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Clark University Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Clark University, the regular decision application deadline is January 15 and Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 20.

Considering Applying Early to Clark University?

Clark University offers early decision and also offers early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/15.

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Clark University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 20.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Clark University

Getting into Clark University is moderately difficult. Clark University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Clark University **accepted 47% of students, around 3,371 of the 7,153 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Clark University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, Clark University waitlisted 801 students. Of those, 372 eventually got in.

What Does Clark University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Clark University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Clark University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Clark University must submit the following items. Double check with Clark University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Clark University?

Students admitted to Clark University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 12% submitted a class rank. At Clark University 36% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 70% were in the top 25% and 88% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Clark University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 12%

Clark University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 66% of Clark University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 15% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Clark University?

To be competitive with other Clark University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1160 and 1360 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Clark University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1360 and 25% of scored lower than 1160, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Clark University students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 580 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Clark University students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 580 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Clark University?

To be most competitive at Clark University, you should strive to earn between 27 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Clark University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Clark University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Clark University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Clark University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Clark University during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Clark University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Clark University?

Students who are admitted to Clark University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Clark University accept transfer credits?

Clark University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Clark University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Clark University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Clark University?

No, Clark University is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

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Clark University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

47%

How hard is it to get into Clark University? Clark University is a somewhat selective institution. The Clark University acceptance rate is 47%. This means that the institution accepts 47 out of every 100 applicants.

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Clark University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Clark University is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Clark University is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Clark University ACT Scores

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ACT Range

27 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above

Good

27 to 32

Avg

27 and Less

Low

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Clark University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1160 - 1360

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Math SAT Range

570 - 670

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Reading SAT Range

580 - 680

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Clark University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.66

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Clark University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.66. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

3,425

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

47%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$49,950

Out-of-State

$49,950

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Application Deadline

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