Welcome to Clark!
Welcome and congratulations! We are all very excited to welcome you to campus this spring.
We hope the information on these pages will answer your questions, so please take a moment to review the details below. If, at any time you need assistance, we encourage you to get in touch with your program contact. This is the person within your program who will be helping you to make the transition to Clark.
To start, we recommend reviewing our pre-arrival checklist to get an overall sense of what you will need to be aware of as you start your career at Clark.
Your Clark Email Address
Shortly after you have submitted your deposit, you will receive instructions for activating your new Clark email address. We will send these instructions to the email address you used on your application. You should activate your Clark email address as soon as possible and check it regularly. Most of the important information you need to enroll at Clark will be sent to your new Clark email address.
Most graduate students will officially register for courses during Orientation. Take a few minutes to read more about the registration process and important steps you can take to be prepared.
We encourage all graduate students to live on campus if possible. In addition to being an affordable option, on-campus housing keeps you connected with the larger campus community and makes the transition to life at Clark very easy.
On-campus housing may fill up quickly, so if you plan to live on campus make sure to review the on-campus graduate housing options and application process, and submit your deposit and application as soon as possible.
Students also have the option of living in privately owned off-campus apartments, of which there are several in our neighborhood. We encourage students still looking for housing to review the additional information about off-campus housing options.
Getting to Campus
If you are coming to Clark from a distance, you have several different options for getting to campus. We encourage you to explore your options and plan ahead to make sure that you are able to get here on time for your orientation.
We also recommend you review our Graduate Student Guide, particularly if you are coming to the United States for the first time as a Clark student. The Guide has important information about campus resources, living at Clark and in Worcester, and tips for acclimating to graduate student life in the United States.
Depending on who you are, you may have a few different orientations to plan for.
All new, full-time international students will be required to attend the International Student Orientation on Monday, August 17, 2015. International students should note that they must arrive on campus by Friday, August 14, 2015.
All new, full-time graduate students (including international students) are required to attend the Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 18 - 21, 2015.
Students joining the GIS for Development and Environment program will have a separate, early orientation week beginning Monday, August 10, 2015. Additional information will be provided to these students over the summer.
Part-time students will work directly with their program advisers to register for classess and be oriented to their program.
Please email your program contact if you have any questions your specific orientation.
Forms and Billing
Final Official Transcripts
If you had not completed your degree at the time of your application, please send your final official transcripts (and certificate of graduation, if applicable) to the Graduate Admissions Office by August 1, 2015. Please keep in mind that your admission to any program is contingent upon receipt of your final official transcript. If you have questions, please contact us.
The State of Massachusetts requires that all students at any college within the state show a complete record of immunity against communicable disease. To ensure the best health for you and all Clark students, you will need to have your doctor or other health care provider complete the following Graduate Immunization Record forms:
- Graduate Immunization Record
- Graduate Tuberculosis Screening Questionnaire
- Graduate Meningitis Information Waiver
Once you have the completed forms, please upload them to your online account as "Immunization Forms" in your Applicant Status Page. Completed immunization record forms must be submitted by July 1, 2015. Please make sure to bring your original immunization forms with you when you arrive to Clark for orientation.
I-20 Forms (For International Students Only)
All enrolling students who do not have US citizenship are required to obtain an F-1 Visa to enter the United States as a student, and will need to receive an I-20 Form from Clark University in order to matriculate.
Most incoming graduate students for fall 2015 will be sent their first-semeseter tuition bill in early-July, or as soon after they deposit as possible, whichever comes first. Take a moment to read about our billing process, and be prepared to clear your account by August, before the start of classes.