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First Year Advising

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Catherine Avadikian

ERC Suite 1400
PO Box 5803
Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY 13699-5803

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

All incoming first-year students have in addition to their faculty/professional advisor - access to a first-year advisor who works with them individually to make sure:

  • They are making satisfactory academic progress
  • They are adjusting well personally to college academic life
  • They are identifying and addressing any other problems they may be experiencing as early as possible.

First-Year Advising is for students who want extra guidance.
Many students want to tailor their education to pursue multiple interests; others are still deciding on their career direction. In either case,  First-Year Advising can help! Some examples of available services:

  • Creating an academic plan so you can discover and pursue new interests. In fact, you can get started now by taking a short online quiz.
  • Planning your major or course enrollment. In fact, many freshen decide to investigate different options in their first year by enrolling in our University Studies Program.
  • Answering questions about degree or program requirements.
  • Helping you to cope with academic difficulties.
  • Working with you to make informed decisions about your educational goals.
  • Identifying independent research opportunities and team-based projects.
  • Helping you successfully deal with stress caused by classes, roommates, a change of environment, or academic uncertainty.