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Congratulations on your acceptance to the Graduate School at Clarkson University.  We are excited to hear that you will be joining us!

As you plan your arrival, there are a number of things you should be doing to prepare.  Everything you need to know can be found on this website.  Below is a checklist to guide you, with links provided to the required forms and information.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us - our contact information can be found here.

Prior to Arrival

  • Review your admission and financial aid letters - make sure you fully understand your admission and financial aid offer, and any expenses you will be responsible for as a graduate student at Clarkson.  If you have any questions, contact your graduate coordinator.
  • Student Health Forms (click the link to complete the required forms) - Health forms are due to the Student Health Center by:
    • July 1 (Fall Entry)
    • December 1 (Spring Entry)
    • May 1 (Summer Entry)
  • Health Insurance - all students at Clarkson are required to show proof of health insurance during registration.  If you do not have insurance through an outside provider, you will be prompted to purchase Clarkson's student health insurance plan when you check-in for classes.  You can review details of this requirement at  More information will also be included in your first invoice.
  • Housing Information (click the link for more information on potential housing availability) - it is your responsibility to secure appropriate off-campus housing.  Clarkson does not offer on-campus accommodations for graduate students.  Suitable apartments in Potsdam are very limited.  As soon as you know you are definitely coming to Clarkson, you should secure an apartment immediately.  In view of the housing situation, we strongly suggest that you arrive on campus at least 2 weeks prior to the start of classes.
  • Important Dates

Upon Arrival

  • Orientation - attendance for all new graduate students is mandatory.  Orientation schedules will be sent out by email and posted here prior to the start of the semester.
  • Check in with your Graduate Coordinator and Department Office
  • Pay tuition & fees and complete check-in - IMPORTANT!!! You will not have access to Moodle (Clarkson's portal for online course content) until your fees are paid and check-in is complete!  You may also be subject to late fees if this is not completed in a timely manner!
  • Meet with your advisor to plan course enrollment - detailed instructions on completing course enrollment can be found here.  Registration and check-in MUST be completed by Friday, September 1, 2017.  After this date a $50 late registration fee will be charged, you will not be able to attend classes, and your financial aid may be withdrawn.
  • Employment Eligibility Verification - ALL graduate students holding research or teaching assistantships, or who expect to work on campus, must provide certain identification and employment eligibility documents within 3 days of your official start date.  For more information regarding employment as a student at Clarkson, please see our website at  Upon arrival visit your graduate coordinator's office to begin this process.  Please plan to have the following documentation with you:
    • US Citizens: two forms of ID along with/including your Social Security Card.
    • International Students: I-94, visa, and passport.
  • Student ID & Vehicle Registration - Information from Campus Safety
  • Computer Access & Set Up - obtain your username and PIN to complete password set-up (if you did not do this during the admission process).  This will allow you to access PeopleSoft, Campus Email, Moodle (for courses with online components), and on-campus computers.  For assistance, see the OIT Helpdesk.
  • Graduate Conduct & Integrity Code - this will be provided in your orientation folder.  Read the packet and return the signed front page to your graduate coordinator within one week of arrival.

International Students

  • International Student Information - upon arrival please see Tess Casler or Rebeca Brown in the International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) office, to have your SEVIS I-20 endorsed and copies made of your passport, I-94, and Visa.
  • English as a Second Language - all students for whom English is a second language will be required to take a placement exam given by our EAP coordinator.  This exam includes a test of writing skills, as well as spoken skills for graduate students with a Teaching Assistantship.  Students needing remedial work will be assigned to English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.  Time and date for this exam will be announced in the orientation materials.
  • Social Security Numbers - this information will be provided as part of your International Student Orientation.

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