Parents Give our Students Strength

Parents and Students at Hockey Game

The success of our students is Clarkson's priority. Our academic programs are ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report, and we are one of the smallest schools in the category only with 3,000 students. That means your student will receive more personal attention in our rigorous program.

We emphasize stretching boundaries because we want all of our students to pursue and achieve their life goals. Students can explore multiple departments fields of study or extracurricular activities. With a curiosity that crosses disciplines, our students are encouraged explore their various interests. Perhaps that's why one out of every five Clarkson graduates is a CEO, vice president, or owns a company.

Visit campus life to find out more ways your student can get involved, and also spend some time in our residence life to check out our living and dining facilities. Our Career Center is a great resource where we detail the co-op and internship opportunities, and where you can see the more than 150 companies that visit campus each year. You may also want to get involved in our parents association, which promotes active parent involvement in the University.

But the first thing we encourage you to do is come to Potsdam and take a look at the University in person. We think you will like what you see.

Commencement Ceremonies

Clarkson offers four 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 website.

Join Us for Family Weekend

2018 Family Weekend, October 19th & 20th

We're putting together the final plans for Family Weekend 2018, but this will give you an idea of what's in store.  Check back for updates!



If you are planning on attending this year’s family weekend and need lodging, we encourage you to make reservations as soon as possible. Please see this link for lodging information:

Join the Parents Association

The Parents Association represents all Clarkson parents, and promotes their active involvement in the University. Once enrolled parents become lifetime members of the Association. The Parents Association facilitates interaction and support between the University and parents providing insight into the life of your student.

A Parents Committee, representing parents from each class year of students, leads the Association and many parents contribute their time, expertise and support to plan association programs like Career Center, Admission Mentor and the Parents Fund. The Parents Committee encourages every parent to take an active role in the life of the University by offering creative suggestions, feedback and volunteering their support.


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