Located in small-town Potsdam, NY, Clarkson University is situated on six hundred forty wooded acres adjacent to the six million-acre Adirondack Park. They offer over fifty programs of study in business, liberal arts, engineering, science and health science and take an extremely hands-on approach to teaching. Students may choose to study in a traditional classroom setting, online, or abroad in one of many different programs. Established first in 1896 as a school of technology, it was designated a university in 1984 and is consistently ranked as a top university in national magazines and publications.
The university offers on-campus housing and student life is extremely active, both on campus and in the community. There is an active Greek presence as well as over one hundred student clubs, professional societies and organizations. The men’s hockey team is particularly competitive and there are also several club and intramural sports for students to participate in. Because of its proximity to Adirondack Park, opportunities for outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking and camping abound and there are several organized activities and trips throughout the year.
The school is also unique in that it provides a mult-faceted educational experience by incorporating traditional teaching methods with hands-on research and training in entrepreneurial skills. The school stresses environmental sustainability both at the local and the global level and encourages students to find ways to make the world a better place in which to live via such initiatives such as Focus the Nation. The university believes that in order for education to be effective, students must know how to market themselves and their ideas so programs are provided such as the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Global Supply Chain Management in order to teach these skills and prepare students to be leaders in a global environment.