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CUSA Pre-Orientation Experience

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The CUSA pre-orientation experience and trip allows students to move in four days early and get a jump start on becoming a leader at Clarkson. The experience will consist of three days at Clarkson and a full day trip to Ottawa, Canada. In Ottawa, we will tour the Canadian Parliament, Canadian Museum of History, and Royal Canadian Mint, check out local parks, and spend some time at the world famous ByWard Market.  At Clarkson, we will hold leadership workshops, check out downtown Potsdam, and play some games to get to know each other.

This trip is a great way to meet new friends in a smaller setting before the main orientation kicks off. The cost of CUSA’s pre-orientation trip is only $100. This cost covers a picnic lunch on Monday for students and up to two guests, all meals starting Tuesday morning through brunch on Friday, transportation to/from Ottawa, and all activities. Students may want to bring money for shopping at ByWard Market.

To register for CUSA’s pre-orientation trip, please go to this link:  Shortly after registration, you will receive an email with payment information. Note that a U.S. Passport or N.Y.S. enhanced identification is required for all students participating in this trip.

The trip is coordinated and hosted by the CUSA executive board.  Contact CUSA Public Relations Director Phillip Nackley at with any questions.

Tentative Schedule *This schedule is subject to change. You will receive a finalized itinerary when you arrive to Clarkson.*

Monday, 8/21
9a-2p: Move In
1-2p: Picnic Lunch
2-4:45p: Families: Orientation
2-4:45p: Students: Activities
5-7p: Dinner on Your Own
By 7p: Families Depart
7-9p: Activities

Tuesday, 8/22
9-10a: Breakfast
10a-3p: Hike with Picnic Lunch
3-5p: Escape the Room Activity
5-7p: Dinner
7-9p: Bowling

Wednesday, 8/23
9-10a: Breakfast
10a-12p: Leadership Training
12-1p: Lunch
1-2p: Leadership Training
2-4p: Lawn Games
4-6p: Free Time
6-8p: Dinner
8-9p: Question & Answer Session

Thursday, 8/24
7:30-8a: Breakfast
8-10a: Drive to Ottawa
10-11a: Tour Parliament Hill
11a-1p: Lunch & ByWard Market
1-3p: Tour Ottawa Museum of History
3-5p: Tour Canadian Mint
5:30-8p: Dinner at Tosca with President Collins
8-10p: Drive to Clarkson

Friday, 8/25
11a-12p: Brunch
12-2p: Leadership Training
2-7p: Free Time
7p: New Student Orientation Begins

A student took this photo of Parlaiment on last year's trip!

Royal Canadian Mint
A student took this photo at the Royal Canadian Mint on last year's trip!