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Clark University students

Passionate leaders—with creativity and guts

The world needs a new kind of college graduate—one not just with the confidence, integrity, and unrelenting drive to solve daunting problems, but also with the global awareness, personal experiences, and professional understanding to get the job done.

LEEP: Advancing Liberal Education in the 21st Century

That's exactly what Clark aims to develop in its students. You may know us as a small, liberal-arts-based research university that changes lives, but we're also one of the most innovative, transformative forces in higher education today. Drawing from our expertise in emerging adulthood, Clark designed LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice), a model of education that combines liberal education with high-quality opportunities to explore the world and address real issues in authentic environments.

LEEP fills a gap in higher education by ensuring students develop not just the traditional skills associated with a liberal arts experience—including the ability to analyze and communicate ideas—but also the abilities needed to thrive in the 21st century, including collaboration, persistence, and adaptability. LEEP helps uphold Clark's mission to provide students with a superior return on education.

Who Is the Right Student for Clark?

The ideal Clark student is relentlessly curious about the world—and eager to work with others to transform it for the better. Our students welcome the chance to collaborate with pioneering faculty, industry experts, and other students on issues of global consequence.

Eighty-five percent of our students receive financial aid, and we offer a range of merit scholarships, including the LEEP Scholarship for academically talented students who demonstrate incredible drive and the determination to grapple with complex global issues.

LEEP Scholarship. Wanted: Change Agents

In 2014, a select group of LEEP Scholars were chosen to receive full tuition, room, and board for four years, as well as the chance to complete a master's degree tuition-free. These LEEP Scholars will apply their knowledge and test their ideas in authentic world and workplace settings, building the skills sought by leading global businesses and nonprofits. The LEEP Scholarship is designed to recognize those students with the most exceptional academic records and who demonstrate the drive, creativity, and passion to tackle complex challenges.

Resources for Guidance Counselors

The world has changed, and our youth are changing with it. So many possibilities. So many choices. How can we help emerging adults address the decisions ahead? At Clark University, we want to equip guidance counselors and college advisers like you with research and materials that will benefit your efforts in preparing students to succeed in today's increasingly interconnected and constantly evolving global economy. Enjoy the professional development symposium videos, LEEP resources and strategy documents, and let us know how we can continue to help you successfully address the key developmental issues confronting emerging adults today.

SAT/ACT-Optional Policy

All Clark applicants are able to choose whether to submit their SAT or ACT scores for consideration. Of the many reasons for adopting a test-optional policy, the most compelling for Clark is that our detailed research suggests there is little correlation between standardized test scores and college performance for many of our students. At Clark, our review of applications for undergraduate admission is designed to consider multiple dimensions of a student's educational background and life experiences. A close review of an applicant's day-to-day academic performance, course selection, and writing ability is enhanced by consideration of extracurricular involvement, personal background, and real-world experiences.

We encourage applicants for admission to submit test scores if they believe those scores are a good reflection of their potential for success at the University. Students who do submit scores can expect the test results to have a moderate impact on their admission decision, but the scores will not be considered during our merit-based scholarship review, regardless of whether a student submits them or not.

An Accelerated B.A./Master's Degree with the Fifth Year Tuition-Free

Clark students will find that the University's combined B.A./Master's programs allow them to accelerate their studies, deepen their knowledge of a particular field, and enhance their credentials for the job market. Students meeting eligibility requirements are eligible for a full-tuition scholarship (50% scholarship for transfer students) during their fifth year, thereby earning a master's degree for the same tuition as a bachelor's degree, or at a substantially reduced price. The program has received national and international attention through such media as CNN, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

The Value of a Strong Return on a Student's Education

What is a college education worth? Today's families are looking for universities that not only provide an excellent education, but give students the tools for career and lifelong success.

Clark University's Return on Education page provides prospective students and families answers to questions like:

  • What can I do with a Clark degree?
  • Are there interesting internships in my field of study?
  • Where are Clark graduates working today?
  • What companies employ Clark graduates [searchable by major or industry]?
  • What positions do Clark graduates hold [searchable by major or industry]?
  • What are the salary ranges?