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First-Year Student Orientation Fall 2017

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Before Arriving to Campus
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Arriving to Campus
Before arriving to campus, please make note of your housing assignment. Click on the map below to see the entrance to which you will be directed upon your arrival to Clarkson. Please note that students who have not paid their tuition balance or turned in their immunization forms will be redirected to the Educational Resources Center (ERC) before being permitted to move into their residence hall.

Move In Map

New Student Guide
For information about Clarkson traditions, living on-campus, getting involved at Clarkson and more, read our New Student Guide or download the PDF.

New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation is a comprehensive introduction to Clarkson University.  The program helps students build a foundation for academic and co-curricular success.  New students will be introduced to Clarkson’s academic programs through academic orientation in their departments, a book discussion of the common reading, team building activities, and FUN entertainment. Clarkson’s co-curricular opportunities, resources, and services for students will also be highlighted. Students will build relationships with other students, faculty, and administrators. Families are encouraged make arrangements to stay in St. Lawrence County overnight Friday the 25th. 

International Student Orientation begins before New Student Orientation to give international students time to recover from travel, acclimate to campus, and to connect with campus resources.

First Year Student Orientation Schedule

Friday, August 25th

9a-5p: Move-in
7-7:45p: President's Welcome, Cheel Arena
8-9:15p: Floor Meeting and Ice Breakers with RAs, residence halls
9:30-10:30p: CUB Presents: Eric Dittleman: Mind reader, stand-up & improv comedian. Semi-finalist of season 7 of America's Got Talent
10:30p-midnight: Movie on the Lawn: The Lego Batman Movie, Cheel Lawn (Forum if rain)

Saturday, August 26th
10-11a: Academic Orientations, classrooms
11:15-11:45a: Pre-Professional Academic Orientations, classrooms
11a-1p: Lunch and say goodbye to families
1-1:50p: Book Discussion of Eating Animals, classrooms
2-5:45p: Round Robin Discussions/Activities
Beyond the Classroom, Student Center Forum
The Amazing Race, meet outside Cheel at Portside statue
Your Rights and Responsibilities Under Title IX & 129-B, Barben Rooms
Clarkson Intercultural Ambassador Discussions, Cheel Arena
6-6:45p: Session for Students Expecting to Use Testing Accommodations (dinner included), ERC Presidents Conference Room
6-8p: Dinner
8-8:30p: Relationships 101, Classrooms
8:30-9:30p: CUB Presents: Myq Kaplan: 2010 Last Comic Standing Finalist, Student Center Forum
9:30-10:30p: Welcome Carnival, Student Center
10:30p-midnight: Movie on the Lawn: Beauty and the Beast, Cheel Lawn (Forum if rain)

Sunday, August 27th
10-11:30a: Playfair: The Ultimate Icebreaker, IRC
11:30a-12p: Class of 2021 Photo, Cheel Lawn
12-1p: Lunch
1-3p: Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, Bagdad Field
1-4p: Service Opportunities: Campus Trail Maintenance, meet at Student Center Info Desk
2-4p: Humans vs. Zombies Game, Woodstock Field
5-5:30p: Orientation session for students needing dietary accommodations, ERC Presidents Conference Room
5:30-6:30p: Food for Thought (FREE FOOD!), Cheel Barben Rooms
7-8p: Convocation: Van Sickle Endowed Lecture, Cheel Arena
8-9p: Holcroft Knight of Fire, Holcroft House

Monday, August 28th
5-7p: Volunteer Fair + 60 Seconds of Service, Student Center

Wednesday, August 30th
7-9p: Activities Fair, Cheel Arena

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Eating Animals

The 2017 common book is Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. A panel of local food stakeholders will also deliver the Van Sickle Endowed Lecture at Convocation on Sunday, August 27th, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Cheel Arena! Explore the Common Book Guide!

Read the New Student Guide!

2020 class photo