International Early Decision Application:
Questions and Answers
- What are the criteria for being considered an international student?
- We base our criteria on whether or not a student is eligible for federal student aid from the United States government. Therefore, U.S. citizens living abroad are not international students, nor are students who have dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country. Additionally, permanent residents (“green card holders”) are also not considered international students. Conversely, non-citizens who live in the US or attend American-style schools are still considered international students.
- What are the deadlines to apply?
October 1: Spring Semester
November 1: First-Year Early Action
November 1: First-Year Early Decision
January 15: First-Year Regular Decision
April 1: Transfer Admission
- Can I apply for the spring semester as an international student?
- Yes. Students who are interested in applying for spring-semester admission must submit all of their materials to the Admissions Office no later than the deadline; we are unable to review applications that are incomplete after the deadline because of the significant time required to process enrollment for international students.
- What if English is not my first language? Do I need to take the TOEFL?
- Yes, if English is not your first language, you must submit the results of an English proficiency exam. More information is available on our English Proficiency page.
- What if I do not score above the minimum required on the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE?
- Students who have strong academic backgrounds may be granted provisional admission with TOEFL scores below 80 ibT (6.5 IELTS, 55 PTE). Please note that financial assistance is not available to provisional students.
- Does Clark require international applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores?
- No, starting for students applying for the fall of 2013 Clark has adopted a SAT/ACT test-optional policy. It will be up to the applicants to decide if they would like to submit these scores.
- What is the difference between Early Decision and Early Action/Early Notification?
- Early Action is a non-binding application round in which applicants receive their decision in mid-December, but have until May 1 to decide to enroll at Clark. Early Decision is a binding agreement that allows students to apply early to their first choice school knowing that if they are admitted they will enroll. It is only possible to apply to one institution under the Early Decision round. Clark offers Early Decision, Early Action, and Regular Decision.
- How do I apply Early Decision?
- Simply indicate on the Common Application that you want to apply Early Decision. As long as you submit your entire application (Common Application, essay, high school transcript, two letters of recommendation and application fee) to Clark by November 1, the Admissions Committee will notify you of a decision by mid-December. Students who submit their application to Clark by November 1 but do not have all necessary documents in by the deadline will be reviewed for early admission on a rolling basis.
- If I apply to Clark's Early Decision program, can I apply to other schools?
- Yes, you can apply to other colleges or universities; however, you can only apply Early Decision to one institution. If you are accepted Early Decision, you must withdraw any other applications and commit to enrolling at Clark.
- What if I am not admitted Early Decision?
- In a small number of cases, applicants may be deferred to the regular admission pool if the Admissions Committee expects that their application will improve given the extra time. We welcome any additional information such as senior grades, additional standardized test scores or recommendations in these cases.
- I am interested in transferring to Clark as an international student. What do I need to submit to provide a complete application?
- You can find a list of all the components you need to submit here. Please be aware that you will need to have all of your transcripts from universities outside of the United States evaluated by an outside agency before sending them to Clark.
- I am interested in attending Clark as a graduate student to earn a master’s degree. Am I eligible for the Global Scholars Program?
- No. Only undergraduate students (those looking to earn a bachelor’s degree) are eligible for the Global Scholars Program.
- Does Clark offer financial assistance to international students?
- Yes. Clark's awards are based on financial need as well as merit. In order to be considered for an award, you must file the CSS PROFILE with your admissions application by the application deadline. When you apply you will be asked to provide information about your family’s savings and income. Using this information we will assess the ability of your family to pay for a Clark education and determine how much aid we are able to provide to students who are admitted to the University. Sometimes an international applicant may be eligible for admission based on their academic and personal merit, but based on the financial information they provide, they appear unable to afford a Clark education. In these cases applicants will be awarded no aid at all, since our resources are limited and we must reserve funds for students who show they are clearly able to fund at least part of their education. The average international student at Clark pays $25,000 - $30,000 per year towards their education.
- Is there anything else I should be aware of when applying to Clark?
- We require a minimum of three complete years of educational data in order to properly evaluate your education. For students in countries such as China, where a 6-3-3 educational system is in place, you will need to submit a transcript from your middle school showing results from at least the final/third year (the US equivalent of "9th" grade) in addition to the first two years of your three-year secondary school. We cannot review an application with only two years of credentials, so please ensure that we receive your documents in their entirety before the deadline.
International Transfers: Credit Evaluation Services
International students applying for transfer admission from colleges and universities outside the United States are required to submit their academic records to a credit evaluation service (see below) to receive transfer credit and advanced standing from Clark. All costs associated with these evaluations are the responsibility of the student.
Since overseas educational systems, requirements and credits differ from those in the United States, we ask you to contact these agencies in order to assist us in granting you appropriate transfer credit. Applicants who fail to submit their academic records to an evaluation service will be considered incomplete and will not be considered for admission to Clark. International students transferring from U.S. colleges and universities may submit their U.S. transcripts directly.