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Orientation

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*Please note: Based on guidelines from the CDC and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, changes to the Orientation program may occur.

Start your first college year off right during Orientation. Currently, Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 23. All incoming students — residential first-year, commuter first-year, transfer, and international pathway — will move in on Aug. 20, unless they have already arrived for a pre-orientation program. During the Orientation activities, you’ll meet friends, faculty, and peer mentors who will help shape some of the most important years of your life!

We are working on the fall 2020  schedules now, but you can get an idea of the types of activities included by looking at the fall 2019 orientation schedules below.

What to Expect

After check-in, you and your family will receive a welcome from the President, Dean of Students, Chair of the Faculty, and Student Council President.

Your family is invited to attend a Family Orientation Program, which includes a series of sessions addressing many questions related to Clark and what they, and you, should expect as you move through your first year on campus.

During this first day, you will meet the orientation coordinators, your peer mentor, and classmates. Peer mentors are trained to guide you through your first few days on campus and answer any questions you may have. They don’t disappear after your first weekend at Clark — we know that orienting you to campus and supporting your transition to college is a semester-long process. You will regularly touch base with your peer mentor through the fall semester during your Clark Navigator hour.

The next few days are filled with meetings with your peer mentor and peer group to discuss academic, personal, and social challenges and opportunities. There will also be a few staff- and faculty-led programs designed to introduce you to life as a Clarkie.

Every person you meet will give you a better idea of the richness and diversity of the Clark community. By participating fully in the Orientation programs, you will discover the exciting opportunities waiting for you at Clark.

Classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, Aug. 24. If any updates to the fall 2020 calendar occur, we will communicate them to you quickly.

Contact Information

Dean of Students

Dean of Students
Office Hours
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed from noon to 1 p.m.)