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We are thinkers, dreamers, and doers – all at the same time. At Clark, you’ll defy the status quo and discover what it takes to change our world for the better.

Clark University was founded in 1887 as the first all-graduate institution in the country. We’ve come a long way in the intervening years, but one thing has never wavered: Our commitment to meaningful education that leads to positive change for our community and our world.

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President: David Angel

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Official Color: Scarlet

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Mascot: Cougar

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School Seal: Fiat Lux

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Our Motto

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Nickname: Clarkie

Today, Clark promotes a rigorous liberal arts curriculum within the context of a research experience that addresses social and scientific challenges on a global scale. Here in Worcester, Massachusetts — in the heart of New England — we teach students to become imaginative, engaged citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding. We’re privately funded, coeducational, and nonsectarian, and we offer bachelor’s, master’s, certificate, and doctoral degree programs in a wide range of academic disciplines.

Schools

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Geography
  • Graduate School of Management
  • International Development, Community, and Environment
  • School of Professional Studies

Academics

  • Accreditations: New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; American Psychological Association (clinical psychology doctoral program)
  • Degrees conferred: B.A., B.S., M.A., M.S., M.A.Ed., M.A.T., M.B.A., M.H.S., M.P.A., M.S.A., M.S.B.A., M.S.F., M.S.I.T., M.S.M., M.S.P.C., Ph.D., certificate
  • Undergraduate majors, College of Arts and Sciences: 33
  • Most popular declared majors (includes double-majors; 5-year average)
    • Psychology: 17%
    • Economics, Political Science: 8% each
  • Average undergraduate class size: 20
  • Study abroad programs (20+ countries): ≅50
  • Approximate percentage of Clark undergraduates who study abroad: 30%
  • Undergraduate majors, Summer and Evening Division: 6
  • Accelerated B.A./master’s degrees (fifth year tuition-free): 14
  • Certificate programs: 6
  • Master’s degrees: 19 (includes 4 dual degrees)
  • Doctoral degrees: 9

Centers and Institutes

  • Adam Institute for Urban Teaching and School Practice
  • Center for Gender, Race, and Area Studies
  • Clark Labs
  • George Perkins Marsh Institute
  • Hiatt Center for Urban Education
  • Higgins School of Humanities
  • Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
  • Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Research and Creative Work

All tenure-line faculty are engaged in research and/or creative work.

  • Annual grant expenditures (five-year average): $5,578,000
  • Percentage of students who engage in a world and workplace experience by the time they graduate: 95%

Libraries

  • Robert H. Goddard Library
  • Carlson Science Library
  • Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library
  • Rose Library at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Guy H. Burnham Map & Aerial Photography Library
  • Traina Center Resource Library

Faculty

  • Full-time instructional faculty: 212
  • Percentage who teach undergraduates: 100%
  • Percentage who hold doctoral or terminal degrees: 94%
  • Student:faculty ratio: 10:1

Degree-seeking students (Class entering fall 2017)

  • All students: 3,094
  • Undergraduates, College of Arts and Sciences: 2,240
  • Men/women: 39%/61%
  • International: 14%
  • ALANA (Asian-, Latino-, African-, and Native-American): 20%
  • First-generation college: 19%
  • Six-year graduation rate: 75%
  • Outcomes: 96% of Class of 2017 was employed, in graduate school, or in voluntary services six months post graduation
  • First-year undergraduates (day college): 615
  • Average high school GPA: 3.63
  • SAT reading and writing 600-700
  • SAT math 580-680
  • ACT composite 27-31
  • New fall semester transfer students: 42
  • Graduate students (full- and part-time): 890
  • Alumni: Approximately 40,000

Student Life

  • First-year undergraduates (day college) living in campus housing: 98%
  • Percentage of all undergraduates who live on campus: 67%
  • Percentage of all graduate students who live on campus: 1%
  • Student clubs and organizations: ≅130
  • Varsity sports (NCAA Division III): 17
  • Student newspaper: The Scarlet
  • Student online radio: ROCU

Costs and Financial Aid 2018-2019

Undergraduate

  • Tuition: $45,380 (per year)
  • Percentage who receive some form of financial aid: 85%
  • Room and board “lifestyle” packages: $8,570 – 11,470 (per year)
  • Meal plans only: $1,920 – 4,460 (per year)

Graduate

  • Tuition: varies by program
  • Housing on campus, per year: $8,300

Key Rankings

  • U.S. News and World Report: No. 81, Best National Universities
  • The Princeton Review: No. 11, Best Schools for Making an Impact
  • One of 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives
  • The Princeton Review: Best Business Schools

Notable Alumni

  • Amanda Hassett ’09; first female line battery commander in the U.S. Army, Europe
  • Francis Cecil Sumner ’16, Ph.D. ’20; first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in psychology, “father of black psychology”
  • Jackalyne Pfannenstiel ’69; assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations, and environment
  • Jeffrey Lurie ’73; owner of the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Marc Lasry ’81; founder, Avenue Capital Group; co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Marian Leighton-Levy ’70; founder, Rounder Records
  • Matt Goldman ’83, MBA ’84; creator, Blue Man Group
  • Padma Lakshmi ’92; “Top Chef” host, model, actress, activist
  • Robert H. Goddard, M.A. 1910, Ph.D. 1911; “father of modern rocketry”
  • Ron Shaich ’76; founder, Panera Bread