Campus Visit Questions

You can find answers to a lot of the questions we get from prospective students and their families here, but you can always contact the Admissions Office at:

800-GO-CLARK
800-462-5275
admissions@clarku.edu

Why should I visit Clark?

While social media and our website can give you a good sense for student life on campus, there's nothing like experiencing it in person. Clarkies are friendly, accepting, diverse and passionate about making a difference in the world—they're eager to share their stories about how being a part of this community has shaped them, and they're excited to get to know you as you explore whether Clark is the right fit for you.

What are the different options for my visit?

We love to have people come see us in person, so we make it easy to visit us. Take a look at our visit page and choose the option that fits you best.

What's the best time of year to visit Clark?

You can visit us anytime, but you might get the most out of it during the spring semester of your junior year or fall semester of your senior year as you narrow your college options. Please note that we don't offer visit programs during winter break (mid-December through the end of January), spring break (mid-March) and during the month of May.

Do I have to make a reservation?

You'll get the best experience if you make a reservation for one of our Visit Experiences, and need to let us know if you'd like to have Lunch with a Clarkie or visit a class so we can match you with students who share your interests and can give you a personalized visit. You can register for a visit using our visit calendar. 

How far in advance should I make my reservation?

You can make a reservation for our Visit Experiences up until two calendar days before your visit, but it's best to book early. We limit the size of our visit programs to make sure all visitors have a great experience. We're busiest during school holidays, the month of April, and on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, so please schedule two weeks in advance if you plan on visiting then.

What are my options if I can't visit campus?

You can take a GoPro video tour of campus, read about Clark from our students' perspectives on Clark Diaries or speak with an admissions counselor.

Can I talk to current students to learn what Clark is really like?

Definitely. If you're planning on visiting campus, you'll hear from student panelists and tour guides as part of your visit. You can also sign up for Lunch with a Clarkie and be matched with a current student based on your interests. We can also help to connect you via email with a student in a particular major or student organization.

Do you offer interviews for prospective students?

Interviews are not a required part of the application process. However, high school seniors who are interested in an informational admissions interview at Clark can choose from several options:

  • Lunch with a Clarkie (on campus; use the visit registration form to select an available time)
  • Clark Conversation with an admissions counselor (in your region; if you have completed our inquiry form, we will send you an email about any upcoming Clark Conversations in a major metro area near you a few weeks in advance)
  • Alumni Interview (in your region; contact apap@clarku.edu to inquire about local alumni interview opportunities)
  • One-on-One Interview with an admissions counselor (on campus; contact your counselor individually to arrange a time)

We do not require interviews as part of the application process and will not penalize students who choose not to participate. All of our interview options are more informal and conversational than at many colleges: it's fine to dress casually and we don't expect you to bring a resume or copy of your transcript with you. Interviews at Clark are designed primarily to give you the chance to share your experiences, to hear a little more about opportunities at the university, and to ask any questions you may have. If you have questions about which interview option might be right for you, contact your admissions counselor for more information.

Does Clark offer group visits?

Yes. For more information, visit our Group Visit Guidelines page.

Can I schedule an overnight visit to Clark?

We offer a limited number of overnight visits for admitted students. You'll receive more information about this after receiving your acceptance letter.

Where do tours start and where do I park?

You'll begin your tour at the John and Kay Bassett Admissions Center, located at 1 Maywood Street. The nearby Maywood lot has several designated visitor spaces, and additional parking areas are designated on our campus map. When reserving your visit, you'll receive a printable parking permit to display in your vehicle, or you can pick one up in the Admissions Center. Even if our office is closed, self-guided tour booklets available at the entrance to the Bassett Center will give you an introduction to our campus (just look for the red box).

Where can my family and I stay while we visit Clark?

See a list of local accommodations in the area.