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Clark University is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,352, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clark University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 75. Its tuition and fees are $39,550 (2013-14).
Clark University is a small liberal arts institution in the midst of 12 other colleges and universities. Located in Worcester, Mass., Clark is a member of the Worcester College consortium. As such, all Clark students get a WOO card: a pass for local college students that grants discounts at area attractions, baseball games, and the local ski slope, Wachusett Mountain. Clark students can also ride the free Consortium shuttle from campus to Becker College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Assumption College, Worcester State College, and College of the Holy Cross. Students can also hop aboard to get to Worcester Public Library, Worcester Art museum, and the local train and bus station. On campus, Clark students can choose from more than 100 clubs and organizations, but the school does not have a Greek system. The Clark Cougars sports teams compete in the NCAA Division III New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, and all students are allowed to bring cars. For road trips, Boston is less than an hour’s drive away; New York City is a three-hour trip. Students can explore the school’s 30 study abroad options after declaring a major, and about 40 percent of juniors spends at least one semester away from campus.
Research is a particular focus for students at Clark University. Undergraduates are encouraged to get involved, and students showcase their work each semester during Fall Fest and Academic Spree Day. The school’s research expertise is a century-long tradition; on campus in 1909, Sigmund Freud gave his famous Clark Lectures about psychoanalysis, and university researchers have been responsible for discoveries that led to the birth control pill and the formula for the wind-chill factor. Notable alumni of Clark University include Matthew Goldman, cofounder of the performance art Blue Man Group; Hugh Panero, CEO of XM Satellite Radio; Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles; and Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo’s Top Chef.
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Clark University prepares students to make a meaningful difference in a world hungry for change. The small, liberal arts-based research university, founded in 1887, is located in the heart of New England in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. Clark's intimate urban campus is home to a dynamic and diverse community where intellectual engagement, active discovery, and a global perspective are highly valued.
|School type||private, coed college|
When applying to Clark University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 15. The application fee at Clark University is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 70.1 percent and an early acceptance rate of 83.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||70.1%|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||N/A|
The student-faculty ratio at Clark University is 10:1, and the school has 58.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Clark University include: Psychology; Political Science and Government; Business Administration, Management and Operations; Communication and Media Studies; and Economics. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 89.3 percent.
Clark University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,352, with a gender distribution of 42.2 percent male students and 57.8 percent female students. At this school, 71 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 29 percent of students live off campus. Clark University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Clark University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Clark University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Clark University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Clark University, 57.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $25,010.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$39,550 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$7,470 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data