Clark University

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An hour west of Boston is the campus of Clark University, a private 4-year school located in Worcester, MA. Founded in 1887 with assistance from Jonas Gilman Clark, a local businessman, Clark University is one of the first research universities in the country; it wasn’t until 1902 that Clark started admitting undergraduate students. The 50 acre campus, located in the Main South neighborhood outside of downtown, features traditional collegiate Gothic architecture and a large park-like quad called University Park. Worcester, once a major manufacturing area, has transitioned to a service-based economy. The location in central Massachusetts is also rich in American history and in close proximity to Boston, Providence and other significant locales.

Academic Programs

Clark University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education and offers Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, post-masters Certificates and Doctorates in over 45 areas. Noted for Psychology, the largest programs on campus are in Psychology and Social Sciences. The school is comprised of over 20 departments and schools; per the Mission Statement, “Clark University’s mission is to educate undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort… The intellectual and personal growth of students is enhanced by a wide variety of educational programs and extracurricular activities. Clark believes that intellectual growth must be accompanied by the development of values, the cultivation of responsible independence, and the appreciation of a range of perspectives… Clark is dedicated to being a dynamic community of learners able to thrive in today’s increasingly interrelated societies. The University maintains a national and international character, attracting high-caliber students and faculty from all quarters of the globe. As a university residing in an urban context, Clark also strives to address the needs and opportunities of contemporary urban life.”

Student Life

There are over 2,300 undergraduate students enrolled in Clark University; the majority of students live on campus in one of the six residence halls, suites and apartments. Non-commuting students must live on campus for their first 2 years. The school sponsors a wide variety of clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the scarlet and white Cougars field teams in 11 sports and participate in NCAA Division III competition. Students understand the school’s Core Values, described as ‘Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP)’ which systematically links liberal learning to the world of practice at every stage and in every dimension of the student experience. 1. Knowledge of the Natural World and Human Cultures and Societies Including foundational knowledge of the world in its many dimensions; 2. Intellectual and Practical skills including inquiry and analysis; 3. Personal and Social Responsibility including ethical reasoning and action; 4. Ability to Integrate Knowledge and Skills including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies; 5. Capacities of Effective Practice including creativity and imagination.

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