International Apply Q&A (Transfer)

Find answers to your questions about applying as a transfer student here. If you need more information, please contact the Admissions Office at 800-GO-CLARK or 800-462-527 or

How do I apply to Clark?

Visit our how to apply page to get started. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us using the information provided above.

What makes me an international student?

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

I want to transfer to Clark as an international student. What do I need to submit to provide a complete application?

You'll find a list of all the components you need to submit here. You'll need to have all of your transcripts from universities outside of the United States evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service (see below) before sending them to Clark.

What are the application deadlines?

  • To start in the fall, apply by May 1
  • To start in the spring, apply by November 1

​All students are encouraged to apply as soon as the application is complete. Most transfer applicants will receive an admissions decision two to four weeks after an application is completed.

Can I apply for the spring semester as an international student?

Yes. Just follow the instructions for applying to Clark and make sure to submit your entire application by Nov. 1.

Do I need to take the TOEFL if English isn't my first language?

We accept the TOEFLIELTS, SAT and ACT as proof of English proficiency. In some cases, you may be required to sit for an interview as well. Read about our requirements here.

What if I don't score above the minimum required on the TOEFL or IELTS?

If you score below our minimum, we do not recommend that you apply. Read about our full requirements here.

Does Clark require international applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores?

No, we don't require the SAT or ACT from any applicant. It's up to you to decide if you want to submit your scores.

Should I submit non-academic letters of recommendation if I have them?

You can submit general letters of recommendation if you think they add significant details and information to your application. We'll accept as many letters as you want to provide, but quality is far more important than quantity.

Do I need an admissions interview to apply to Clark?

Clark does not require admissions interviews (except in some cases of those who attend high school in mainland China), and we don't offer formal interviews as part of our application review process. However, if you're able to visit us, we encourage you to sign up for Lunch with a Clarkie as part of your regular visit to campus.

Does Clark offer financial assistance to international students?

Yes. All international applicants are considered for merit scholarships. To be considered for a need-based award, submit the CSS Profile with your application by the admissions deadline. 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.

What's a merit-based scholarship and how do I apply?

Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on your academic performance. Every student who applies to Clark is considered automatically for our merit-based scholarships. To applyfor need-based financial aid, make sure to submit the CSS Profile.

Can I submit my application through the mail?

No. Applications must be submitted online through the Common Application.

How will I know when my application is complete?

Once you've submitted your application, we'll send you an email with instructions for logging into our applicant portal, where you'll be able to check the status of your materials, see what's missing and receive updates about your application. However, if you're concerned, you can also call 800-GO-CLARK or email our office.

Can I call your office to find out if I am admitted?

No, we don't release admissions decisions over the phone. You will be notified by email when we're ready to release decisions.

How can I track the progress of my application?

Once you've submitted your application, we'll send you an email with information about how to log in to our applicant portal, 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 up to two weeks for processing. If you have questions about the status of your application, you can also call 800-GO-CLARK or email our office.

How and when will I find out if I've been accepted?

You'll receive an email when your decision has been posted to your personal account in our applicant portal. From there, you'll be able to log in from anywhere to see your decision. You'll receive credentials to sign in via email when we receive your application.​ Most transfer applicants will receive an admissions decision two to four weeks after an application is submitted.