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The program receives $253,877 in federal funds annually to provide services for 160 students who can qualify by meeting one or more of the federal criteria based on first generation college status, income or documented disability. Additionally, the Student Support Services office screens and refers non-qualifying students to Clarkson funded tutoring services and academic assistance.

Qualifying students may:

  • Meet with a member of the staff for an intake interview and needs assessment
  • Receive a specially designed daily planner and monthly newsletter
  • Receive weekly tutoring in small groups, or individual tutoring, in cases of special need
  • Attend workshops on a variety of subjects
  • Make use of loaner laptops that have assistive technology software on them.
  • Participate in mock exams to prepare for midterms and final exams.
  • Meet regularly or on an as-needed basis with an academic specialist to receive assistance in such areas as development and strengthening of study techniques, improving motivation, informal academic advising, dealing with test taking stress and time management skills.
  • Take part in cultural enrichment activities such as concert attendance, trips to areas of cultural and/or technological interest, etiquette dinners
  • Attend awards open houses for student earning semester GPA's of 3.00 or higher
  • Borrow tape recorder/players and other equipment as available

Additionally, first and second year students who are qualified both by income and first- generation college status, who are in good academic standing after fall semester and who meet additional qualifications, may receive a grant award to supplement their financial aid package.

Students who wish to apply for tutoring or other offerings of the Student Support Services program may complete an application at the Student Support Services Office.


Student Support Services
PO Box 5647
Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY 13699-5647

Catherine McNamara
Associate Vice President
Phone: 315-268-2209

Meaghan Bartell
Assistant Director/Academic Skills Specialist

Kate Mikel
Associate Director/Tutor Coordinator

Lorraine Hicks
Assistant to the AVP Student Success Center/ Diversity & Inclusion

ERC Suite 1400

Office Hours
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday