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Clark University

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Founded in 1887, Clark University is a small, private, research university with a liberal arts foundation located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Originally founded as a graduate school, the first of it’s kind in the United States, it currently educates undergraduates as well. Still, a major focus has been on research and the school is home to several centers and institutes where graduate students and faculty can continue to be innovators in their fields.

Located not far from Boston, the hub of all of New England, it has a small urban campus with historic buildings that have been around since the original founding more than a 100 years ago. These beautiful old structures have been updated to become more energy efficient and green with innovative processes, such as recycling waste heat to produce energy for the buildings. Most students live on campus, and often participate in community events and partnerships to improve and revitalize the surrounding area.


The university offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The undergraduate programs are firmly rooted in the liberal arts and are developed with diverse research and problem solving opportunities. Their focused research programs are further developed through its strong master’s and doctoral degree programs in areas of study that include Management, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, Psychology, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Urban Education, Environmental Science & Policy, and International Development & Social Change. Psychology is the most popular undergraduate major here at this school.

Undergraduates are encouraged to take advantage of the university’s numerous research opportunities, and students can showcase their work during Fall Fest and Academic Spree Day, which are held annually. The school has a long and impressive history of research expertise. In 1909, Sigmund Freud gave his famous Clark Lectures about psychoanalysis, and researchers here have made incredible discoveries that have contributed to the invention of the birth control pill and the formula for the wind-chill factor. Undergraduate students have done incredible research in areas that have included researching and drafting city housing policy.

Classes are generally very small; the student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1, and close to 60 percent of its classes have fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include Biology, Business, English, Political Science, and Psychology.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Students who wish to apply must complete the form online or print the Common Application form along with the Clark University supplement. There is a nonrefundable application fee to apply to this university. Each applicant must also submit an official high school transcript or GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, and any AP or college credit transcripts (if applicable). Students must also submit letters of recommendation and personal statements. A personal interview is also required. Certain programs also have additional requirements. While the university offers both Regular Decision and Early Action admission plans, prospective students should contact the school for specific deadline dates.

Adult students, non-degree seeking students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements. Useful statistics and dates are listed on the college’s website as well.

Financial Aid

More than 60 percent of the incoming first year students receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. Eighty-five percent of the university’s students who applied for financial aid were awarded some form of financial assistance. The university awarded about $45 million in financial assistance in a single year. Forms of aid that are available for students include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study.

The college also offers a number of scholarships and grants for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. The deadline date for completing the FAFSA application is April 20, but students are strongly recommended to apply earlier. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or submit additional documents.

Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students should also note that financial aid applications must be renewed each year. Clark University also offers a deferred payment plan to help students pay any tuition charges that are not covered by financial aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3184th for the average student loan amount.
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The school has a very diverse student body with a gender distribution of approximately 60 percent female students and 40 percent male students. Roughly 70 percent of the students who attend live on campus in the university’s nine residence halls and fourteen houses, including five graduate student houses. First-time college students are required to live on campus for their first four semesters — exceptions to this rule must be made by the Office of Residential Life and Housing, and are only granted for students living with parents or legal guardians, whose primary homes are no more than 25 miles from campus.

There are plenty of academic and social support services to help students make the transition to college. There are more than 120 diverse clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. Popular organizations include the Student Government, All Kinds of Girls, the American Civil Liberties Union Club, Amnesty International, the Ballroom Dance Team and Club, the Caesura Literary Magazine, the Capoeira Club, Musical Theater, the Model United Nations, and the Dead Poets Society. There are also interesting recreational and cultural events held on campus throughout the year. A complete list of clubs and events is available on the university’s website.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Known as the Cougars, there are 17 intercollegiate athletic teams competing at the NCAA Division III level. The school’s mascot is the cougar. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, swimming & diving, and rowing. Women’s sports include softball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, rowing, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and swimming & diving.


Prominent alumni include:

  • Adelbert Ames, Jr., Scientist
  • Steven DePaul, Emmy Award-winning television producer and director of “NYPD Blue”
  • Alexander Francis Chamberlain, Anthropologist
  • Robert H. Goddard, Rocket engineer (MA Physics 1910, PhD Physics 1911)
  • John M. Granville, USAID diplomat assassinated in Sudan
  • Robert Hurst, Vice Chairman and former head of investment banking at Goldman Sachs Group
  • Padma Lakshmi, Host of the television show “Top Chef”
  • Shannon Boyd-Bailey McCune, American geographer
  • Richard T. Moore, Senator representing Massachusetts
  • Hugh Panero, CEO of XM Radio


Accreditation is provided by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Information Summary

Ranks 31st in Massachusetts and 612th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Massachusetts and 472nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 4 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.09
Robbery 5 0.14
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 10 0.29
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 3 0.09
Arrest 2 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,342 0.74
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 11 0.01
Forcible Rape 36 0.02
Robbery 411 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,066 1.13
Larceny 3,481 1.91
Vehicle theft 530 0.29

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Worcester, MA 01610-1477
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population23,773 (23,773 urban / N/A rural)
Households7,710 (2.58 people per house)
Median Household Income$26,152
Families4,314 (3.32 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2502

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 292nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $39,200 $39,200 $39,200
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $350 $350 $350
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,225 $1,225 $1,225
FT Graduate Tuition $39,200 $39,200 $39,200
FT Graduate Required Fees $30 $30 $30
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $1,225 $1,225 $1,225
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $48,770 $48,770 $48,770
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $48,870 $48,870 $48,870
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $41,400 $41,400 $41,400

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $37,350 $38,450 $37,350 $38,450 $37,350 $38,450
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,100 $7,320
On-Campus – Other Expenses $950(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,100 $7,320
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,050(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,050(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$55
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,551 (2,402 male / 3,149 female)
Admitted 3,416 (1,285 male / 2,131 female)
Admission rate 62%
First-time Enrollment 621 (235 male / 386 female)
FT Enrollment 614 (232 male / 382 female)
PT Enrollment 7 (3 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment3,551

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference New England Women's & Meni's Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference New England Women's & Meni's Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference New England Women's & Meni's Athletic Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,745
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,170
Board Fee$3,300

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 295 28 30 24 1 576 93 1,060
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 4 5
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1
Biochemistry 1 4 2 10 17
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 3 2 4 40 1 50
Business Administration and Management, General 38 4 5 5 57 17 128
Chemistry, General 3 2 10 1 16
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2 2
Community Organization and Advocacy 1 1 14 5 21
Comparative Literature 3 3
Computer Science 1 4 6
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 8 1 10
Economics, General 10 2 14 27
Education, General 1 3 1 26 5 37
English Language and Literature, General 4 1 23 2 30
Environmental Science 31 2 1 47 4 86
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 1 3 1 5
Finance, General 91 1 1 93
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 11 1 13
French Language and Literature 3 3
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 15 1 13 3 32
Geography 3 1 19 2 26
History, General 22 1 23
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Information Technology 12 2 3 17
International Relations and Affairs 24 3 8 1 31 8 76
International/Global Studies 8 2 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Mathematics, General 4 1 2 7
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 2
Music, General 1 4 1 6
Philosophy 1 1 5 7
Physics, General 2 2 1 5
Political Science and Government, General 6 2 1 1 32 5 49
Psychology, General 2 2 2 2 1 74 13 96
Public Administration 17 1 1 1 31 7 58
Social Sciences, General
Social Work
Sociology 2 1 16 2 21
Spanish Language and Literature 1 4 5
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 23 2 1 27 6 62
Women's Studies 1 2 1 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 479th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,668 ($87,831 male / $79,851 female)
Number of FT Faculty 198 (112 male / 86 female)
Number of PT Faculty 347
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $8,977,759

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