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Clark University

Worcester, MA


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Challenge Convention. Change Our World.

Founded in 1887, Clark University enrolls undergraduate students who want a rich liberal arts curriculum that prepares them to address the complex scientific, social, and economic challenges facing the world. Clark's focused areas of research excellence are backed by strong undergraduate, master's, and Ph.D. degree programs that engage students from around the world in relevant, challenging, and innovative research that transforms communities. Clark University's status as a small research university grounded in the liberal arts, its urban location in Massachusetts, and its tradition of community partnerships place Clark students in the ideal position to breathe life into the University's motto: "Challenge convention. Change our world." Whether their passion is business development, intellectual engagement, scientific inquiry, or artistic exploration, Clark students roll up their sleeves, dig in deep, and learn the best way possible -- by doing.

Clark in the Rankings

Clark stands out from other schools, laying claim to the following rankings: - 1 of only 40 "Colleges That Change Lives" - 1 of "U.S. News & World Report's" Best Colleges 2011 - 1 of the "Princeton Review's" Best in the Northeast - 1 of the "Princeton Review's" 286 Green Colleges - 1 of "Kiplinger's Top 50 Best Values for Private Universities - 1 of Peace Corps' Top Colleges 2011.

Faculty Mentoring and Support

Clark University faculty members are committed to personally mentoring students, as well as involving them in their classes and research. Clark's intimate academic setting and tradition of close-working relationships provides many opportunities for students to pursue knowledge through active participation. With a 10:1 ratio, undergraduates can partner with faculty members on timely research projects that will be instrumental in developing innovative solutions that address real-world problems.

Dynamic Community with Global Insight

By living and learning in Clark's global community, undergraduates enjoy broader understandings of international perspectives. With approximately 600 international students, faculty members, and scholars from over 90 countries, Clark offers undergraduates firsthand experience with multiple cultures. Combined with the University's commitment to making a difference locally and globally, Clark inspires students to get involved in significant ways on campus and abroad. Over fifty percent of Clark students actively volunteer locally and globally through community service and study abroad programs.

130+ Student-led Clubs and Organizations

At Clark, students lead the charge in clubs and organizations involving business, the arts, the sciences, social service, sports, and more. On campus, there is always something for Clark students to be a part of and do. Interested individuals can go to for a current list of student organizations. And if a student doesn't see something that interests them, they can create their own club.

The Fifth Year: Clark's Accelerated Master's Degree Program

With Clark's excellent graduate school opportunities, the university is able to offer a unique opportunity to hard-working undergraduates. Eligible Clark students are able to earn an accelerated master's degree from one of 13 different programs with the fifth-year of tuition waived. Consider the cost of earning a master’s degree in two years elsewhere and you’ll see why Clark is considered a best value.

A Selection of Clark's Accelerated Master's Degree Programs

Clark's accelerated master's degree programs include: - a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program - a Master of Public Administration program - a Master of Science in Professional Communication program - a Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning program - a Master of Arts in Biology program - a Master of Arts in Environmental Science and Policy program - a Master of Arts in International Development and Social Change program. Information about all 13 individual programs and qualifications is available at

Located in the Heart of New England

With Clark's location in Worcester, Massachusetts -- the heart of New England and the region's second largest metropolitan area -- undergraduates have a dynamic and diverse city to explore as well as change through service opportunities, internships, and business startups. Clark students can also form meaningful partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, and other students from the 13 colleges and universities in the greater Worcester area. From classic Italian to authentic Armenian, Chinese, El Salvadorian, Indian, Jamaican, Japanese, Lebanese, Mexican, Thai, and Vietnamese, the food and restaurants in Worcester are as delectable and global as its residents. The city also has great museums like the Worcester Art Museum and the Higgins Armory and event centers like the Palladium, Hanover Theater, and DCU Center for concerts, shows, and sporting events.

Partner with Advisers to Begin Planning the Future

Planning for a student's future begins when they arrive at Clark. Each student is paired with a pre-major adviser until they declare a major, at which time they are connected with an expert faculty adviser in their field of choice. The LEEP Student Success Network complements faculty advising with support in writing, quantitative skills, peer tutoring, prestigious fellowships and scholarships, and more. All Clark students are encouraged to engage with the Career Connections Center, which provides greater exposure to internships, study-abroad programs, professional networking, and job options.

A Few Notable Clarkies

Some of Clark's famous alumni include: - D'Army Bailey: Civil Rights Activist, Attorney, Retired Circuit Court Judge, Author, Film Actor - Jackalyne Pfannenstiel: United States Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installations and Environment) - Marian Leighton Levy: Co-founder of Rounder Records - Jeffrey Lurie: Owner of the Philadelphia Eagles - Ron Shaich: Founder and former CEO of Panera Bread Company - Hugh Panero: former CEO of XM Satellite Radio - Matt Goldman: Co-Founder of the Blue Man Group - Padma Lakshmi: "Top Chef" Host, Cookbook Author, Actress, Model. Students can go to to hear from other notable alumni, faculty and current students

Location & Contact

Address Admissions House, 950 Main Street
Worcester, MA  01610
United States
Contact Ms. Meredith Twombly
Vice President of Admissions and Financial Aid
Phone: 508-793-7431
Fax: 508-793-8821

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
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Molecular Biology Checkmark
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Human Resources Development Checkmark
Management Science Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Communication, General Checkmark
Mass Communication/media Studies Checkmark
Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Elementary Education And Teaching Checkmark
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education And Teaching Checkmark
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
Engineering, General Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Classics And Classical Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, General Checkmark
Comparative Literature Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, Other Checkmark
French Language And Literature Checkmark
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Spanish Language And Literature Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Pre-dentistry Studies Checkmark
Pre-medicine/pre-medical Studies Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
Humanities/humanistic Studies Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Mathematics, General Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
International/globalization Studies Checkmark
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General Checkmark
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other Checkmark
Peace Studies And Conflict Resolution Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
Environmental/natural Resources Management And Policy, General Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
Jewish/judaic Studies Checkmark
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Geology/earth Science, General Checkmark
Physics, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology, General Checkmark
Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
Criminal Justice/safety Studies Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Development Economics And International Development Checkmark
Economics, General Checkmark
Geography Checkmark
International Relations And Affairs Checkmark
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Social Sciences, Other Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Commercial And Advertising Art Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
Film/cinema/media Studies Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts, General Checkmark
Music, General Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts, Other Checkmark


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Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
2 recommendations
Recommended Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st
Early decision plan January 15th February 15th
Other early decision plan November 1st December 15th
Transfer May 1st June 15th Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 580 680
SAT Math 570 670
ACT Composite 27 32

Tuition & Fees

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Room & board
Room only

Financial Aid

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98% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 9.67%
Black or African American 4.79%
White or Caucasian 61.57%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.05%
Asian 7.05%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.05%
Two or more races 3.25%
Other 4.16%


Male (38.15%)
Female (61.85%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing Not Reported

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Spree Day, International Gala and Fall Major Event (comedy show or concert)

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
International Students Association, Science Fiction People of Clark, Outing Club, Hillel and Clark Musical Theater

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball Checkmark No No
Crew No No No
Cross-country Running No No No
Equestrian Sports No No No
Field Hockey No No No
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse No No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Crew No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running No Division 3 No
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No Division 3 No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse Checkmark Division 3 No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Water Polo Checkmark No No


Male - -159
Female - 159
Clark University