Undergraduate Admissions

U.S. Regular Application: Questions and Answers

Applying to Clark

Find answers to your admissions questions here. If you need more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 1(800) GO-CLARK / (462-5275 or admissions@clarku.edu.

How do I apply to Clark?
Find information about how to apply and the components you need to submit.
When are the application deadlines?
The application deadlines for first-year students:

November 1: Early Action
January 15: Regular Decision
October 1: Spring Semester
Can I apply as a first-year student for spring admission?
Yes, it is possible to apply as a first-year student to for the spring semester. All you have to do is follow the instructions for applying to Clark and make sure that you submit your application by October 1.
How much is the application fee?
Clark's application fee is $60.
What is 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, not on your family's financial situation. Every student who applies to Clark for admission is automatically considered for most of our merit-based scholarships. Read more about our merit-based scholarships. To apply for need-based financial aid, make sure to submit the FASFA and CSS Profile.
Does Clark require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores?
No, starting with 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.
Is it better to submit my application online or through the mail?
All 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 will send you an email with information about how to log in to our applicant portal, where you will be able to check on the status of your materials, see what is missing and receive updates about your application. However, if you are concerned, you can always call 800-GO-CLARK (793-7431) or email our office.
How many letters of recommendation does Clark require?
Clark requires two letters of recommendation: one from your guidance counselor and one from an academic subject teacher. If your guidance counselor does not write letters of recommendation, please contact our office so that we can discuss with you how to handle this. Also, remember that your teacher recommendation should come from someone who has taught you in an academic subject. Letters from music, art, or business teachers, or letters from coaches, do not fulfill this requirement.
Should I submit additional letters of recommendation if I have them?
You should feel free to submit other letters of recommendation if you think they add some significant information to your application. We will accept as many letters as you care to provide, but it is important to remember that this is one category where quality is much more important than quantity.
I am an artist/musician/filmmaker. Should I include supplemental materials (like artwork, CDs, or DVDs) with my application?
While Clark does not require such materials from students as part of their application, we will review them if submitted. It is important to remember that Clark is a liberal arts college—we do not require musical or artistic talent for admission and you are not required to submit a portfolio or have an audition; however we will certainly consider these talents as part of your overall profile as an applicant.


Does Clark offer alumni interviews? Can I speak with a Clark alumnus/a?
Yes, we do offer regional interviews, conducted by a Clark alumnus or alumna, for students who have submitted their application or who specifically request an interview and have not completed an on-campus conversation.
I have been matched with an Clark alumnus/a for an interview but have not been contacted. Whom should I talk to about this?
You can contact the Office of Admission by calling (800) GO-CLARK or (800) 462-5275, and we will look into it for you.
How can I tell when a representative from Clark's Admissions Office will be in my area?
You can see when we will visit your area by checking the college-fair listing, or by contacting your counselor directly. We attend college fairs and travel mostly in the spring (April) and fall (September and October).
Must I have an admissions interview to apply to Clark?
Clark does not require admissions interviews. However, we do encourage students to take part in Lunch with a Clarkie as part of a campus visit. This informal conversation matches you with an undergraduate student who will answer your questions and give you his or her perspective about Clark. You can schedule a conversation as part of your regular visit to campus. Additionally, we offer off-campus interviews either during the fall when we are traveling or during the winter, the latter being conducted by a Clark alumni in your area.
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 that in some cases this may not be possible. It is most important that we receive your personal part of the application (Common Application, $60 application fee and essay) by the deadline. Your other credentials may arrive after the deadline. We will notify you by email when your application is complete. You can also monitor the status of your application online through our applicant portal. You will be given credentials to sign in to this portal via email when we first receive your application materials.
If your application remains incomplete it will be withdrawn, but only after we have attempted to notify you both by email and letter regarding the missing materials. Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete.
When will I find out a decision on my application?
Admissions decisions for first-year Early Action applications are released in mid- December; decisions for first-year regular applicants for the fall semester are released in March. If you are a first-year applicant for the spring semester, you should expect to receive a decision by early to mid-December. All decisions are released through our applicant portal to your personal account, so you will be able to log in from anywhere to see your decision.
Can I call your office to find out if I am admitted?
No. We do not release admission decisions over the phone.