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Read the Parent & Family Guide to the First Year at Clarkson
Looking for a comprehensive guide to the Clarkson experience? For information about your student's living on-campus, getting involved at Clarkson, and much more, please check out our Parent & Family Guide to the First Year at Clarkson or download the PDF!

Arriving to Campus
Before arriving to campus, please make note of your student's 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.
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Parent and Family Orientation 
Welcome to the Clarkson family! Parent and family orientation will educate you about your student's transition to college and life at Clarkson. Please join us on Friday and Saturday, August 21st and 22nd! St. Lawrence County and lodging information can be found at

If your student is participating in Springboard (math refresher), or a Pre-Orientation Trip, a mini-orientation session will be held for your convenience on your designated arrival day.  This is so you will not have to make a second trip to Potsdam for the larger orientation experience if it is not convenient for you.

Parent and Family Orientation Schedule
Friday, August 21st
8a-5p: Move-In
7-7:45p: President's Welcome, Cheel Arena
8-9:30p: Parent and Family Meet and Greet, Student Center Bar 9

Saturday, August 22nd
8-9a: Reception for Legacy Parents, Cheel Barben Rooms
9-9:30a: Supporting Your Student On Campus, Cheel Arena
9:30-10:15a: Your Family's Transition to College, Cheel Arena
10:15-10:45a: Beyond the Classroom, Cheel Arena
11-11:45a: Academic Department Orientations for Parents/Family, classrooms
12-1p: Parents and families say goodbye to students and depart

Look Me in the Eye

The 2015 common book is Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison. Mr. Robison will also deliver the Van Sickle Endowed Lecture at Convocation on Sunday, August 23rd at 7 p.m. in Cheel Arena! All first-year students are required to read the common book before attending Orientation.

Read the Parent & Family Guide to the First Year at Clarkson to find out what to expect in your student's first year!