Fall Open Houses will include:

Early Bird Activities

Early bird activities are optional activities for families who would like to arrive prior to the official 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. check in. 

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 every 15 minutes from the Student Center Forum starting at 9 a.m. 

Biology Lab Tours
Wondering what Biology research and hands-on experiences you'll have access to at Clarkson? Take a  more personal look inside our Biology labs with the faculty that know them best. Please register in advance for this early bird activity on your registration form.

Donuts with the Dean

Stop by the Multipurpose Rooms to enjoy coffee with members of our Coulter School of Engineering including Dean William Jemison, faculty and students. Enjoy breakfast and a chance to talk one-on-one about the Clarkson Engineering experience.

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 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please register in advance for this early bird activity on your registration form.

Admission Interviews
Think Clarkson is the place for you? Schedule an interview with one of our Admissions counselors while you are on campus. This is an optional, but important, part of the admissions process that can help solidify or confirm your decision. Register on the Fall Open House form as availability is limited. 

Clarkson University hosts annual open houses for undergraduate admissions


Main Event Activities

Our official event activities take place from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Check in - 11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Check in either on your mobile device or in person and grab a quick bite to eat before finding a seat!

President's Welcome - 12:30 p.m.
President Marc Christensen and Director of Admissions Matt Rutherford officially welcome you to Clarkson.

Academic Information Sessions - 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Interested in computers but finding it hard to choose between computer science or computer engineering? Interested in the environment but not sure if you want to study Environmental Health Science, Biology or Environmental Engineering? Thankfully, at Fall Open Houses, you don't have to choose! Attend one of our Academic Information Sessions based on your area of interest and learn about a multitude of majors and opportunities related to your interests as well as interdisciplinary opportunities. At each, you'll hear from diverse students and faculty to help you choose the major that is best for you or solidify your choice if you already know.

Financial Aid Drop-In Sessions - 1 - 3:30 p.m.
If you have questions regarding submitting the FAFSA form or financial aid in general, drop-in in and speak to one of our admissions & financial aid staff members. These drop-in sessions will be held in the Educational Resources Center (ERC) from 1 - 3:30 pm.

Academics Fair - 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
After you've gone to your Academic Information Session of choice, get a closer look at your top individual academic programs at our Academics Fair. Representatives from across campus will be available to answer your questions about individual majors as well as opportunities unique to those programs. Many of our prospective students are interested in more than one major or program, and that's okay! We encourage you to visit a variety of tables to explore all your options.

Engineering Showcase - 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
Whether you're a future engineer interested in racing Baja cars, building bridges, or anything inbetween, make your rounds at our Engineering Showcase to talk to students, faculty and staff about all the incredible research, teams and clubs, labs and activities our students can be a part of in the Coulter School of Engineering and beyond.

Student Activities Fair - 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
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!

Campus Tour - 3 - 4 p.m.
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 either of our in person Fall Open Houses. Please register using the main event registration forms listed above.

For more information, contact:

The Clarkson School (Early College Program)

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

For more information, contact:

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 are no longer required to quarantine after entering New York from another U.S. state or U.S. territory. 

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. If new procedures and guidelines arise, we will inform all event registrants in advance. 

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