Clarkson University: Early College Program: The Clarkson School
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Early College Program: The Clarkson School

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Feel the need for speed? Experience university life, one year early. The Clarkson School provides a full-time, residential program for talented and ambitious high school seniors. At The Clarkson School, you’ll experience everything Clarkson has to offer—rigorous academics, student clubs, sports and recreation, and service opportunities—within a supportive environment tuned to the needs of younger students.

Who Attends The Clarkson School?
The Clarkson School is a great match for highly motivated high school students who are ready to step outside of their comfort zones. Admission is competitive; most students come from the top 10 percent of their class, and the mean SAT score is 1210. We understand that not all 16- or 17-year-olds are ready for college, so we look for applicants with uncommon maturity and openness to new experiences.

How to Apply
Applying to The Clarkson School is just like applying to college. In fact, if you are accepted at The Clarkson School, you will be automatically admitted to Clarkson University as a sophomore. You can also carry your credits to another college or university of your choice.

To apply to The Clarkson School, Please submit the following materials:

  • Your completed online application or paper application with personal statement
  • $50 application fee
  • Secondary school report form (online or paper)
  • Secondary school transcript
  • Test scores:

PSAT/SAT code is 334608
ACT/PLAN code is 2698

  • Two teacher recommendations (online or paper)

All online forms will be automatically sent to The Clarkson School when you submit your application on our website. Paper forms and transcripts should be mailed to:

Director of Admission
The Clarkson School
Clarkson University
PO Box 5650
Potsdam, NY 13699-5650

The final deadline for fall admission to The Clarkson School is July 1, but we encourage you to apply early.

Campus Visits + Interviews
We strongly encourage all applicants to visit The Clarkson School and to have an admission interview. Your visit can include a campus tour during which you can attend a class or meet with a professor in your field of interest. Accepted students can apply for an overnight visit hosted by a current Clarkson School student.

If you have any questions about the Clarkson School or would like to schedule a visit or campus interview, please call The Clarkson School Office at 315.268.4425 or 800.574.4425 or email us at If you can’t make it to Potsdam, we can also help you arrange an off-campus interview.

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