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Clark University Admission Requirements

Worcester, Massachusetts

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Your chances of getting into Clark University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Clark University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very High 
Applicant Competition Average 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Clark University is 48%.  Its admission rate is the 18th lowest in Massachusetts.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Clark University and can you get accepted?

Clark University is a more competitive school to get into. You have a good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 3,915 out of the 8,151 who applied were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 15 percent on standardized admission tests. Clark University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.69. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 13% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Clark University?

48% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Clark University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.69 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1310 on the SAT
  • Score 28 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Clark University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Clark University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Clark University are to have around a 3.69 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Clark University will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Clark University is 3.69 on the 4.0 scale. 34% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #20 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Clark University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.7 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Clark University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 34.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 26.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 14.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 11.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 9.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Clark University SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Clark University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 17% of students submitted SAT scores and 5% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Clark University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 628
Math 25th Percentile 590
Composite 25th Percentile 1218
SAT Scores for Clark University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 703
Math 75th Percentile 700
Composite 75th Percentile 1403
Average SAT Score 1310

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Clark University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Clark University is 1310 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1218-1403. Students who get into Clark University score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  Clark University ranks #17 in the state of Massachusetts and #146 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1310 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Clark University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1218 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1218, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1130, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Clark University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1310 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1310, you have around a 48% chance of being admitted. A 1403 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 64% chance of getting in.

Clark University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1403 and Above Good >64%
1310 to 1403 Avg + 48%-64%
1218 to 1310 Avg - 33%-48%
1126 to 1218 Reach 20%-33%
Less than 1126 Low <20%
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Clark University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Clark University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 26
Math 25th Percentile 29
Composite 25th Percentile 27
ACT Scores for Clark University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 31
Composite 75th Percentile 30
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Clark University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Clark University is 28, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 27 and 30.  The school ranks #21 in Massachusetts and #184 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 28. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 27 and score in the score in the top 15 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 26.

5 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Clark University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Clark University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Clark University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 28 score has around 48% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 68% with a 30 ACT score.

Clark University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
30 and Above Good >68%
28 to 30 Avg + 48%-68%
27 to 28 Avg - 38%-48%
26 to 27 Reach 28%-38%
Less than 26 Low <28%
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High School Class Rank

77% of Clark University freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 41% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted Clark University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 41%
Top 25% of class 77%
Top 50% of class 95%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Clark University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,884 3,267 8,151
Accepted 2,451 1,464 3,915
Acceptance Rate 50% 45% 48%
Enrolled 285 220 505
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 15% 13%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 111 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Clark University is $60.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Clark University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Clark University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Clark University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Clark University is fairly competitive, you have a decent chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.69 GPA, you have a good shot at getting in. An SAT score of 1310 will further improve your application. If you can get a 1403 on the SAT you will have a very good chance on getting in. Additionally a 28 on the ACT places you in a strong position.

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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.


Does Clark University prefer SAT or ACT?

17% of students submit their SAT scores to Clark University. 5% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Clark University?

48% of those who apply are granted admission to Clark University. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Clark University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1218 and 1403. The average SAT score is 1310. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Clark University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 30. The average ACT score is 28. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.