Clarkson University’s ‘RiverU’ Offers Real-World Classroom

The Hudson River, one of the most historically and environmentally important rivers in the U.S., is a real-world classroom for Clarkson University’s “RiverU,” a six-credit environmental program offered by Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson. The summer experience connects students with the working world of ecology, engineering and policy through extensive field work, professional networking and a three-day sail onboard the sloop Clearwater.

RiverU gives students the opportunity to see how classroom theory is applied to the workplace with multiple course-related field trips and interactions with expert guests.

RiverU 2014 runs June 9 – 27. Enrollment is open for a class of only 25 college and highly motivated high school students. RiverU, taught by Clarkson University faculty, takes place on the banks of the Hudson River with in-person classes at Beacon Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at Denning’s Point in Beacon.

Visit for information about the curriculum and faculty, tuition costs, housing, commuter options and the online application.

Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University, is a not-for-profit environmental research organization engaging scientists, engineers, educators and policy experts in collaborative work focusing on real-time monitoring of river ecosystems. Visit Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. 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. Visit

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