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Are you ready to take the first step toward becoming a Clarkie?

To begin the application process, start here. First-year applicants may now choose to apply via the Common App or the Coalition App with Scoir. We do not have a preference in which method you choose, but please submit only one application.

First-Year Common App
First-Year Coalition App with Scoir
Transfer App

What do we look for in an application? Learn more about required materials and admissions criteria:

Our Process and Timeline

Deadlines and Important Dates

Decision Application Deadline Notification Release
Early Decision I November 1 Late December
Early Action November 1 Mid-January
Early Decision II January 15 Early February
Regular Decision January 15 Late March
Transfer – Fall Semester Start Rolling, February 1 – May 1 Rolling, within 4 weeks
Transfer – Spring Semester Start Rolling, September 1 – November 1 Rolling, within 4 weeks
First-Year – Spring Semester Start Rolling, September 1 – November 1 Rolling, within 4 weeks


Admissions Rounds

Early Decision I and II are binding agreements for first-year students who are sure that Clark is their first choice. If you’re admitted, you must enroll at Clark and withdraw your applications to other schools.

Applying Early Decision to Clark

Early Action is non-binding, but allows first-year students to apply in the fall and have their decision and financial aid award by January. Because you may apply Early Action to other colleges and universities as well, you will have more time and flexibility to explore all your options.

Regular Decision has a deadline of January 15 and we are typically able to notify students of our decision by mid-late March. This option is open to both U.S. and international students.

Each year, Clark welcomes about 75 new transfer students combined in the fall and spring semesters. Admissions deadlines are rolling each semester (see table).

Over 15% of Clark’s students come from outside the U.S. each year. If English is not your native language, you will need to submit an official TOEFLDuolingo, or IELTS score report. We will consider your English proficiency holistically, based on your scores, transcript, essay, and letters of recommendation. We also strongly encourage all applicants to sit for an interview. This is especially important for applicants who do not speak English as a native language.

Each year, Clark admits over 50 first-year and transfer students for spring admission. This entry term is increasingly popular with first-year students who want to take a semester off or do a gap semester before starting college.

Interview at Clark University


Interviews are not required but are recommended for all applicants. We offer them in person and online throughout the year. (Hint: don’t wait until the last minute to schedule your interview as slots can fill up quickly at certain times of year.)

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Financial Aid

Applications for financial aid are due at the same time as your admission application. For need-based aid we require the FAFSA form for domestic applicants and the CSS Profile form for international applicants. For merit-based aid, all applicants are considered for merit awards ranging from $13,000-$28,000. No additional application is needed.


Your admissions counselor is ready to assist you through this process.

Contact Information

Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions Office
Office Hours
  • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

    Selected Saturdays in the Fall and Spring