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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experiences supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

CONNECT Orientation

Welcome to Clarke University

As the newest member of the Clarke community, you are probably excited and a bit nervous. You may also have many questions about the college and your role as a new student. Clarke has designed a special CONNECT program to ensure a smooth transition to your new college environment. You will have the chance to get acquainted with the campus, meet other new students, and learn where campus resources are located.

COVID-19 Testing on August 19

COVID-19 rapid tests for those not fully vaccinated will be required upon check-in between 1-4pm.

Those checking into the residence halls should go to the Mary Benedict Hall Lion’s Den Patio at the lower level, rear of the building.

Commuter students checking in between 3:30-4pm will be tested in the Allendorf classroom adjacent to the check in location.


August 19 – 22, 2021

CONNECT welcomes all new Clarke students to campus! All students who have not participated in a CU Registration event between April – June, will do so during CONNECT on August 19. All new students are required to participate in CONNECT – please see schedule to view specific events and time commitments. First-year students participate in orientation August 19-22; and, Transfer students participate in orientation on August 20.

Student athletes in Women’s & Men’s Soccer, Cross Country, Women’s Volleyball, and Football will arrive to campus early for team training. Student athletes on these teams who will be living on campus will move into the residence halls on assigned dates.

  • Friday, August 6 – Football
  • Saturday, August 7 – Women’s Volleyball, Women’s & Men’s Soccer
  • Sunday, August 15 – Women’s & Men’s Cross Country

Specific move-in appointment times and procedures will be shared by Residence Life on July 15.

All other students living in the residence halls will move in throughout the day on Thursday, August 19 prior to the start of CONNECT orientation sessions. Specific move-in appointment times and procedures will be shared by Residence Life.

CU Move-In Crew

We Like to Move It

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