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ERC Suite 1400
PO Box 5647
Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY 13699-5647

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
Summer:  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Academic Year:  8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

CU Connect: Mentoring

Through CU Connect, every freshman student has the opportunity to connect in a meaningful way with a Clarkson University administrative and/or staff member. Our goal is to provide students with guidance and support early on in the semester to help them with their transition to college.

Students and staff met several times throughout the first semester and some continue contact into the second semester. Our semi-structured and flexible outline of contacts helped students feel comfortable seeking necessary information about academic and non-academic aspects of college. 

Calling All Knights: Family Calling Initiative

Staff and trained student callers contact all first-year student families at the six-week point of the semester. Our goal is to hear from parents how their student is transitioning to Clarkson. Any students in distress or in need of outreach by Student Affairs are quickly connected.  Callers are also able answer any questions about Family Weekend activities.

First-Year Seminar - FY100

Discussion, team activities, leadership opportunities, and fall-semester interaction with upper-class peer educators form the foundation of the course.

All first-year students at Clarkson take this seminar, which:

  • Introduces the mission and expectations of the learning process at Clarkson
  • Builds communication and teamwork skills
  • Provides some fundamental content relating to wellness and relationships during the college experience.

Project Success for Freshmen & Sophomores - UNIV100

Each spring semester,  students are  offered “UNIV 100: Project Success Strategies for Academic Success,” an academic recovery course that helps freshmen and sophomores get back on track academically after a weak fall semester. This course focuses on the development and application of study skills required for college-level work, as well as the identification and minimization of barriers that impede individual student achievement.


The Tutoring Center is open from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday, in the Quad Classroom 200.  The center will be staffed by 3 tutors per shift, providing help for Calculus, Math, Physics and Chemistry.  The tutors who work in the center will be able to tutor multiple courses (primarily first- and second- year).

There is also a Calc/Physics Tutoring Lab located in CAMP 178, which is open 7:00 pm until 11:00pm, Sunday through Wednesday.

The Tutoring Center is in addition to our assigned small group tutoring format. Signing up for small group tutoring is now available through your Peoplesoft account.  Please follow the instructions on the link provided to make your requests. When you sign up for small group tutoring, you are committing to attending each week!

If you have any further questions, please contact Kate Mikel at, or at 268-4396.

Office of Student Diversity Programs (OSDP)

First Year Advising

University Studies