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09-13-2011

U.S. News: Clarkson University Ranked in Tier One of National Universities

U.S. News & World Report's 2012 rankings of "Best Colleges" has again placed Clarkson University in tier one, the top tier of national universities, with a ranking of 119, up five places from last year's ranking.

Students walk past Bertrand H. Snell HallClarkson is #35 on the Best Value Schools, which takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2012 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2010-2011 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.

The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

The survey editors also placed Clarkson University in the "A+ Options for B Students" list, where they "identify those where nonsuperstars have a decent shot at being accepted and thriving -- where spirit and hard work could make all the difference in admissions offices."

Clarkson's Supply Chain Management program, highly acclaimed by employers of Clarkson graduates, was listed among the 20 best in the nation for the tenth consecutive year, ranked number 15 in Supply Chain Management/Logistics. Clarkson is among five private institutions in the ranking, which also includes MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Marquette, and the University of Pennsylvania. 

Clarkson's undergraduate engineering program, ranked at 76 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs whose highest degree is a doctorate, has also been consistently listed among the top in the nation.

Last year's average starting salary for all Clarkson graduates was $53,844, and one in five alumni is already a CEO or senior executive.

Clarkson is in good company in the top tier undergraduate rankings as well as the Best Value Schools category, which it shares with schools like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Stanford, Cal Tech and Duke. 

Each year U.S. News surveys nearly 1,400 accredited four-year institutions for their annual “Best Colleges” issue. Schools in the "National Universities" category, like Clarkson, offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master's, and doctoral degrees. These colleges also are committed to producing ground-breaking research.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[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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