About Clark University

Founded in 1887, Clark University. is a Private college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,289 full time undergraduate students, and 1,009 full time graduate students.

The Clark University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 206 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Clark University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate54%
Application Deadline
Application Fee60
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,43% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 7 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

94% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 73% were in the top quarter, and 36% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Clark University.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
4%
“We know about current events and vote”
46%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
50%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
0%
“Sometimes, but not often”
42%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
54%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
62%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
31%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
75%
“We bought the gear”
13%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
12%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
54%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
35%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
50%
“They keep regular office hours”
50%
“They”re always available”
92%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
8%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
8%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
23%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
65%
“We only party on weekends”
4%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
8%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
42%
“There might be people who do”
50%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
4%
“We know about current events and vote”
46%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
50%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
4%
“We save it for the classroom”
0%
“Sometimes, but not often”
42%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
54%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
8%
“I only go out in groups”
62%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
31%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
75%
“We bought the gear”
13%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
12%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
54%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
35%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
50%
“They keep regular office hours”
50%
“They”re always available”
92%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
8%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
8%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
23%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
65%
“We only party on weekends”
4%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
8%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
42%
“There might be people who do”
50%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Clark University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    82 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 18 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    49 Students rated off-campus housing 4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    83 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    83 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    83 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 59 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    83 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    83 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    83 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Clark University?

25 Students rated Clark University

Gwynn - 07/26/2021

The community on and around the campus is very welcoming and enjoyable. The people are very helpful and kind when you need a hand or to meet new people. The opportunities for students to learn different things is a very large category to pick from. The professors and staff are very helpful and want the student to do their best as well as very encouraging to have discussions about topics or ideas that interest the students.

Mujidat

Clark University is unique in that there is so much to do even on the small campus and new people to meet as well.

Alyssa

I didn't initially want to come to Clark based on first impressions but I'm incredibly happy that I chose this school. Everyone is so personable, from the students to the faculty. I feels o cared about in everything that I do. There are always people to approach when I have questions about which courses to take and where I want my career to go and I feel comfortable enough ask those same people for recommendations on where to go out to dinner. The school is small and extremely passionate about all of the issues.

Andrea

Clark University has lived up to my expectations since day 1! Coming from a small and fairly conservative area in Maine, being able to come to a place as diverse and open as Clark has been wonderful. It has been incredibly eye opening and I feel like I've learned more about people than I did through all 4 years of high school. A lot of classes are discussion based and crate this open environment where everyone can share their opinions and talk about them critically without fear of being ridiculed as well.

Clark University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Clark University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Clark University is 54%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    II will tell myself work very hard in my English and Math courses. Relationships with the teachers are very important take the time to build relationship that will last forever.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    I think the overall campus diversity is one of the reasons that make Clark so special. There is a very diverse student body coming from countries all over the world. This allows the students to gain perspective on various topics from a different view. Clark prides itself on being a melting pot of sorts where no matter what your background you are excepted and viewed as a "Clarkie."

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  5. Describe the students at your school.

    Some are nice - others are not, some are beautiful - others are not, some are atristic - others are not, some are rich - others are not. We actually are diverse.

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Its in the ghetto, but that also has its benefits sometimes

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  7. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Not politically active or concious student body.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Get involved in a club/sport/activity/organization in the beginning of the school year.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The financial aid is amazing for the size - I never would have expected so much help. Also, the learning environment is one in a million - the students can easily be mistaken for facilitating discussion or leading a lecture. and both your professors and fellow students are extremely helpful in and outside of the classroom. The balance between social and academic life can't be beat either - we're driven scholars, but know when enough is enough and when to relax and hang out.

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  10. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone with an open mind and interest helping others should come to Clark. Students are very involved in the community and interested in bettering the lives of others. Many students have very liberal ideas and are highly environmentally-conscious, but are also open to the opinions and viewpoints of others who may disagree with their ideas. Clark is also very diverse and has a large percentage of international students. American students looking to broaden their cultural awareness should consider Clark, as well as international students looking for a place where they will naturally fit in.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Arrogance, bigotry, self-entitlement, and close-mindedness are examples of unacceptable qualities here at Clark. This campus is very liberal and accepting to anyone who is well, liberal and accepting. That being said, someone who shouldn't come here is a kind of person who is judgemental, unwilling to challenge convention, and allows prejudicial stereotypes to flourish; this person will get torn apart.

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  12. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    community involvement

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  13. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    More liberal and committed to social change.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    Coming to Clark was the best decision I ever made! Oh gosh where do I even start describing Clark. I'm a freshmen (well, as of when I write this review in October 2012) and I've only been here for a full month and a half, but I've never had more fun in my life already. The people here are SO friendly and open and accepting, it's impossible not to fit in. If you felt like the odd one out at high school, this is the place for you. If you were pretty popular, this is still the place for you. It's a place where the old you doesn't matter, only who you are now. There's always something going on, and I know all colleges say this but it's literally true. Like, if you sign up for clubs, you will be BOMBARDED with emails of stuff going on, as well as emails from faculty regarding campus and neighborhood activities. The academics are fantastic, and even in classes I hate (French Pop Culture. Don't take it.) I still realize that there are so many opportunities here that don't exist at other schools. My only qualm with Clark is that it's rather small (I was looking for a school of 4,000-7,000 and Clark is just over 2,000) and well, Worcester. BUT, Worcester is NOT that bad! The area around Clark isn't pretty, but we do a LOT of community service and work with the neighborhood a lot. It's just another city neighborhood, and it has both families and Clark students in it. Main South isn't a fantastic area, but it's not dangerous during the day, so just grab a friend and check out all the cool things to do! There's 3 Asian markets, a Hispanic market, pizza and Chinese food, Annie's Clark Brunch (a FANTASTIC diner that you will be eating at quite a lot because it's cheap and delicious) and Acoustic Java (a fabulous little cafe) right outside of the Clark campus, so go explore! It's actually a pretty neat area. Main South as well as Worcester as a whole has a ton of restaurants as well- in fact it should be known for it's food if anything else. In addition to good food and a lot of culture, there are 13 colleges total in Worcester, so it definitely caters to college life. My father recently told me that he read that Worcester was one of the biggest up and coming cities for 20-somethings, and young people are moving there at an extremely fast rate because the growth is so huge. So don't judge Worcester on the outside! As for my first comment, after living here, it's still not my cup of tea, but I definitely don't HATE it. It definitely wasn't what I was looking for, but it doesn't ruin my experience here at all.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    The work-load is heavy, but definitely manageable. It really depends on what classes you take. With some classes and majors you'll start writing 10-page (20 pages double spaced) papers in the first week and with other classes you'll have maybe one or two 3 page papers per month! There's always a lot of reading involved no matter what you're taking, so make sure you keep track of that. We're a very academically driven school and everyone here wants to do well. I promise you though, the workload won't get TOO hard, and if it does it's probably just a hill that you have to get over and won't face again for awhile. There's always help if you need it. The staff are always willing to reach out to you and help you figure out how to manage your time, and if you're open and honest with your professors about your needs, they'll most likely be more understanding of extenuating circumstances should any come up.

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  16. Where is the best place to get work done on campus?

    I do most of my work in the library. It is fantastic, the first floor is the Academic Commons where groups can meet to work and talk. There is a cafe there as well as public computers that can be printed from. Once entering the second floor serious work is done there. Between the 2nd and 5th floors there are different levels of amount of effort put into work and how quiet it is. As one goes higher up, the building becomes more and more quiet. I like to work on the 5th floor looking out a window at a private desk. It allows me to get all my work done in silence and I get to have a beautiful view of Clark campus from my window. It's very beautiful and peaceful.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Clark is like a box of M&Ms in terms of the diversity of people's personalities, backgrounds and cultures. The best part of being here is interacting with the different people and learning from their experiences as well as your own.

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  18. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Because of the large presence of international students, the ISA is a large club, and their International Gala event is one of the most popular on campus. There's no Greek life, but sports houses and off-campus apartments have enough parties to make up for that. The lack of Greek life also seems to unite the campus a bit more, I've never been to a party that's had a list, or not allowed in because I wasn't dressed skimpy enough. Everybody just wants to have fun. For the size and budget of the school's student planning, the bands and speakers that come are great. In the past decade we've had Kevin Smith, Sapphire (author of Precious), and Hillary Clinton, not to mention an entertaining appearance from recent Bachelorette star and Clark Alum Ali Fedotowsky. As for bands, the school tends to bring in national touring indie acts, such as Dirty Projectors, Dan Deacon, Ted Leo, Girl Talk, Kimya Dawson, Santogold, YACHT, and No Age.

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  19. What's the Greek scene like?

    There is no Greek life on campus, but if a student is interested in greek life there are neighboring schools that welcome Clark students to frat parties.

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  20. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    For the most part, yes.

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  21. Tell us about the sports scene on campus.

    Sports are huge at Clark University. There are lots of kids who go to Clark on sports scholarships, and lots of people take sports very seriously. All of my friends on sports teams during their season work very hard to be the best team they can be. There is a lot of cougar pride on campus.

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Student Body

Students

61%

female

39%

male

2,289

Total Undergrad Enrollment

1,009

Total Grad Students

53%

Out-Of-State

32%

In-State

15%

International

Organizations

125

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

51%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
8%
% Black or African-American
4%
% Hispanic/Latino
7%
% White or Caucasian
56%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

91% of students attending Clark University receive some sort of financial aid. 23% were awarded federal grants. While 53% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$43,150

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$800

Books and Supplies

$8,450

Room and Board

52,400

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$18,162
$30 - $48K
$17,425
$48 - $75K
$20,467
$75 - $110K
$24,490
$110K & UP
$32,680

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