Student Achievement Services (SAS) is a unique feature of Clarkson University that combines in one central location – the different services usually associated with the office of the registrar (student records), student accounts and financial aid. At the heart of SAS are six student services representatives who are knowledgeable in all areas.  

Getting off on the right foot is important to your success; please visit SAS to see information on SAS required forms for new students.

New Students, Transfer Students and Clarkson School Students will continue to contact the following departments regarding any questions:

New Students – Admissions Office at 315-268-6480 or 800-527-6577 or email

Transfer Students – Transfer Admissions Office at 315-268-2125 or 800-527-6577 or email

Clarkson School Students – The Clarkson School Office at 315-268-4425 or 800-574-4425 or email

Once you are on campus, your records are then transferred to Student Achievement Services (SAS) and we will be your contact for the remainder of your Clarkson career.

Computer Recommendations:  The Clarkson University Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides a set of guidelines for students to consider when purchasing a new computer for college.  Please note that the School of Business has indicated their preference for business students would be a PC/Windows based computer.  

Campus Email – Clarkson utilizes the Google Apps for Education suite of products.  As such, the email platform used by the university is Gmail.  Students may access their Clarkson email account via  It is important to note that when logging in to any Google Apps site, including Gmail, you will need to enter your full email address as your username.  The password is the same as what you use to log in to other Campus systems such as PeopleSoft or Moodle.  Technical assistance is provided by the IT Helpdesk.  The Helpdesk can be reached via email at, via phone at 315-268-4357 or in person at CAMP 171A.

Already using Gmail with another, non-Clarkson email account?  Not a problem, follow these steps to add on your Clarkson based Gmail account.

                1. On your computer, sign in to Google.
                2. On the top right, select your profile image or initial.
                3. On the menu, choose Add account.
                4. Follow the instructions to sign in to the account you want to use.

First Year Seminar

First-Year Seminar is a comprehensive 10-week course offered in the first semester that helps first-year students become better acquainted with University life. Students meet once a week and are broken into small groups within their class. A peer educator is assigned to facilitate the activities of each group. The course allows for discussion and presentation with faculty and outside experts and helps students build teamwork and communication skills that they can use throughout their four years at Clarkson. The course introduces students to the broad education mission of Clarkson and provides an introduction to such topics as: Alcohol and Drugs, Cyber Ethics/First Year Advising, Study Skills, Careers, Diversity and Inclusion, Fitness/Wellness and Health Relationships & Personal Safety. 

First-year students will receive an email in July in their Clarkson email account with instructions for accessing AlcoholEdu.

AlcoholEdu reduces high-risk drinking and alcohol-related harms among college students. The program motivates behavior change by:

  • Resetting unrealistic expectations about the effects of alcohol
  • Linking choices about drinking to academic and personal success
  • Helping students practice safer decision-making
  • Engaging students to create a healthier campus community 

Haven - Understanding Sexual Assault
First-year students will receive an email in July in their Clarkson email account with instructions for accessing Haven. 

With data from the National Institute of Justice showing that one in five college women and one in 16 men will experience some form of non-consensual sexual activity by graduation, the widespread impact of sexual violence on students presents an urgent and pressing challenge for our nation’s campuses. Haven – Understanding Sexual Assault™ addresses the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking, which impact countless college students across the country.

Vehicle Registration

Students can register their bike or vehicle by going to and selecting "Clarkson Connect" from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. From there, click "Vehicle/Bike Registration" and then click the link to either add a vehicle or a bike. Once registered successfully, resident students can expect to find their parking decal mailed to their student mailbox located in the student center.

Math & Physics Readiness Survey and Spatial Visualization Survey (For first year students only) - This can be found on your Enrolled Student To Do List beginning May 13th.

The Math & Physics Readiness Surveys are used to provide guidance to incoming students on whether they are ready for calculus and physics at Clarkson, what they might need to do to prepare for it, and to guide administration in constructing first semester schedules. They are also used for institutional research. The Spatial Visualization Survey is used to provide information on incoming students spatial thinking skills, which are important in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. It may be used to guide administration in enrolling incoming students in an optional spatial skills course, and for institutional research.

For more information on summer math programs, visit the Math Department.

Class Schedules
Class schedules for new students are done in Student Administrative Services (SAS) and will be available in PeopleSoft by the end of the first full week in August. 

Advanced Placement and Transfer Credit
Student Administrative Services processes all request for transfer/AP credit.  For more information, visit the Student Administrative Services.

Clarkson Bookstore
We recommend that you preorder your textbooks at the University Bookstore.

Preordering your textbooks before classes begin will give you the opportunity to be best prepared for the first day of classes and choose from our many options of new, used, rental and digital textbooks.  Please have your class schedule available when placing your order for textbooks.  Prepayment is required, so please have your payment option available upon checkout.  If you are using your Knight Card to purchase your textbooks and want to ensure your funds are available or you have questions about your class schedule, please contact SAS at 315-268-6451.

Once your textbooks are preordered and prepaid, all you will need to do is present your student ID and order number at the University Bookstore in order to pick up your online order.  If you choose not to preorder your textbooks online, to save time in-store, preregister for your textbook rental account at

Should you have any questions or concerns about textbooks or the order process, please call the University Bookstore at 315-268-4300.

For 24/7 shopping convenience, you can also shop online at for all of your campus apparel & gear to show your school pride!

University Libraries
Are you looking for a place to study, need a place to work in groups, or just looking for a good book? Do you need research help and don’t know where to go? The University Libraries offer walk-in research help, private research consultations (by appointment), a variety of work study spaces, computer workstations, wireless Internet, and much more! Our collection includes 500,000 volumes, 3,700+ print and electronic journals, 15,000 electronic books, thousands of government documents and reports, Clarkson University dissertations, the Ridings Collection, and the University Archives. Our mission is to provide comprehensive information resources and services to support research, scholarship, teaching, and learning. The main library is located in the Educational Resources Center and our Physical Therapy Branch Library is downtown in Clarkson Hall. For more information, please come visit us or our Web site: