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02-01-2016

Clarkson University Capital Region Campus Opens in Schenectady, N.Y.

Potsdam, N.Y., and Schenectady, N.Y. -- Clarkson University today officially opened its new Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, N.Y., which will serve as a recruiting hub for graduate and professional degree program admissions at all of the institution’s operations in New York State and online.

Clarkson University Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, N.Y.The Clarkson University Capital Region Campus, located at 80 Nott Terrace, is the former Union Graduate College (UGC), and is a result of UGC merging into Clarkson University on Feb. 1.

“The merger brings together two institutions that share a common DNA; both are entrepreneurially focused, have strong industry connections, and rigorous academic and professional programs that complement each other,” said Clarkson President Tony Collins.

"This is truly an exciting time for our combined student body, alumni network, corporate partners, faculty and staff -- both old and new -- as we bring Clarkson to the Capital Region and strengthen graduate education in our nationally recognized programs in business, engineering, education, health professions and science. “

"Capital Region students will now have added academic access to many of Clarkson's signature areas of excellence -- advanced materials, biotechnology, the environment & energy, entrepreneurship and global supply chain management -- while students at our Potsdam and Beacon locations will now be able to take advantage of programs like a an MBA in healthcare management, an M.A. in teaching, an M.S. in healthcare data analytics, an M.S. in bioethics and others."

As part of this new milestone in higher education mergers, current and future students at the Capital Region Campus will also gain new value-added services, like Clarkson's Career Center, libraries, research consortiums, international opportunities, and an alumni network that is more than 40,000 strong.

Faculty on both campuses have already started to collaborate, taking advantage of new opportunities for research and networking.

Clarkson's graduate student recruitment and admissions for master's programs will be based at the Capital Region Campus, which supports a growing list of graduate education opportunities throughout the state, including Clarkson's Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries in Beacon, N.Y.

The merger was approved last year by the New York State Education Department Board of Regents and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which provides accreditation for Clarkson. The merger is unique in higher education, as both schools were in a sound fiscal position, both meeting and exceeding current enrollment targets, and both in good standing with their accrediting agencies.

The total enrollment of Clarkson is now more than 4,300 students.

A grand opening celebration is planned for late February.

For more information, go to: http://www.clarkson.edu/capital .

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. 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, education 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: The Clarkson University Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, N.Y.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/crc2.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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