Rather than spending your last few days before Orientation at home biting your nails, packing and repacking, attend a Pre-Orientation Trip! On the Clarkson University Outing Club (CUOC) Pre-Orientation Trips, our trained student leaders will guide you through the beautiful wilderness of the Adirondack Park in Northern New York for four days and three nights. We have trips for every skill level, and you are certain to make lifelong friends, learn about the Clarkson experience from upperclass students, get a head start on college life and even move into your residence hall room early!

Each trip group comprises six incoming students and two upperclass-student trip leaders (three upperclass-student trip leaders for rock climbing trips). Please note that trip assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on who registers, you may sleep in a tent with people of the same gender or a different gender than your own.

Students attending trips move into their rooms early on Monday, August 23rd, and arrive back to campus on Friday, August 27th, in time for Orientation. We even provide a special orientation for your family/supporters when you arrive so that they do not need to make a separate trip to Clarkson.

Each trip costs $245, which includes an on-campus picnic lunch for you and two family members, a free T-shirt to commemorate your trip, all transportation and food costs during the trip, a post-trip cookout exclusively for trip attendees, and extensively trained Wilderness First Responder student trip leaders.

NOTE: Students who are a part of The Clarkson School or Honors Program are NOT eligible for these pre-Orientation activities because they have their own Orientation trip taking place at the same time.