Welcome New Students More
Clark University students smiling outside Jonas Clark Hall


Start your school year off right during Week One from Thursday August 20th to Sunday August 23rd! We call orientation "Week One" because it is really the beginning of your life at Clark. All residential first year students will move in Thursday August 20th and participate in Week One! All commuting first year students are required to attend all of Week One, too. During the four days of Week One, you will meet friends, faculty and advisers who will help shape some of the most important years of your life!

What to expect

After check-in, you and your family will receive a welcome from the President, Dean of the College, Dean of Students and the Student Council President. Then, orientation activities begin.

Your family is invited to attend a Family Orientation Program about Clark, which is a series of sessions addressing many questions related to Clark and what to expect during the first year.

During this first day, you will meet the orientation coordinators, your peer adviser and classmates. Peer advisers are trained to guide you through your first few days here at Clark and answer any questions you may have. Peer advisers do not disappear after Week One — they will follow up with you during the semester to see how you are doing and will be available to help you select courses for the spring.

The next few days are filled with meetings with your peer adviser and peer group to discuss academic, personal, and social challenges and opportunities. There will also be several programs focused on introducing you to Clark's academic life with professors, including a discussion about faculty expectations.

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

Classes begin Monday, August 24.