Clark University

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“Clark is a major research university of small size, a place where a teenager can make things happen that he wants to happen, much as he can at a small liberal arts college. He will find a faculty concerned for his welfare, a faculty of the highest competence, and one that will set a high level of expectation, and care enough to see that he works to meet it.
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Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610-1477
508.793.7431 / 800.GO.CLARK
⋅ 2,242 undergraduates; 795 graduate (matriculated) students
⋅ 13% international; 29% ALANA students; 61% from out of state; over 56 countries represented
⋅ 60% women, 40% men
⋅ Average class size: 20
⋅ Tuition: $48,250
⋅ Room, Board, Fees: $9,800
⋅ 85% of students receive aid from Clark.
⋅ 65% of students receive merit-based aid from Clark.

Clark President David Angel teaches a first-year seminar

The Clark women’s volleyball team celebrate after a point

Smiling students covered in colored powder during Holi, a festival of colors

A Clark student and a professor look at a biological sample

Clark theater students on statge, in a circle

  • The Clark University experience is distinguished by a transformative liberal arts education in a research university setting, purposeful engagement in local and world communities, and an inclusive environment in which active learning and personal connections are hallmarks.
  • Located in Worcester, Massachusetts (pop. 181,000), 40 miles west of Boston

Worth Noting
  • Clark was the first school in the country to offer a five-year bachelor’s and master’s degree program with the fifth year tuition-free. Annually, 1 in 3 students partake in one of fourteen of these fifth-year programs.
  • 98% of our undergraduate alumni are employed, in school, or engaged in voluntary service within six months of graduating.
  • Clark’s Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is the only center of its type in the world; Clark offers the only Ph.D. in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the country.
  • Clark has built six new buildings in the past 10 years – the Traina Center for the Arts, the Dolan Field House, the Lasry Center for Bioscience, Blackstone Hall, the John and Kay Basset Admissions Center, and the Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center.
  • Clark has been recognized by Rugg’s Recommendations on Colleges as the #1 institution in the United States for undergraduate study in geography.
  • Clark’s newest majors are Community, Youth and Education studies; and Media, Culture and the Arts. Clark’s newest minors/concentrations are Africana Studies, Creative Writing, Data Science, and Marketing.

Faculty & Academics
  • Close student-faculty relationships encourage independent student research.
  • 100% of the faculty teach undergraduate classes.
  • 33 majors, 35 minors, 12 concentrations

Areas of Study
For the most current listings, including concentrations and minors (not listed below), please check the college website.

Majors & Programs
Africana Studies
Ancient Civilization
Art History
Asian Studies
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Combined Languages
Community, Youth and Education Studies
Comparative Literature
Computer Science
Creative Writing (minor only)
Data Science (minor only)
Education (minor only)
Engineering (3/2 program)
Environmental Science
French and Francophone Studies
German Studies (minor only)
Global Environmental Studies
Innovation and Entrepreneurship (minor only)
International Development and Social Change
Marketing (minor only)
Media, Culture and the Arts
Political Science
Screen Studies
Studio Art
Theater Arts
Women’s and Gender Studies

Pre-professional Studies
Pre-law Pre law
Pre-medicine Pre med

Campus Life
  • 66% of all students live on campus.
  • More than 130 student clubs and organizations
  • 50% of students play varsity or intramural sports
  • 53% of Clark students are involved in community service.

Varsity Sports

17 varsity sports in the NCAA Division III NEWMAC Conference:

Baseball (Men)
Cross Country
Field Hockey (Women)
Rowing (Women)
Softball (Women)
Swimming and Diving
Volleyball (Women)

Life After College
  • At Clark, we believe a student’s investment in education should have lifelong and wide-ranging returns. Our educational model, Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP), enables students to translate their studies into remarkable careers and purposeful, accomplished lives.
  • Clark graduates are engaged with the world and working to improve it. Our alumni are driving innovations in their fields, following their passions and leading lives of consequence and fulfillment. The most popular industries for Clark graduates are non-profit, finance and business, high tech, healthcare and communications. Recent employers include Amazon, Forbes Magazine, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Google, Bloomberg, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Public Schools, the Peace Corps, and many others.
  • Approximately 43% of our alumni go immediately to graduate school–many of them to Clark’s Fifth-Year Free Accelerated BA/MA program, where they earn their graduate degree tuition free. Alumni who attend graduate school outside of Clark pursue everything from law and medical degrees to master’s in business, the sciences and humanities. Some of our most recent graduates are attending Harvard, Yale, the London School of Economics, Columbia, Princeton, and Oxford University, among many other excellent graduate schools.

Academic Profile of Entering Class
  • Average GPA: 3.66
  • Average SAT Critical Reading (Middle 50%): 610-700
  • Average SAT Math (Middle 50%): 590-690
  • Average ACT Composite (Middle 50%): 28-31
  • Clark is test optional. Read more about our process.