International First-Year Application

Early Decision, Early Action and Regular

1. Choose your application round

  • Early Decision: Clark is your first choice; if you’re admitted, you must commit to Clark and withdraw applications to other colleges by January 15.
  • Early Action: You’ll receive our decision in December, but will have until May 1 to make your choice.
  • Regular Decision: You’ll hear from us in March, be able to weigh your options and decide by May 1. If you apply for the spring semester, the deadline is October 1.

2. Know the deadlines

  • Early Action: November 1
  • Early Decision: November 1
  • Regular Decision: January 15 (to start in the fall); October 1 (to start in the spring)

3. Read up on the requirements

To apply, you’ll need to submit:

  • First-year Common Application
  • Secondary School Report: Your school official will submit the Common Application’s Secondary School Report along with an official high school transcript, which will give us a picture of your academic career.
  • Teacher evaluation form from a teacher in a traditional academic area such as mathematics, science, foreign language, English, social science or academic elective
  • Application fee of $60 through the Common Application website, or a fee waiver
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Results from any national examinations (e.g., A levels, GCSE, WASSCE, CBSE, ISCE, CXC, CAPE, etc.)

You may also choose to submit:

  • SAT/ACT scores (Clark doesn't require these scores). If you choose to submit scores, use these school codes:
    • CEEB (SAT): 003279
    • ACT: 1808
  • CSS Profile (only if you're applying for need-based financial assistance). If you choose to submit a PROFILE, use the school code 3279.

4. Complete the Common Application

Once you’ve started your application, we’ll send you an email with information about how to log in to the applicant portal, where you can check the status of your materials, see if anything is missing and receive updates. You’re responsible for verifying that we’ve received all of the materials needed to complete your application by the deadline, so remember to double check.

Things to note

The Admissions Office may contact you if further information is needed to complete your application. If you have questions about the requirements or need help accessing the applicant portal, email or call us at 800-462-5275. Our mailing address is:

Office of Admissions
Clark University
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610-1477


Clark has an SAT/ACT test-optional policy. If you choose to submit the SAT or ACT, use the following school codes:

  • CEEB (SAT): 003279
  • ACT: 1808

We encourage you to submit SAT/ACT scores if you believe they’re a good reflection of your potential success at Clark. If you choose not to submit these scores, other parts of the application (high school course selection, grades, recommendations, writing skills and nonacademic pursuits) will be given greater weight in our review.


Applicants whose native language is not English

To apply for admission, you must submit at least one of the following. Our ETS (TOEFL) school code is 3279. Our CEEB (SAT) school code is 003279. Our ACT school code is 1808.

  • A total score of 75 or higher on the TOEFL iBT, with a score of 15 or higher on every section.
  • An overall band score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS, with a score of 6.0 or higher on every section.
  • A score of 600 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading section (offered before March 2016).
  • A score of 650 or higher on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section (offered beginning in March 2016).
  • A score of 26 or higher on the ACT Reading section.

Applicants who attend high school in mainland China

If you meet one of the requirements listed above, you qualify for an interview. Schedule an interview as early as possible with Vericant or InitialView. If you are unable to sit for an interview, please submit a Request for a Waiver of the Interview Requirement.

While we encourage all applicants from Mainland China to sit for interviews, we will automatically waive the requirement if you have earned:

  • A score of 24 or higher on every section of the TOEFL iBT.
  • A score of 7.0 or higher on every section of the IELTS.
  • A score of 700 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading section (offered before March 2016).
  • A score of 730 or higher on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section (offered beginning in March 2016).
  • A score of 32 or higher on the ACT Reading section.

Provisional Admission

We offer provisional admission to applicants who need additional time to study English, but are otherwise qualified for admission. Students who accept a provisional offer begin at Clark with two mainstream university classes as well as intensive English training. Upon successful completion of the English training, these students are granted full admission.


Advanced Placement (AP) credit is defined as one unit of degree credit assigned for a score of 4 or 5 on a College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) AP exam taken after completion of an AP course and before you enroll at Clark. First-year students may be awarded a maximum of four units of credit (one semester) for AP credit and/or credit from college courses taken while in high school.

First-year students may receive credit for college work with grades of C or better completed prior to becoming a student at Clark University, if that credit is in a content area deemed academically acceptable to Clark by the Transfer Evaluation Committee or by Academic Advising and is from an accredited college or university.

For International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, read on:

  • If you present an IB diploma, have earned a minimum of 36 composite points with a score of five or higher in all six of your exams, you’ll receive eight Clark units. It’s the equivalent of one full year.
  • If you present an IB diploma, have earned a minimum of 24 composite points, you’ll receive four Clark units. It’s the equivalent of one semester.
  • If you haven’t completed the full IB diploma, you’ll receive one Clark unit for each higher-level exam you took and received a score of five or higher. You can earn a maximum of four Clark units, the equivalent of one semester.