First Year Seminar (PE100)

A required course for all Clarkson School and first- year students, the First-Year Seminar (PE100) focuses on group work and team dynamics. The first-year seminar earning outcomes include: Students should develop appropriate social interaction and communication skills, such as listening, writing and eliciting the views of others. Students should appreciate the value of diversity in living, academic and working environments. Students should demonstrate teamwork skills such as building effective relationships with peers, being a collaborative team member, and identifying and managing team conflict. Students should develop a set of personal, societal, and professional values that they will use to resolve the moral and ethical dilemmas and problems that will confront them at Clarkson and in their future professional, civic and personal lives. Discussion, team activities, leadership opportunities, and interaction with Clarkson School alumni and current Clarkson University students form the foundation of the First-Year Seminar. The foundation for this course is built around Franklin-Covey's "Introduction to the 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students" and is taught by a certified facilitator. In addition, other administrators on campus serve as guest speakers on various topics.

Progress Reports and Tutoring

Through Start@CU, three Progress Reports are sent out each semester to professors to provide feedback on your class performance and follow-up meetings are scheduled when necessary.  Tutoring is provided by The Clarkson School to assist students primarily in math and science courses while Clarkson University Student Success Diversity & Incusion Office provides a number of support services including tutoring.  All services are to ensure a smooth transition from high school to college.

The College Application Process

Many students choose to stay at Clarkson as sophomores. We don’t blame them, but you don’t have to. Clarkson School students also migrate to some of the best colleges and universities in the country, including Ivy League schools, major research universities, and other highly selective liberal arts schools. In almost every case, they enter with advanced standing. Wherever you go, you will typically take sophomore-level courses the next year. While more than half of Clarkson School alumni stay at Clarkson, many go on to complete their education at other colleges and universities, including:  Boston College, Boston University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Georgetown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, United States Military Academy at West Point, University of California at Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Michigan and others.

The Associate Head of School holds college workshops at the beginning of the semester to assist you in applying to other colleges/universities. In addition, she requires each student to submit applications and essays for her to review before sending to admission offices.  She wants to make sure you put your “best foot forward”!