Day 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 better. We recommend you attending the entire day to get a full picture of life on our campus - from academic, study abroad 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 anytime from 7:30-10 a.m. 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.

One-on-One Financial Aid Meetings
If you have questions regarding your financial aid package, stop by our financial aid desk and we'll sign you up to talk to one of our admissions & financial aid staff members one-on-one. 

Meet the Dean - School of Engineering
School of Engineering Dean Bill Jemison and several of his faculty and students are available to answer all of your questions about Clarkson engineering over light breakfast. 

Career & Study Abroad Panel
Students with different majors, interests, and experiences share their Clarkson journeys and answer questions related to co-ops, internships, getting a full-time job, and study abroad.

Health Sciences Info Sessions
Learn more about our Health Sciences programs in these short sessions that give an overview of pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet, pre-PT, pre-PA and pre-OT. 

Adirondack Semester Info Sessions
If living and learning in the heart of the Adirondacks is something that interests you, we encourage you to check out this short info session on our unique Adirondack Semester option.

President's Welcome
President Tony Collins and Vice President Brian Grant 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

One-on-One Financial Aid Meetings
If you have questions regarding your financial aid package, stop by our financial aid desk and we'll sign you up to talk to one of our admissions & financial aid staff members one-on-one.

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).

World of Clarkson Fair
Over 50 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 Security & Safety, the Student Success Center, and Dining Services are also on hand to answer questions. Finally, minors and other academic programs like pre-law, are also highlighted during this time.

Financial Aid Information Session
Director of New Student Financial Aid Kara Pitts and her staff explain Clarkson's financial aid process and offer a Q&A period.

Get to Know Your School
Accepted students will separate from their families in the afternoon and start with this hands-on activity that is specific to your academic school (School of Business, School of Arts & Sciences/Institute for a Sustainable Environment, School of Engineering). It's a great time to get to know and interact with your future classmates, too.

Parent to Parent Panel
Parents of accepted students will surely benefit from this special panel only offered at Accepted Students Day. Volunteers from Clarkson's Parents Committee are on hand to answer all of your questions while your student is at another activity. 

Student to Student Panel
What's life as a student at Clarkson really like? Find out from our students. Ask them whatever questions come to mind and expect real answers. 

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. 

Transfer, Honors & Clarkson School Guests

Transfer students and students interested in the Honors Program and/or the Clarkson School will have slightly different schedules and optional sessions related to these programs. For more information, contact:

Trish Dobbs, director of admissions

Honors Program
Marcy Wilcox, assistant to the director of the Honors Program

The Clarkson School
Matt Rutherford, director of Clarkson School admissions

Honors group

Transfer, Honors & Clarkson School

Travel Information

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 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.

What's your purpose? Achieve it here.