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Undergraduate Orientation

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Wednesday, August 21 

All new undergraduate/exchange students arrive to campus. Please use this day to settle into rooms and/or apartments and rest from your journey!

Thursday, August 22 

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Undergraduate/Exchange Welcome (Location: Student Center MPR A/B)

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - International Student Check-In (Location: ERC 2300)

Upon arrival you will be required to 'check-in' with the International Students & Scholars Office. This is to confirm your arrival to Clarkson within SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System). Please be sure to bring the following items with you... 

  • I-20/DS-2019 - Certificate of Eligibility
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94 - Arrival/Departure Card – new electronic I-94 in place unless crossing from Canada. Please visit
  • Address where you are living in Potsdam

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Campus Tour (Location: Student Center Forum, Ground Floor)

11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Academic Integrity Session – this session is mandatory for all international undergraduate/exchange students (Location: 213 Snell Hall)

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - ESL Testing for new undergraduate students (Location: 177 Snell Hall)

Testing is mandatory for all incoming matriculated undergraduate students for whom English is a second language. For student who are transferring to Clarkson University from another U.S. institution must show grade of ‘C’ or better in applicable English course – please see Judy Simon (164 Snell Hall) for details.

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – ESL Writing Placement for new exchange students (Location: 177 Snell Hall)

Some exchange students may need this testing for EAP placement – please see your academic advisor if needed.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Exchange Student Orientation (Location: Student Center MPR A/B)

4:00 p.m. – Walmart Bus – Transportation to Wal-Mart and Lending Cupboard for essential items during your stay (Location: TBD)

Friday, August 23

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - International Student Check-In (Location: ERC 2300)

9:00 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Undergraduate International Student Session – this session is mandatory to review your immigration status responsibilities – employment benefits – and – student life at Clarkson. (Location: Student Center MPR A/B)

10:30 a.m. – Book Bus – Transportation downtown to book store (Location: TBD)

7:00 p.m. – University Orientation Begins!