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The Office of the Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs oversees the areas of the University that have a significant impact on student life. The staff is committed to assisting students with the many adjustments they face during their college years. The Vice President works closely with student leaders, student groups, and individual students to assess student needs and develop programs and services to meet those needs. The Student Affairs professionals view university life as a total educational experience, encompassing the ongoing activities and programs offered in residence halls, clubs and organizations, special campus events, and experiential programs both on and off the campus. Our students are always expected to behave in ways that are mindful of safety and civility, respecting and celebrating the many differences they find among one another. The University Outreach and Student Affairs staff members at Clarkson are educators in their own right and work to build bridges between the faculty and students and the outside world in new and creative ways. Clarkson students become part of a dynamic and diverse community of scholars and will grow and develop as individuals within that community as they prepare for their futures.


  • University Outreach and Student Affairs is a catalyst for bridging diverse academic, cultural, professional and social experiences, empowering students to achieve their full potential.
  • We promote intellectual, personal and professional growth through the creation and delivery of developmental opportunities in a collaborative and respectful campus community.
  • We enhance faculty/staff interaction and facilitate cocurricular educational activities as well as provide global, pre-professional and leadership experiences.
  • CORE Values
     Vision — Integrity — Diversity — Pride — Empowerment — Collaboration

Clarkson is a residential university, with the majority of students residing on campus. Other students live in fraternity or sorority houses or apartments in the Village of Potsdam. Being a student at Clarkson means entering into “community” at several different levels. Broadly speaking, there is the learning community that encompasses the full experience of living and studying on the Clarkson campus, accompanied by the pleasures and responsibilities of being an integral part of a relatively small college town. However, small and sometimes powerful communities often develop within the floor of a residence hall; or among a group of laboratory partners; or among the members of a campus club. A Clarkson education encompasses far more than classroom and laboratory activities, studying, and grades. It is a total experience that includes building new relationships, finding out more about oneself, clarifying career and personal goals for the future, and learning how to be a participating member of a society that constantly strives to be better.

Clarkson students work hard. The University’s standards are high, the courses challenging, and the time full. Sometimes it can be quite demanding. But we also know from thousands of our alumni — as well as current students — that they take great pride in having worked hard for a quality education that pays off for them in many different ways. In addition to providing each student with a strong academic program, Clarkson is committed to helping its students develop personally and professionally. Your learning experience will reach well beyond the traditional classroom and laboratory setting. An essential part of your educational experience will emerge through the programs and activities in which you participate. Another characteristic that we see in our students is a strong desire to make the world a better place, and we try in many different ways to encourage involvement in and service to the surrounding community. To be able to find ways of giving back to our communities is truly the mark of a responsible and independent adult.

Students approaching their first year at Clarkson know that they have been accepted to an academically selective institution, yet the atmosphere at the University is friendly and supportive, one in which students go out of their way to help each other succeed. Our students learn the importance of an individual’s contribution to successful teamwork in the completion of any project. This gives the Clarkson graduate experience and insight into the significance of developing intellectual and interpersonal skills simultaneously.

The first year at Clarkson is structured to help students in their academic, personal, and social adjustment to college and to their future. Clarkson’s concern for new students begins even before they arrive on campus. Over the summer, the University sends first-year students an array of information about life and traditions at Clarkson, from materials concerning housing assignments and roommates, to information about arrival times and the Orientation Program.

Orientation is a formal introduction to life at Clarkson. During this period, newcomers meet housemates, classmates, advisors, and other members of the campus community. Students may choose to become involved in a pre-Orientation trip as a way of being introduced to Clarkson life before the comprehensive Orientation Program begins. Orientation provides numerous opportunities to find out all about life at Clarkson from a personal, social, and academic standpoint. It is a time for learning about Clarkson traditions, appreciating the value of the University’s celebrative community, and learning about ways to serve in the larger community. To assist new students, every first-year residence hall floor is assigned a resident advisor. The resident advisors (or RAs) are upperclass students trained to ease the transition from high school and home to college. If they are not able to answer a question, they know who can.

Once classes begin, campus life takes on an identity of its own. Students begin to adjust to a new and different schedule, to new academic performance expectations, and to an entirely new way of life. Some adjust more easily than others. For those who need assistance with academic, personal, or social concerns, there are any number of possible routes available. Counseling Services represent one possibility. The people there are trained to assist students in every aspect of their daily lives: stress management, interpersonal communication, personal issues, etc. The Counseling staff can help find a solution to a problem, or can find someone else to help.

The Student Success Center is designed to support all students in a proactive and supportive environment by providing structured and effective services as they persist towards their undergraduate degree. The SSC incorporates three offices: First-Year Advising and University Studies, Accommodative Services and Trio's-Student Support Services. Using a collaborative approach within and across the campus community, the SSC offers all students access to academic counseling and advisement, as well as tutoring and disability services.

Student Support Services (SSS)
The Student Support Services is a federally funded Trio program designed to maximize the academic performance of Clarkson University students who are first generation, from low income background or who have a disability. SSS provides opportunities for academic development assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. The SSS program may also provide grant aid to current students. Student services include study skills development, tutoring, financial literacy, mentoring and financial assistance.

First-Year Advising

It is not unusual for students to experience many changes in their first year on campus, and we provide resources to help them. Academic advising is an important function of Clarkson's faculty and staff. Although all students have a faculty or professional administrative advisor within their academic programs of study, an added service offered by Clarkson is First-Year Advising for students who want extra guidance. Many students want to tailor their education to pursue multiple interests, or they are still deciding on a major or career direction.

Office of Accommodative Services
This is the initial point of contact for students with documented disabilities seeking accommodations or services. The office is responsible for maintaining disability-related documentation, certifying eligibility for receipt of services, determining reasonable accommodation, and ensuring the provision of those services. Students are asked to make contact with the Office of Accommodative Services prior to the beginning of each semester at Clarkson, in order to help ensure that accommodations will be available in a timely fashion.

The student will meet with the Director of Accommodative Services to review documentation and determine appropriate accommodations. The Office of Accommodative Services will assist the student with faculty notification requesting appropriate accommodations. Appropriate accommodations will be provided to students who have followed the procedures as developed by the Office of Accommodative Services. Services may include short-term arrangements for students who have become temporarily disabled. 

First-Year Seminar

The University understands that there are common areas where concerns arise and has developed a series of programs specifically for first-year students. The most comprehensive program required of freshmen is the First-Year Seminar. The course introduces students to the broad educational mission of the University. It also covers such topics as alcohol and drugs, fitness, stress management, sexuality, leadership skills, academic adjustment, and communication. The course allows for discussion and presentation with faculty and upperclass peer assistants, as well as with outside experts. It builds skills for group interaction.

First-Year Transition
The Clarkson Union Board, Residence Life staff, and Residence Hall Association take over where the First-Year Seminar ends. Each group plans and coordinates a number of activities and co-curricular programs open to all students. Activities such as a trip to Toronto to see Miss Saigon and Phantom of the Opera or opportunities to attend professional sporting events in Ottawa, Montreal, or Buffalo might be offered by one of these groups. Whatever one’s taste, there is probably a program to satisfy it. If not, each of these groups is either student run or has student representatives to help plan and implement desired programs.

In any major, the first-year curriculum at Clarkson is challenging. All first-year students take the Clarkson seminar, which addresses important questions around a central theme. In each school, common coursework in the first year makes it easy to change majors if the academic interests change.

To assist in the transition to Clarkson’s academic program, first-year students are encouraged to live with others around a common theme interest, whether it is academic or recreational. Peer mentors help students living in theme housing with their academic and social transitions to Clarkson. They do this by helping to indentify tutoring needs and resources, helping to organize social and leadership events and just generally being available to assist students. Students living in themed housing are encouraged to study and learn together and to develop mentoring relationships with faculty.

Students may seek help with their academic work through the Student Support Services area, their instructors, or the department in which a course is offered. Group tutoring sessions are organized for many first-year courses.

It is part of the challenge of the first year to learn to strike a healthy balance between an academic program and a social life. Clarkson is ready to help, and the University staff is experienced at supporting students in their efforts to succeed. The help is there for the asking — and is all part of the supportive environment that is the experience of being a first-year student at Clarkson.

The Wellness staff is dedicated to helping discover the maximum potential they possess and are capable of maintaining through Experiential Learning Theories by using a positive approach to enhance learning by helping to reduce health-related barriers to academic success. The Wellness staff conducts activities that encourage thinking and stepping out of the box and relating these emotional states to the tasks and environment the individuals interact with. The overall outcome is to use active participation in these activities to help individuals develop a sense of awareness during decision making to encourage a happier, healthier existence. For more information, go to:

Clarkson Housing
Clarkson is a residential university. Single undergraduate students are required to live in University housing and dine in campus facilities unless they are granted an exemption to the residency requirement listed in the policies. Junior and senior fraternity and sorority members who meet academic requirements may live and dine in University-recognized fraternity and sorority housing. Upperclass fraternity and sorority members living in residence halls may be permitted to take their meals at their respective fraternity or sorority houses.

University housing provides accommodations ranging from traditional rooms to suites to apartments. Most first-year students reside together in the Cubley-Reynolds and Hamlin-Powers complex. Special attention is given to the assigning of roommates to first-year students. Some of our housing units feature suite-type accommodations; these rooms are fully carpeted with interconnecting baths. Lounges and recreational areas, laundry rooms, and vending machines are located in or near each residence facility. Campus housing is staffed by live-in University employees known as Area Coordinators, who supervise and train students as resident advisors and directors to assist the students with personal issues and a variety of educational, social and recreational programs. Substance-free housing is available to our students. Smoking is not permitted in any buildings on campus including the residence halls.

Students living in campus housing are required to contract for food service, eating their meals in a University dining venue of their choice (exceptions are campus apartment residents).

In addition, the University operates three on-campus apartment complexes. All units are furnished with kitchen facilities and include utilities. Students in a campus apartment are not required to contract for food service, however, they may do so. Students residing off campus have the option of contracting for University food service.

Telephone service, TV cable, and data lines are available for students in each room or apartment. A separate charge may be associated with telephone service and/or TV cable.

Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to the Residence Regulations enumerated in the University housing contract and on the University's web site.

Theme Housing
Consistent with the Residential Experience initiative of the University Outreach and Student Affairs Strategic Plan, Clarkson is striving to bring all aspects of Clarkson’s learning community together by developing innovative theme housing opportunities to complement and build on current theme housing created around projects or entrepreneurial ventures in which students from various majors live and work together. In addition, students will continue to be encouraged to develop meaningful proposals for living together in theme-related housing, thereby increasing options for people with similar interests to live together while expanding the collaborative learning atmosphere to our residences in a very intentional way.  

Cheel Campus Center
The Cheel Campus Center is the focal point of activities on the Hill campus. The facility combines the programs offered by a comprehensive student center and a 3,000-seat multipurpose arena. Students use the Center on a daily basis to pick up their mail, grab a meal at the Main Street Cafe, shoot a game of pool, attend a meeting or a movie, listen to a comedy performance, visit an art show, or simply to hang out in one of the lounges. Club ’99 is a coffeehouse/pub located on the first floor of the Cheel Center. The Center contains the office of the student newspaper, The Integrator, and the Student Senate office. In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students, Residence Life Office, Office of Student Organizations, and Campus Safety & Security are located in the Cheel Center.

The Cheel Arena within the Center, home of men’s and women’s Golden Knights Hockey, is also the place to attend an orientation picnic, an opening convocation, a concert, or to take part in an intramural broomball or hockey game. The spacious, versatile facility offers many opportunities for large-scale gatherings, no matter what time of year.

Academic Advising
By tradition and practice all members of the Clarkson faculty and administration are available to consult with students. In addition, every student is assigned a faculty advisor. This advisor provides a direct student-faculty contact for advising on academic matters and professional planning. There is also an advising center available that provides a professional advisor who can help sort out and resolve particular academic concerns and problems.

The First-Year Advising is another place for students to get assistance. It is not unusual for students to experience many changes in their first year on campus, and we provide resources to help them. Advising is an important function of Clarkson's faculty and staff. Although all students have a faculty advisor, an added service offered by Clarkson is a First-Year Advising Center for students who want extra guidance. Many students want to tailor their education to pursue multiple interests, or they are still deciding on their career direction.

Clarkson's First-Year Advising helps students identify campus resources so they can take advantage of the opportunities available at the University. For example, they can help you connect with people to answer your questions about counseling, special learning needs, tutoring, majors and academic options, residence life, and more.

Many times the first person contacted about academic problems is the instructor of the course. Faculty members are readily accessible before and after class and maintain posted office hours for conferences. Each year special recognition is given to those faculty members judged by the students to be the most effective advisors.

Student Administrative Services (SAS)
Student Administrative Services (SAS) provides Clarkson undergraduates and graduate students with a single location for information regarding transcripts, course scheduling, and academic procedures, costs and billing, and financial assistance through scholarships, grants, and loans.

To make these critical administrative services more accessible and convenient, Clarkson has combined the traditional functions of the offices of the Registrar, Bursar, and Financial Aid into its SAS. To further streamline the flow of information, SAS is staffed by service representatives who are able to provide and explain data in both the academic and financial areas. For more information, call 315-268-6451.

Campus Safety & Security
The Office of Campus Safety & Security consists of a team of people working with the campus community to meet the specialized safety and security needs of the University. Responsibilities include the maintenance of public order, vehicle registration, emergency first aid treatment, issuing I.D. cards, room key distribution, educational programs (including crime prevention and fire safety), and other related programs.

Campus Safety & Security officers are responsible for the enforcement of the rules and regulations of the University. The Dean of Students staff is responsible for overseeing the judicial process. Officers do not have police jurisdiction over public streets, public property, or private property. Arrests and apprehension are referred to the Village Police. Statistics concerning campus safety and campus crime are available upon request from the Office of Campus Safety & Security or can be accessed at

The department’s ability to function as an independent agency enables it to preserve the tradition of Clarkson in which security, safety, and adherence to the Code of Student Conduct are both an individual responsibility and a collective behavior. In emergencies, Village Police are called as first-line, back-up support, along with appropriate University officials and the University Emergency Response Team.

Clarkson Regulations
By the time students enter the University they are considered to be adults and are expected to act accordingly. Each student is responsible for knowing the contents of Clarkson Regulations, found at The regulations contain information on registration, class absences, the grading system, scholastic requirements, the method for removing course deficiencies, special examinations, the code of conduct, campus policies, and other information regarding University operations. Printed copies of Clarkson Regulations can also be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach & Student Affairs.

There are many opportunities to enhance the educational experience through participation in a range of extracurricular activities. The University recognizes the importance of these activities in developing qualities of leadership and personal growth. To find out when student groups are meeting and what activities are happening on campus go to and check your e-mail every Thursday to see what is happening that weekend and the following week. Your college experience will be richer if you are an active participant in it.

Clarkson Union Board
The Clarkson Union Board (CUB) is one of the programming organizations for the students, faculty, alumni and guests of the University. Through its operating committees and staff, CUB provides a cultural, social and recreational program that complements academic life of the campus. The CUB executive committee consists of a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Committee chairpersons join with the executive committee to complete the Board. The Clarkson Union Board sponsors movies, cultural films, special dances, forums, concerts and comedians.

Clarkson University Student Association (CUSA)
CUSA Senate is the governing body of all clubs and organizations on campus. They are responsible for allocating the activity fee each semester to sponsored clubs and organizations. Composed of a president, vice president, comptroller, public affairs director, treasurer and secretary (the Executive Board), six Senators from each class, and a Clarkson School representative, the CUSA Senate serves as the formal representatives of the student body. The CUSA Senate is responsible for working together with the Clarkson Administration on all decisions that affect the student body.  Senate meetings are held on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Petersen Boardroom, Bertrand H. Snell Hall. Committee meetings are held at various times throughout the week. Meetings are open to all students.

Community Involvement and Service
Potsdam has a number of service institutions, agencies and organizations that welcome volunteer assistance. Some members of the Clarkson faculty are building opportunities for service learning into the structure of their courses. This enables students to receive partial academic credit for working on community needs and problems relevant to their academic fields. One of Clarkson’s fundamental values is to develop the kinds of skills in students that will enable them to make contributions toward the betterment of the local and global community. For information about monthly volunteer opportunities on campus and information about local organizations that are seeking volunteers in Potsdam, see

Service Organizations
There are special organizations dedicated specifically to community service. They are open to all undergraduate students. Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity, consisting of over 615 chapters across the United States, is one of the largest fraternities in the country. Founded in 1925, Alpha Phi Omega was established to promote leadership by providing services to benefit the campus and the community. Alpha Phi Omega is open to all students. Clarkson also recognizes active chapters of Circle K and Rotary, whose members become involved in numerous community service projects.

Cultural and Recreational Opportunities
The Clarkson community has easy access to many cultural and recreational facilities in upper New York state, New England, and Canada, as well as on the campus.

Among New York State attractions are the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, the Remington Museum at Ogdensburg, the Thousand Islands resorts near Alexandria Bay, and the St. Lawrence Seaway area near Massena.

Skiing is available at slopes around Lake Placid, Tupper Lake, Vermont, and New Hampshire, which are easily reached by automobile, as are excellent locations and facilities for fishing, boating, hiking, tennis, and golf.

Splendid concentrations of cultural activities abound in nearby areas of Canada. Within 96 miles is the Canadian capital of Ottawa, with its National Arts Centre, National Gallery of Canada, Museum of Civilization, Museum of Science and Technology, Museum of Nature, Ottawa Senators hockey team, and the Parliament complex. Within 150 miles are Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts, Place des Arts, several educational institutions, and a professional hockey team, the Canadiens. Just across the border near Cornwall is Upper Canada Village, a reconstruction of the living style of United Empire Loyalists who sought refuge in Canada following the American Revolution.

In Potsdam itself, music lovers have excellent opportunities to hear orchestral, choral, and solo performances by teachers, students, and visiting artists at the noted Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.

Fraternity-Sorority Life
About 15 percent of Clarkson’s students join fraternities and sororities. The locals, in order of their founding, are:

Omicron Pi Omicron (1904)
Zeta Nu (1956)
Lambda Phi Epsilon (1968)
Tau Delta Kappa (1970)

National fraternities, with the date of their origination at Clarkson, include:          
Alpha Chi Rho (1956)
Delta Sigma Phi (1967)
Phi Kappa Sigma (1981)
Sigma Chi (1987)
Sigma Phi Epsilon (2000)

The three national sororities at Clarkson are:
Phi Sigma Sigma (1979)
Delta Zeta (1986)
Theta Phi Alpha (2006)

Students are eligible to join fraternities and sororities according to the guidelines established by the Recognition Policy for Fraternities and Sororities. Recruitment activities typically take place during the first two weeks of each semester, however chapters may elect to hold recruitment activities throughout the year.

Clarkson University’s Recognition Policy for Fraternities and Sororities holds that the futures of these organizations are determined by their demonstrated ability to contribute positively to high academic standards, good social behavior, and constructive extracurricular activities. Hazing and discrimination are prohibited.

Many fraternities and sororities maintain chapter houses and serve meals. Initiatives are underway to integrate fraternities and sororities more completely into the educational and social fabric of the University through the ongoing development of on-campus housing options. Housing exemption requests to live at chapter houses are considered by the Office of Student Organizations in conjunction with the Housing Office and are made according to housing policies. Costs of joining social fraternities and sororities vary. Questions may be directed to the Associate Dean of Students for Student Center & Organizations at 315-268-2345.

Honor Societies
Upperclass students who demonstrate high scholastic achievement in a given field and possess exemplary qualities of character and leadership are eligible for membership in a number of national and local honor societies. National honor societies include Beta Gamma Sigma (business administration), Chi Epsilon (civil engineering), Eta Kappa Nu (electrical and computer engineering), Omega Chi Epsilon (chemical engineering), Phi Theta Kappa (transfer students), Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics), Pi Tau Sigma (mechanical engineering), and Tau Beta Pi (engineering). Sigma Tau Iota is a local honor society available to Engineering and Management students.

IFC/Panhellenic Activities
The councils’ activities include several annual events such as Greek Week and the Annual Spring Survival Challenge. The fraternity and sorority community also sponsors its own intramural programs as well as numerous community-service events.

Interfraternity Council
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) is a body of representatives from each of the member chapters. From this body, the IFC Executive Officers are elected on an annual basis. In addition to the president, there are vice presidents who serve in various capacities, such as risk management, membership recruitment, educational programming, public relations, community involvement, etc. These students work with their Panhellenic counterparts to offer programming for the Greek system and campus, and to maintain a Judicial Board that hears cases related to misconduct on the part of fraternities or sororities.

International Student Organization (ISO)
The ISO is an organization for both U.S. and International students. Students meet on a regular basis to celebrate holidays, take trips, socialize, and learn more about each other’s cultures. For more information, contact the International Student Advisor by mail at Clarkson University, PO Box 5645, Potsdam, NY 13699-5645, USA. Visit the ISO Web site at

Journalism, Radio, TV
Students interested in journalism can work on one of the University publications. The student newspaper, The Integrator, is published weekly. The Clarksonian is the University yearbook. Each is edited and managed by students.

A radio station is operated out of one facility that is located in the basement of the Hamlin-Powers Residence Hall complex. WTSC-FM operates as a broadcast station and is governed and operated by Clarkson students, as is the amateur (ham) radio club, K2CC.

Clarkson students also operate the cable television station WCKN-TV. This station provides news shows and hockey coverage, as well as syndicated broadcasting.

Music and Dramatics
Those interested in music may participate in the Pep Band or orchestra. The Pep Band plays at sports events and the orchestra at various University functions such as Recognition Day. Students with an interest in acting may join Clarkson Theatre, which presents two or three productions a year. Past performances include “Harvey,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Our Town,” and “Dracula.”

A wide range of concerts, plays, lectures and other cultural events are available through the Clarkson Union Board and the Residence Hall Association. Events are also sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley. Movies, both foreign and domestic, are presented throughout each term at Clarkson and other nearby colleges.

Panhellenic Council
The Panhellenic Council (Panhel) is composed of delegates from each of the member sorority chapters. The council positions are divided among the delegates. The President and Vice President for Recruitment rotate between chapters; other positions are determined by appointment. Recruitment activities are typically conducted during the first two weeks of each semester, however individual chapter also hold recruitment events throughout the year.

Professional Societies
Numerous national professional societies maintain student chapters at Clarkson. These include Alpha Kappa Psi (national professional business fraternity-coed); American Indian Science and Engineering Society; American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics; American Institute of Chemical Engineers; American Product and Inventory Control Society; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Arnold Air Society; Association of General Contractors; Association for Computing Machinery; Engineering and Management Society; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers; National Society of Black Engineers; New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA); Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers; Society for Technical Communication; and Society of Women Engineers.

Recognition Societies
One of the highest honors a Clarkson student can receive is to be tapped for membership in Phalanx, the senior leadership society. Students are recognized for their exceptional leadership ability, scholastic attainment, and extracurricular involvement.

The Arnold Air Society is a professional honorary service organization within the Corps of Air Force ROTC Cadets. Arnold Air provides a stimulating, service-oriented program that gives selected cadets enhanced leadership skill development opportunities while they provide service to the campus and the community.

Religious and Spiritual Life
Although it is not a church-affiliated university, Clarkson is interested in the moral and spiritual development of its students. Some students pursue their spiritual development in personalized ways, while others attend services of organized religious groups. Potsdam churches include Baptist, Christian Science, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Episcopal, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Koinonia (unaffiliated), Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Roman Catholic. Potsdam’s synagogue is the Congregation Beth-El. There is also a mosque in Potsdam and an active Muslim Student Association. There are Seventh Day Adventist and Unitarian Universalist churches in nearby Canton, a Congregational church in Norwood, and a Lutheran church in Massena.

The Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) is a nondenominational organization of Christian students who host Bible studies, weekly fellowship meetings, and other activities. Many students participate in religious life by singing in the choirs or teaching Sunday school. There are occasional meditation, yoga, and Buddhist groups that are open to students. For more information please see

Special Interest Clubs
Among the campus organizations for students with special interests are: Amateur Radio Club, Archery Club, Bowling, Broomball, Chess, Clarkson Rangers (Army ROTC), Clarkson Theatre, Clarksonian, Common Ground, Cycling/Mt. Biking Club, Environmental Club, Flying Club, Gaming Club, International Students, Jazz Band, Legal Aid Clinic, Men’s Rugby Club, Mini-Baja, Formula SAE, Outing Club, Pep Band, Photo Club, Physics Club, Racquetball Club, Ski Club, SPECTRUM, Sports Car Club, Student Orientation Services, Sunrayce, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball Club, WCKN-TV, WTSC radio, and Women’s Rugby Club.


Counseling Services
Counseling Services play an active role in helping Clarkson students adjust to college life and set immediate and long-range goals. The years spent in college are years of personal growth, changing relationships, exploration of values and feelings, and of learning how to be an independent adult. Development in these areas is as crucial to education as what is learned in classrooms and laboratories. Throughout the year counselors provide workshops that teach skills and provide insights important to this development process. They also teach several sections of the First-Year Seminar that is required of all first-year students. The counselors approach students with a sense of caring and a sincere desire to help them find personal fulfillment and satisfaction in their University careers.

Personal counseling is also provided by full-time professional counselors who are prepared to deal with a variety of concerns including stress, alcohol abuse, eating disorders, depression and sexual issues. However, students not only seek help for specific problems, but make use of counseling to explore feelings, values and life directions. Counselors also offer a variety of personality and vocational interest tests that can help increase self-awareness and clarify goals. In addition to counseling, the staff is prepared to make appropriate medical referrals.

Alcohol and Drug Education
Clarkson’s alcohol and drug educational efforts are focused on two important messages. The first emphasizes the legal obligations of students with regard to the use of alcohol or any other substance. The University’s alcohol and drug policies are stated clearly in the Clarkson Regulations and are guided by law. A civil community is built on respect for others and respect for the law. A second major emphasis is the complicated concept of responsible and moderate use of alcohol. The use of alcohol is interwoven in many everyday settings and activities in our culture. Education and policy at Clarkson are designed to insist on legal and moderate usage among those choosing to drink, and to discourage dangerous or harmful practices involving alcohol or other substances.

Campus programming is designed to convey the messages highlighted above. Students who are interested in participating in prevention efforts can contact the counseling center on the second floor of Price Hall. Students with special concerns or problems with alcohol or drug abuse should also contact the Counseling Center at the same location.

Health Center
The University has forged a partnership with Canton-Potsdam Hospital, CPH, in which CPH provides professional staffing and services at the University’s Student Health Center. Through this partnership, students enjoy a comprehensive health care program and the broad professional capacities provided by the hospital and its highly trained staff. At the Student Health Center (located in the Hamlin-Powers residence hall complex) CPH provides clinical services to include basic medical care, preventative care, general physicals for student-related activities and limited urgent care. Students also have access to CPH’s state-of-the-art lab services. With the exception of physicals, most visits to the Health Center are free of charge. Lab work, x-rays and prescription meds are billed to the student’s insurance carrier. The Health Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. during the academic year. After hours emergencies are handled at CPH itself which is located approximately one mile from campus.

CPH provides comprehensive acute medical-surgical care and emergency care, and has widely recognized programs in chemical dependency treatment, cardiac care, obstetrics, and physical rehabilitation services. The Hospital operates the Warner Cancer Treatment Center. In addition, CPH is an affiliate of renowned Fletcher Allen Health Care, headquartered in Burlington, Vt.

The Career Center is designed to assist all Clarkson students in career preparation, with a particular focus on external experiential learning opportunities to include cooperative education, internships, and international study programs. Assistance with pursuing post-college employment and graduate study is also central to the mission of the Center. It is also a primary focus of the Center to develop relationships with business and industry who recruit or could potentially recruit our graduates, assuring that these organizations include Clarkson among their primary college relations and recruiting universities.

Career and Job Search Services
Individual career coaching appointments are available through the Career Center to discuss concerns such as career direction and choice, skills identification, employment opportunities, and job search techniques. Staff members are available to help students discern solutions and develop strategies to address career-related concerns.

The Center facilitates a wide number of career-oriented workshops for first-year students through graduate-level students, including career exploration groups, resume preparation, interviewing techniques, and job-search techniques including networking and utilization of the Internet. The mock interview program is noted for its success in preparing students for their job interviews. Among the many benefits of a Clarkson education is the alumni network. Alumni serve as a critical link to the Center. The Center also reaches out to the community by planning programs with any campus organization or academic program.

The Career Center provides access to internship, co-op, and permanent job opportunities through the following means: an on-campus recruiting program with business, industry and government; Career Fairs; a Web-based resume database system that enables the Center to provide students’ resumes to employers; a job-listing service on the Internet called EmployOn; and a network of thousands of Clarkson alumni who can be tapped at any time in the students’ years at the University.

Clarkson’s reputation with hundreds of companies across the country, combined with a comprehensive Career Center, has resulted in positive outcomes for the graduates consistently over the years. Clarkson’s annual study reveals that in 2006 over 98 percent of respondents, all recent graduates, find professional employment in their field or enter full-time graduate study or military service within six to 12 months of graduation. Employment statistics for recent classes are available upon request from the Center.

Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program
The Cooperative Education office works closely with representatives of business, industry and government to place students in meaningful real-life work environments during the academic year. A Co-op experience provides students the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge and gain valuable experience while positioning themselves to obtain full-time professional employment upon graduation.

Typically, students participate in the Co-op Program for an academic semester and a summer. Students may choose to co-op from January through August or from May through December. However, the co-op work block timeframe is very flexible and the University makes every effort to match a student’s academic plans with a company’s work schedule. To help prepare students for the co-op experience, the Career Center provides skill-based seminars and workshops. The focus of these programs are on writing resumes, cover letters, practicing job interviews, and teaching students how to conduct a successful job search. A key decision for the student is how to make up coursework missed while in the workplace. Students can choose to attend summer school, use AP credit they have earned, overload coursework during the semester or push back their planned graduation date. Co-op students work closely with their academic advisor, Student Administrative Services representative and the Career Center staff to plan out a successful co-op experience. While away during the semester(s), a co-op student is considered a full-time student.

All University students are encouraged to consider co-op as a way to enrich their Clarkson education. Co-op positions are located across the country, though most are concentrated in the northeast. While on co-op, students are assigned a direct supervisor, paid a professional salary and are evaluated during their job assignment. Students are also encouraged to communicate with the Career Center while on co-op so that staff may monitor their progress. For more information, visit the Clarkson University Cooperative Education Web site at or call 315-268-6477.

Internship Program
As part of the external experiential learning component, the Career Center offers an internship program. Students from all academic majors can pursue internships during any summer of their undergraduate or graduate program, as well as some unique study/internship programs that are offered during the semesters. Similar to the co-op program, special workshops are designed to prepare students for their job search and are offered throughout the year, along with individual advising. Most internships are paid; in some cases, students receive a stipend and may receive academic credit, and some internships are for credit only.

Internships are available with business and industry across the country; with local, state, and federal government agencies; and with other agencies, non-profits, and educational institutions. Students work closely with the Center and their academic advisors to select an internship that best suits their needs.
For more information, visit Clarkson’s Web site or call 315-268-6477.

Study Abroad/Exchange Program
Study Abroad provides an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their academic background and prepare for the global marketplace through exposure to another educational system and culture. The primary program open to all students offered by the Career Center is the Student Exchange Program. The program is designed for students to spend a semester or a year abroad usually during their junior year. Students go through a competitive application process during the sophomore year to be considered for the program. Clarkson University has articulated exchange agreements with the following universities:

Flinders University, Adelaide
Griffith University, Gold Coast
Monash University, Melbourne
University of Newcastle, Newcastle
University of Technology, Sydney

Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences, Steyr

Dalian University of Technology,
   Dalian †
Yangzhou University, Jiangsu †

University of Zagreb, Zagreb †

Northumbria University, Newcastle
Queen’s University, International Study Centre
(ISC) at Herstmonceux Castle, East  Sussex
University of Brighton, Brighton
University of Leicester, Leicester

Bordeaux Management School,
Grenoble School of Management, Grenoble
Reims School of Management, Reims
Université Catholique de Lyon, Lyon
Universite de technologie de Troyes, Troyes

Universität Potsdam, Potsdam*

City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon

Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai

National University of Ireland, Galway
Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford

Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul

University Kebangsaan, Selangor †

Universidad de Monterrey, Monterrey*

Auckland University of Technology, Auckland
Massey University, Palmerstown North

National University of Singapore

University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana †

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona*

Jönköping University, Jönköping
Luleä University, Luleä

Makerere University, Kampala 

* language fluency required
† research exchange only

In addition to the semester or year-long exchange opportunities, Clarkson offers students the option to participate in short-term summer programs or faculty led trips. The short term summer programs are 3-4 weeks in duration and are ideal for those students who do not wish to be gone for a full semester or year. Faculty led trips usually occur immediately following the spring semester and are 3-4 weeks in duration. For more details about all the options available through the Study Exchange Program, visit or call the Career Center at 315-268-6477.

The Clarkson School of Business has a requirement for students to study abroad and has created the Global Business Program that along with the Student Exchange opportunities offers students more options to meet this requirement. For more information about the Global Business Program in the School of Business visit

Financial Policies
Exchange Programs: Students who participate in the Study Abroad/Exchange Program through Clarkson must attend one of our exchange partner universities in order to receive financial aid. During the exchange semester(s) students pay their tuition to Clarkson; there is no tuition paid to the exchange university. Room, board, and other fees are paid directly to the exchange university by the student. The financial assistance package is applied to the participant’s account as if that student were attending Clarkson University. Any credit balance may be requested through the Director of Financial Aid in SAS after tuition is applied and all required financial aid documentation (i.e. loan promissory notes, signed summary, etc.) are processed. This credit can be used toward the room, board, and other fees at the exchange partner university. It is an important step in the application process for the student to consult with the Director of Financial Aid in order to understand how their financial assistance package will be applied to the study abroad/exchange experience.

Non-exchange Programs: Should a student decide to attend a non-exchange university, he or she must take a leave of absence from Clarkson for the semester involved. No tuition is paid to Clarkson and financial assistance may not be utilized.

Academic Policies
Exchange Programs: All courses must be pre-approved through completion of Off-Campus Coursework Permission Forms prior to leaving campus. All credit is transferred back to Clarkson for those courses that students complete satisfactorily. Course credit will be transferred as transfer credit on a pass/fail system. It should be noted that credit hour and grading systems differ from country to country and school to school. Participants should request to have their grades sent to the Study Abroad/Exchange Office at Clarkson prior to leaving their exchange program. It may take several weeks after a student returns to receive these grades.

Non-exchange Programs: The student is responsible for assuring that the courses to be taken through the non-exchange program have been pre-approved by the faculty at Clarkson using the Off-Campus Coursework Permission Forms. The Study Abroad/Exchange Office will assist these students with any questions regarding passports, visas, and travel, but non-exchange students will not be included in the official study abroad rosters. Course credit will be transferred as transfer credit on a pass/fail system.

The office of Institutional Diversity Initiatives is focused upon the creation of an academic experience that prepares all students to excel in the increasingly diverse work environments of the 21st century.

Today’s successful graduate will be required to navigate the issues of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic status, and nationality with aplomb during the course of his or her professional career. Through grants, corporate investment, and agreements with partnering institutions, the Institutional Diversity Initiatives office has a commitment to the recruitment of a diverse campus community and the provision of academic support for all students on campus.

The core goals of the Institutional Diversity Initiatives office are the recruitment and retention of a community of learners that are diverse and inclusive in their approaches to problem solving. The following programs and initiatives facilitate the development of the Clarkson student.

The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) is funded by a grant from New York State to increase the number of historically underrepresented students who enroll in and complete undergraduate or graduate programs leading to professional licensure or to careers in mathematics, science, technology, and health-related fields. Participants must be New York residents; must be Black, Hispanic or Native American, or demonstrate economic disadvantage; and be enrolled in an eligible program. CSTEP students receive academic and career support, graduate school preparation, standardized test preparation, tutoring, career-related travel, and access to research experiences for undergraduates.

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) provides a broad range of services to New York state residents who, because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a post-secondary educational institution. Students who are selected attend an intensive five-week Summer PRE-freshman Experience (SPREE) where they enroll in transitional courses to help prepare them for college-level courses. In addition, students receive supportive services such as tutoring, advising and counseling during the academic year.

The International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) informs and educates the international population as well as the University community of immigration regulations that govern international students, scholars and the University. The ISSO also coordinates services and benefits available to the international population and facilitates international cultural events within the Clarkson community. More information can be found on the International Students & Scholars website at

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares participants for graduate study through access to research and other scholarly activity. Funded by a federal TRIO grant, the ultimate goal of the program is to assist underrepresented students in the attainment of doctoral degrees. McNair participants must be economically challenged, first generation college students, or a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education. As a McNair scholar, enrollees receive paid research opportunities, advising, support in the graduate admissions search, tutoring, mentoring, conference travel, and access to seminars designed to prepare students for graduate school.

There are a variety of optional physical education courses offered. Physical education at Clarkson concentrates on individual sports and recreational pursuits. The Alumni Gymnasium, Walker Center, and Snell Field, adjacent to the residence halls, are available for team and intramural sports. The Andrew M. Schuler Recreation Building, containing a field house and swimming pool, was completed in 1981 and offers opportunities for such individual recreational activities as racquetball, tennis, swimming, and jogging, as well as team sports. The Deneka Family Fitness Center is utilized for weight training and individual development. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts may wish to make use of our Adirondack Lodge located on campus adjacent to our outdoor trails for skiing and walking.

Recreation and Intramural Athletics
All students are encouraged to participate in intramural and recreational activities.  Clarkson’s location provides students with a wide array of outdoor sporting opportunities including individual and team challenges.  Intramural contests include both regular leagues and weekend tournaments.  Recreational activities included both outdoor and indoor activities.

The Intramural Athletic league program includes the following:

Basketball (3 on 3, 5 on 5) Broomball Ice Hockey
Indoor Soccer Soccer  Softball
Touch Football  Volleyball  

Intramural Athletic weekend tournaments include the following:

Racquetball Volleyball
Basketball Dodgeball

The Recreational Athletics program includes the following:

Canoeing Hiking Overnight Camping 
Kayaking Mountain Biking Cross Country Skiing
Down Hill Skiing Rock Climbing Ice Climbing
White Water Rafting Aerobic Exercise Yoga
Strength & Toning Kick Boxing Swimming

In cooperation with the University medical staff, the Physical Education Department will assist those students who are physically disabled to design a program best suited for their capabilities.

The Henry R. Hodge Sports and Recreation Complex is located adjacent to the residence halls and easily accessible to all students. Facilities include The Deneka Family Fitness Center, Alumni Gymnasium, Schuler Recreation Building (which houses the Stephenson Field House and the Fuller Pool), the Denny Brown Adirondack Lodge, and the Snell Athletic Fields.

Additional facilities include Walker Center, Hantz and Bagdad Fields, and the Cheel Campus Center and Arena. All facilities are within walking distance of the various dormitory buildings.

The Clarkson Golden Knights compete in 19 intercollegiate varsity sports at the NCAA Division III level and at the NCAA Division I level in men’s and women’s hockey.

Women’s Division III varsity teams include: alpine and nordic skiing, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and volleyball. The men’s teams include: alpine and nordic skiing, baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and swimming. 

Athletes in all our sports have been consistently honored with academic recognition such as:
Verizon All-American, Smith-Corona Academic Team, University Presidential Scholars, and Liberty League All-Academic. We have also had some NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients.

During 2007-08, our women’s volleyball program returned to dominance in New York state with a 23-17 record and hosted the Liberty League Tournament. The men’s and women’s Nordic and alpine ski teams returned to the national stage where they earned top-10 finishes. Our men’s and women’s hockey teams were not only successful within ECAC Hockey but they were one of only two schools that had both teams ranked in the top 10 in the nation for a majority of the year. The men’s lacrosse team and the baseball team are looking to return to postseason play for the fifth time in as many years.

Clarkson is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), the Liberty League, and the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA).

The Clarkson Alumni Association was organized on Founder’s Day, November 30, 1904, and has existed since that time to benefit both the University and its alumni. The administration of the Association is vested in the Clarkson Alumni Council in partnership with the Alumni Office. The mission of the Clarkson Alumni Association is to engage and empower alumni as partners in the Clarkson community, nurturing their pride in their alma mater and promoting the interests of Clarkson University and its alumni. Alumni are actively involved identifying and recruiting quality high school students, and assisting the Career Center in providing career opportunities for our graduates. Alumni are also involved in supporting fund-raising efforts, mentoring undergraduates, serving as speakers on campus, serving on advisory councils, and providing opportunities to undergraduates to learn the value of being an engaged alum. There is an extensive regional Clarkson alumni chapter program for alumni once they leave the University. Regional volunteers in numerous cities throughout the United States host alumni activities. Clarkson alumni stay in contact with friends and the University through various social networks including CU Online, the community for staying connected!

The Parent Relations area of the University is housed in the office of the Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs. Clarkson is committed to a parent relations program that partners with parents and educates them to the many services and programs available to their students.

The Parents Association was founded in 1977 to foster a closer relationship and to involve a greater number of parents in the affairs of the University. All parents become members of the Association upon the acceptance and enrollment of their children into the University and can remain members indefinitely.

The administration of the Association is vested in the Parents Committee, which consists of parent representatives from all four class years of students at Clarkson. The Parents Committee works closely with the office of the Vice President for University Outreach and Student Affairs and the staff of the division in planning programs and events that support parent involvement and interaction. The Committee specifically helps with Family Weekend planning and activities, with the Admission Office recruitment of prospective students, and with the Career Center’s employer relations programs.

The Parents Association through the leadership of the Parents Committee supports a campus enhancement project through contributions to the Parents Fund. These projects provide direct benefits to their students and to future students of the University. 

The relationship between students, parents and the University is an important one.  Through the Parent Relations area, communication is encouraged in order to foster a better understanding among parents, students and University staff.