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First-Year Student Orientation

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Before Arriving to Campus
Please login to your PeopleSoft account to check your clearance status and to ensure you have no outstanding holds.  For questions regarding PeopleSoft, please contact Clarkson’s SAS at 315-268-6451. Your username and password combination are the same for your PeopleSoft , email, and CU & Me accounts. Check them all often!

New Student Orientation 2014
New Student Orientation is a comprehensive introduction to Clarkson University.  The program helps students build a foundation for academic and co-curricular success.  New students will be introduced to Clarkson’s academic programs through academic orientation in their departments, a book discussion of the common reading, team building activities, and FUN entertainment. Clarkson’s co-curricular opportunities, resources, and services for students will also be highlighted. Students will build relationships with other students, faculty, and administrators. Parents are encouraged make arrangements to stay in St. Lawrence County overnight Friday the 22nd. 

New Student Guide
For information about Clarkson traditions, living on-campus, getting involved at Clarkson and more, read our New Student Guide or download the PDF.

Arriving to Campus
Before arriving to campus, please make note of your housing assignment. Click on the map below to see the entrance to which you will be directed upon your arrival to Clarkson. Please note that students who have not paid their tuition balance or turned in their immunization forms will be redirected to the Educational Resources Center (ERC) before being permitted to move into their residence hall.
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Friday, August 22, 2014
8a-5p: Move-in/Check-in
7-7:45p: President’s Welcome
8-9:30p: Floor Meeting/RA ice breakers
9:30-10:30p: Mentalist Jonny Zevant
10:30p-12a: Movie on the Lawn: Godzilla

Saturday, August 23, 2014
10-11a: Academic Orientations
11:15-11:45a: Pre-Professional Academic Orientations
11a-1p: Lunch/Families Depart
1-1:50p: Book Discussion, The Dinner
2-2:45p: Thriving and Succeeding at Clarkson
2:45-3:30p: Beyond the Classroom
3:30-4p: Your Rights Under Title IX
4-4:10p: So You Think You Can Recycle
4:10-5p: Civility through Diversity
5-6p: Session for students expecting to use testing accommodations
5-7p: Dinner
7-8:15p: "The J Spot: A Sex Educator Tells All"
8:30-9:30p: Comedian Steve Hofstetter
9:30-11p: Welcome Carnival
11p-1a: Movie on the Lawn: Maleficent

Sunday, August 24, 2014
10-11:30a: Playfair: The Ultimate Icebreaker
11:30a-12p: Class of 2018 Photo
12-1p: Lunch
1p: Ultimate Frisbee Tournament sponsored by Ultimate Frisbee Club
5:30-6:30p: Book Signing with Herman Koch
7-8p: Convocation: Van Sickle Endowed Lecture with Herman Koch
8-9p: Holcroft Knight of Fire

Monday, August 25, 2014
First day of classes
7p: Volunteer Fair + 60 Seconds of Service

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
7p: Activities Fair

Saturday, September 6, 2014
FIRST SATURDAY!

International Student Orientation begins before New Student Orientation to give international students time to recover from travel, acclimate to campus, and to connect with campus resources.

The Dinner

The 2014 common book is The Dinner by Herman Koch. Herman Koch will also be our Van Sickle Endowed Lecturer at Convocation on Sunday, August 24th. Please pick up a copy of The Dinner today! It is mandatory that all first-year students read the common book as it will be part of assignments during Orientation and Clarkson Seminar.

It is very important that you check your Clarkson email and CU & Me accounts, and check them often.  This will be our primary way of communicating with you.  If you are unable to login to these accounts, please visit this link.

2017 class photo

Read the New Student Guide!