Clark University

Worcester, MA

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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.

Website: www.clarku.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,240
Undergraduate
Students
(61.2%) 1,371 Women
(38.8%) 869 Men
913
Graduate
Students

Admission

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
3.63
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
27-31 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$54,900
Tuition and Fees
$45,730
Room and Board
$9,170
Average Percent of Need Met
89%
Average Freshman Award
$32,004
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$34,305
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
206
Regular Class Size
Not reported
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Campus Life

Worcester Population
182,669
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
67% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Cougar
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.1% Asian
4.5% Black/African-American
9.2% Hispanic/Latino
2.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.4% White
7.8% Unknown
International Students
14.1% from 85 countries
First-Year Students Returning
86.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
76.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
40.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   3
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   2
History   2
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
950 Main Street
City, State, Zip
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
Phone
(508) 793-7431
Fax
(508) 793-8821
E-mail
admissions@clarku.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$60
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 1
Early Action Notification
December 15

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
55% of 7,914 applicants were admitted
Women
59% of 4,543 applicants were admitted
Men
49% of 3,371 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
706 (16%) of 4,331 admitted students enrolled
Women
428 (16%) of 2,694 admitted students enrolled
Men
278 (17%) of 1,637 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
57% of 51 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
56% of 2991 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
671
Students Accepting Wait List Position
326
Students Admitted From Wait List
30

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.63
3.75 and Above
48%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
27-31 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
44%
Score of 24 - 29
49%
Score of 18 - 23
8%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 37%
Top quarter: 75%
Top half: 96%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$54,900
Tuition and Fees
$45,730
Room and Board
$9,170
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@clarku.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
January 15
Award Notification
On or about February 20
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002139
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
477 (77.6%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
356 (74.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
350 (98.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
101 (28.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
89%
Average Award
$32,004
Need-Based Gift
Received by 347 (99.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $28,199
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 265 (75.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,717
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 162 (46.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
208 (33.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $19,964

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,549 (70.8%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,199 (77.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,175 (98.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
223 (19.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
90%
Average Award
$32,134
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,167 (99.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $26,780
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 864 (73.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,279
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 570 (48.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
743 (34.0%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $19,010

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
64%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$34,305
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Development Economics and International Development
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Ecology
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • History, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Modern Languages
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Neuroscience
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Psychology, Biological/life sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Business administration, engineering, environmental studies, international development, community planning, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, economics, history, communications, public administration, geographic information systems
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
206
Part-Time Faculty
97
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
64%
Regular Class Size
Not reported
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
Not reported

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
 
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Information Technology, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Science in Professional Communications, Master of Science in Management

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • American Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Communication--General
  • Education--General
  • English
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Finance and Banking
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Science
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Public Administration
  • Sustainability Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • American Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Physics
  • Social Psychology

Location and Setting


Boston Population
182,669
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Boston
Campus Size
50 acres

Weather

Temperature
15 average low in January, 74.5 average high in September
Rain
133 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Worcester
Nearest Train Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Worcester

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
67% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
33%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
Mascot
Cougar
School Colors
Scarlet and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Crew x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Lacrosse     x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Lacrosse    
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Crew x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, racquetball, soccer, softball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, international students association, science fiction people of clark, outing club, hillel, clark musical theater
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,240
Women
1,371 (61.2%)
Men
869 (38.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,199
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.1% Asian
4.5% Black/African-American
9.2% Hispanic/Latino
2.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.4% White
7.8% Unknown
International Students.
14.1% from 85 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
913

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
86.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
76.5%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
81.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
82.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
40.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 4%
Law 2%
Arts and Sciences 16%
Medicine 1%
Education 3%
Other 4%

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