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Parent/Family Orientation

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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

Read the Parent & Family Guide to the First Year at Clarkson
Looking for a comprehensive guide to the Clarkson experience? For information about your student's living on-campus, getting involved at Clarkson, and much more, please check out our Parent & Family Guide to the First Year at Clarkson 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. 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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Download the Parent & Family Orientation Schedule!

Your Orientation has gone mobile! Download the Guidebook app on your phone and then download the schedule Clarkson Orientation 2014!

Friday, August 22, 2014
7-7:45p: President’s Welcome
8-10p: Parent & Family Meet & Greet

Saturday, August 23, 2014
8:00-9a: Reception for Legacy Parents
9-9:45a: Supporting Your Student On Campus
9:45-10:30a: Your Family’s Transition to College
10:30-11a: Beyond the Classroom
11a-11:45a: Academic Department Orientations for Parents/Family
12p-1p: Parents/families say goodbye to students and depart

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.

The Dinner
The Dinner, by Herman Koch, is the common book for 2014. All first-year students are required to read this book before attending Orientation. Herman Koch will be speaking at Convocation, and the book will be discussed during Orientation and Clarkson Seminar. Families are also invited to read The Dinner!

Read the Parent & Family Guide to the First Year at Clarkson to find out what to expect in your student's first year!