New Student Experience Resources and Requirements (Policy AA-62)

The New Student Experience (NSE) is a comprehensive plan designed to facilitate student success by providing students with the resources they need to succeed. NSE includes; Clarkson College Experience, Registration/Advising Days, New Student Orientation and other resources required or recommended for each student based on the following criteria:

  • All incoming students will complete the Student Success Guide (SSG 101) and Interprofessional Education (IPE) Module.
  • Incoming undergraduate students who have not earned a degree from an accredited institution and meet one or more of the following criteria will be required to complete additional enrollment requirements as outlined in the table below:
    1. Students who graduated high school within one (1) year of their start date.
    2. Students who bring in less than 12 hours of transferable credit (based on start of semester)
    3. Students admitted with one of the following GPAs (based on date of acceptance):
      1. High school GPA < 3.5
      2. College GPA < 3.25

NSE requirements are based on the criteria above. Students may meet one or more NSE criterion and therefore be required to complete one or more of the requirements listed below. Students admitted conditionally will be obligated to complete additional requirements, per policy AA-57.

NSE Requirements NSE Criteria
High school and, or first-time college students. Transfer students Previous degree
Graduated high school within one (1) year of start date. High school GPA less than 3.50 Transfer students with less than 12 hours of transferrable credit. Transfer students with GPA less than 3.25 Transfer students degree from an accredited institution.
SSG 101: Student Success Guide All incoming students complete SSG 101.
Inteprofessional Education (IPE) Module All incoming students complete IPE 301 per AA-54.
Recitation (BI 210, BI 211, BI 213, CH 110 and/or PTA 105) X X
GEN 101: Strategies for Success: On-campus students must take an on-campus GEN 101 course. Online students may take online or on-campus GEN 101. X X

Additional New Student Resources

During the initial registration appointment, academic advisors or program directors may recommend one or more of the services below, based on student needs.

  • New Student Orientation
  • Writing Lab
  • Tutoring
  • Recitation courses (students may elect recitation if not required as outlined above)
  • Supplemental Instruction
  • Mentoring program
  • Personal counseling
  • Student Support Team drop-in sessions
  • Success Center academic services:
    • Test-taking
    • Time management
    • Academic support
    • Workshops

Institutional reporting and statistical analysis of the Strategies for Success course and success of the student will be completed annually as part of the Retention Committee, Retreat and Academic Council Assessment Retreat, and Student Services Assessment Retreat.


  1. The Enrollment and Advising office will enter the following accepted student data into PowerCampus for the Event Registration (New Student Advising and Registration Day) Report:
    1. Accepted GPA
    2. Status – high school, transfer, first-time college
    3. Indicate degree exempt for students who have earned a degree
  2. The Registrar’s office will enter the number of transferable credit hours for accepted students into PowerCampus, which will be used for the Event Registration (New Student Advising and Registration Day) Report.
  3. Advisors will check the New Student Advising and Registration Day report to determine which NSE requirement(s) are applicable prior to meeting with new students. This information will be shared with students via the Advising Form that also includes College resources.
  4. Advisors will track students to ensure that the NSE requirements are completed.
  5. Faculty will submit grades for GEN 101 Strategies for Success in Self-Service.
  6. The Registrar will include GEN 101 grades for students who were unsuccessful on the end of term academic issues report each semester.
  7. Not completing the above requirements may affect student academic program progression. The program director will determine the consequences.