How to Apply

Application Requirements

All applicants for admission who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents (green card holders) need to secure a student visa, are required to show proof of financial support as a condition of being issued an official letter of acceptance and I-20 form. There are two ways to show proof of finances:

  1. Complete and return the Certificate of Finance Form included in our application packet or downloadable from our Web site. On this form you will need to show specific amounts of support and the sources of the support. You will also need to include the signatures of any sponsors or your parents, in addition to a signature from a bank official; or
  2. Provide a certified letter from your sponsor indicating the amount of support available for each year along with a supporting letter from a bank official. No exceptions can be made on the above requirements.

International Application Process

These application instructions are for non-U.S. citizens applying for first-year enrollment at Clarkson. If you have already earned some university credit, you should apply as a transfer student. To review your application, we need to receive all of the following materials and information according to Clarkson’s admission dates and deadlines:

  • Common Application
  • Official secondary school transcript, mark sheets, and national exam scores (if applicable).
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT score reports, Clarkson will accept self reported scores for students attending high school in the U.S. only. See guidelines.
  • Clarkson SAT code: 2084
  • Clarkson ACT code: 2698
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports, if English is not your first language
  • Certification of Finances Form (PDF) and supporting bank statement
  • Copy of your current passport

Costs & Scholarships

International Scholarships

All accepted international students will be considered for a partial international scholarship at Clarkson. There is no separate application to complete to be considered for an international scholarship. These scholarships range from $5,000 to $30,000 per academic year. The amount awarded is based on the student's academic record. For first-year students this includes: secondary school GPA, rigor of the curriculum, SAT and TOEFL scores, and letters of recommendation. For transfer students, university GPA, rigor of curriculum, TOEFL score, and letters of recommendation are considered. International scholarships do not increase after the first year. Students must maintain good Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to maintain their international scholarship.

Clarkson does NOT offer need-based financial aid to international students.

Cost of Attendance

The cost for the Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 school year is $68,426 USD. This cost includes tuition ($48,194), housing ($8,322), meals ($6,900), fees ($1,250), books and supplies ($1,446 estimated), and personal and travel expenses ($2,314 estimated). Students will need to show support for the total cost of attendance less any international scholarship awarded or loan secured. Applicants who cannot show the required amount of support will be disqualified. Clarkson's cost of attendance increases incrementally each year.

Honors Program

International students may apply for admission to our Honors Program. There is a separate application process for this program. An on-campus interview or telephone interview is also required. Students who are accepted into the Honors Program receive a $2,000 per year scholarship. Admission to this program is very competitive.

Job Opportunities

Campus Jobs

There are limited work-study positions available for international students on campus. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to secure on-campus employment. Priority is given to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who are work-study eligible under federal guidelines. While there are some areas on campus that hire international students, our food service provider, ARAMARK, seems to be the best area to seek employment. The average student will work about eight to 10 hours per week. The pay is minimum wage ($9.70/hour until 12/31/17 and $10.40 until 12/31/18). Work-study earnings should be viewed as spending money and not as a source for greatly defraying the cost of attendance. Under the terms of the F-1 student visa, international students cannot work more than 20 hours per week on campus.

Off-campus Jobs

Off-campus employment is only permissible with appropriate authorization under the regulations of the F-1 student visa. The International Students & Scholars Office will work with students who wish to pursue employment off campus either prior to or after completion of the degree program admitted to. Students in F-1 status are allowed 12 months of optional practical training before or after completion in work related to their major field of study and in certain circumstances, international students may be eligible for curricular practical training for required practical experiences.

International Transfer Students


    Applying as an International Transfer Student

    Transfer applicants from outside of the U.S. must also submit the following materials:

    • If English is not your first language, please submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (Internet-based) is required for admission. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. We will waive the TOEFL and IELTS requirement if you have attended an English-speaking college for two years.
    • International Student Certification of Finances (PDF) form and supporting bank statement.

    International Transfer Student Financial Assistance

    International students are considered for merit-based awards only. These awards range from $10,000 to $30,000 per year and are based on academic record and potential to succeed at Clarkson. Learn more about International Student Financial Aid.

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