International Applicants

Join a welcoming, global community!

Ready to apply?

For first-year applicants, Clark has several options — regular decision, early action and early decision — from which to choose. Check out the requirements and forms for each. The deadlines are as follows:

  • Early Decision
    Clark is your first choice; if you're admitted, you must commit to Clark and withdraw applications to other colleges by Jan. 15.
  • Early Action
    You'll receive our decision in December, but will have until May 1 to make your choice.
  • Regular Decision
    - You'll hear from us in March, can take time to weigh your options and decide by May 1.
    - If you apply for the spring semester, the deadline is Oct. 1.

Transfer applicants apply by May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Most transfer applicants will receive an admissions decision two to four weeks after an application is completed.

The Common Application

15% of our undergraduates are international students hailing from 66 different countries!

Clark University is committed to providing a supportive environment for all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or citizenship. At Clark, you will be able to pursue your education in a climate of inclusion, equity and respect.

We have specific services available to help support our international students:

  • Our knowledgeable and friendly professional staff is dedicated to assisting you during the application process.
  • The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) staff advises more than 900 international students, faculty members, scholars, and their dependents from over 90 countries on matters relating to immigration as well as academic, social, financial, and personal concerns related to daily life in the United States. The ISSO also implements educational and co-curricular programs to heighten cultural awareness and intercultural understanding for all students.
  • Many campus clubs and organizations are dedicated to highlighting and celebrating our diverse community.

If you or your family have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office.

International Admissions:

International admissions counselors

Jessica Howland: South Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)

Matt Johnston: East Asia (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan), Burma/Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam; All Transfer Applicants

Kristina Mukda: Rest of the World

Want to know more before you apply?

Whether you’re a first-year or transfer student, Clark is looking for individuals ready to accept challenges both in and out of the classroom. Read on to see if you match up with the characteristics of a strong Clarkie:

Academic commitment

You could be a good academic fit for Clark if...

  • You care deeply about your academic career.
  • You're looking for learning experiences outside the classroom (in fact, you think that's a great way to learn about the world and yourself).
  • You have a strong A/B average, or have shown steady improvement in your grades from your early high school career to your senior year.
  • As a transfer student applicant, you've done well in classes up to this point (a college GPA of 3.0 or higher) and have recommendations to support that.

Courses and skills

In most cases, we are looking for students who have taken at least four solid academic courses in your senior year of high school (and at least as many academic courses during each of your previous high school years). We want to make sure you've challenged yourself with:

  • Four years of English
  • Three years of mathematics
  • Three years of science
  • Two years of social science
  • Two years of a foreign language
  • Other elective credits (like the arts) recognized in the curriculum

Please note, some international curricula, such as A levels, may preclude four years of English or four academic courses during the final two years of secondary schooling.  We recognize this and want to assure you that we receive applications from and admit many A level students.

To succeed at Clark, you must be able to read, speak and write English fluently, as well as be able to take notes and understand hour-long lectures. If English isn't your native language, you'll need to learn about our English proficiency requirements.

Beyond courses

While grades and courses are the most important factors in our review process, we also consider recommendations, essays and extracurricular activities. You may submit SAT or ACT scores if you wish, but they're not required.

We want to know how you're going to help both the Clark community and that of the Main South neighborhood we call home. Clarkies want to create positive change and are concerned about their local and greater communities. If you're interested in making a difference in your community and beyond, or have already done so, tell us.

Talk to us

We know the application process comes with many questions. Connecting with our admissions counselors will help you answer any you might have. You can also email us at or call us at 800-GO-CLARK or 800-462-5275.