On Site: Clark University


At a Glance

Worcester, Massachusetts

Undergraduate Students: 2,191

Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Acceptance Rate: 47%

Six Year Graduation Rate: 75%

Freshman Retention Rate: 87%

Notable Majors: psychology and geography have national reputations, also international development, social change, environmental science

The Feel

  • A modest campus in the city of Worcester, MA, which is an hour outside of Boston. The city offers a large number of parks and restaurants as well as a minor league baseball team.

  • The curriculum comprises of liberal studies plus research and hands on learning through POP (Problems of Practice) courses.

  • There is no Greek life at Clark, but they celebrate over 120 student clubs, including a bee-keeping club.

  • Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus, and they have various options with nice sized rooms and co-ed or single gender spaces.

  • They have centers for diversity, gender, multiculturism, and the humanities.



Standout Points

  • Clark was founded originally as a psychology graduate school. Sigmund Freud only gave lectures here. Clark continues to standout in its psychology programs.

  • All students will complete and present on a capstone project in order to graduate. One of the favorite traditions celebrated on campus is when students present their capstone.

  • 66% of students conduct their own research, guided by faculty, a very high number compared to most schools.

  • Clark has a history of contributions, as American psychology and the birth control pill were essentially established here.

  • They offer a 5th year accelerated master’s degree in over a dozen programs. A third of Clark students take advantage of this.



Fun Fact

  • Clark students are referred to as “Clarkies,” and are known to be activists, highly involved in making change. Their NCAA DIII athletic teams all prioritize regular community service.



Bottom Line Fit: For the student looking for a small setting with a well rounded curriculum, willing to embrace hands on learning and a capstone project, and who is attuned to the spirit of activism. High return on selectivity, as the school is less selective than some of its competitors, but an outstanding option.


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