#17 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

Clark University

Worcester, Massachusetts

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Clark University overview
Location Worcester, Massachusetts
Online clarku.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Clark University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Clark University, founded in 1887, is a private research institution located in Worcester, Massachusetts, approximately 40 miles west of Boston. With a campus distinguished by its Collegiate Gothic architecture, Clark offers students a range of academic programs with a notable emphasis on psychology, geography, and environmental science. The university fosters a collaborative atmosphere within its compact, urban setting, providing undergraduates with both on-campus housing options and a variety of research opportunities. Despite its modest size, Clark maintains a diverse and inclusive student body. While admission to Clark is competitive, the university is committed to a holistic application review process. Clark's athletic teams, known as the Cougars, do not have a pronounced presence in intercollegiate athletic competition.

In the most recent statistical year 8,787 prospective students applied, and 4,422 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 703 enrolled in the school.  3,534 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 236 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $52,000 plus fees of $352. Clark University is ranked 154 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Clark University is rated within the top 26% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
Clark University overview
SAT 1250/1430
ACT 28/33
GPA 3.69

Applications Accepted

Clark University overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Clark University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$352
Room and Board $11,164
Budget for Other Expenses$950
Total One Year Cost$65,266

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$50,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

80% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Clark University students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 27%
Psychology 17%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%
Biology 7%
Communication 7%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=165334 IPEDS survey data for Clark University.

Current students may use the Clark University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.