Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY)


  • Name:Meghan Hodge
  • Title:Assistant Director for Foundations

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Clarkson University
  • Address:8 Clarkson Avenue, Box 5520
    Potsdam, NY 13699
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:315-268-8049
  • Main fax:315-268-4420

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  • Mission:
  • Clarkson University is an independent, nationally recognized technological university whose faculty of teacher-scholars aspires to offer superior instruction and engage in high-quality research and scholarship in engineering, business, science, health, and liberal arts. Our primary mission is to educate talented and motivated men and women to become successful professionals through quality pre-collegiate, undergraduate, graduate, and professional continuing education programs, with particular emphasis on the undergraduate experience. Our community and campus settings enhance the quality of student life and afford students access to and interaction with their faculty. We value the diversity of our University community, and we strive to attune ourselves and our programs to our global, pluralistic society. We share the belief that humane and environmentally sound economic and social development derive from the expansion, diffusion, and application of knowledge.

  • Overview:
  • The Clarkson University educational experience is designed to provide talented and ambitious students with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve positions of leadership within their chosen profession. The combination of Clarkson’s strong technologically rich curricula and state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, coupled with an unparalleled commitment to a friendly learning environment and to students’ personal development, uniquely prepares Clarkson graduates to excel in their chosen professions and to lead rewarding and creative lives.

    In addition to attaining mastery of the core knowledge within his or her field, a Clarkson education is designed to enable students to:
    - solve real-world, open-ended problems with creativity and risk taking to obtain solutions that are practical and sustainable, including those they encounter in state-of-the-art research under the direction of distinguished faculty;
    - develop and refine exceptional communication skills with an awareness of potential cultural differences;
    - lead effectively and work productively within disciplinary and multidisciplinary teams composed of members with diverse interests and backgrounds;
    - excel in using computing and information technologies;
    - learn through instruction and guidance by nationally recognized faculty whose commitment to both teaching and research has made Clarkson a nationally ranked university.

    A Clarkson student’s education is greatly enhanced by a personal and friendly learning environment, within a small, residential, nationally recognized University, which:
    - places students at the center of the educational process and where all employees have a commitment to creating an environment that contributes positively to students’ overall educational experience;
    - draws undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff together into a cohesive and stimulating learning community, wherein an atmosphere of scholarship and spirit of research is cultivated;
    - uses our campus as a living laboratory to improve learning, and uses the wider region to broaden and extend Clarkson’s outreach and service;
    - provides personal advising and interaction with faculty and staff as well as supportive relationships among students;
    - offers many leadership opportunities through co-curricular groups and activities;
    - respects and learns from its community of diverse people, backgrounds and cultures.

    Together, these provide a unique educational experience that is directed toward developing the whole person.

  • History:
  • Clarkson University was founded in 1896 as a memorial to Thomas S. Clarkson, successful entrepreneur and Northern New York businessman who was also distinguished by a deep and abiding concern for humanity.

    When Thomas Clarkson died as a result of an accident in his sandstone quarry, his sisters, Elizabeth, Frederica, and Lavinia established a memorial to his name by building and endowing an institution that would embody his philosophy. Clarkson's original motto, "A Workman That Needeth Not to be Ashamed," is taken from Thomas S. Clarkson's favorite biblical verse. Clarkson's colors, green and gold, were selected because the goldenrod was Thomas S. Clarkson's favorite flower.

    The first classes at the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology were held on September 2, 1896, for 17 young men and women. In 1913, the charter was amended, and the name was changed to the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial College of Technology.

    Steady growth and development resulted in the New York State Board of Regents designating Clarkson a University on February 24, 1984.

  • Year established:1896
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:15-0543659

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:150543659
  • Organization Name:CLARKSON UNIVERSITY
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% CO BUSINESS & FINANCE
  • Organization Address:BOX 5564
  • Organization City:POTSDAM
  • Organization State:NY
  • Organization Zip:13699-0001
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 1955
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:11
  • Foundation Code Desc.:School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
  • Activity Code(s):046, 030, 034
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Private school, School, college, trade school, etc., Alumni association or group
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:B430
  • Asset Amount:$391,499,344
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$254,320,637
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$231,403,369
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 5:04:39 pm

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