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Congratulations on joining Clarkson's family this Spring Semester!  Wondering what your first few days at Clarkson will be like?  Please see the information below. Please note this schedule is subject to change and should be used for planning purposes only. You will receive the most updated copy of the schedule upon your arrival to campus. 

Check-In:
International, Exchange, and Graduate students: Monday, January 6, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
All other new students: Tuesday, January 7, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Orientation Schedule:
Tuesday, January 7
•Breakfast 
is served at Java City starting at 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. (cash, credit or declining balance accepted).
•9-11:30 a.m. English Placement Test: For students for whom English is a second language. This test focuses primarily on academic writing for University level courses or professional use. Exchange students who have taken an English composition course earning a C or better may be exempt. Email Judy Simon at jsimon@clarkson.edu with questions. 177 Bertrand H. Snell Hall.
•Lunch is served at the Student Center Servery starting at 11 a.m. (cash, credit or declining balance accepted).
•1-2 p.m. Campus Tour: Meet at Student Center Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor.
•2-4 p.m. Shopping Trip: If you are an international or exchange student, you can either purchase or borrow many of the essential items you will need for living at Clarkson. We will run trips to the Lending Cupboard and Walmart. Meet at Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor.
•5-6:30 p.m. New Student Mixer (Mandatory): Come meet and get to know fellow new students. Pizza will be provided! New first-year, transfer, international, graduate and exchange students are all welcome! Student Center Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor. 

Wednesday, January 8
•Breakfast
 is served at Java City and Cheel Main Street Café starting at 7:30 a.m. (cash, credit or declining balance accepted).
•10 a.m.-12 p.m. Shopping Trip: If you are an international or exchange student, you can either purchase or borrow many of the essential items you will need for living at Clarkson. We will run trips to the Lending Cupboard and Walmart. Meet at Student Center Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor.
Lunch is served at Cheel Main Street Café, Student Center Servery, and Java City (cash, credit, or declining balance accepted).
•12:30-1 p.m. Graduate Student Information Session: Meet your graduate coordinators and get important information about starting classes as a Clarkson graduate student. We will review important forms, contact information, enrollment, and more. Mandatory for all new graduate students. Student Center Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor.
•1-3 p.m. International/Exchange Student Orientation (Mandatory): Meet your international student advisor from the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) and Exchange Staff from the International Services Office. This session introduces you to other new international students and gives you valuable information to assist you in making correct choices to maintain your immigration status. This orientation includes specifics on your new culture at Clarkson, the area, and what you should be aware of as you become acclimated to this new environment. Student Center Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor. 
•3-4 p.m. Overview of Student Services (Mandatory): For new first-year, transfer, international, graduate and exchange students. University staff and students will welcome you to Clarkson. Find out how to make a smooth academic and social transition and meet new people. New students can ask questions of current student leaders during a question-and-answer session. Family members are welcome to attend. Student Center Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor.
•4-5 p.m. Career Center Overview (Mandatory): Whether you are seeking a part-time or full-time job or looking for leads on possible internships, the Career Center is the place to go. Learn how to access the resources needed for a successful search. Mandatory for new and transfer students. Graduate and exchange students welcome. Student Center Multipurpose Rooms.
•5 p.m. Dinner on your own: Meal plan begins. Dinner will be served at the Student Center Servery Cheel Main Street Café, and Ross-Brooks Cafeteria. 

Thursday, January 9
•First day of class

Friday, January 10
•7 p.m. Clarkson Men’s Hockey vs. Merrimack College: Free admission with your student ID! Cheer on the team! Cheel Arena.
•9:30 p.m. Welcome Back Show: Shwa—Indie rock/ folk pop/ singer/songwriter. Student Center Forum. Sponsored by CUB.
•11 p.m. Late Knight Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 + Foodimal Desserts! Student Center Forum. Sponsored by CUB and OSL. 

Saturday, January 11
•3 p.m. Clarkson Women’s Hockey vs. St. Lawrence University: Free admission with your student ID! Cheel Arena.
•7 p.m. Clarkson Men’s Hockey vs. Merrimack College: Free admission with your student ID! Cheel Arena.

Thursday, January 16
•5-6 p.m. Academic Integrity for International/Exchange students.
 Moving from one academic culture to another has hidden difficulties. Learn how important a thorough understanding of academic integrity & plagiarism concepts is in US universities. Student Center Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor.

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Students enjoying the forum.

Questions about housing?  Call the Residence Life office at (315)268-6642.

Check-In Checklist
Residence Life:
 Go to the Residence Life Office in the Student Affairs Suite on the first floor of the ERC (Educational Resources Center) to pick up your room or apartment key if you are living on campus. Orientation schedules will be provided. Office hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Student ID: Go to the Campus Safety & Security Office (across from Residence Life) to get your Clarkson ID card and car registration form. Office hours: 24/7.
Online SAS Check-In: All students must complete online check-in before the first day of classes. We suggest that you log into PeopleSoft before your family leaves campus to check your clearance status and complete online semester check-in at www.clarkson.edu/peoplesoft.php. If you are cleared, you will be asked to confirm your contact information. If you are not financially cleared, you will need to go to Student Administrative Services (SAS) in the center of Graham Hall on the first floor. Office hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Be sure to check for any additional holds, including the health records hold (see below). Computer access is available in the library of the Educational Resources Center (ERC).
Health Records Clearance: If you have not completed all the requirements of the Health Center, in PeopleSoft you will see them listed under “To do” on the right side of the screen. Please note this list may include more than just missing health requirements. If you have any missing health forms, you will need to go to the Student Health Center, located on the first floor of the ERC (Educational Resources Center). Office hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Mailbox Key (if applicable): Proceed to the mailroom in the basement of the Student Center to pick up your mailbox key. Hours of operation: 8a-1p, 1:30p-3p.
Email: Computer usernames and Clarkson e-mail accounts are set up in advance for all new students. This information was sent to the home address in mid-December. Students who still need this information can pick it up at the Service Center in the center of Graham Hall on the first floor. Please bring photo identification (student ID, driver’s license or passport). Office hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Textbooks: You can purchase and/or rent all of your textbooks at The University Bookstore, downtown, 39 Market Street or for 24/7 shopping convenience, shop online at www.clarksonshop.com. Please be sure to have a copy of your schedule available when shopping for your textbooks. To save time in-store & online, pre-register for your rental account at rental.bkstr.com. And remember, when you’re done with your textbooks, no matter where you bought them, we’ll buy them back! Hours of operation: 9a-5p
Meal Plan Validation: Please validate your meal plan (if applicable) in the Campus Dining Office on the first floor of Cheel Campus Center. Office hours: 8a-4:30p.