Information Specifically for Incoming First-Year Students
During the summer before their first semester at Clark, new Clarkies should consider doing the following as soon as possible:
- Self-identify as a student with a disability; send documentation to Student Accessibility Services (SAS), request accommodations, and register with the SAS office
- Attend Early Orientation
We accept documentation on a rolling basis throughout the year and are happy to meet with students to discuss accommodations. Below, find information about registering with SAS during the summer and attending Early Orientation.
Incoming first-year students who register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) have the option to attend Early Orientation, which takes place before orientation for all new students. Early Orientation has a number of benefits, including:
- Meet and work with student leaders before the incoming class arrives on campus
- Get to know other students attending programs that begin early
- Have some additional time to transition and navigate around campus
- Attend small workshops offered by various offices on campus
- Form lasting friendships with your peers
Registered students who participate in Early Orientation have the opportunity to move into their residence halls before the vast majority of their first-year peers — and food is included! After Early Orientation concludes, students then participate in Orientation with the rest of the incoming class.
Other than the ability to move in earlier than most others, Early Orientation offers two days of SAS-specific orientation to help students transition to their new lives as Clarkies. Previous Early Orientation schedules have included:
Timeline for the Summer before your First Year
Student Accessibility Services encourages students to self-identify and register with the office — and RSVP for Early Orientation! — as early as possible. We will attempt to process any late requests, but we cannot guarantee they will be accommodated.
May 13 - June 14First steps
Self-Identify as a student with a disability (This usually happens when you say, “Hi, I am looking for accommodations.”)
by June 14Submit documentation
Though accommodations are processed on a rolling basis, it is imperative that first-year students complete the process in a timely manner, due to the large number of new students to be assisted. Any students who submit documentation after June 14 may miss early registration and may need to register during general course registration times.
by June 14Schedule an intake meeting
Schedule an intake meeting with SAS staff. This meeting can happen on campus, over the phone, or via Skype, and should take no longer than 30 to 40 minutes.
June 17 – July 3First-year student course registration
First-year students registered with SAS participate in early registration for their first semester of courses. Please note that this is only done for their first fall semester, unless otherwise accommodated.
Jun 24 - Jul 19RSVP to Early Orientation
Let SAS staff know if you’re interested in participating in Early Orientation. RSVP by July 19.
July 31Confirm all necessary documents and processes are in place
By July 31, all new student meetings to review documentation, accommodations, and course selection should be complete.