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Adirondack Semester: How to apply

The Adirondack Semester is offered in both fall or spring semesters and students from any college or university are invited to apply. It is typical for students to attend during their junior or senior year and as a general guideline we look for students majoring in the Sciences, Business/Entrepreneurship, Engineering and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Students must be in good academic standing with their home institute and have preferably completed at least one course in biology and/or chemistry.

We accept applications on a rolling admission basis. Openings for the spring and fall '15 semesters still exist and applications will be accepted until all slots are filled.

For Clarkson University students:

  • Schedule an academic advising appointment to confirm that credits earned will support your academic goals.
  • Complete the on-line application.
  • The application is reviewed by the admissions panel and if you meet the basic criteria you will be invited to interview.
  • Students will be notified of their status within 2 weeks after their submission.
  • Room selection in our houses in Saranac Lake is based upon application completion.

Applicants from other institutions:

  • You should discuss your plans to attend with your academic advisor and your study abroad or off-campus studies office.
  • Complete the on-line application.
  • If your college is an affiliated institute you will receive credit directly through that institution.
  • If your college is not yet affiliated with Clarkson’s Adirondack Semester, our office will work with your institute to ensure that you will receive full credit.
  • Students accepted from affiliated and non-affiliated institutions will pay Clarkson’s tuition rates and housing fees based on single occupancy.
  • If you receive financial aid or scholarship funds, we will work with your institution’s financial aid office to ascertain the transferability of your aid. Clarkson University may offer financial assistance through scholarships depending on need. 
  • The application is reviewed by our admissions panel and if you meet the basic criteria a phone interview will be scheduled.
  • Students will be notified of their status within 2 weeks after the application deadline.

Please contact program coordinator Michael Dinan at (315) 261-2379 for more information.

On-line Application

Please follow the link below to start the admissions process. You will be prompted to complete all fields.

  • Begin by creating an account.
  • Log-in to begin application and complete essay.
  • Attach supporting documents electronically: current transcript, 2 letters of recommendation.  
  • Submit application.