Class of 2019 is Clark's largest ever

August 4, 2015

Clark University will welcome its largest class in history to the Worcester campus this fall.

"Thanks to the efforts of the entire Clark campus community and the dedicated work of our Admissions staff, Clark is enrolling the largest and academically strongest class in its recent history," said Don Honeman, dean of admissions and financial aid.

Clark received 8,047 applications and admitted 55 percent of applicants. By comparison, the University  had 4,297 applicants and admitted 70 percent for the fall 2012 semester. The figures show an 87 percent increase in applicants over three years.

Here are more facts about Clark's Class of 2019:

  • 684 first-year students are entering, with a high school grade point average of 3.66
  • 44 percent are in the top 10 percent of their high school class (based on schools that provide a class rank)
  • 16.1 percent are international students who are citizens of 46 different countries
  • U.S. students are from 28 states, plus Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
  • 28 percent of U.S. students are ALANA (African-, Latinx-, Asian-, Native-American)

In addition to these statistics, three students have been named Presidential LEEP Scholars and will receive full tuition, room and board for four years.

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Besides academics, members of the Class of 2019 are set to enhance campus life with their experiences and talents. One founded a youth technology conference while another started a successful nonprofit organization and delivered a TEDx speech. Others, like a professional figure skater and a national championship-caliber tennis player, excelled athletically. They're also talented; one student sang at Carnegie Hall, one was named the "Songwriter to Watch" by the Nashville Songwriters Association International and another created her own children's book.

Honeman credits the impressive profile of the Class of 2019 to Clark's take on higher education. "These results are a testament to Clark's unique brand of undergraduate education. Our LEEP philosophy, our research mission, and the attraction of a master's degree in five years with the fifth year free all combine to offer talented students the prospect of a different and appealing kind of college experience," he said. "This combination, coupled with the clear evidence that Clark students bring our ‘Challenge Convention. Change Our World.' motto to life every day, serves as a powerful incentive for some of the best high school graduates from the United States and across the globe to join us for their college years."

Founded in 1887 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Clark University is a liberal arts-based research university addressing social and human imperatives on a global scale. Nationally renowned as a college that changes lives, Clark is emerging as a transformative force in higher education today. LEEP (Liberal Education and Effective Practice) is Clark's pioneering model of education that combines a robust liberal arts curriculum with life-changing world and workplace experiences. Clark's faculty and students work across boundaries to develop solutions to complex challenges in the natural sciences, psychology, geography, management, urban education, Holocaust and genocide studies, environmental studies, and international development and social change. The Clark educational experience embodies the University's motto: Challenge Convention. Change Our World.