International Apply Q&A (Regular Decision)

Find answers here to your questions about applying for regular admission as an international first-year student. If you need more information, contact the Admissions Office at 800-GO-CLARK (462-5275) or

How do I apply to Clark?

Visit our how to apply page, which should get you started. If you still have questions, call us at 800-462-5275 or email our office.

What makes me an international student?

You're an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

What's the application deadline?

The fall semester Regular Decision application deadline for international first-year students is Jan. 15.

Can I apply for the spring semester as an international student?

Yes. Just follow the instructions for applying to Clark and make sure to submit your entire application by Oct. 1.

How do I apply to Clark?

Clark uses the Common Application, but be sure to check our how to apply page to find out exactly what you need to submit with it.

Do I need to take the TOEFL if English isn't my first language?

We accept the TOEFLIELTS, SAT and ACT as proof of English proficiency. In some cases, you may be required to sit for an interview as well. Read about our requirements here.

What if I don't score above the minimum required on the TOEFL or IELTS?

If you score below our minimum, we do not recommend that you apply. Read about our full requirements here.

Does Clark require international applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores?

No, we don't require the SAT or ACT. It's up to you to decide if you want to submit your scores.

How many years of transcripts should I submit with my application?

You'll need to submit a minimum of three complete years of educational data in order for Clark to properly evaluate your education. For students in countries like China, where a 6-3-3 educational system is in place, we'll need a transcript from your middle school showing results from at least the final/third year (the U.S. equivalent of "9th grade") in addition to the first two years of your three-year secondary school. We can't review an application with only two years of credentials, so make sure we receive all your transcripts by the deadline.

How many letters of recommendation does Clark require?

Two: One from your guidance counselor, or your school's college counselor, and one from one of your academic subject teachers. If your guidance counselor doesn't write letters of recommendation, contact our office. We welcome letters from teachers of other subjects, such as music and art, and also letters from coaches and mentors. However, we need at least one letter from a teacher of an academic subject. 

Should I submit non-academic letters of recommendation if I have them?

You can submit other letters of recommendation if you think they add significant details and information to your application. We'll accept as many letters as you want to provide, but quality is far more important than quantity.

I'm an artist/musician/filmmaker. Should I include supplemental materials (like artwork, CDs or DVDs) with my application?

While Clark doesn't require such materials from students as part of their applications, we know how important they can be to understanding you as a person, so we'll review them if submitted.

Do I need an admissions interview to apply to Clark?

Clark does not require admissions interviews, and we don't offer formal interviews as part of our application review process. However, if you're able to visit us, we encourage you to sign up for Lunch with a Clarkie during your time on campus. This informal conversation matches you with an undergraduate student who can answer your questions and give you an idea of what it's really like to be a student at Clark.

You can schedule Lunch with a Clarkie as part of your regular visit to campus. Admissions staff are also available to meet with students and families with specific questions. Meetings can be arranged individually by contacting the counselor assigned to your region. During the fall, when our staff is traveling, they may also contact you about informal conversation opportunities in your area.

In most cases, students who attend high school in mainland China are required to sit for an English interview. For details on the process, visit this site.

I have been matched with a Clark alumnus/a for a conversation, but have not been contacted. Who should I talk to about this?

You can contact the Admissions Office by calling 800-GO-CLARK or 800-462-5275, and we'll look into it for you.

Does your office have to receive my entire application by the deadline? Will you still review my application if some components are late?

We strongly encourage applicants to submit all required materials by the deadline; however, we recognize it may not be possible in some cases. It's most important that we receive your personal part of the application (Common Application, supplement, three years of educational data/transcript, $60 application fee and essay) by the deadline. Your other credentials may arrive after the deadline. We'll send you an email when your application is complete. If your application remains incomplete it will be withdrawn, but only after we have attempted to notify you by email regarding the missing materials. Remember, it's your responsibility to ensure your application is complete.

Can I submit my application through the mail?

No. Applications must be submitted online through the Common Application.

How will I know when my application is complete?

Once you have started your application, we'll send you an email with instructions for logging in to our applicant portal, where you'll be able to check the status of your materials, see what's missing and receive updates about your application. However, if you're concerned, you can always call 800-GO-CLARK or email our office.

How can I track the progress of my application?

Once you've started your application, we'll send you an email with information about how to log in to our applicant portal, where you can check on the status of your materials, see what's missing and receive updates about your application. At peak periods around the deadlines, status updates on the portal are not immediate, so please allow for up to two weeks of processing time. If you have questions about the status of your application, you can also call 800-GO-CLARK or email our office.

Can I call your office to find out if I am admitted?

No. We don't release admission decisions over the phone, but check our applicant portal for updates.

How and when will I find out if I've been accepted?

You'll receive an email when your decision has been posted to your personal account in our applicant portal. From there, you'll be able to log in from anywhere to see your decision. You'll receive credentials to sign in via email when we receive your application materials.

  • First-year applicants for the spring semester will find out in early to mid-December.
  • Early Action and Early Decision applicants will find out in mid-December.
  • First-year regular applicants will find out in March.
  • Transfer students will find out in mid- to late-November.

Can I defer my enrollment if I am admitted?

An admitted student who wishes to postpone his or her enrollment for up to a year must submit a request in writing by May 1. A nonrefundable deposit (credited toward first-semester charges) is required. A student who enrolls in a degree-seeking program in the interim may not defer enrollment but must reactivate his or her application and submit official transcripts for review.

Does Clark offer financial assistance to international students?

Yes. All international applicants are considered for merit scholarships. To be considered for a need-based award, file the CSS Profile with your application by the admissions deadline. Because our resources are limited, we can't offer admission to international students who require full funding. On average, international students at Clark contribute $25,000 to $30,000 per year toward their education.

What's a merit-based scholarship and how do I apply?

Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on your academic performance and other factors included in your application. Every student who applies to Clark is automatically considered for most of our merit-based scholarships. To apply for need-based financial aid, make sure to submit the International CSS Profile.