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Location
Worcester, MA
Undergrads
2,253
Tuition
$38,450
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics are what you make of them. The professors across all departments are pretty great and the curriculum is thought provoking. Nothing is too easy- and most classes (excepting math and sciences) are designed so that you have the opportunity to push yourself hard as you want. In lower level perspective classes you can usually coast through if you are lazy and reasonably intelligent, but if you are in the upper-level seminars with only twelve students you will have nowhere to hide if you were a lazy idiot who didn't do the assigned reading.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Biologists have more work than a lot of the non-science majors, but there are also rewards that come with the major, like the opportunity to gain legitimate future-job-related experience in a laboratory and our classes are held in one of the most beautiful buildings on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are extremely helpful and accessible to students. Workload is average for this level school, and other students are very willing to help classmates who are struggling if asked.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Although the Political Science Department at Clark University is not the strongest and most popular one on campus it does provide professors who are great in their fields. They strive to create a sustainable relationship with their students, especially as one takes smaller classes. Clark University also has a fifth year accelerated master's program that is free for students who have been in the school for 4 years. They offer many master's degrees in fields relating to Political Science/Government.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I feel as though I'm getting a great education. However, I'm used to an extremely rigorous high school curriculum, and was pleasantly surprised to find academics don't take up quite as much time as they used to. In other words, I'm being challenged (most of the time) but never feel like academics take over my life.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 56th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 204th
    Best Course Variety
  • 243rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 271st
    Most Available Classes
  • 450th
    Best Technology in the Classroom

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Angela Wu
Hometown
Bellevue, WA
Major
Undecided
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In most cases, students are primarily attracted to Clark because of its noted academic programs. The reputations of its psychology and geography departments resound on the post-graduate level, as does the name of Clark in general. Although the general public may not think of Clark as a household name, other universities do. Special degree options, like the fifth-year free accelerated master’s program, are also a huge draw to the campus. Yet, while students tend to love the classes within their major, they seem to bemoan the non-major classes required for their degree. For students who do not cite an interest in a particular area of study, Clark’s small size becomes its major academic selling point. The low student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes ensure an intimate learning environment for all students. All classes at Clark are taught by professors with a doctoral degree or its equivalent, and TAs are generally left to run recitations and study sessions outside of class. This enables students to receive the sort of individual attention that can really make a difference in their grade.

Finally, Clark makes it a point to make sure students earn the grades they receive. That means that Clark professors are instructed to remain firm in their assessment of students and to not artificially raise grades in order to make themselves or the school look better on paper. Clark prides itself on its avoidance of grade inflation, and graduate schools are aware of this fact when they consider applications.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
10:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
207
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
94
Total FT Faculty
224
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$82,543
Full-Time Retention Rate
92%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Graduation Rate
80%
Programs/Majors Offered
42
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 58%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 38%
  • 50 or More Students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Professional and Continuing Education (COPACE)
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 7%
  • Finance, General: 5%
  • Psychology: 6%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • The Academic Commons
  • Lounge and Cafeteria of University Center
Tips to Succeed
  • Always take advantage of office hours. Go to your professors during Office Hours before the midterm or the final and go with a good, intelligent question to ask.
  • Always, politely, dispute the grades that you don't think you deserve. Professors have been known to make mistakes.
  • Ask as many people as you can about a class and its professor before you decide to take it.
  • Be as active as possible in the Clark community.
  • Develop good study habits. It isn't so much about how smart you are, but more about how well you can focus in order to get your work done on time.
  • Don't be afraid to talk to your professors. Clark is small enough to establish great relationships with them.
  • During freshman year, join as many clubs as you are interested in. By sophomore year, you will have quit a lot of them, but you will have had a great time and have made a lot of good friends.
  • Get a work-study job on campus as soon as possible. The experience of getting even a brief glimpse of the behind-the-scenes workings of the University will provide you with a ton of useful knowledge.
  • Get the courses for your major out of the way as soon as possible. At Clark, it's very easy to find time for a second major or minor if you budget things right.
  • It helps to research the majors that Clark offers before making your decision. Go online to the Clark Web site and read the course catalogue at www.clarku.edu/catalog.
  • Waiting until the week before midterms/finals to learn half a semester worth of material really is a bad idea.
  • When making your first class schedule, don't load up on too many intro courses.
Did You Know?
  • The first Fifth-Year-Free Program in the United States started at Clark. Under Clark's BA/MA program with the fifth year free, full-time undergraduates who earn a 3.25 GPA their second, third, and fourth years of study, plus entry requirements for their chosen grad program, are eligible for tuition-free enrollment into a one-year graduate program.
  • Clark offers a PhD in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies. We are the first and only school to do so in the United States.
  • The school is one the smallest research universities in the country, a fact that Clarkies are very proud of, as it gives students the opportunity to work closely with faculty.
  • In front of the main academic building on campus sits a life-size statue of Sigmund Freud. Clark was the only university that the famous psychologist lectured at in the United States. The statue remains one of the most commonly referenced landmarks and meeting points on campus.
  • The Goddard Library is named after the Clark physicist who is renowned as "the father of modern rocketry." Dr. Goddard's work provided the technology that made space travel possible.
  • The credit system for a class at Clark is comprised of "units." Each Clark course is awarded one unit (equivalent to four credit hours). To earn a bachelor's degree, a student must complete a minimum of 32 course units (128 credit hours).

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 20 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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