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We welcome you to campus for First-Year Orientation will be January 13-14, 2024 beginning at 1 p.m. — just before classes start on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

students moving in to residence hall

What happens at Orientation?

  • Move into your residence hall, unpack, and get prepared for the academic year.
  • Meet your peer mentor, who will support you through Orientation and the Clark Navigator program.
  • Attend sessions created just for you about about how you can be academically successful at Clark, and learn all the ways you can get involved, serve our community, and become connected.
  • Make new friends, explore the campus and Worcester, and be prepared for the first day of classes.

First-Year Undergraduate Student Orientation Schedule

9 a.m.–Noon Residential Student Move-In

Residential students should arrive on campus and directly proceed to their assigned residence hall (check your Clark email for communications from Residential Life & Housing for more details). Students will meet Resident Advisers, receive their keys and Clark ID, and be able to move in. Red carts will be available, and everyone should be able to park relatively close to their building.

Noon–12:30 p.m. Student Check-In for Orientation

All new undergraduate students and their families should check-in for Orientation in Tilton Hall in the Higgins University Center (to the left of the main gates if you are on Main Street. At Check-In, students will receive instructions about the day, their Clark ID, and some welcoming goodies.

12:30–2 p.m. Student and Family Welcome and Lunch

Join us in Tilton Hall for a welcome to the University and Orientation. Lunch will be served to all attendees as we share more about the undergraduate experience and requirements at Clark, the transition, and review the orientation schedule.

2–2:45 p.m. Family Information Panel

Families will stay in Tilton Hall for a panel with key University administrators and learn more about resources offered at Clark.

2–2:45 p.m. Student Orientation Activities

Meet your Peer Mentor and other new Clark students through a series of activities down in the Grind!

2:45–3 p.m. Break/Family Goodbyes

3–4 p.m. Community Standards, Expectations, and Policies

Clark University Campus Police and the Associate Dean of Community Living review expectations for our members of the Clark community.

4–5:30 p.m. Identity and Inclusion Workshop

Clark is made up of students from around the world, with different cultures, identities, and lived experiences. Spend some time reflecting on who you are, and who you want to be, while we value and appreciate the engagement of critical dialogue with each other and begin to foster a sense of belonging on campus.

5:30–6 p.m. Community Living Meeting

Residential Students will meet with their Community Director, and commuter students will connect with a Division of Student Success staff member to learn more about being a student at Clark.

6–7 p.m. Dinner with Peer Mentors

Head to the Higgins Café as a group to enjoy dinner!

7–9 p.m. Clark After Dark Activities

Join us for a series of fun activities! (optional, but strongly encouraged to build community)

What is Clark’s First-Year Experience Program all about?

Contact Information

Division of Student Success

Office Information
Office Hours
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Monday through Friday