For additional information, visit the undergraduate admissions pages.
First-Year Student Admission
Clark University welcomes applications from men and women regardless of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age as defined by law, handicap, national origin or financial condition. Selection is competitive and based primarily on academic promise as indicated by secondary-school performance, recommendations and standardized test (SAT, ACT) scores. Secondarily, decisions reflect consideration of the individual experience and particular circumstances unique to each candidate.
A diploma from an accredited secondary school or G.E.D. equivalency is required for admission to Clark. The academic preparation for successful candidates should include four years of English; three years of mathematics; three years of science; two years of both a social science and a foreign language; and other credit electives recognized in the secondary-school curriculum. The University is most concerned with the strength of the student’s academic program and therefore recommends this framework of courses. However, the University values diversity and understands that some students may be following different high school-curricular patterns.
Students applying to Clark may use the Common Application or Universal Application. The admissions staff has no preference for any particular application form, but may request supplemental information when needed. A nonrefundable application fee of $55 or official fee-waiver request must accompany the application. Transfer students should contact the Admissions Office for specific supplemental forms. Learn more.
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Students applying for financial assistance should refer to information provided in the “Undergraduate Tuition and Financial Aid” section of this catalog.
Exceptional students are welcome to apply for early admission after the junior year when encouraged and supported by enthusiastic recommendations from their secondary schools.
Students who are ready to start their college applications at the beginning of senior year are encouraged to apply Early Action. In completing your application to Clark by the November 15 deadline, you will receive an early notification of your admission decision and have until May 1 to decide if Clark is the right fit for you. Because Early Action is a nonbinding agreement, you will have the freedom to explore your list of top choice schools and confidently choose that Clark is the right fit for you.
Candidates for admission in September should apply as early as possible, usually during the first grading period of their final year of secondary school. The deadline for applications and supporting credentials is January 15. (November 1 for January admission.)
All U.S. first-year students are required to submit results of the SAT I or American College Test (ACT).
If English is not your first language, you should submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) regardless of your citizenship. Successful candidates score between 80-120 on the ibT (550-677 on the paper version). (See section on International Admissions.)
Interviews and Campus Visits
Interviews are not required but are strongly recommended. The most informative way to learn about Clark University is to spend a day on campus. Prospective students are invited to take tours, sit in on classes and meet students and faculty members. Please call, write or e-mail the Admissions Office for information regarding interviews, tour schedules and directions.
If you cannot visit the campus, we encourage you to consider speaking with one of the University’s alumni admissions representatives. Contact the Admissions Office for details.
Admission Notification and Deposits
Admissions decisions for Fall are mailed to first-year applicants by April 1 (Overseas applicants will be notified by email). Clark subscribes to the Candidate’s Reply Date of May 1 and requires a nonrefundable deposit that is credited toward first-semester charges. Spring applicants can expect to receive an admission decision by mid-December with the deposit due within two weeks of notification.
Students who want to postpone enrollment must submit a request in writing by May 1st. A nonrefundable deposit that is credited toward first-semester charges is required. Students who undertake full-time academic work in the interim may not defer enrollment but must reactivate their applications and submit official transcripts for review.
Students may earn up to one semester of advanced standing credit by submitting scores of 4 or 5 on Advanced Placement (AP) tests administered by the College Entrance Examination Board or by transferring credit from college-level coursework. Students who earn a diploma through the International Baccalaureate program may be eligible for a full year of advanced standing credit. More information about these requirements can be found here. Please contact the admissions office if you have any questions about specific program in which you are participating.
Students applying to Clark may use the Common Application or Universal Application. The admissions staff has no preference for any particular application form, but may request supplemental information when needed. A nonrefundable application fee of $55 or official fee-waiver request must accompany the application. Because of the sequential nature of University courses, Clark allows all international students to apply for the fall semester only (deadline January 15).
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all candidates whose native or official language is not English. Information concerning test dates and locations may be obtained at www.toefl.org. The Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 form) necessary to obtain a student visa will be granted only after full admission and receipt of complete financial documentation (in the form of an official bank statement indicating a monetary amount).
Clark welcomes applications for admission with advanced standing from students attending two- and four-year institutions. Transfer applicants may use the Transfer Common Application. The Application Supplement must also be submitted. Applicants for Fall should file by April 1; Spring applicants by November 1. All transfer candidates are required to submit evidence of good standing, complete transcripts of all previous academic work—secondary and postsecondary—including standardized tests (if taken) and any other information requested by the Admissions Committee, such as recommendations and course catalogs.
Normally, credit is given for academic courses in the liberal arts previously taken at regionallyaccredited colleges and universities and by advanced standing procedures, described above. No credit is given for grades lower than C. Evaluation of credits for college courses is made at the time of admission or upon receipt of final transcripts and is used in planning a program of study at the University. Up to 50 percent of Clark’s degree and major requirements may be awarded on this basis, and a minimum of two academic years at Clark is necessary for completion of degree requirements.