Students Say

In Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is an “offbeat, academically rigorous and social justice oriented” institution, which is precisely why the students here love it so much. Indeed, they proudly assert that their school’s agenda is all about “challenging convention and changing the world.” Additionally, the university truly nurtures its undergrads and provides a “place where students can focus on their education [both] inside and outside the classroom in a progressive, enlightened, empowering setting.”

Overview

Applicants
7,304
Acceptance Rate
54%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

41%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 663
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
558 - 670
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

In Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is an “offbeat, academically rigorous and social justice oriented” institution, which is precisely why the students here love it so much. Indeed, they proudly assert that their school’s agenda is all about “challenging convention and changing the world.” Additionally, the university truly nurtures its undergrads and provides a “place where students can focus on their education [both] inside and outside the classroom in a progressive, enlightened, empowering setting.” And many individuals also value the fact that they’re able to “engage in [serious], hands-on...research” as undergraduates. Academically, the university has a “strong biology program,” a “good reputation for its psychology program” and also maintains an impressive “focus on sustainability and global issues.” Moreover, the school manages to attract “very intelligent” and “passionate” professors who “are legitimately interested in their students’ academic progress and overall achievement and well-being.” To illustrate this point, an international development major shares, “Professors make a point to get to know the class, even in a big lecture hall. They hold office hours, hand out cell phone numbers, and do their best to be available.” Ultimately, “Clark University is a place where you can feel comfortable to explore who you are and what you want to be.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
300
with Terminal Degree

171
Men
129
Women
52
Minority
13
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

  • Education

  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Holocaust and Related Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Science, Technology and Society

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Jeff Lurie
Owner of NFL Philadelphia Eagles & Oscar-Winning Film Producer

Jackie Pfannenstiel
Assistant Secretary of the Navy

Mark Bittman
New York Times Food Critic

D'Army Bailey
Civil Rights Activist & Tennesse Circuit Court Judge

Matt Goldman
Founder of Blue Man Group

Ron Shaich
Founder of Panera Bread

Padma Lakshmi
Star of "Top Chef"

Academic Rating

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Mar 31

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,602

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,826

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,089

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$24,990

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
86%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$24,043

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,590
Required Fees
$350
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,500
Transportation for Commuters
$350

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Admittedly, Clark students “don’t like to categorize themselves or others.” As one sociology student emphatically states, “No two students are alike at Clark, we come from all over the world and each have a different story and perspective.” A psychology major quickly agrees sharing, “Clark takes pride in the fact that it has no ‘typical’ student to represent it. Everyone here is a unique fruit, and the thing that seemingly unifies us all is the ability to think outside the box, challenge convention, and ‘change the world.’” Nonetheless, the vast majority of undergrads here tend to identify as “Democrats” and often prove to be both “environmentally aware” as well as “politically correct.” They are also “passionate, involved in many clubs and campus activities, social, and active in the community.” And while students here certainly “take their academics seriously, [they] don’t take [themselves] too seriously.” In other words, undergrads don’t need to worry about being in a competitive environment. Then again, that’s just what you’d expect from a “sweet” student body that’s “sympathetic toward one another.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,301
Out of State
62%

International
16%
Foreign Countries Represented
64

Demographics

7.90%
Asian
4.43%
African-American
7.39%
Hispanic
69.42%
Caucasian
8.00%
Unknown
16.41%
International

58% female
42% male
62% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

It’s nearly impossible for students to be bored at Clark. Indeed, there “is almost an endless number of clubs from Model UN, to yoga, to All Kinds of Girls, to the International Students Association, to Hillel.” Additionally, there are numerous “events every week including [activities] like CUFS movie screenings, Big Prize Bingo, and outing club trips.” Clarkies also tend to have a creative and artistic bent. Therefore, “you will see more students at an a cappella concert or improv comedy show than a basketball game.” And when the weekend rolls around, it’s quite common for students to attend “parties at various houses.” These get-togethers are “relatively laid back” and we’re told that students “consume substances in a responsible, casual manner.” When undergrads are angling to get off campus, the surrounding “Worcester community is full of cultural attractions and amazing restaurants.” Even better, since Worcester “is a college town...it’s very easy to mingle with students from neighboring institutions.” All in all, a psychology major concludes that Clark provides “a low-pressure social environment [where] you can decide to go to a lecture on the latest political issues, go to one of the many delicious restaurants [near campus] or [attend] a house party.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
70%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jane Daigneault

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
An evaluation completed within the last three years by a qualified diagnostician. This may include a clinical or educational psy

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Documentation diagnosing the disability by a relevantly trained physician and or other relevantly trained professionals. This m

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
No

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
130
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
7

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

52% participate in intramural sports
14% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cougars)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Cougars)
10 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.clarku.edu/students/glbta/

Minority Support Groups: www.clarku.edu/undergraduate/leadershipandprogramming/clubs.cfm

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Worcester Polytechnic Inst
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Worcester Polytechnic Inst.

Sustainability

An early signatory of the ACUPCC, Clark has tracked—and reduced—greenhouse gas emissions since 2005. Clark’s bold Climate Action Plan sets a goal of zero emissions by 2030, one of few schools to choose such an early date. That confidence is rooted in Clark’s core values of research, innovation, action and stewardship. “Challenge Convention, Change World” is amply demonstrated in many green campus features that started with student initiative: Clark’s co-generation plant (efficiently providing heat and power to 70 percent of campus); a student Recycling Crew (proud of a 50 percent diversion rate); composting 100 percent of food and paper waste in Higgins Cafeteria (winner of MassRecycle’s Gold award); the popular Clark Community Thrift Store (reducing landfill by more than twenty tons and saving customers $60,000 per year); plus the organic garden, green room auditors, bike share, food co-op, solar project, rain garden, and salvaged wood recycling bins to name a few! These green features are matched by an institutional commitment to sustainability guided by the Environmental Task Force and Sustainable Clark. Recent capital investments to improve energy and water efficiency throughout campus, such as motion sensors and dual flush toilets, are on track to exceed projected savings. Grounds and custodial services use only environmentally friendly products. Clark has committed to building all future buildings and renovations to LEED standards. EV charging stations (the first in central Mass) and ride share options encourage green transportation. Students can choose from among 130 interdisciplinary courses or get involved in extra-curricular activities such as Eco Reps, while Clark’s sustainability-focused institutes and programs (Marsh, Mosakowski, IDCE, CENTED, HERO) provide applied and action research opportunities for students on campus, in the community and across the globe.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
28%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
319

Average Number of PC's per Lab
16

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP, Lenovo, and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mike Harper
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610

Phone
800-462-5275

Email
visits@clarku.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Academic Commons at Goddard Library
Campus Green (in warmer months)
The Bistro in the University Center
Traina Center for the Arts
Larger-than-life statue of Sigmund Freud in Red Square

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Annie's Clark Brunch
Shrewsbury Street - Restaurant Row
Shoppes at Blackstone Valley
Worcester Art Museum
Mt. Wachusett Ski Resort

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and selected Saturdays
9am-4:30pm (9:30am-12pm on Saturdays)
800-462-5275

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Offered in conjunction with all campus tours

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
asegura@clarku.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Reservations for classes available online

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Amtrak and MBTA trains serve Worcester - Union Station is approximately three miles from campus. Greyhound/Trailways and Peter Pan Bus Lines also stop in Worcester. Taxis available from the train or bus station to Clark. Nearest airports are Boston Logan International Airport or TF Green Airport in Warwick, RI; shuttle-van and limousine service available. Worcester Airport Limousine provides service from Logan and TF Green to the Worcester area; call 800-660-0992 or 508-835-6436.

Driving Instructions to Campus
See website for directions to campus.
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Key Stats

7,304
Applicants
2,301
Size
54%
Acceptance Rate

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