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01-23-2006

Princeton Review Magazine Ranks Clarkson University Among the Nation's 25 Most Connected Campuses

The Princeton Review magazine has released the results of its third annual "25 Most Connected Campuses" survey and ranks Clarkson University among those elite colleges and universities leading the way in providing cutting-edge technology to its students and faculty. The Princeton survey, in conjunction with Forbes.com, ranked the institutions in terms of their computing prowess, and how they are responding to today's evolving world of technological advancement.

To identify schools on the list, The Princeton Review collected responses to a survey on campus technology from higher education institutions in its college guidebook, "The Best 361 Colleges." Clarkson is consistently among the schools ranked in both the Princeton and U.S. News "Best Colleges" guides. The survey included the breadth of the computer science curriculum; the sophistication of campus technology, including streaming media of classes and extracurricular offerings; availability of school-owned digital cameras and equipment for student use; wireless Internet access on campus; and support for handheld computing.

"The schools on our list have demonstrated leadership in preparing and supporting students for life in the digital age. Students who understand the value of technology to both their career prospects and overall quality of life will want to pay special attention to the schools on the Princeton list," commented Rob Franek, vice president and publisher, The Princeton Review."

Clarkson's leadership in preparing and supporting students for life in the digital age is helping the University attract students who are both comfortable and excel at using technology in innovative ways. Clarkson is also enjoying success in technical/computing competitions. They captured both first and second place in the 2005 Linux TuxMasters Invitational, an international competition designed to encourage learning while contributing to the advancement of Linux and open source computing community. Clarkson students were also winners in the 2001 and 2004 IBM Linux Scholars Challenge and the 2005 IBM North American Grid Scholars Challenge. In fact, of the 65 winners in the three-year history of the IBM Linux Scholars Challenge, only 13 have come from the United States. Four of these winners are from Clarkson.

"Being ranked on The Princeton Review's list of 25 Most Connected Campuses is recognition that Clarkson is indeed among the most forward-thinking colleges and universities in bringing computational advancement to their students and faculty," remarked Anthony Collins, president, Clarkson University. "It is one more indication that we have the right curricula in our continuing quest for academic excellence. Even more importantly, we are preparing our students to succeed and lead in today's technological world."

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[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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