Fall 2023 CONNECT Orientation
New student orientation will take place on Clarke’s campus in August 2023. CONNECT orientation for all new First-Year undergraduate students will take place Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20, 2023. CONNECT for all new Transfer undergraduate students will take place Friday, August 18, 2023.
Transfer students who have not yet registered for classes or who need to complete the writing assessment will do so in the morning of August 18, immediately prior to the start of orientation sessions. Admissions staff will coordinate writing assessment and registration communication with new students.
The 2023 Schedule is still being constructed. View an example schedule from last year >
Early Arrival Fall Athletes & Residence Hall Move-In
Athletes on any of the fall athletic teams will arrive to campus early for team training. Impacted teams are:
All other new students moving into the residence halls for the fall 2023 semester will be able to move belongings during a pre-determined time, scheduled with Residence Life, on Thursday, August 17, 2023. Residence Life staff will communicate move-in details directly with students who have completed a housing contract.
International Student Orientation
While all students are required to participate in our CONNECT orientation program, we recognize that international students have a nuanced and unique transition to college in the U.S. Therefore, international students are asked to participate in an orientation that focuses on items specific to the processes related to being on an F1 visa, as well as campus policy and cultural/social norms to those living in the U.S. and Dubuque.
A pre-CONNECT International Student Orientation is planned for Thursday, August 11 – Friday, August 12. This early session will provide an opportunity for you to get acclimated to the various resources on campus, the Dubuque Community, and the Clarke international student community over an extended period of time that allows you to settle into Clarke, Dubuque, and the USA!
We recognize not all students will be able to join us early, so we will host an International Student Orientation session on Friday, August 18 at 4:30 p.m. as part of the CONNECT schedule. Individual or small group sessions may take place other dates and times to accommodate all students, ensuring everyone receives the important information and supports as you join us on campus, in Dubuque, and the USA!