The Adirondack Semester is offered in fall semesters and students from all colleges and universities are invited to apply. The program is designed to work for nearly every major on campus. ADK students have majored in:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Environmental Science and Sustainability
  • Biology
  • ROTC
  • Psychology
  • Computer Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Engineering and Management
  • Business Studies
  • Mathematics

Students majoring in the sciences, business/entrepreneurship, engineering and liberal arts and humanities are encouraged to apply. Students must be in good academic standing with their home department and have preferably completed at least one course in biology and/or chemistry.

Application Information

Applications are usually competitive (though occasionally we are able to accept most everyone, so always apply!).  Acceptance is determined by a committee and based upon information in your application, recommendations, your essay, seniority, fit, disciplinary diversity, background, GPA, and extra-curriculars.

Applications due: 

  • March 29, 2023


  • One day before enrollment
  • Please be sure to have a backup enrollment plan

How To Apply

Fill out the online application before the deadline. The application is brief, but applicants should pay special attention to the essay.

We accept applications on a rolling admission basis. Openings for future semesters beyond are being accepted now. Please submit your application even though the semester you plan on attending may be several semesters in the future. The information will help us design the academic programming according to majors and interests.

Applicants from Clarkson

  • Schedule an academic advising appointment to confirm that credits earned will support your academic goals.
  • Schedule a meeting with the Adirondack Semester’s Advisor, Dr. Stephen Bird.
  • Complete the online application.

Applicants from other institutions

  • Discuss your plans to attend with your academic advisor and your study abroad or off-campus studies office.
  • Schedule a phone interview with the Adirondack Semester’s Advisor, Dr. Stephen Bird.
  • Complete the online application.
  • If your college is an affiliated institute you will receive credit directly through that institution.
  • If your college is not yet affiliated with Clarkson’s Adirondack Semester, our office will work with your institute to ensure that you will receive full credit.
    Students accepted from affiliated and non-affiliated institutions will pay Clarkson’s tuition and housing fees based on single occupancy.
  • If you receive financial aid or scholarship funds, we will work with your institution’s financial aid office to ascertain the transferability of your aid. Clarkson University may offer financial assistance through scholarships depending on need.

Please contact the ISE Office at (315) 268-3856 for more information.

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