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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.

  • 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
  • Accreditations: New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE); 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., MAT, MBA, MHS, MPA, MSA, MSBA, MSF, MSIT, MSM, MSPC, Ph.D., certificate
  • Undergraduate majors, College of Arts and Sciences: 33
  • Most popular declared majors (includes double-majors; 5-year average)
    • Psychology: 15%
    • Management and Political Science: 9% each, Biology 8%
  • 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: 17 (includes 2 dual degrees)
  • Doctoral degrees: 9
  • 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

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%
  • 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
  • Full-time instructional faculty: 212
  • Percentage who teach undergraduates: 100%
  • Percentage who hold doctoral or terminal degrees: 94%
  • Student:faculty ratio: 10:1
  • All students: 3,095
  • Undergraduates, College of Arts and Sciences: 2,204
  • 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: 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): 891
  • Alumni: Approximately 40,000
  • 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


  • 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)


  • Tuition: varies by program
  • Housing on campus, per year: $8,300
  • U.S. News and World Report: No.66, 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


When he was a Clark student, Jeffrey Lurie sat in the cheap seats at football games. Today, he’s owner of the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles.

Ronald Shaich ’76

The founder, chairman, and former CEO of Panera Bread transformed the food industry when he opened his chain of successful bakery-cafés.

D’Army Bailey ’65

The late civil rights leader and district court judge battled injustice throughout his life and led the effort to establish the National Civil Rights Museum.

Padma Lakshmi ’92

Best known as the host of TV’s “Top Chef,” the former Clark theatre student is also recognized for her work as an author, model, and food expert.

Wendi Trilling ’86

As the former executive vice president of comedy at CBS, Wendi Trilling brought hit shows like “The Big Bang Theory” to the airwaves. Today, she runs Trill TV.

Janice Culpepper ’77

A senior program officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Janice Culpepper leads the global battle against the deadly scourge of malaria.

Matt Goldman ’83, MBA ’84

Clark put me into a real-world experience where I could thrive. It stoked my raw entrepreneurial spirit and kept me on that track.

Matt Goldman '83, MBA '84


Blue Man Group and Blue School

Dr. Stephanie Bailey ’72

At Clark, Dr. Trachtenberg pulled me aside after class and said, ‘Stephanie, you should go to medical school.’ If it weren’t for him planting that seed, I never would have applied.

Dr. Stephanie Bailey '72

Senior Associate Dean of Public Health

Meharry Medical College

Jason Feifer ’02

Every day, I hear from people with big, ambitious ideas, and I think: That will either fail, or change everything.

Jason Feifer '02


Entrepreneur Magazine

Dr. Andrew Dennis ’92

If you only see what happens on one side of the hospital doors, and you dn’t understand what’s happening to these people before you fix them up and send them out, then you’re missing half of the story.

Dr. Andrew Dennis '92

Trauma surgeon, police officer

Catalina Escobar ’93

What drives the development of nations is investing in women and girls.

Catalina Escobar '93


Juanfe Foundation, Columbia

Max Bernheimer ’82

It’s about what’s coming next: What is that great object we’re going to see that is so gorgeous and so wonderful? That’s the fun of it. That’s what drives me.

Max Bernheimer '82

International Head of Antiquities

Christie's Auction House

Matt Goldman ’83, MBA ’84
Dr. Stephanie Bailey ’72
Jason Feifer ’02
Dr. Andrew Dennis ’92
Catalina Escobar ’93
Max Bernheimer ’82