Congratulations on joining Clarkson's family this Spring Semester! Wondering what your first few days at Clarkson will be like? Please see the Spring Semester Orientation schedule 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.
Tuesday, January 8
7—8:30 a.m. Breakfast on your own: Breakfast will be served at the Student Center Servery (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 will focus primarily on academic writing for University level courses or professional use. Exchange students are exempt. 169 Bertrand H. Snell Hall.
11:30 a.m.—1 p.m. Lunch on your own: Lunch will be served at both Java City and Ross-Brooks Cafeteria (cash, credit or declining balance accepted).
2—5 p.m. Trip to the Lending Cupboard/Wal Mart: If you are an international or exchange student, you can borrow many of the essential items you will need for living at Clarkson from the Lending Cupboard! What you can’t find there can probably be purchased at Wal Mart. Meet at Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor.
5-6 p.m. New Student Mixer: Come meet and get to know fellow new students– pizza will be provided! New freshmen, transfer, international, graduate and exchange students are all welcome! Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor.
Wednesday, January 9
7:30 a.m. Breakfast on your own: Breakfast will be served at Java City starting at 7:30 a.m. and at Ross-Brooks Cafeteria starting at 7 a.m. (cash, credit or declining balance accepted).
9-10 a.m. Transitioning as a New Student at Clarkson: New freshmen, 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. Family members are welcome to attend. Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor.
10-10:30 a.m. New Student Q&A: For those brand-new to college life, get all the information you need to know from Student Affairs representatives. Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms, 2nd floor.
10:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. International/Exchange Student Orientation: Meet your international student advisor from the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) and Exchange Staff from the International Education Office. It is mandatory that all international students attend. 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.
12:30—1:30 p.m. Lunch on your own: Lunch will be served at both Java City and Ross-Brooks Cafeteria (cash, credit or declining balance accepted).
1:30—2:30 p.m. Career Center Overview: 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.
2:30—3 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, communication information, enrollment, and more. Mandatory for all new graduate students. Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms.
3—4:30 p.m. Team Building: Get to know your new Clarkson friends even better by working with student leaders from the Office of Student Life, who will challenge you to work as a team. Student Center, Multipurpose Rooms
5 p.m. Dinner on your own: Meal plan begins. Dinner will be served at the Student Center Servery and Ross-Brooks Cafeteria.
Thursday, January 10
First day of class
Friday, January 11
7 p.m. Clarkson Men’s Hockey vs. Brown University: Cheel Arena. Free admission with your student ID!
9:30 p.m. Welcome Back Show, Student Center Forum
10:30 p.m. Late Knight: "The Lion King" + Build-A-Lion, Student Center Forum
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Questions about housing? Call the Residence Life office at (315)268-6642.
Check-In Check List
First Stop: Go to the Residence Life Office on the first floor of the ERC (Educational Resources Center) to pick up your finalized Orientation schedule. If you are living on-campus, you will also get your Room or Apartment Key here.
Clarkson ID: Go to the Campus Safety & Security Office (across from Residence Life) to get your Clarkson ID card and car registration form (if applicable).
Meal Plan: Please validate your meal plan (if applicable) in the Aramark Office in the Cheel Campus Center.
Mail: Proceed to the mailroom in the basement of the Student Center to pick up your mailroom key. Hours: 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 on the first floor of Graham Hall. Please bring photo identification (student ID, driver’s license or passport).
Online SAS Check-In: All students must complete online check-in before the first day of classes. Check your clearance status in PeopleSoft. To make sure you are all set, we suggest that before your family leaves campus, log into PeopleSoft to complete online semester check-in. If you are cleared, you will be asked to confirm local address and telephone contact information. If you are not financially cleared, you will need to go to Student Administrative Services (SAS) in the center of Graham Hall. 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 a hold in the upper right corner, “health records incomplete”. If you have this hold, you will need to go to the Student Health Center. The Student Health Center is located on the first floor of the ERC (Educational Resources Center).
Textbooks: You can purchase your textbooks at the University Bookstore, downtown, Market Street. Bring a copy of your schedule.
International & Exchange students: All new international and exchange students arriving on campus must “check-in” with the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) to “activate” their international records in SEVIS. Please proceed to the ISSO in ERC Suite 2300, Career & International Services on the second floor of the ERC (Educational Resources Center) and follow the signs. Be sure to bring your 1-20/DS-2019, Visa, passport, and I-94.