Schedule of Activities - In Person Events

Early Bird Activities

9 am / 10 am / 11 am
Regular Campus Tour 
Take a classic tour of our main Clarkson campus, including stops at major academic and student life buildings. This tour will be the same as the tour offered in the afternoon. Tours will be led by current students and will leave from the Student Center Forum at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. Please register in advance for this early bird activity on your registration form.

10 am
Health Sciences Downtown Tour  (November 13 ONLY)
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. This tour will be led by current graduate students and faculty and will leave from Clarkson Hall's 1st floor at 10 am. Please register in advance for this early bird activity on your registration form.

10 am / 11 am
Engineering Lab Tours
Come to campus early to join members of our Engineering Faculty as they show you around our cutting edge engineering labs and facilities, like our wind tunnel, new shared resources lab and more! Learn all about some of the hands-on projects being worked on by current students. Tours will be led by current students and will leave from the CAMP Atrium at 10 am and 11 am. Please register in advance for this early bird activity on your registration form.

Clarkson University hosts annual open houses for undergraduate admissions
Main Event Activities

12 - 12:30 pm
Check in

Check in either on your mobile device or in person and grab a sweet treat before finding a seat!

12:30 pm / 12:45 pm
President's Welcome
President Tony Collins and Vice President Brian Grant officially welcome you to Clarkson.

1 - 1:45 pm
Academic Information Session #1

Which of our 50+ majors are you most interested in? Now's the time to visit your top choice to hear about the program and meet faculty and current students.

Keep in mind that schools will only have academic sessions on the following days:

Arts, Sciences & Education - September 25, November 13
Business & Law - November 13
Engineering - September 25, October 23, November 13
Environmental Sciences & Sustainability - October 23, November 13
Health Sciences - September 25, November 13

1:45 - 2:30 pm
Academic Information Session #2
Computer Science or Computer Engineering? Biology or Biomolecular Science? Business Studies or Engineering & Management? Many of our prospective students are interested in more than one major or program, and that's okay! We encourage you to visit a second major to explore different options. Pursuing a double major or a major coupled with 1-2 minors is common at Clarkson, so check out another program while you're here. You'll still have plenty of time to check out the Clarkson Showcase!

1:45 - 3 pm
Clarkson Showcase

What will you do at Clarkson? With 
200+ student clubs and organizations, 13 engineering competition design teams, hands-on research opportunities, global service and study abroad programs, 20 varsity athletic teams, student business plan and innovation competitions, and more, we're sure you'll find something that gets you excited about joining our Golden Knight community. Faculty, staff and students will be representing a variety of research groups, student clubs, teams and more. You don't want to miss this!

3 - 4 pm
Regular Campus Tour 
Take a classic tour of our main Clarkson campus, including stops at major academic and student life buildings. This tour will be the same as the tour offered in the morning. Tours will be led by current students and will leave from the Student Center Forum.

Transfer & Clarkson School Guests

Transfer Students

Students interested in transferring to Clarkson are welcome to attend any of our three in person Fall Open Houses. Please register using the main event registration forms listed blow and at the top of the page, based on whichever date you'd like to attend. 

For more information, contact:
Trish Dobbs, director of admissions
tdobbs@clarkson.edu

Saturday, October 23 - in person; for students interested in Environmental Sciences & Sustainability and/or Engineering programs
Register as a Prospective Transfer or First-Year Student

Saturday, November 13 - in person; for students interested in Business & Law, Arts, Sciences & Education, Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences & Sustainability and/or Engineering programs
Register as a Prospective Transfer or First-Year Student

The Clarkson School (Early College Program)

High school juniors interested in The Clarkson School (TCS), our early college program, are encouraged to attend our October 23 or November 13 events. During these events, you will be invited to special programming geared towards TCS. 

For more information, contact:
Matt Rutherford, director of Clarkson School admissions
mrutherf@clarkson.edu

Saturday, October 23 - in person; for students interested in Environmental Sciences & Sustainability and/or Engineering programs
Register for October 23 as a Prospective Clarkson School Student (Early College Program)

Saturday, November 13 - in person; for students interested in Business & Law, Arts, Sciences & Education, Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences & Sustainability and/or Engineering programs
Register for November 13 as a Prospective Clarkson School Student (Early College Program) 

Travel & Safety Information

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

Take our Virtual Campus Tour (mobile device only)

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

Safety Measures for Prospective Students & Families

Domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. state or U.S. territory. All travelers must continue to fill out the NYS Traveler Health Form upon entering New York and successfully complete Clarkson's Visitor Screening Form on the day of their campus visit.

Everyone who tours campus is held to health and safety standards that have been established to keep our University community safe. We have worked closely with our faculty experts and local public health officials to meet and/or exceed all New York State guidelines during COVID-19. State and campus requirements are subject to change, so please be sure to check back regularly for our most up-to-date visitor information.

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 Fall Open Houses, and there will be a limited number of visitors allowed on campus at one time. We encourage you to register for your date of choice as soon as possible. Prospective students may bring a maximum of two guests to campus. Residence halls will not be part of campus tour.
  • All guests must complete the Visitor Screening the same day as visit (will be provided to you in advance).
  • All prospective students and those in their party must wear a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth at all times except while eating and drinking, and follow social distancing guidelines. Neck gaiters are not acceptable face coverings. 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. Failure to comply will result in the end of the visit and families will be asked to leave.
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