Summer Orientation

Orientation information will now be delivered virtually

Check your Clarion University email account for links to the Virtual Orientation information. If you have lost this information, or did not receive it, please email to get your links and register for the online sessions! 

In light of guidance from the governor’s office regarding large gatherings at this time, Clarion University has decided to shift all face-to-face Summer Orientation Sessions to a new modality.  We will now offer Virtual Orientation Presentations with Q&A Sessions featuring information from all of the offices, departments and programs typically featured during our face-to-face program.

The New Student Programs staff is currently working with those offices, departments and programs to design a virtual experience that will give incoming students, and their supporters, all of the information they will need to start the 2020-2021 academic year off on the right foot. New Student Programs would like to thank all of the incoming students, and their supporters, who responded to the survey regarding Virtual Orientation delivery options, your feedback is guiding our planning process!

Specific details regarding the dates and times of Virtual Orientation engagement opportunities will be released as soon as our plan is finalized. In the meantime, please complete the CU Start Program, take the ALEKS Math Placement, the English Directed Self-Placement and make your Inquiry Seminar selection if you have not already done so.

We are excited to have you join the Clarion University family and we will do our best to get all your questions answered this summer so you are ready to start classes this fall. While our mode of delivery may be changing our commitment to YOU remains unwavering!

Take cu start!

Now that you’ve submitted your $100 admissions deposit, CU Start is the next step in getting you ready to attend Clarion University in the fall. This interactive, on-line program will give you an overview of all of the academic programs, student support services and campus resources available to you at Clarion University. Once you complete the CU Start program you will also receive information regarding scheduling your Summer Orientation Session, taking your placement exams, signing up for housing, selecting a meal plan and much, much more!

Placement Testing:

Mathematics Placement - Incoming freshmen at Clarion Campus are placed into their first college mathematics course using the ALEKS math assessment.  Students should click here for more information about this placement assessment. 

Writing Placement (English 110 or 111) – Directed Self-Placement is a process through which students, with knowledge and guidance, choose the first-year writing course that best fits their needs and academic plans. Students’ reading and writing histories and their degree of comfort with academic writing should also aid in the selection process.  For more information, click here.  For questions, contact the Director of Writing, Dr. Rich Lane at

Freshman Inquiry Seminars - Inquiry Seminars are part of Clarion's General Education requirement and are designed exclusively for first-year students.These courses help students transition to college by guiding them through the ways in which college-educated people ask questions, gather information to address the questions, and then share with other people what they’ve learned. For more information about Inquiry Seminar courses, including current course offerings, click here.

We look forward to meeting you!

Contact Information

New Student Programs
210 Becht Hall

Last Updated 6/23/20