Clark University

Worchester, Massachusetts
4-year Private university


Clark University is a private institution established in 1887 with city setting located at Worcester. It is ranked 142 in National Universities in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. It practices semester-based academic calendar. All Clark students can get a WOO card: a pass that grants discounts at area attractions, baseball games and the local ski slope, Wachusett Mountain. Clark students can also ride the free intercampus shuttle to Becker College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Assumption College, Worcester State University and College of the Holy Cross. Students can also hop aboard to get to Worcester Public Library, Worcester Art Museum and the local train and bus station. On campus, Clark students can choose from more than 130 clubs and organizations, but the school does not have a Greek system. Freshmen and sophomores must live on campus, and all students are allowed to bring cars. Research is a particular focus for students at Clark University. Undergraduates are encouraged to get involved, and students showcase their work each semester during Fall Fest and Academic Spree Day. The school’s research expertise is a century-long tradition; on campus in 1909, Sigmund Freud gave his famous Clark Lectures about psychoanalysis, and university researchers have been responsible for discoveries that led to the birth control pill and the formula for the wind-chill factor.

#142 in National Universities
Location Worchester, Massachusetts
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1887
Selectivity Moderate
Size Small
2,389 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration And Social Service Professions
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $55,187
Outstate Tuition Fee $55,187
Room and Board Fees $11,690
$37,538 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


50% (Moderate Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$0 Application Fee
3.7 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Optional
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp

For International Students

85 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

native language is English.

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Action Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$43,213 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$33,535 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $65,116
60% Students with need received Financial Aid
32.1% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application January 15
Forms to be submitted CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

Presidential Scholarship
Total Worth covers full tuition, as well as on-campus room and board for all four years, regardless of a family’s financial situation
Eligibility five exceptional students
Minimum Criteria outstanding academic achievements and leadership potential
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline February 1
Segal AmeriCorps Scholarship
Total Worth --
Eligibility a recipient of the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award and a full-time undergraduate day student admitted into a degree program at Clark
Minimum Criteria outstanding academic achievements and leadership potential
Requirement for maintenance Renewal of scholarship from year to year will be in accordance with University scholarship guidelines and your continued eligibility for the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Clark University Grant
Total Worth --
Details The amount you receive depends on your need.
The amount and your need are determined by Clark University’s Office of Financial Assistance upon review of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is completed by the student, custodial and non-custodial parent as required, and remitted by the applicable deadline.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Total Worth $2,500 maximum
Details Available if you have demonstrated exceptional financial need
Your need is determined by your FAFSA.
Priority is given to Federal Pell Grant-eligible students.


2,389 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
86% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
72% Students graduate within 6 years