Resources for Parents and Families
Resources and Ways to Get Involved
Learn more about communities open to Clarkson parents and families and resources for communicating with the University.
Get a feel for our campus and community. We encourage you to come to Potsdam and take a look at the University in person. We think you will like what you see.
Student Affairs Parents and Family E-Newsletter
Subscribe to the Student Affairs Family Newsletter to receive timely information about your student's Clarkson experience. To subscribe to the Student Affairs Family Newsletter, click here.
Parents and Family Association
Once your student is enrolled at Clarkson, you’ll become a lifetime member of the Parents and Family Association. This organization improves interactions between parents, families and the University and plans association programs like Admission Mentor and the Parents Fund, as well as through the Career Center. Learn more about the association and the Parents and Family Committee.
Resources for Parents, Families and Students
The Division of Student Affairs considers families a key part of the Clarkson Community. In an effort to best communicate with and answer questions posed by families, we ask that you reach out directly to the corresponding student service office with specific inquiries or concerns. Find a list of all offices, services and direct contacts.
Each fall, we invite parents and families to experience the Potsdam campus with their students. Review the schedule of all upcoming events, and find travel information.
Support Services Available
As a parent or guardian providing guidance to your student, understand the support services available at Clarkson, from academic assistance to career development to student health and counseling and requesting accommodations.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Clarkson welcomes scholars from all over the world. We believe it is essential to our mission that our students and employees be Global Citizens. In order to build and support a community of Global Citizens, the University has developed a strategic set of goals for Diversity and Inclusion focused on this mission.
Student Success Center
The Student Success Center provides services and programs that are designed to enhance all undergraduate and graduate students’ academic performances and promote the successful completion of their academic careers at Clarkson University. Programs include Academic Support (Tutoring, Writing Center, Study Skills), First-Year Services, SafetyNet, Test Preparation Services, F1rst Connection, Community of Underrepresented Professional Opportunities (CUPO) and the NYS Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).
Office of Student Life
The Office of Student Life assists students in developing into well-rounded individuals through community service, co-curricular programming and social events.
The Career Center is dedicated to helping students reach their professional goals. Staff members work to offer customized services to all Clarkson students who are looking to plan for a rewarding career, find the right co-op or internship, develop professional and leadership skills, improve job search skills and connect with the best career and graduate school opportunities.
The mission of the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) at Clarkson is to assure students' access to the University and its programs. OAS determines, coordinates and provides reasonable accommodations, education and advocacy to students for an accessible and hospitable learning environment.
Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC)
The Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC) not only cares for our students but empowers them to become active participants in their physical health and mental well-being. The Center offers health services such as a campus clinic for illness and injury, immunizations, flu vaccinations, physicals and referrals, as well as counseling services for anxiety, adjustment to change, depression, self-esteem, relationship issues, sexuality and more.
Our Residence Life staff work to provide our students with a comfortable and positive living environment. They oversee our residential spaces and our large staff of student employees.
The International Center is the hub for all international activity on the Clarkson campus, including assisting students with studying, performing research or working abroad, as well as helping international students and visitors on campus by providing immigration services and support.
Office of the Dean of Students
In the Office of the Dean of Students, you’ll meet staff who are committed to promoting students’ personal and academic growth while representing their concerns and helping them enhance their character, quality and perspective during and after their time at Clarkson University.
Making Tuition Payments
To make an online tuition payment, please visit Nelnet at online.campuscommerce.com if you've already created an account.
If your student has not yet added you as an authorized party, please ask them to go to their myCU account, choose Financials and then choose Nelnet. On the home screen in Nelnet, they'll need to select "Add an Authorized Party." Once added, the parent or authorized person will receive an email invite from Nelnet to create an account. Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or answered by phone at 315-268-6451.
Clarkson offers graduation ceremonies each year for various bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate programs. We encourage you to learn more about our different ceremonies and stay up to date on information as it becomes available throughout the year by visiting the Commencement page.
Contact the Division of Student Affairs
Have questions about parental involvement or resources available to you or your student? Contact the Division of Student Affairs: