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08-27-2002

Clarkson University Enrolls Largest Class Since 1986: Schools of Business and Science See Dramatic Growth

Classes began at Clarkson University on Monday, with the school welcoming the largest first-year class since 1986. There were 682 new first-year students on campus, a three percent increase over last year, and the fourth consecutive year of steady increases in enrollment.

The total number of new students – including first-year, transfer and Clarkson School students – is 820.

“Our strong enrollment is evidence of Clarkson’s success in creating an academic climate where students are challenged with new experiences and learn collaboration, teamwork and leadership,” said President Denny Brown. “Students and parents alike see a Clarkson education as an investment that will pay tremendous rewards.”

Clarkson’s first-year students come from 22 states and six countries. Nearly three-quarters of the students are from New York state.

The School of Science saw the largest boost in enrollment, increasing by nearly 13 percent. Majors such as biology, bio-molecular science and chemistry drew many new students. Renovation of the Clarkson Science Center building, including significant improvements to laboratory space, as well as a high quality of teaching and numerous undergraduate research opportunities, have bolstered interest in these programs.

The School of Business also saw an increase in first-year students, continuing the growth seen since the school moved into the state-of-the-art Bertrand H. Snell Hall in fall 2000. The four new majors announced last spring (business and technology management, e-business, financial information and analysis, and information systems and business processes) have excited interest among prospective students. The new majors provide graduates with a well-rounded business education that reflects the increasing importance of technology and provides the skills today’s employers seek.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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