Students Say

Clark University is “an academically rich, research-oriented,” small liberal arts school. Despite its size, “The research opportunities here are endless.” A psy­chology major says, “Clark goes out of its way to provide students with as many opportunities as possible to be involved with their field.” Additionally, “The professors are always involved in their fields, and they know where to direct the students.” A physics student adds, “Professors are always willing to have students from the field come in to help with [their] research and put in some input about it.” “Many of them [use] their own research as modern examples, which really helps to explain things.”

Overview

Applicants
5,551
Acceptance Rate
62%
Average HS GPA
3.58

GPA Breakdown

36%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
19%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 670
SAT Math
550 - 650
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

Clark University is “an academically rich, research-oriented,” small liberal arts school. Despite its size, “The research opportunities here are endless.” A psy­chology major says, “Clark goes out of its way to provide students with as many opportunities as possible to be involved with their field.” Additionally, “The professors are always involved in their fields, and they know where to direct the students.” A physics student adds, “Professors are always willing to have students from the field come in to help with [their] research and put in some input about it.” “Many of them [use] their own research as modern examples, which really helps to explain things.” Overall, Clark professors are “extremely impressive.” They’re “always there for reassurance and support.” One student says, “These relationships opened my eyes to all sorts of academic and professional options.” Coursework is “hard but manageable,” so there’s “academic intensity without undue pressure.” A student double-majoring in history and theater sums it up by saying that Clark “is a warm environment where the student’s education is paramount, and the professors here are devoted to what they research as well as how they teach.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
284
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
93%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
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"

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
92
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
$26,375

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,375

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,067

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
$22,032

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$40,380
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 Methodoloy
Institutional

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

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

Overall

Students Say

Clark offers a “great community” full of “friendly, witty, approachable, very con­scious, and active” students. Most seem convinced that the student body is made up of “everyone who was a little awkward or uncool in high school,” which includes “cool nerds, hipsters, artist/musicians,” “hippies,” and “jocks.” There’s also a significant amount of international students. Clark students are “highly optimistic” and “want to save the world.” “This is a college that attracts students who want to do things in this world,” one student explains, “whether it’s change lives or challenge convention.” Students are “very open,” but the campus leans heavily to the left, and one student says they’ve “known people to hide their conservative beliefs for fear of being chastised.” That said, “Everyone fits in, in their own way,” at Clark, and though students do fall into their groups, “The groups are very fluid,” and within groups of students “there is a range of ethnic, racial, religious, and academic diversity.” “There is,” however, “a disconnect between the athletes at Clark and everyone else.” One student complains, “While jocks are in the minority, they still seem to think they rule the school.” Athletes would like to have more support, which is understandable, because “no one shows up to the games.” Though students might not be the strongest sports fans, “Community involvement is huge.” “Most of us are involved in some club or community service through the school,” and “Clubs turn into small communities themselves.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,380
Out of State
61%

International
14%
Foreign Countries Represented
87

Demographics

6.54%
Asian
4.62%
African-American
7.65%
Hispanic
70.08%
Caucasian
8.47%
Unknown
13.85%
International

58% female
42% male
61% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“Community involvement is huge” at Clark. “Clubs provide a common interest point for students to get to know one another and to participate in shared activi­ties,” and since “everyone is involved in something on-campus, we all feel immense pride and ownership over the events that take place.” One of the more popular campus activities is community service. A global environmental studies student says that community service “gives…students an opportunity to interact with the community,” which in turn, “leads to town-gown relations that are better than most other schools in the city.” Students are sharply divided on Worcester. Some say it’s “depressing and gloomy” and that it’s the “poor man’s” “microcosm of Boston.” Though Worcester does struggle with social and economic problems, it’s possible that students are down on it because they “haven’t given the city a chance.” “Worcester has an incredibly diverse selection of restaurants, live music, and people.” Students who don’t venture out into the city hang out in their dorms or go to house parties. Currently, “The administration is focused on revamping Clark’s image,” and “The buildings…are all being renovated, and there is a lot of construction and planning for new things in the upcoming year.” Already, some buildings have “undergone dramatic transformations,” such as the library, the gym, and two freshman dorms that “have brand new beautiful additions.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
71%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
72
First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
96

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
120
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
7

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

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
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Holy Cross
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.

Green Rating
95
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

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
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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

5,551
Applicants
2,380
Size
62%
Acceptance Rate
1220
SAT Scores

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