International First-Year Application

Early decision, early action and regular decision

1. Choose your application round

  • Early Decision: Clark is your first choice; if you’re admitted, you must commit to Clark and withdraw applications to other colleges by January 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, be able to weigh your options and decide by May 1. If you apply for the spring semester, the deadline is October 1.

2. Know the deadlines

  • Early Action: November 1
  • Early Decision: November 1
  • Regular Decision: January 15 (to start in the fall); October 1 (to start in the spring)

3. Read up on the requirements

To apply, you’ll need to submit:

  • First-year Common Application
  • Secondary School Report: Your school official will submit the Common Application’s Secondary School Report along with an official high school transcript, which will give us a picture of your academic career.
  • Teacher evaluation form from a teacher in a traditional academic area such as mathematics, science, foreign language, English, social science or academic elective
  • Application fee of $60 through the Common Application website, or a fee waiver
  • Proof of English proficiency (see below)
  • Results from any national examinations (e.g., A levels, GCSE, WASSCE, CBSE, ISCE, CXC, CAPE, etc.)

You may also choose to submit:

  • SAT/ACT scores (Clark doesn't require these scores). If you choose to submit scores, use these school codes:
    • CEEB (SAT): 003279
    • ACT: 1808
  • CSS Profile (only if you're applying for need-based financial assistance). If you choose to submit a PROFILE, use the school code 3279.

4. Complete the Common Application

Once you’ve started your application, we’ll send you an email with information about how to log in to the applicant portal, where you can check the status of your materials, see if anything is missing and receive updates. You’re responsible for verifying that we’ve received all of the materials needed to complete your application by the deadline, so remember to double check.

The Common Application

SAT/ACT test-optional policy

Clark has an SAT/ACT test-optional policy. If you choose to submit the SAT or ACT, use the following school codes:

  • CEEB (SAT): 003279
  • ACT: 1808

We encourage you to submit SAT/ACT scores if you believe they’re a good reflection of your potential success at Clark. If you choose not to submit these scores, other parts of the application (high school course selection, grades, recommendations, writing skills and nonacademic pursuits) will be given greater weight in our review.

English proficiency

If English is not your native language, you will need to submit an official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score report. We do not have minimum scores for any test. We will consider your English proficiency holistically, based on your scores, transcript, essay, and letters of recommendation.

We strongly encourage all applicants to sit for an interview. This is especially important for applicants who do not speak English as a native language. Test scores only tell us so much; we want to give you the opportunity to tell your own story. Your options for an interview are:

If we determine that you are academically qualified to attend Clark, but could use additional language support, we will refer you to our English for Academic Success Program. Depending on your level of English proficiency, you would spend between one and four semesters in this program before joining the undergraduate degree program. You would not need to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo again after finishing the program.

If you have any questions, email your admissions counselor. If you are seeking a waiver of this requirement, be sure to include information about any other scores you have, such as SAT, ACT, A Level, IB, or PTE.

Information on AP and IB credit

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 you enroll at Clark. 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.

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 by the Transfer Evaluation Committee or by Academic Advising and is from an accredited college or university.

For International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, read on:

  • If you present an IB diploma, have earned a minimum of 36 composite points with a score of five or higher in all six of your exams, you’ll receive eight Clark units. It’s the equivalent of one full year.
  • If you present an IB diploma, have earned a minimum of 24 composite points, you’ll receive four Clark units. It’s the equivalent of one semester.
  • If you haven’t completed the full IB diploma, you’ll receive one Clark unit for each higher-level exam you took and received a score of five or higher. You can earn a maximum of four Clark units, the equivalent of one semester.

Questions? Let Us Know

The Admissions Office may contact you if further information is needed to complete your application. If you have questions about the requirements or need help accessing the applicant portal, email or call us at 800-462-5275. Our mailing address is:

Office of Admissions
Clark University
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610-1477