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Below, find answers to questions about applying for Regular Decision as a first-year student at Clark. If you need more information, contact the Admissions Office at 800-GO-CLARK or 800-462-5275 or admissions@clarku.edu. International students should contact intadmissions@clarku.edu. Transfer students should contact transferadmissions@clarku.edu.

General Questions

We strongly encourage applicants to submit all required materials by the deadline; however, we recognize it may not be possible in some cases. It’s 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.

If your application remains incomplete, it will be withdrawn, but only after we have attempted to notify you by email regarding the missing materials. It’s your responsibility to ensure your application is complete.

Once you’ve started your application, we’ll send you an email with information about how to log in to our applicant portal, and where you can check on the status of your materials, see what’s missing, and receive updates about your application. At peak periods around the deadlines, status updates on the portal are not immediate, so please allow for processing time. If you have questions about the status of your application, call 800-462-5275 or email our office.

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. You’ll receive credentials to sign in to this portal via email when we first receive your application materials. Note: We do not release admission decisions over the phone.

Yes, whether you are a U.S. or an international student, you may apply as a first-year student for the spring semester. Just follow the instructions for applying to Clark and make sure to submit your application by Oct. 1.

An admitted student who wishes to postpone his or her enrollment for up to a year must submit a request in writing by May 1. A nonrefundable deposit (credited toward first-semester charges) is required. A student who enrolls in a degree-seeking program in the interim may not defer enrollment but must reactivate his or her application and submit official transcripts for review.

You can contact the Admissions Office by calling 800-GO-CLARK or 800-462-5275, and we’ll look into it for you.

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 the student formally matriculates.

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 and is from an accredited college or university.

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.

Early Decision or Early Action

Simply indicate on the Common Application that you want to apply Early Decision or Early Action. As long as you submit your entire application (Common Application, essay, high school transcript, two letters of recommendation, and application fee) to Clark by Nov. 1, the Admissions Committee will notify you of a decision by mid-December.

Students who submit their applications and some supplements to Clark by Nov. 1, but don’t have all necessary documents in by the deadline, will be reviewed for early admission on a rolling basis. View the checklist on how to apply.

Early Decision: When applying Early Decision, you must complete your application for financial aid, including the FASFA (for U.S. students only) and the CSS Profile (for both U.S. and international students), by Nov. 15. If you have submitted the CSS Profile on time, early estimates of need-based financial aid will be released at the time of your admissions decision in mid-December; Clark also will let you know if you have received any merit aid. The Financial Aid Office will send you an updated financial aid award letter by April 1.

Early Action: If you are applying Early Action, and you are interested in being considered for need-based financial aid, you will need to fill out the FASFA (for U.S. students only) and the CSS Profile for both U.S. and international students) by Nov. 15. The Financial Aid Office will process your application and send you an award letter by April 1. You will have until May 1 to make your final enrollment decision.

An admitted student who wishes to postpone his or her enrollment for up to a year must submit a request in writing by May 1. A nonrefundable deposit (credited toward first-semester charges) is required. A student who enrolls in a degree-seeking program in the interim may not defer enrollment but must reactivate his or her application and submit official transcripts for review.

You may be deferred to the Regular Decision admission pool if the Admissions Committee expects that your application will improve during the extra time. In such cases, we welcome any additional information such as senior grades, additional standardized test scores, or recommendations.

International Students

You’re an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

If English is not your native language, you need to submit evidence of English proficiency. For details, see our English requirements.

We require official score reports directly from the testing agency.

A few days after you submit your application, you will obtain access to an online checklist of all your application materials. You can use this checklist to see whether we have received your scores and other materials.

You’ll need to submit a minimum of three complete years of educational data in order for Clark to properly evaluate your education. For students in countries like China, which uses a 6-3-3 educational system, we’ll need a transcript from your middle school showing results from at least the final/third year (the U.S. equivalent of “9th grade”) in addition to the first two years of your three-year secondary school. We can’t review an application with only two years of credentials, so make sure we receive all your transcripts before the deadline.

Interviews are strongly encouraged, especially if your native language is not English. Your options for an interview are:

Yes. If you do not qualify for full admission, we will consider you for our English for Academic Success Program, which allows students to take English classes before enrolling in our undergraduate degree program.

Yes. All international applicants are considered for merit scholarships. To be considered for a need-based award, file the CSS Profile with your application by the admissions deadline (see Regular Decision, Early Action and Early Decision, and Transfer Admission for the various deadlines). Because our resources are limited, we can’t offer admission to international students who require full funding. On average, international students at Clark contribute $25,000 to $30,000 per year toward their education.

Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on your academic performance and other factors included in your application. Every student who applies to Clark is automatically considered for most of our merit-based scholarships. To apply for need-based financial aid, make sure to submit the international CSS Profile.

Yes, you can receive credit for IB classes and an IB diploma. For details, see our IB guidelines.

Transfer Students

Demonstrating the ability to handle college-level work is one of the factors our Admissions Committee will consider when evaluating your application. If you don’t have recent college experience, we suggest enrolling in courses at a community college before applying to Clark.

Transfer applications received at the Undergraduate Admissions Office are only considered for full-time enrollment, which is typically four courses (4 Clark Units) per semester. If you want to apply for part-time or night classes, contact Clark’s School of Professional Studies.

No; the same consideration is given to a diploma from an accredited secondary school or GED equivalency.

Most semester-length courses at Clark have the value of one unit, equivalent to four semester hours (credit hours) of credit. A minimum of 32 units is needed for completion of the Clark bachelor’s degree, and students typically take four courses per semester. In accordance with common transfer practices, credit will be awarded on a prorated basis for students transferring into Clark from institutions that operate on a different credit system. Approved courses that carry 3.0 semester credits will receive .75 Clark units in transfer. Courses that are on the quarter system will receive .75 Clark units for 4.0 or 5.0 quarter credits and 1.0 Clark units for 6.0 quarter credits.

In accordance with common transfer practices, credit will be awarded on a prorated basis for students transferring into Clark from institutions that operate on a different credit system. Approved courses that carry 3.0 semester credits will receive .75 Clark units in transfer. Courses that are on the quarter system will receive .75 Clark units for 4.0 or 5.0 quarter credits and 1.0 Clark units for 6.0 quarter credits.

Your incoming class standing at Clark will be determined in the following manner:

  • 0-7.99 units = first-year standing
  • 8-15.99 units = sophomore standing
  • 16-23.99 units = junior standing
  • 24 or more units = senior standing

Your overall academic record is considered by Clark’s Admissions Committee, and improvements in academic performance from high school to college are taken into consideration. An upward trajectory in academic performance often indicates you learned the skills necessary to succeed at Clark. However, students who earned a GPA of less than 2.5 in high school must complete at least one full year of college courses (equivalent to 8 Clark Units) before being considered for admission.

Contact Information

Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions Office
Office Hours
  • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday Selected Saturdays in the fall and spring