About Clark

About Clark

Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark is a university on the cutting edge of higher education. A liberal arts-based research university with a distinguished academic and research pedigree, Clark is redefining higher education for the 21st century — forging robust partnerships that break down boundaries between academia and society, and more deeply attuning students’ learning experiences to the profound changes taking place in the world today.

We're a national leader in cultivating an educational environment characterized by collaboration, creativity, intellectual daring, and the capacity and determination to bring about real, transformative global change.

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10 Things You Don't Know About Clark University

10 Things You Don't Know About Clark University

10 Things You Don't Know About Clark University

10 Things You Don't Know About Clark University

10 Things You Don't Know About Clark University

10 Things You Don't Know About Clark University

10 Things You Don't Know About Clark University

10 Things You Don't Know About Clark University

10 Things You Don't Know About Clark University

10 Things You Don't Know About Clark University

10 Things You Don't Know About Clark University

Passion with a Purpose

Passion with a Purpose

The world demands that people of intelligence, compassion and creativity come together to address its most pressing challenges. This is where Clark University steps up.
 
We lay claim to what we call Passion With a Purpose: those shared places within the human experience that are hungry for transformation. Here, our faculty, students and alumni tirelessly expand the frontiers of knowledge, defying conventional wisdom to devise inventive solutions to complex problems and then roll up their sleeves to get things done. Because it’s the right thing to do.
 
Some describe these as causes. We simply regard them as calls to action, all leading to the same conclusion: We have seen the status quo, and we say, “We can do better.”

Sustainable Environments

Our connection to the planet is a fragile one; the resources that support us breathtakingly finite. This is why Clark researchers monitor the melting of Arctic sea ice, advise the leaders in coastal towns how to stave off the effects of erosion and promote the creation of durable economies. The mission infuses Clark’s academic departments as we seek ways to reverse the harmful effects of past abuses and nurture a more viable future.

Social Justice

Clark University drives global change in places where essential freedoms have frayed and opportunities have dwindled — on behalf of the poor, the displaced, and those whose communities have been splintered by genocide. This spirit of scholarly activism is long embedded in Clark’s marrow and demands we not only give voice to the underserved, but that we get them to shout from the rooftops.

Humanistic Inquiry

At Clark, we celebrate the belief that humanistic inquiries and practices remain essential to the development of intellectually curious, socially engaged and ethically oriented individuals — that the humanities create vital spaces where our community can come together to explore differences and commonalities; to consider the past and shape the future; to look inward to the self and outward to the structures that organize our world.

Education Innovation

Through the work of our two major educational institutes, Clark pursues better ways to improve the lifelong prospects of K-12 students in urban settings. Our commitment to engaged scholarship and our pioneering model for higher education, LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice), also deliver a thoughtful response to an evolving world. Before they even leave campus, our students gain the necessary traction to propel them into lives and careers where they can thrive, contribute and succeed.

Science with Impact

Through scientific discovery we’ve become more adept at combating disease, working toward sustainable environments, communicating across global pathways and exploring phenomena beyond the frontiers of our immediate experience. Each generation of scientists builds a foundation of knowledge to serve succeeding generations. Their efforts not only contribute to our understanding of the world, but may help inform government policy and ignite public action — smartly, collaboratively, urgently.

Responsible Leadership

Pursuing solutions to intractable problems requires creative thrust, entrepreneurial ingenuity and endless grit, all tied to a code of ethics that ensures the greater good is being served. Clark helps shape the leaders of a new generation who are committed to successful outcomes achieved with empathy. We stress that true leadership means the depth of your knowledge and rigor of your effort are matched by the precision of your moral compass.

Health and well-being

Our students, faculty and alumni search for insight into the behaviors and influences that drive us individually and bind us communally. Through additional initiatives, Clark works with key partners to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations locally and abroad, adding care of the body and soul to the study of the mind to deepen our appreciation for, and enhance, the human experience.

Liberal Education, Amplified

"The things I have learned on this journey will undoubtedly stay with me for years to come."
Liberal Education & Effective Practice:
LEEP

LEEP represents our belief that critical thinking and authentic experiences give students the courage to try and the resilience to succeed.

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Clark from Above

The photo makes it look like a scale model, but the Clark campus — in the heart of New England's second largest city — combines the best elements of urban and rural living.

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Clark's "Brutal" Library

The Goddard Library, built in 1969 and named for Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, is an example of the "brutalist" architectural style.

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Frigid Freud

This statue of Sigmund Freud sits in the middle of campus and commemorates the famed psychologist's visit to Clark in 1909.

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Celebrating the Spice of Clark Life

Held each spring, the International Gala showcases traditional and contemporary dance, music, song, theater and fashion from the diverse cultures at Clark.

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Casting a Wide Net

Clark University professors like Jude Fernando, shown here in Haiti, bring students across the globe to conduct research and do humanitarian work.

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A City on the Move

Pictured here, Worcester's Union Station brings travelers to and from Clark's hometown of Worcester, Mass, which is the second-largest city in New England.

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