New Student Orientation

Orientation Sessions seek to provide students, parents, and guests with important information they need about attending Clarion University as well as providing time to meet with departments on campus to take care of issues regarding financial aid, residence life, scheduling, etc.

In addition to providing information and resources, 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.
  • Visit with department offices on campus.
  • 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.

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!

Orientation Session Selection

Registration for Summer Orientation is now open! Summer Orientation dates can be found here. 

Placement Testing for First Time in College Students

All first time in college students are required to take three placement tests/surveys in order to have their schedule created. The placement tests/surveys include an English Directed Self Placement Survey, the ALEKS Mathematics Assessment, and the Inquiry Seminar Placement Survey. Please click here for the directions for completing these items. In order for your schedule to be built, you must complete all three of these items as soon as possible. If you are attending Spring Orientation, you will definitely want to have these completed early so you are able to discuss your schedule with an adviser while you are on campus.

Placement Testing for Transfer Students

Students transferring into Clarion University with fewer than 30 credits may be required to take a math and English placement survey, as well as our inquiry seminar survey in order to have their schedule created. The placement surveys are English Directed Self Placement Survey, the ALEKS Mathematics Assessment and the Inquiry Seminar Placement Survey. In order for your schedule to be built, you must complete all three of these items as soon as possible, if applicable*. Please click here for the directions for completing these items. If you are attending Spring Orientation, you will want to have these completed early so you are able to discuss your schedule with an adviser while you are on campus.

*Students who successfully transfer the appropriate Math and English to Clarion for their chosen major are not required to take the placement surveys.  Students transferring in a Mathematics course, other than the exact requirement for their academic program, are encouraged to contact their academic advisor regarding required Mathematics courses, and placement level. All transfer students who have fewer than 30 credits must still take the inquiry seminar survey.

We look forward to meeting you!

Contact Information

New Student Programs
210 Becht Hall
814-393-1766
orientation@clarion.edu

Last Updated 2/19/19