Questions from New Students, Parents, and Families
Below, we include the most frequently asked questions from new students, parents, and families.
Don’t see a question or answer? Reach out to these offices:
- Academics: Dean of the College, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dining/Meal Plans: Michael Newmark, Clark Dining Services, email@example.com
- Financial Aid: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Housing: email@example.com
- Student Affairs: Dean of Students, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tuition/Student Accounts — counselors are assigned by each student’s last name. Please contact your Student Accounts counselor if your last name begins with:
Clark does not have an physical book store. We have an online bookstore. Students can order their books through this site, but many use Amazon or other online book sellers.
The add/drop period for the spring 2022 semester ends on January 27, 2022.
Students can view the full academic calendar on the Clark Registrar’s Office website. To make changes to a schedule online after students have already registered, go to the Add/Drop Classes section in the ClarkYOU web portal. Students who have already registered for the maximum number of units must drop a course before they can add another course to their schedule.
More information about web registration can be found on the Clark Registrar’s Office website.
Although Clark does not offer a specialized program or learning center for students with disabilities, the University does provide support for qualified students who register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS), where the staff works with students to coordinate academic and residential accommodations and other services on campus.
Student Accessibility Services is located on the second floor of the Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center (ASEC) in offices 208 and 210. This office is the point of contact for any student seeking accommodations.
There are many resources available to students interested in studying abroad. Please visit the Study Abroad website to learn more about drop-in hours and upcoming information sessions for students.
Once you receive a welcome email from your adviser, you will schedule a time to talk with them about course choices and register for classes.
No. Appointments are phone- or web-based. You will not come to Clark for this meeting.
No. Incoming first year students, transfer students with less than 8 transferred units, or students who have never taken a college-level writing course must complete the writing placement process before they can register for course.
Yes. Credit is given for up to four AP courses with grades of 4 or 5. Credit is awarded for up to 4.0 units for courses with grades of C or higher.
Students have until the end of their sophomore year to declare their major academic field of study.
When registering for courses during your first two years, we encourage you to explore your interests and the breadth of academic offerings at Clark. While you may have an idea of what you’d like to study, you may find that a particular course ignites your passion for further study that you had not anticipated. Taking a First-Year Intensive (FYI) course connected to your interests can be a great way to explore a potential field of study or try something new. You also can try new courses and academic departments by taking courses toward your Program of Liberal Studies (PLS), establishing a strong foundation in both skills and a range of academic disciplines.
Dining on Campus
Bistro “swaps” are meal options for students on the go and provide opportunities for students to enjoy meals in the Bistro as part of their dining plan. Swaps are chosen from a select menu in the Bistro and are deducted from students’ weekly Higgins Café meals. Students may swap up to one meal per meal period until 9 p.m. daily.
Coffee is available at Jazzman’s in the Academic Commons, The Den in the Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center, which serves Starbucks coffee, and in Higgins Café in the University Center.
The Bistro, a casual dining hub in the Higgins University Center, offers late-night hours for students to grab a bite to eat. Enjoy fresh food from the grill, grab-and-go meals, and a variety of candy and snacks. Learn more about dining on campus here.
The Cash Card program works similarly to a bank debit card. You deposit funds into your Cash Card account online at CUWeb (students only) or through the Cashier’s Office and then can use it like cash at a number of locations on and around campus.
Dining Dollars are part of your meal plan and add flexibility to your dining options by allowing you to spend them like cash at all Dining Services locations.
Clark Dining Services strives to accommodate all medically documented allergies as well as dietary choices whenever possible. Our staff is trained on the eight most common allergens and is informed of other known student allergies; they spend a great deal of time meeting with students on how best we can meet their needs as well as follow up throughout the semester to ensure they are finding what they need on a daily basis. Learn more about nutrition at Clark.
Health and Wellness
The Healthy Clark COVID Plan provides guidelines and specifications for the many aspects of academic and campus life affected by the pandemic and the University’s commitment to a healthy and productive campus experience. We encourage you to check back regularly for the latest information. If you have questions, please email email@example.com. We also invite you to visit our FAQs section.
Health Services is located at:
501 Park Ave.
Worcester, MA 01610
There are several pharmacies within walking distance of Clark University:
100 Mayfield St.
400 Park Ave.
320 Park Ave.
Room rates vary based on the type of room to which you are assigned.
New students generally are assigned to are our traditional doubles, which will cost $3,000 in both the fall and spring semesters. As a reminder, your housing contract will last the entire academic year.
Room selection for incoming students will happen in December, and students should submit their housing and meal plan preferences by December 15.
Room selection for the next academic year will take place in February and March.
When you fill out your housing application, you can indicate who your roommate preference is. If you both choose each other, Residential Life and Housing will assign you together in the same room; the hall to which you are assigned will depend upon availability in the housing selection process.
Each bed/frame is different. Some are adjustable, allowing for additional storage space below the bed, while others are at a fixed height. To get a better idea of what some of our beds look like, you may wish to explore the residence hall photo galleries on our website.
Some beds can be raised without bed risers, but some cannot. Because we do not currently have a standard, students may wish to bring bed risers if they want their bed lofted a bit higher. Students may also decide whether to purchase bed risers after they move into their residence halls.
Please contact the Residential Life and Housing team at ResLife@ClarkU.edu.
Due to health and safety regulations, most appliances, including electric tea kettles and coffee machines are not allowed in individual rooms or suites. Students may bring these appliances to use in the shared kitchens located in each residence hall.
Keurig one-time use coffee machines are allowed in individual rooms.
Learn more about items that are not permitted on the Clark campus.
Each dorm room is allowed one refrigerator (under 5.0 cubic feet), which may be rented, or students may bring their own of the same size.
Microwaves are not allowed in dorm rooms, unless it is part of a rented microfridge combination unit.
Each residence hall is equipped with laundry machines with free washers (cold water) and free dryers.
Each room in the residence halls comes equipped with window shades. Students can bring and hang their own curtains in addition to the shades if they wish to add them to the room’s decor.
Facilities Management cleans suite restrooms once per week, including replacing toilet paper. If a student needs to clean their space outside of that weekly time frame, we would suggest that they purchase their own cleaning supplies.
That’s great! Within each residence hall, there is at least one kitchen for students to use. The kitchens do not come equipped with pots, pans, or other cooking utensils, so be sure to pack those. Please note that toaster ovens, hot pots, electric frying pans, and other personal cooking items are not allowed in the residence halls. All cooking should take place in the designated kitchen spaces. Learn more on the Residential Life and Housing website.
Your resident adviser will greet you on move-in day, and bins are available to assist in moving your belongings into your new space.
Family and friend helpers are allowed to assist for Move In. Incoming students should review emails from RLH sent to their Clark email account for more information and appropriate protocols.
New Student Orientation will help prepare you for your journey at Clark! New Student Orientation will take place Saturday, January 15 and Sunday, January 16, and is mandatory for all new incoming students.
The full schedule will be announced in early January, so check your email for information about things to do prior to coming to campus.
Move-In for new students will take place on Saturday, January 15, 9am-1pm, and New Student Orientation will take place shortly after students are moved in.
Incoming international students should connect with the International Center to learn more about International Student Pre-Orientation.
January 15, 9am-1pm, is new student move-in day. Visit RLH for more information about signing up for housing, roommates, and what to pack.
Student Life and Services
Yes! Even before you arrive to campus, Clark’s Admissions Office will share ways you can interact with other incoming Clarkies through social media. Orientation is also a great time to make connections with other incoming students, as well as supportive upper-class peer mentors. While Orientation is limited to the week before classes start, the Clark Navigator continues throughout your first semester. You’ll meet your “Nav group” during orientation and continue meeting weekly through your first semester to check in with your peers, as well as discuss ways to become involved in the curricular and cocurricular dimensions of campus. Outside of your weekly Nav sessions, there will also be opportunities for social gatherings to meet other students organized through the Navigator course, resident advisers, and the Office of Student Leadership and Programming.
Transitioning to college is not easy, but is worth the personal and academic growth you’ll experience. While it may seem that people around you “have it together,” know that everyone is getting settled and becoming adjusted in their own way. Clark staff and faculty are eager to support your success, but it’s important to take the first step to reach out to someone to let them know you could use some help. Your resident adviser or peer mentor are both student leaders who can connect you with resources or share advice based on their own experience. Clark also has dedicated teams to support you depending on your particular needs – the CARE Team, LEEP Student Success Network, Center for Counseling and Personal Growth, and more.
All on-campus jobs are posted on our jobs and career platform, Handshake. Visit our Student Employment page for more information.
Don’t underestimate your qualifications — you would be surprised what skills you can uncover by working with our Career Lab team! Upload your resumé to your Handshake profile to receive feedback. Visit the Career Connections Center’s Student Employment page for more information and tips on being the best candidate you can be.
Yes, any on-campus job can be applied to your work-study award. Visit the Career Connections Center’s Student Employment page for more information and tips on being the best candidate you can be.
You may register with the Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) after depositing. You are required to self-identify as someone requiring accommodations (you must email or contact the office), submit appropriate documentation, and complete a registration meeting with the SAS staff.
You do not need to fill out any forms to complete registration with SAS. The steps above complete 90 percent of the process, and after you have accommodations approved, you will fill out the applicable forms. Staff will direct you as to which forms apply to your situation.
No, the act of registering is not fee-based. However, securing documentation from a provider may have a cost depending on your situation. Student support services like the offices of Academic Advising, Academic Support, and Student Accessibility Services (SAS) are free. Some students do choose to explore third-party academic coaching through some providers in the Worcester area; those may come at an additional cost but are not affiliated with Clark University.
Check out additional FAQs on the Student Accessibility Services (SAS) website.
Multicultural and First Generation Student Support assists students of ALANA (African-American, Latinx, Asian/Desi-American, Pacific Islander, Native/Indigenous- American and Multiracial) descent and first generation college students in the development and implementation of their academic, leadership and career goals. Students can participate in affinity spaces including Sisters in Stride (SIS), FOCUS, and a variety of cultural and diversity student organizations.
PRISM is a student organizations that aims to serve the lesbian, gay, transgender, intersex and queer students at Clark and their partners. Students can connect with them on engage.clarku.edu or Prism_CU on Instagram.
Additionally, Clark offers gender neutral bathrooms in many of the residence halls and offices on campus.
There is always something going on at Clark! Whether you join one of our more than 130 student clubs, attend a lecture or an event, or participate in a program offered on campus, you will make connections and get engaged in student life. The best way to learn about everything happening on campus is by logging into Clark Engage. There you can view a schedule of upcoming events, learn about different student groups and clubs, and even join them!
In the fall, you will also receive the “What’s Happening” email each week filled with opportunities to meet people and get involved! Follow ClarkU_CampusLife on Instagram to check out what is happening now.
The Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk offers the Clark community a single point of access for technology problem resolution. Visit the ITS website to explore all services and submit a request for help.
The Student Accounts Office, located in the Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center, maintains student accounts and prepares student e-bills, payments, and refunds. Student Accounts counselors are assigned by each student’s last name. To find your counselor, visit the Student Accounts staff page.
The Academic Commons on the first floor of the Goddard Library — Clark’s main library — is open daily from 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hours for Goddard Library Floors 2 to 5 and Archives/Special Collections vary by day and can be found on the library’s website.
Bickman Fitness Center, located inside the Kneller Athletic Center, is open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. More information about recreation facilities and hours can be found on the Clark Athletics and Recreation website.
Mail is sent to the Student Mailroom on the second floor of the Higgins University Center and should be addressed to:
Campus Box [student’s mailbox number]
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610
New students will receive their Clark mailbox number over the summer. You can send packages to the following address and pick them up from the campus mail room when you arrive:
Campus Box [your mailbox number]
950 Main St.
Worcester, MA 01610
The Student Mailroom is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Clark’s undergraduate student employment program provides opportunities for students to gain professional experience by working in a variety of departments on campus and in the local community. For information about on-campus employment, visit the Career Connection Center’s website.
Transportation and Parking
There are several ways to get to Clark from Boston Logan Airport. An inexpensive but indirect option is to take a train or bus to Union Station in downtown Worcester, where you will need to take a taxi or ride-hailing service to get to Clark.
A more convenient, more expensive option is to use a shared van/limousine service like Knights Limousine Service to pick you up at Logan and bring you directly to campus. Many students use this option.
Be sure to make reservations early and allow for travel time. The trip from Boston to Worcester can take more than an hour at peak travel times. This option is cheaper if you travel with a group.
On the weekends during the academic year, the Clark Shuttle makes frequent stops at Union Station, where students can then take the Commuter Rail to the Boston airport.
Visitors driving to Clark will find several convenient areas to park while on campus. Parking permits are available from both the Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions offices. All cars parked in Clark University Parking Areas (shown on the interactive campus map) must display this permit. Some on-street parking is permitted, but please check street signs carefully for restrictions.
However, students and anyone else wanting to park in the University parking lots need a parking permit, available from the University Police. Options include commuter and overnight parking decals.
The Out-of-State Motor Vehicle Form must be filled out for every motor vehicle without Massachusetts license plates parked in any of Clark’s 24-hour lots. The University requires all vehicles be moved, as necessary, during and/or after a snowstorm to allow our Facility Management Department to safely and effectively remove snow from parking areas. Any motor vehicle obstructing snow removal operations may be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. (Students must move cars to designated Worcester lots during snowstorms.)
There are several options for traveling around Worcester, including rideshare services like Uber and Lyft, Red Cab (1-508-799-5829), Worcester Yellow Cab (1-508-754-3211), city buses operated by the Worcester Regional Transit Authority, and ZipCars on Clark’s campus.
Three ZipCars are available on campus for anyone to use — whether you need to take short trips or longer trips. All you need is a valid driver’s license to sign up for an account and you can take a ZipCar wherever you need to go. Visit Clark’s ZipCar car-share portal to learn more.
Yes! ClarkRIDE provides transportation to and from the Clark campus area by helping students explore the neighborhoods surrounding Clark in a safe and convenient manner. ClarkRIDE runs four vans from 4 p.m. to midnight, seven days per week during the academic year.
The Clark Shuttle operates during the academic year, taking students to local grocery stores and campus locations on the weekdays, and prime Worcester destinations on the weekends.
Clark sits amid an array of dining destinations — from casual restaurants and delivery joints to upscale, sit-down establishments. Thanks to its wide range of ethnic and regional cuisines, you’ll find whatever you have a taste for here in Worcester. Discover Central Mass lists local restaurants on its website.
There are several major grocery stores near Clark University, including:
50 Cambridge St.
0.75 miles from Clark University
100 Mayfield St.
0.91 miles from Clark University
There are also several smaller and specialty markets in the neighborhood surrounding Clark, including:
1000 Main St.
0.1 miles from Clark University
Ha Tien Market
892 Main St.
0.2 miles from Clark University
877 Main St.
0.2 miles from Clark University
Here are a few options closer to the Clark campus:
363 Plantation St.
Courtyard by Marriott
72 Grove St.
503 Plantation St.
Hilton Garden Inn
35 Major Taylor Blvd.
Dean of Students
Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday