Welcome to the Clarkson family! Parent and family orientation will educate you about your student's transition to college and life at Clarkson. Please join us on Friday and Saturday, August 22nd and 23rd! St. Lawrence County and lodging information can be found at www.northcountryguide.com.
Read the Parent's Guide
Looking for a comprehensive guide to the Clarkson experience? For information about living on-campus, getting involved at Clarkson, and much more, please check out our Parent's Guide or download the PDF!
Arriving to Campus
Before arriving to campus, please make note of your student's housing assignment. Click on the map below to see the entrance to which you will be directed upon your arrival to Clarkson.
We are still working on the Fall 2014 Orientation schedule, but have a look at the 2013 schedule to get an idea of what to expect!
Orientation Schedule- click for PDF
Friday, August 23, 2013
7-7:45p: President’s Welcome
8-10p: Parent & Family Meet & Greet
Saturday, August 24, 2013
8:00-9a: Reception for Legacy Parents
9-9:45a: Supporting Your Student On Campus
9:45-10:15a: Your Family’s Transition to College
10:15-11a: Beyond the Classroom
11a-11:45a: Academic Department Orientations for Parents/Family
12p-1p: Parents/families say goodbye to students
1-2p: Optional Book Discussion, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
If your student is participating in Springboard (math refresher), or a Pre-Orientation Trip, a mini-orientation session will be held for your convenience on your designated arrival day. This is so you will not have to make a second trip to Potsdam for the larger orientation experience if it is not convenient for you.
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, by Mary Roach, is the common book for 2013. All first-year students are required to read this book before attending Orientation. Mary Roach will be speaking at Convocation, and the book will be discussed during Orientation and Clarkson Seminar. Families are also invited to read Packing for Mars and partake in a discussion of the book on Saturday, August 24th!