrand H. Snell Hall.

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