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Parent/Family Orientation

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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 22nd and 23rd! St. Lawrence County and lodging information can be found at www.northcountryguide.com.

Read the Parent's Guide
Looking for a comprehensive guide to the Clarkson experience? For information about living on-campus, getting involved at Clarkson, and much more, please check out our Parent's Guide 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.
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Friday, August 22, 2014
7-7:45p: President’s Welcome
8-10p: Parent & Family Meet & Greet

Saturday, August 23, 2014
8:00-9a: Reception for Legacy Parents
9-9:45a: Supporting Your Student On Campus
9:45-10:15a: Your Family’s Transition to College
10:15-11a: Beyond the Classroom
11a-11:45a: Academic Department Orientations for Parents/Family
12p-1p: Parents/families say goodbye to students

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.

The Dinner
The Dinner, by Herman Koch, is the common book for 2014. All first-year students are required to read this book before attending Orientation. Herman Koch will be speaking at Convocation, and the book will be discussed during Orientation and Clarkson Seminar. Families are also invited to read The Dinner!

Read our new Parent's Guide to find out more about your student's experience at Clarkson!