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Clarkson University
Clarkson-seal.png
MottoA Workman That Needeth Not to be Ashamed
Established1896
TypePrivate
Endowment$165.1 million[1]
PresidentAnthony G. Collins
Academic staff231
Undergraduates3,018
Postgraduates521
LocationPotsdam, New York, USA
CampusTown
640 wooded acres,
46 buildings
AthleticsDivision I Men's and Women's Hockey
19 varsity teams
ColorsGreen and Gold         
NicknameKnights
MascotGolden Knight
Websitehttp://www.clarkson.edu
Clarkson University
 
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Clarkson University
Clarkson-seal.png
MottoA Workman That Needeth Not to be Ashamed
Established1896
TypePrivate
Endowment$165.1 million[1]
PresidentAnthony G. Collins
Academic staff231
Undergraduates3,018
Postgraduates521
LocationPotsdam, New York, USA
CampusTown
640 wooded acres,
46 buildings
AthleticsDivision I Men's and Women's Hockey
19 varsity teams
ColorsGreen and Gold         
NicknameKnights
MascotGolden Knight
Websitehttp://www.clarkson.edu
Clarkson University

Clarkson University is a private university located in Potsdam, New York. It was founded in 1896 and has an enrollment of about 3,500 students studying toward bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in each of its schools or institutes: the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business and the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Clarkson University ranks #11 among "Best Engineering Colleges By Salary Potential"[2]

Programs[edit]

Clarkson provides education for undergraduates, graduate students and early college students through the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering and the Clarkson School.

At the undergraduate level, students study in more than 50 majors and minors, including multidisciplinary degrees in engineering & management (E&M), environmental science & policy, digital arts & sciences, and innovation & entrepreneurship.

At the graduate level, Clarkson’s School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, Institute for a Sustainable Environment and Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering provide programs of study leading to degrees in master of business administration, master of engineering, master of science, master of physician assistant studies, doctor of physical therapy and doctor of philosophy.

Clarkson University is home to the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP). CAMP is dedicated to developing Clarkson's research and educational programs in high-technology materials processing. Its mandate is to develop innovations in advanced materials processing and to transfer this technology to business and industry. The center receives support from the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research for research and operating expenses as one of 14 Centers for Advanced Technology (CATs). In addition, CAMP-related work receives several million dollars each year from the federal government and private industry.

Clarkson's sixteen Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design (SPEED) teams allow students across all majors to participate in hands-on, extracurricular projects.

Clarkson participates in student exchange programs with many schools in Europe and Australia. One example is the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, where students who are studying engineering come to Clarkson for a year as part of one of the exchange programs.

U.S. News & World Report's 2013 rankings "America's Best Colleges" placed Clarkson University in tier one, the top tier of national universities, with a ranking of 115, and No. 34 on the "Great Schools at Great Prices" list, which takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2013 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2011–2012 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The survey editors also placed Clarkson University in the "A+ Options for B Students" list. The Supply Chain Management program was listed among the 20 best in the nation for the 11th consecutive year, ranked number 16 in Supply Chain Management/Logistics.[3]

ABC News & PayScale list Clarkson as one of 12 schools whose new graduates earn more than Harvard's.[4]

Clarkson is #1 in the nation for grads with most internship experience. Clarkson tops the list of national universities with the highest rate (86%) of graduating seniors with internship experience, according to U.S. News & World Report 2013.[5]

Clarkson’s online graduate business programs #12 in the nation (U.S. News & World Report 2013).[6]

Clarkson is #20 on the Fifty Most Affordable with a Return on Investment list, Bloomberg Businessweek, 2011.[7]

Clarkson is among the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, by Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2012[8]

U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools 2013 ranks Clarkson 35th overall in Environmental Engineering and 68th in Civil Engineering.[9]

History[edit]

The school was founded in 1896, funded by the sisters of Thomas S. Clarkson, a local entrepreneur who was accidentally killed while working in his sandstone quarry not far from Potsdam. When a worker was in danger of being crushed by a loose pump, Clarkson pushed him out of the way risking his own life. Clarkson was crushed against a wall by the swinging pump, sunstaining severe internal injuries. He died five days later. The Clarkson family realized great wealth in the development of such quarries, and Potsdam sandstone was highly sought after by developers of townhouses in New York City and elsewhere. The family were important benefactors in the Potsdam area. The school was called the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology.

Old Main, 2009
Old Snell Hall, 2009

In 1913, the name was changed to Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial College of Technology, which was used in a shortened version as Clarkson College of Technology or CCT. During the first half of the 20th century the majority of the campus was located "downtown". The campus slowly expanded to an area known as the "Hill", located on the south-western edge of the village. As of 2001, almost all academics and housing had moved to the hill campus, although the university still uses the downtown buildings known as Old Snell, and Old Main for administrative functions.

On February 24, 1984, the school officially became Clarkson University, although the pep band's rallying cry at hockey games is still "Let's Go Tech!". The school and its hockey team have carried the nickname "Tech" since the 1896 founding. "CCT" is still printed on older school property and equipment.

Much to the dismay of many alumni, the State University of New York at Canton (SUNY Canton) in neighboring Canton has informally adopted the moniker Canton College of Technology.

Historical Images
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Clarkson Memorial School of Technology Seal 
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1914 Clarkson Murad Card 

The Clarkson School[edit]

The Clarkson School, a special division of Clarkson University, was founded in 1978 as a unique educational opportunity. The School offers students an early entrance opportunity into college, replacing the typical senior year of high school with a year of college. It is one of few college early admission programs in the country that provides a real community living/learning experience on a university campus.

The Clarkson School's Bridging Year is a "bridging year" between high school and college for students who are ready to enter college early. Every year 50 to 80 high school students are accepted to The Clarkson School, where they may work towards a GED and take college classes. They may also work with their high schools to complete a high school diploma or drop out of high school entirely. After they complete the program, they are given the option to enter Clarkson University with all credits from the previous year or to transfer to another school, usually as freshmen with advanced standing.

Students in The Clarkson School are fully matriculated undergraduates with freshman status at the University. They take classes with other University students and usually carry a course load of 15 to 18 credits per semester for two semesters. College credits may also be given for college and Advanced Placement courses taken before entering The Clarkson School. Cross-registration at neighboring area colleges and universities can provide additional college credits, particularly in art, music and languages. These credits also appear on an official Clarkson University transcript.

The Clarkson School students are housed in Newell House in Price Hall and the typical class size is about 50 students. Students participating in this program are often called "Schoolies" by other Clarkson students.

Campus[edit]

Clarkson has two distinct campuses, the "downtown" campus and the "hill" campus. During the last 35 years Clarkson has developed almost exclusively on the hill campus. The departments of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies are located on the downtown campus. The campus bookstore is located in the downtown Potsdam. The last student dormitory (Congdon) located on the downtown campus closed in May 2006. The only buildings remaining in Clarkson's service at the downtown campus are a few administration buildings, the Army and Air Force ROTC houses, the Clarkson Hall Center for Health Sciences (physical therapy and physician assistant studies), and the Peyton Hall Business Incubator. Other downtown campus buildings leased space to businesses.

Academic buildings[edit]

Bertrand H. Snell Hall

Residential buildings[edit]

Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering

Other buildings[edit]

Dining facilities[edit]

Student activities[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Clarkson Golden Knights logo

Clarkson University's NCAA Division I Golden Knights compete in Men's and Women's ice hockey. The men's team was a number one seed in the East region of the 2007 NCAA Division I Hockey Tournament and is a traditional power in the ECACHL. Clarkson, as the number three seed in the 2008 NCAA East regional, knocked off St. Cloud State 2-1 to advance to the second round. The Golden Knights were then defeated by national number one seed, Michigan 2-0. Other Division III varsity teams compete in the Liberty League conference and include Men's Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Lacrosse, and Soccer, Women's Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, and Volleyball, as well as combined Men's and Women's Alpine Skiing, Cross Country, Nordic Skiing and Swimming.

Other non-varsity clubs include Men's and Women's ice hockey, Men's Lacrosse, Men's and Women's Rugby union, Men's Soccer, Men's Bowling, combined Men's and Women's Crew and Ultimate Frisbee. Clarkson's combined Men's and Women's club Racquetball Team won the Division II title at the USRA National Tournament in 2005. In 2010, the school started a club football team known as the Golden Knights. They will be entering into their second season in the Fall of 2011.

Clubs[edit]

Clarkson University's Student Association (CUSA) sponsors over 50 clubs, the largest of which being the Outing Club, Ski Club, The Clarkson Pep Band, Clarkson Theatre Company, and the Clarkson Union Board. All CUSA sponsored clubs are entirely student run and both undergrad and grad students are welcome to join any time.

In addition to these, Clarkson University's chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization has over 100 members, spanning every academic school, and has for the past number of years continued to win many awards at their National Conference; including Best Overall Chapter in 2005, and Best Business in 2005 and 2006. The club currently owns and operates four distinct businesses, including Knights Unlimited (The Kiosk) located in the Cheel Campus Center.

Electronics Society and Amateur Radio Club (K2CC), established in 1922 is the University's oldest organization that is still active today. The club offers two licensing exam sessions per semester and interacts regularly with the local community. K2CC has both analog and digital voice repeaters and maintains a contest and experimentation room equipped with DX, weak signal and satellite radios and antennas.

With WTSC 91.1 FM The Source, Clarkson also offers one of the North Country's most popular radio stations, which is run completely by the student body. Students can broadcast their own shows, and offers a wide variety of music from Rap to Alternative, from Classic rock to street punk. The station has well over 1000 CDs and nearly 24 Terabytes of music on vinyl. The station has a fully equipped broadcast studio (studio A), as well as a second studio for mixing (studio B), and a fully functional recording studio.

The Clarkson Photo Club is a group of students with strong interests in photography, ranging from black and white, color, or digital.

Clarkson Golden Knotes is the Co-ed a Cappella group on campus. Every semester a Final Performance is held to showcase the songs the group worked on for that semester. They also perform at various events on campus.

Clarkson FIRST Robotics is a unique club on campus that brings Clarkson University students together with local high school students to design, build, and test a robot that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition each year.

Applied CS Labs - The Applied Computer Science Labs at Clarkson University consist of the Clarkson Open Source Institute, the Internet Teaching Lab, and the Virtual Reality Lab. These labs, which are part of the Computer Science department, are almost entirely student-run, offering the opportunity to gain experience in managing both facilities and projects. All three labs are located on the 3rd floor of the Science Center in rooms SC334 and SC336.

Clarkson Pep Band[edit]

The Clarkson University Pep Band is a student-run organization that supports the Clarkson University Golden Knights ice hockey teams. The band consists of approximately 75 full-time members, and performs at Clarkson's Cheel Arena at all of the home games for the Men's NCAA Division 1 hockey team and some games for the NCAA Division 1 Women's team.

The band also travels to Clarkson Men's ECAC Hockey conference away games with 35-40 members (unless restricted by the policies of the opposing team's arena, notably at Saint Lawrence University) and post-season tournaments.

The Clarkson University Pep Band was founded in the fall of 1964, by a small group of Clarkson students. By the 1980s, the band's membership grew significantly.

Clarkson Theatre Company[edit]

The Clarkson Theatre Company (CTC) is a student-run theatre group, part of Clarkson University and supported by the Clarkson University Student Association (CUSA). The mission of CTC is to provide both theatrical entertainment and an outlet for artistic self-expression in the realm of the theatre arts at Clarkson. Membership consists of students and faculty from Clarkson and the other Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley (SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton, and St. Lawrence University)

Every fall, CTC puts on a musical over Clarkson University's family weekend, sometime in mid-to-late October. The production time for this show is between 5 and 7 weeks. After the fall production is over, preparations for the One Act Festival begin. This festival is made up of short plays chosen and directed by students, as well as several written by students. This festival is usually put on as a fundraiser for a charity chosen by the executive board, and takes place at the end of January or beginning of February. The next show, usually a straight play, is put on near the beginning of April. Show choice for each slot is not limited to either a musical or play, but it is traditional to use this structure; as shows are chosen by a general member vote, however, any show can be chosen to be put on any semester.

CTC's most famous alum is not a student, but an adviser. Wes Craven, creator of the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, was a professor at Clarkson University in 1968, as well as faculty adviser to the Clarkson Drama Club (the predecessor of the current Clarkson Theatre Company). As part of one of Professor Craven's classes, Humanities IV, several Theta Chi members wanted to make a spoof of traditional horror movies, about the strange occurrences in their fraternity's house at 18 Elm Street. The filming included CTC's home, Old Snell Hall, where the boiler room scene took place in the basement. While none of those involved had very much film experience, they made the film for about $300 and it was shown twice on campus.[11] Much of Craven's inspiration for A Nightmare on Elm Street came from this first filmmaking experience; the house in the movie, while not the house used in the first version, resembles this house and also resides on Elm Street.

Fraternities and Sororities[edit]

Clarkson social fraternities began organizing on campus in 1903. Several local organizations accepted members from both Clarkson and SUNY Potsdam. In 1979 the first Clarkson-only sorority was founded, and in 1987 Clarkson discontinued recognition of the local sororities at SUNY Potsdam. Clarkson women were still allowed to join these organizations but they could not participate in on-campus rush or live in their houses prior to other off-campus options. A time line shows the interesting history many of the organizations have had. Over the years, there have been many different fraternities and sororities that have come and gone due to declining membership, university probationary periods, and disaffiliation from nationals. In order for the university to recognize a Greek organization, all the members must be registered Clarkson students. Additionally, any new organization applying for recognition after 1977 must affiliate with a national organization within five years to maintain recognition. Clarkson recognized international and national fraternities are Alpha Chi Rho, Delta Sigma Phi, Phi Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Tau Epsilon Phi; local fraternities are Omicron Pi Omicron, Sigma Delta, and Zeta Nu. Clarkson recognized international and national sororities are Delta Zeta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Theta Phi Alpha, and Kappa Delta Chi. Additionally, there are a number of professional Greek lettered organizations: Alpha Kappa Psi, Chi Epsilon, Omega Chi Epsilon, Phi Delta Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and Tri-Beta. Clarkson is also home to a chapter of the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. Clarkson also has Beta Tau Fraternity a local fraternity started in 1957 which has not been recognized since 2000 but still continues to exist.

Interfraternity Council

The Interfraternity Council (IFC) provides outlets for social interaction among the fraternity and sorority members. IFC helps to sponsor educational opportunities for all of its members and to help to promote the fraternal ideals of leadership, scholarship, service, community and brotherhood.

Panhellenic Council

The Panhellenic Council is the governing body of the sorority system. The Panhellenic Council provides many opportunities for involvement in campus life and the fraternity and sorority system outside of the individual sororities. Recruitment, social, and educational opportunities are provided by the council. All social sororities recognized by Clarkson University adhere to the rules and regulations set by the National Panhellenic Conference.

Greek Life

A few organizations have chapter houses off campus; others have plans of having chapter houses on campus in the near future. Clarkson fraternities and sororities take great pride in their chapter houses because of the rich history each residence has.

The Greek community is very tight knit because of the university's small size. Fraternities and sororities attend each other's national philanthropy and local community service events. Greek Week and Ice Carnival have an extensive history both with the local colleges and Potsdam community.

As of Fall 2013, Sigma Chi has the first Greek House on campus.

Publications and media[edit]

ROTC[edit]

Clarkson University is a host university for both the Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC. ROTC has been an institution at Clarkson since May 1936, when the first ROTC Battalion was activated during the tenure of College President James S. Thomas. The ROTC program at Clarkson has commissioned well over 1,150 military officers. These alumni have been represented at each level of the Officer Corps, from Second Lieutenant to General.

Army ROTC[edit]

The Clarkson Army ROTC Battalion (officially the "Golden Knight Battalion") is one of 272 Army ROTC battalions in the United States. The average size of the Golden Knight Battalion is 100 Cadets, comprised majorily of Clarkson students. The headquarters for the Golden Knight Battalion is at 49 Elm St. on Clarkson's downtown campus, where it has been located for decades.

Notable alumni[edit]

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