Schedule at a Glance - First-Year Students

We pack a lot in to one day! Accepted Students Day is both a celebration of your acceptance and an opportunity for you to get to know us (and each other) better. We recommend you attending the entire day to get a full picture of life on our campus - from academic, co-op and research opportunities to extracurricular activities and athletics - but understand if you can only attend part of the day.

Some of the day is chosen by you, and some is pre-selected for you. You will receive a finalized schedule upon check-in. If there is something that is a "must-see" for you while you're here, just let one of our staff members or admissions ambassadors (in the yellow t-shirts!) know, and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

Morning Activities

Check in & Light Breakfast
Check in and grab a special breakfast snack!

Early Bird Campus Tours
Can't stay through the afternoon? Get your student life campus tour out of the way in the morning.

Financial Aid Sessions
If you have questions regarding your financial aid package, stop in to talk to one of our admissions & financial aid staff members.

Downtown Health Sciences Session
Students interested in our direct entry programs in Physical Therapy (PT), Physician Assistant Studies (PA), or Occupational Therapy (OT) can join faculty, staff and students from these programs at our downtown campus for an overview of the programs and tour of our state-of-the-art health sciences facilities.

Welcome and Event Kick-Off
We officially welcome you to Clarkson.

Academic Information Sessions
You'll attend one information session to learn more about the academic major you are most interested in. 

Afternoon Activities

Buffet Lunch with Faculty and Students
At lunch, you'll have another opportunity to talk with faculty and students from the academic program(s) you're interested in as you enjoy a catered buffet meal (vegan/vegetarian, gluten free, and lactose free options available).

Honors Program Sessions (*by invitation only)
For students who have been accepted into the Honors Program, we offer a separate lunch and afternoon activities that focus on the Honors Program. You'll meet current students, faculty and staff from the program and learn more about the incredible opportunities available to Honors students. 

Clarkson Showcase
Several of our 200+ student clubs and organizations are on display to chat with you about getting involved on campus. Staff from student-oriented campus departments such as Athletics, Security & Safety and ROTC are also on hand to answer questions. 

Panel: Exploring Your First Year at Clarkson
By now, you've heard about Clarkson's great career and co-op opportunities but do you know how to access them? Clarkson offers all sorts of supportive resources to first year students. Attend this panel to learn about options like our First Year Advising program, finding assistance through our Writing and Student Success Centers, our annual Career Fairs, and more!

Student Life Campus Tours
If you didn't make the Early Bird tour, no problem. Your schedule will have an afternoon tour scheduled that will highlight student life related stops, such as a residence hall room, the fitness center, the Student Center, library and more. 

GE Leadership Day

Clarkson University partners with General Electric every spring to host GE Leadership Day for all accepted students. During this event, participants:

  • learn about leadership from successful GE staff who graduated from Clarkson.
  • make new friends and network with alumnae, staff and current students.
  • enjoy lunch and team-building activities on campus.
  • also attend Accepted Students Day the following day. 

This year's GE Leadership Day will take place on Friday, March 25, 2022. Please note that registration is required for Accepted Students Day if attending GE Leadership Day. 

Travel Information

You're not just visiting Clarkson, you're visiting Potsdam, St. Lawrence County and the "North Country." Potsdam is home to many shops, restaurants and activities. You can learn more about our surrounding areas by visiting our Clarkson Blog.

Overnight Accommodations

Overnight accommodations in the area include well-recognized chain hotels, quaint bed and breakfasts and family owned motels, as well as Clarkson's subsidiary hotel, the award-winning Clarkson Inn.

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

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, you may choose to utilize our Campus and Parking Map.

Notable buildings for new guests include Holcroft House, our undergraduate admissions hub; the Student Center, our student life hub; and Cheel Campus Center, home to the Golden Knights Division I men's and women's ice hockey teams.

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