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Clark University
Worcester, MA
Clark University, founded in 1887, is a private, research-based, liberal arts university whose motto is "Challenge Convention and Change the World." Clark students are socially conscious and committed to making a difference. They benefit from small class sizes, easy access to professors, an intercultural community, and learning through inquiry. In addition to research and internship opportunities, Clark's Fifth-Year Free Program allows qualified students to study for five years at the price of four and receive both a bachelor's and a master's degree. Its 50-acre campus is located in Worcester, 40 miles west of Boston.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,289
   Women 1,396 (61.0%)
   Men 893 (39.0%)
Graduate Students 1,009
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 55% of 7,914 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.65
SAT Math 550-660 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 560-665 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 27-31 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $53,350
  Tuition and Fees $43,150
  Room and Board $8,450
Average Percent of Need Met 91%
Average Freshman Award $36,552
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 203
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 41% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Worcester Population 182,669
Nearest Metropolitan Area Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 97% of freshmen, 70% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot Cougar
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
8.7% Asian
5.2% Black/African-American
8.6% Hispanic/Latino
2.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.3% White
8.1% Unknown
International Students 14.0%
First-Year Students Returning 87.7%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 72.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported