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Academics

Approximately one hour west of Boston you’ll find Clark University, an “extremely student-focused” small liberal arts college centered around LEEP, or Liberal Education and Effective Practice, which combines academics with practical and experiential learning. The LEEP curriculum is designed to give students a strong foundation in a traditional liberal arts education while also connecting them with opportunities to apply what they’ve learned through internships, Problems of Practice courses, and a capstone experience. Ambitious students who meet the GPA requirements can also take advantage of Clark’s Accelerated BA/Master’s Degree Programs, with the fifth year of study tuitionfree. The school is “very active in creating change and works hard to implement it,” offers “great opportunities to volunteer and get involved in the community,” and there is a “constant flow of ideas and the encouragement to discuss them.” Students enjoy ready access to the administration, and have the ability to create change on campus.

Professors do an excellent job of “showing instead of telling, and demonstrate rather than just state concepts.” All are passionate and hands-on, and “make every attempt to have their classes go above and beyond the classroom.” “If you ask, they will show you their research, they will take you into their lab or let you see exactly what they are doing.” “I have not yet had a professor that did not put teaching before their own personal work,” says a student. They also push students to “think critically and from different perspectives,” and most classes have projects that put knowledge into practice; “almost every class extends far beyond tradition.” Additionally, the LEEP Center is an excellent aid in helping students with finding internships, improve resumes, gain interview and writing skills, and can “open doors you didn’t even know were there.”

Student Body

Clark University is a “very diverse institution” that draws students from all over the world, with a particularly vibrant LGBTQ community. The unique student body at Clark “has a different sense of self, clothing, expression, music taste, far from basic.” “We keep Clark weird and it feels like a family,” says a student. The school incorporates all of its cultural aspects into showcases of diverse culture, and cultivates a “sense of togetherness” through the annual International Gala that is “planned, organized, and perfected by students.” Students at Clark are “open-minded and unafraid to stand by their views, stances, and beliefs,” and are “generally very liberal.”

Campus Life

Clarkies are “very active people,” so evenings are often spent at meetings and activities for a variety of clubs that allow students “to keep feeding their individual passions” after high school. There is no Greek life and “not much emphasis on sports,” but “when it comes to political activism, challenging social norms, and equality and mutual respect, Clark students are highly engaged. This is a very social environment, so “running into a friend in passing could lead to you spending the rest of the day together.”

People stay on campus most of the time, “socializing with friends in dorms or common spaces”; many students work on group projects together in the Academic Commons of the library or “sit out on the green if the weather is nice.” The city of Worcester has “great restaurants and lots of beautiful parks.” The University has something called “guaranteed programming” in which there must be at least four different events going on Thursday through Saturday nights in “an effort to keep students engaged on the weekends,” so students with free time do not hurt for things to do.

Overview

Applicants
8,355
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average HS GPA
3.63

GPA Breakdown

43%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
580 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 1

Early Action — November 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Recommendation(s)

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
279
with Terminal Degree
262

150
Men
129
Women
52
Minority
23
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • 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, General.
  • 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.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • 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/Video Studies.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
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

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
77%
Graduate in 5 years
82%
Graduate in 6 years
83%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$47,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$97,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$49,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$103,400

Percent High Job Meaning
42%

Percent STEM
14%


Students Say

As part of the LEEP Program, the Clark's office of Career Services helps “connect students with opportunities to explore their co-curricular and professional interests, gain relevant experience, and achieve their personal and professional goals.” The school also prepares students for employment after graduation by promoting internships “which may take place in a nonprofit organization, government office, or for-profit business.” According to PayScale.com, 42 percent of Clark University alumni report that they derive a high level of meaning from their careers. The average early-career (alumni with 0-5 years of experience) annual salary is $47,600.

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
$27,821

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,688

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,679

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
64%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,305

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,234

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,380
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

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,860
Comprehensive Fee

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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,240
Foreign Countries Represented
65

Demographics

7.94%
Asian
3.81%
African-American
7.99%
Hispanic
57.62%
Caucasian
6.35%
Unknown
13.79%
International

61% female
39% male
62% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
67%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Amy Curran

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Typically students provide a Neuropsychological Evaluation, Psychoeducational Evaluation, or other learning evaluation. Please see our website for more info.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Official documentation of disability from an appropriately licensed professional, typically a psychoeducational evaluation. Please see our website for more info.

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
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

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

16% 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
Minority Support Groups
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.

91/99
AASHE STARS® rating
REPORTER
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
16%

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
HP, Lenovo, and Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Shaun Holt
Associate Director of Admissions

Address
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610

Phone
800-462-5275

Email
admissions@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
Alumni Student Engagement Center
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 weekends
9am-4:30pm (9:30am-12pm on select weekends)
800-462-5275

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
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
jhowland@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.

Local Accommodations
Worcester is the second largest city and has numerous hotels. Hilton Garden Inn often offers a discount if you call and mention Clark University when making a reservation.


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