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5 College Freshman

Academics: No matter your major, you can find opportunities that suit your specific interests.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There are tons of great classes here. They make it easy to get a well-rounded education while enjoying all of your classes.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I have had some amazing professors so far. Also some small lasses where you can voice your opinion and actually participate. Please consider the horrible amount of money you and/or your parents are spending (without scholarships) for college and really THINK about what is most important, academics or football games. Please dear god understand that you should seek small classes and small universities where you can get personal attention and where you can voice your opinion. Are you going to college to get wasted at football games or get an education. Geez

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3 College Freshman

Academics: All professors are very reasonable and are always willing to help students outside of the classroom if needed.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Environmental Science and Geography are great.

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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 For students who do not cite an interest in a particular area of study, Clark’s small size becomes its major academic selling point.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
41
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: 6%
  • Environmental and Marine Sciences: 4%
  • Finance, General: 4%
  • Psychology: 5%
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 21 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 7 responses

  • 39% Ron Shaich - founder of Panera Bread, Au Bon Pain
  • 22% Matthew Goldman - cofounder of the Blue Man Group
  • 22% Padma Lakshmi - model, host of "Top Chef"
  • 6% Jeffery Lurie - owner of the Philadelphia Eagles
  • 6% Mark Freedman - president of Surge Licensing
  • 6% Robert Goddard
  • 0% Steven DePaul - executive producer of "NYPD Blue"
  • 0% Debra Jean Strimike - former Miss United States
  • 0% John Heard - actor

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 26 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.

How often do you:    Based on 8 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 8 responses

  • 12% This was my dream school.
  • 88% This was one of my top choices.
  • 0% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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