About Clark

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Clark University currently enrolls approximately 2200 undergraduate students. Thirty-five percent of the undergraduate students are from Massachusetts and approximately 60 percent from New England. The remaining students enroll from across the United States and around the world. Clark University has a long history of enrolling international students. Currently eight percent of undergraduates are from outside of the United States, from countries as diverse as Angola, Brazil, Norway, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Venezuela. Approximately 40 percent of undergraduate students are male and 60 percent are female. Approximately nine percent of our undergraduates are U.S. students of color.

Clark University seeks to enroll undergraduate students who are a good fit for the academic opportunities of a research university. The average class percentile of enrolling first-year students is 19 percent. In recent years, the first-year retention rate for undergraduate students has ranged between 88 percent and 90 percent. The six-year graduation rate is 78 percent. Our undergraduate students are the recipients of numerous fellowships and awards. Recent awards include Compton Mentor Fellowships, Fulbright awards, Gates Millenium scholarship, Goldwater Fellowships, Pfizer Summer Research fellowships, Udall fellowships, and many others.

Clark University is a residential campus and undergraduate students are required to live on campus during their first two years. Students have the opportunity to participate in approximately one hundred clubs and student organizations, ranging from the Asian Culture Society to Peaceworks and the Hip Hop Collabo. At Clark, 65 percent of undergraduate students participate in intercollegiate, intramural, club, wellness and recreational programs. Clark is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and maintains highly competitive varsity athletic teams in a variety of sports.

With approximately 1,000 graduate students enrolled in doctoral and master's programs, Clark University has a significant graduate profile. Clark typically awards approximately 30 doctoral degrees a year. The largest doctoral programs in terms of enrollments are in economics, geography and psychology. Our doctoral programs have a strong track record of placing students in academic and other research and teaching positions. The largest master's programs are the M.B.A. and M.S.F. degree programs offered within the Graduate School of Management. Clark University recruits graduate students from across the country and has very significant enrollment of international students in its master's programs. Graduate students are recipients of a variety of fellowships and awards. Examples include Fulbright awards, Boren awards, Ford Foundation fellowships, EPA STAR awards, NASA and NSF Fellowships, Inter-American Foundation fellowships, Switzer fellowships and SSRC fellowships.