The best way to know if Clarkson is the right fit for you is to meet us. So come visit us this fall!

Our Fall Open Houses are in-person events at our main campus in Potsdam, New York, and are a full day filled with opportunities for you to connect with students, faculty and staff and better understand what life at Clarkson is all about.

Fall Open Houses are perfect for students interested in either Clarkson University or The Clarkson School for Fall 2024 entry, as well as current college students looking to transfer to Clarkson for Spring 2024 and beyond.

2024 Fall Open House Dates:

  • Saturday, September 28th (all programs)
  • Saturday, October 19th (engineering only)
  • Saturday, November 9th (all programs)

Registration for Fall 2024 Open Houses will open in August 2024.

Did you know that by attending an admissions-sponsored event on our Potsdam campus like Fall Open House, you will automatically earn our Visit Clarkson Scholarship, valued at $4,000 ($1,000 per year for up to four years of study)?

Sample Schedule of Activities

Early Bird Activities

Early bird activities start at 8 a.m. and are optional activities for families who are able to arrive prior to the official 10 a.m. Welcome and Remarks.

Early Bird Campus Tour 
Leaving at 8:15 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. from the Student Center
Take a student life campus tour of our main Clarkson campus, including stops at major student life buildings, athletic facilities and a residence hall room. This tour will be the same as the tour offered in the afternoon. Tours will be led by current students. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Guests will be escorted to the tour location upon check in. 

Light Breakfast
8 - 10 a.m., Student Center 1st and 2nd floor concourses
Enjoy a breakfast snack while walking around the Engineering Meet & Greet, taking a tour, or checking out the Academics Fair!

Admissions and Financial Aid Presentation
8:45 a.m. & 9:15 a.m., Educational Resources Center 1501
Learn more about applying to Clarkson as well as our financial aid opportunities to ensure an affordable Clarkson education. 

Engineering Meet and Greet
9 - 10 a.m., Student Center Multipurpose Rooms
Enjoy coffee and seasonal breakfast snacks with members of our Coulter School of Engineering including Dean William Jemison, faculty and students. Strike up a one-on-one conversation about the Clarkson Engineering experience.

Academics Fair
9 - 10 a.m., Student Center 1st and 2nd floor concourses
Not sure exactly what programs you're most interested in? Stop by the Academics Fair and talk to faculty and student representatives from many of our academic programs from the School of Arts & Sciences, Lewis School of Health Sciences, Reh School of Business, and Institute for a Sustainable Environment. 

Main Event Activities

Our official event activities take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

8 - 10 a.m., Student Center Information Desk 
Check in to let us know you've arrived and grab your welcome packet. 

Clarkson Welcome
10 a.m., Student Center Forum
Clarkson Senior Leadership members officially welcome you to Clarkson.

Academic Information Sessions
Attend up to two unique academic sessions. Session I will take place from 10:30 - 11:10 a.m. and Session II (identical to the first session) will take place from 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. We'll also offer a special Healthcare session at 11:15 a.m. for any student interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field. 

Engineering Showcase
11:15 - 12:30 p.m., CAMP Atrium
Whether you're interested in racing Baja cars, building bridges, or anything in-between, make your rounds at our Engineering Showcase. Talk to students, faculty and staff about the incredible research, teams and clubs, labs and activities you can be a part of.

Buffet Lunch
12 - 1:30 p.m., Indoor Recreation Center
Enjoy a catered lunch at our Indoor Recreation Center. Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and other food allergen meals will be provided. 

Clarkson Showcase
12 - 1:30 p.m., Indoor Recreation Center
What will you do at Clarkson? With 200+ student clubs and organizations, 13 engineering competition design teams, hands-on research opportunities, global service and study abroad programs, 20 varsity athletic teams, student business plan and innovation competitions, and more, we're sure you'll find something that gets you excited about joining our Golden Knight community. You don't want to miss this!

Afternoon Campus Tours
Leaving every 15 minutes from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., Various locations
Take a student life campus tour of our main Clarkson campus, including stops at major student life buildings, athletic facilities and a residence hall room. This tour will be the same as the tour offered in the morning. Tours will be led by current students and will leave from the Student Center Forum.

Transfer Student Info Session
1:30 p.m., Educational Resources Center 2400
For students interested in transferring to Clarkson from another college, join us to hear about the transfer process, programs and financial aid.

Clarkson School Info Session
1:30 p.m., Price Hall Honors Classroom (2nd floor)
For students interested in starting college early through our Clarkson School program, join us to hear more about high school diploma options, the admissions process, financial aid and scholarships, the experience and more.  

Student Panel
2:30 p.m., Educational Resources Center 1501
Hear about Clarkson from the students living the experience right now. Ask any questions you may have about student life, living on campus, clubs and organizations, hands-on experiences, the local community and more.

Admission Interviews 
1 - 4 p.m., Educational Resources Center 2nd floor
Think Clarkson is the place for you? Schedule an interview with one of our Admissions counselors while you are on campus. This is an optional, but important, part of the admissions process that can help solidify or confirm your decision. Pre-registration required and space is limited. 

Transfer Students

Students interested in transferring to Clarkson are welcome to attend any of our in person Fall Open Houses. Please register using the main event registration forms listed above. There will be a transfer-specific session in the afternoon. 

For more information, contact:

The Clarkson School (Early College Program)

High school juniors interested in The Clarkson School (TCS), our early college program, are encouraged to attend our Fall Open House events. During these events, you will be invited to special programming geared towards TCS.

For more information, contact:

Travel Information

Getting to and Around Campus

All of our undergraduate programs are housed at our main campus in Potsdam, New York, just outside the six million acre Adirondack Park and a short drive from two of Canada's most notable cities - Ottawa and Montreal. Whether you're coming by car, plane, or bus, here are directions to our campus.

Once you're on our campus, utilize our campus map to help find the designated parking area, along with event signage.

View our Interactive Virtual Campus Map 

Overnight Accommodations

Overnight accommodations in the area include well-recognized chain hotels, quaint bed and breakfasts and family owned motels.

The following resources will give you all the information you need on dining, lodging, shopping and more in the Potsdam and North Country areas:

Explore Northern New York

St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

Potsdam Chamber of Commerce

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