Interviews: In Person & Virtual

On-campus interviews are available to schedule at this time, and we continue to offer virtual opportunities for online interviews via video chat. 

Learn more & schedule your admissions interview

Campus Tours: In-Person & Virtual

In-Person Campus Tours

We are very excited to start offering in-person tours again! There is no better way to get to know campus than by coming to experience it yourself. You can:

  • Register for personalized campus tour led by one of our student tour guides
  • Lead your own on-campus tour by using our virtual campus map and stopping at the locations of your choice.

Virtual Campus Tours

If you are unable to come to campus, we still have great options for you.

  • Sign up for a virtual guided campus tour with a Clarkson tour guide narrating live to answer your questions
  • Personalize your experience with a self-guided tour that can be accessed from anywhere, including on campus.

Learn more & register for campus tours

Live Virtual Information Sessions

We invite you to join us for our series of Virtual Information Sessions, taking place each week. During each of these sessions, a member of our Admissions team will give a brief presentation about Clarkson, along with the admissions and financial aid process. Then, we will highlight a different department or topic each week, such as the Career Center, Student Success Center, SPEED Teams (engineering design project teams), Student Life and more!  All sessions will have current students, along with department faculty/staff, and you will have the chance to ask any questions you may have.  

View weekly topics & register for info sessions

Meet with a Clarkson Community Member

We offer several options to meet with faculty, athletic coaches, support staff and current students so that you can learn first-hand about life at Clarkson, including our 50+ academic programs, our 200+ student clubs, and our 20 varsity athletic teams. At this time these meetings remain in a virtual format.

Request a Virtual Meeting

Open Houses & Visit Days

Come to campus during one of our Open Houses or Visit Days to meet faculty, staff and students from all majors, programs and interests. These are a full day of immersion into the Clarkson experience, where you'll be able to learn more about: majors, minors and specialty programs; student life, clubs and organizations; study abroad and career experiences; the admissions and financial aid processes; and our beautiful 640+ acre campus and surrounding North Country community. 

We typically offer several major events per year - Summer Visit Days in late June and mid-August; Fall Open Housessometime between end of September and early November; and Spring Open Houses (for Clarkson School and Transfer) and Accepted Students Days (by invitation only) in late March and/or early April. 

Register Now for one of our Fall Open Houses

High School Visits & College Fairs

Our undergraduate admissions staff represents Clarkson at high schools and college fairs across the country. Find your counselor and find out where they'll be next, virtually and in-person. 

Find Your Counselor

Transfer Student Events

Check out events just for transfer students!  College fairs, admission info sessions, advisor-in-residence and more!  You can also find out how to visit and connect with your transfer counselor.

View Upcoming Events and Options

Overnight Hosting

Once you've applied and have been accepted to Clarkson, you'll also have the opportunity to stay overnight with one of our current students to get the full college experience. 

Requests for Overnight Housing will begin in Spring 2021

K-12 Group Visits

Clarkson welcomes many K-12 groups throughout the year to create a unique experience for all attendees that is different from our one-on-one visits. Work through a hands-on team activity with the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, have lunch with a specialty group like HEOP, sit in on a first-year class, take a tour through our award-winning SPEEDlabs and much more.

Learn more about K-12 Group Visits

Students - ask your guidance counselor or favorite teacher about bringing your class to campus for a visit.

Guidance counselors, teachers, and program coordinators - learn more about our K-12 group visit policies and schedule your visit.

Requests for K-12 Group Visits are currently suspended. Check back for updates.

Safety & Travel Information

Safety Measures for Prospective Students & Families

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and local community remains our top priority. We will be following all procedures and guidelines put in place by our campus planning teams, local public health officials, and New York State. At this time, the following measures are in place as requirements for all campus visitors:

  • All admissions visitors must pre-register for an appointment with our office, and there will be a limited number of visitors allowed on campus at one time.  As a result, we encourage you to register for your campus visit as soon as possible. Prospective students may bring a maximum of two guests to campus to attend an interview and in-person tour. Residence halls will not be part of the tour.
  • Walk-ins will not be allowed. Late arrivals may need to wait for the next available appointment or reschedule. Late arrivals may need to wait for the next available appointment or reschedule. Please call 315-268-6480 if you anticipate a late arrival.  
  • All guests must complete the Visitor Screening the same day as visit (will be provided to you in advance).
  • Upon arrival, please call 315-268-6480 to check-in with our office. Please wait in your vehicle. We will notify you when it is time to enter Holcroft House.
  • Upon arrival, visitors must have their temperature taken. Any individual with a temperature exceeding 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be able to participate in the tour, and will not be allowed entry into any campus buildings. 
  • All prospective students and those in their party must wear a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth at all times, and follow social distancing guidelines. Admissions personnel and tour guides will be doing the same. Other personal hygiene practices will also be observed, such as washing hands or using hand sanitizer regularly. Interviews and tours will follow social distancing guidelines, in addition to wearing  a mask. Failure to comply will result in the end of the visit and families will be asked to leave.
  • Only one family unit is allowed per campus tour. Masks must be worn at all times and traffic patterns must be observed. For the safety of our residential students, no residence halls will be entered during the tour.
  • Please be aware of the travel advisories currently in place for New York State. Individuals that have spent more than 24 hours in one of the "Restricted States" or have been abroad must observe the NYS quarantine guidelines before visiting our campus. 
Getting to & 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 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.

View our Potsdam Campus Printable PDF Map

View our Interactive Virtual Campus Map

Dining & Lodging

Potsdam, New York is a welcoming, friendly college town. Located on the banks of the beautiful Raquette River, its tree-lined streets and historic red sandstone buildings give a friendly feel to an array of modern stores and restaurants within walking distance of our campus.

From gluten-free bakeries, farm-to-table bistros and international cuisine restaurants, Potsdam is known in the region for its variety of culinary options. 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:

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