Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Clarkson University
    Potsdam, NY
  • Address:
    8 Clarkson Avenue
    Potsdam, NY 13699
  • Phone:
    (315) 268-6400
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Ms. Shannon Robinson
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1927
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2019
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2026-2027
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2023

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences Campus of University Heights
106 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Additional Location
Clarkson University Capital Region
80 Nott Terrace
Schenectady, NY 12308
Additional Location
Union College
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
Additional Location
Albany Medical Center
47 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Other Instructional Site
American Management Association Conference Center
1601 Broadway #8
New York, NY 10019
Other Instructional Site
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
199 Main St
Beacon, NY 12508
Other Instructional Site
Clarkson University Adirondack Semester
245 Lake Flower Ave
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Other Instructional Site
Emma Willard School
285 Pawling Ave
Troy, NY 12180
Other Instructional Site
Guilderland High School
8 School Rd
Guilderland Center, NY 12085
Other Instructional Site
Mt Sinai School of Medicine
1468 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Other Instructional Site
NYC Seminar and Conference Center
71 W 23rd St #515
New York, NY 10010
Other Instructional Site
Schalmont High School
1 Sabre Dr
Schenectady, NY 12306
Other Instructional Site
Schenectady High School
1445 The Plaza
Schenectady, NY 12308
Other Instructional Site
Trudeau Institute
154 Algonquin Avenue
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Other Instructional Site

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • October 28, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at 106 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action.
  • October 28, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at 807 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308 that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind?this action?if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
  • November 16, 2017
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at Clarkson University Capital Region, 80 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12308 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • November 19, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the complex substantive change request and, effective January 1, 2016, to include the acquisition of Union Graduate College, 80 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12308, within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To approve the teach-out agreement with Union Graduate College and to note the transfer to Clarkson University of Union Graduate College student records, programs and services. To include provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation the Clarkson University Capital Region additional location at 80 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12308, pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations at this location. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations; in the event that operations at this location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. In addition, to include the post-baccalaureate certificate level within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
  • October 31, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the online MS in Engineering and Global Operations Management degree program (EGOM) and the online MBA degree program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2014.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).