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First-Year Family Orientation

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Welcome to the Clark Family

Your student isn’t the only one who has joined the Clark community. This is a special time for your entire family, and we want you to stay involved and informed during their time with us. We hope you will be able to learn more about Clark University, visit campus when you can, and discover the difference a Clark education can make.

Supporting Your Clarkie

Sending a student off to college is a major milestone for parents and families, often accompanied by a variety of feelings — including pride, excitement, anxiety, and trepidation. Letting go is rarely easy, and it can be hard to adjust to having a student away from home.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that:

  • Most students make the adjustment to college life quite successfully.
  • One of the major aims of the college experience is for young people to develop the capacities of self-responsibility and independent action.

How can you help your student adjust to college life and become more independent? Offer your love, support, understanding, and encouragement. You can stay engaged by:

  • Asking questions and encouraging your student to solve problems, research possibilities, and take advantage of the many academic, co-curricular, and support services that Clark offers.
  • Gently reminding your student to get enough sleep, physical exercise, and nourishment so they can do their best work and stay healthy.

In-Person First-Year Family Orientation

After your student moves in, we invite you to join our First-Year Family Orientation to learn more about what to expect.


9 am – Noon
Move-in & Explore Campus

Students and families will arrive to ASEC to check in for orientation and pick up their key if living on-campus. Families are asked to stay in their cars before driving to the residence hall to begin the move-in process. Commuter students and families should check in at ASEC from 12-1:30 pm.

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Students should pick up meal tickets at check-in for their families to join them for lunch in the Dining Hall.

Noon – 1 pm
Commuter Student Check In

Students and families will arrive to ASEC to check in for orientation and pick up Clark ID and orientation materials.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Student and Family Orientation Welcome

Join your student in the official welcome to Clark! Meet the President, Undergraduate Student Council President, and key administrators as you join the Clark family. After this session, say goodbye to your student as they will go off to Orientation and meet with their peer mentor!

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Family Resource Panel

Facilitated by the Dean of Students, learn more about our partnership with you on your student’s journey at Clark. We will share about resources, opportunities, and connections with important offices on campus!

3:30 pm – 5 pm
New Family Welcome Reception

Mix and mingle with other Clark families and Clark staff members. Check out our Family Resource Fair on your way to some light refreshments. Don’t leave until you write your postcard for your student to receive in the first weeks of the semester!

3:30 pm – 4 pm
Student-Athlete Family Info Session

This session is designed for families of incoming Clark student-athletes. You’ll learn how you can be involved with and support Clark Athletics, get to know the programs offered, meet Director of Athletics Trish Cronin, and talk with other families of student-athletes.

5 pm
Families Depart

Don’t forget to stop by the Campus Store before you head out!

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Information for Parents and Families

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Dean of the College

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