New Student Orientation

Summer Orientation Sessions seek to provide students, parents, and guests with important information they need about attending Clarion University. In addition to providing information, the staff involved in delivering Orientation Sessions prides itself on answering attendee questions. It is our goal that all individuals who attend our Orientation walk away with all of their questions answered and feel even more confident in their decision to become part of the Clarion family. To that end, students will:

  • Get to know other new students.
  • Meet and make connections with faculty and staff members.
  • Talk with Orientation leaders.
  • Learn about the programs and services available to them at Clarion.
  • Have their picture taken for their Clarion University ID.
  • Review their fall schedule with a faculty members.
  • Gain the peace of mind that comes from having their questions answered.

Similarly, parents, family members, and/or spouses will:

  • Get to know other family members.
  • Meet faculty.
  • Talk with staff members from areas such as Financial Aid, Dining Services, Residence Life, the Center for Wellness, University Police, and many more.
  • Learn about the Parent's Council and programming through Parent & Family Services.
  • Receive valuable information from faculty, staff, Orientation leaders, and other parents about the transitional issues their student may encounter in their first year, as well tips for supporting their student as they encounter these issues.
  • Gain the peace of mind that comes from having their questions answered.

Orientation Session Selection

If you are interested in attending a Summer Orientation Session, please visit MyClarion, after reviewing these instructions, and select the session you would like to attend. You will receive an email confirming your selection. Summer Orientation Sessions will be offered on (Please Note: Orientation registration will close the Monday prior to the session and students will receive an email the Tuesday prior to their session with directions/instructions for the day.):

  • Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Friday, June 22, 2018
  • Friday, June 29, 2018

While there is no fee for guests to attend the Orientation program, there is $50 fee for guests interested in overnight accommodations on campus, the evening prior to the students selected Orientation session . This fee covers a one night stay in a residence hall room with a maximum 2 people per room. This fee is payable upon arrival and the student indicates the need for overnight on campus accommodations when registering guests for his/her Orientation session. For individuals interested in overnight accommodations off campus, a list of local hotel options can be found by clicking here. A detailed schedule for the day can be viewed by clicking here.

Placement Testing

The on-line Pre-Orientation Module, English Directed Self Placement Survey, ALEKS Mathematics Assessment, and Inquiry Seminar Placement Survey are now live. If you are a first-time in college student, please click here for the directions for completing these items. In order for your fall schedule to be build, you must complete all four of these items as soon as possible, as freshmen scheduling will begin on May 1st. If you are attending one of the summer New Student Orientation Sessions, you will definitely want to have these completed as soon as possible so you are able to discuss your schedule with an adviser while you are on campus.

We have also created this handy checklist  to help you keep track of everything you need to do to be ready to come to campus in the fall. Hopefully, you find it helpful! If you have any questions regarding Summer Orientation Sessions, please email or call 814-393-1766.

We look forward to meeting you!

Additional Contact Information

New Student Programs
210 Becht Hall

Shawn M. Hoke
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Last Updated 6/12/18