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What Makes Us Unique

Clark's intimate academic setting and tradition of "elbow-teaching" - the close working relationship between students and faculty - provide many opportunities for students to pursue knowledge through active participation. Undergraduate students work in teams with graduate students and faculty on original research. They employ hands-on learning and problem solving, whether it's conducting cutting-edge research on stem cells or isolating DNA in a laboratory in the new biosciences center or working in collaboration with the public schools to enhance student learning.

Our University Park Partnership (UPP), an urban revitalization initiative spearheaded by Clark, is improving the lives of the residents of Clark's Main South neighborhood and providing our students a laboratory for learning. This unique initiative - now a national model for university/community partnerships - illustrates one of Clark's strongest assets: dedicated and resourceful thinkers who take an unconventional approach to improve social conditions.

Clark University is one of 40 educational institutions featured in Loren Pope's book, "Colleges That Change Lives." We are ranked third in the top 100 Outstanding (but underappreciated) Colleges featured in "Harvard Schmarvard: Getting Beyond the Ivy League to the College That is Best for You," a book by Washington Post education reporter and columnist, Jay Mathews. Clark also appears in a new college guidebook, "Colleges With A Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement." The university offers "Making A Difference Scholarships" to first-year students who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to, and leadership in community service endeavors.

Since its founding in 1887 as the first all-graduate school in the United States, Clark has challenged convention with innovative programs such as the International Studies Stream, the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the accelerated BA/MA programs with the fifth year tuition-free for eligible students.

Famous Alumni

  • Arrien L. Schiltkamp - ATC Trustees and Schiltkamp International, New York, NY
  • Fred S. Anton - CEO, Warner Brothers Publication, Miami, FL
  • Jeff R. Lurie - Owner of the Philadelphia Eagles
  • Matt Goldman - Creator of Blue Man Group
  • Robert J. Hurst - Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs Group
  • Robert Marion - Director of the Center for Congenital Disorders at Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) in New York City; Lead pediatrician for Carl and Clarence Aguirre, conjoined twins who were separated with great success at CHAM
  • Ronald M. Shaich - CEO of Panera Bread; Founded Au Bon Pain in 1981

Fun Facts

Clark has a distinguished tradition in the natural sciences, and we've been associated with significant innovations and noteworthy scientists. Robert Hutchings Goddard, the Father of Modern Rocketry, spent his career at Clark. Albert Michelson, the first chair of Clark's Physics Department, was the first to accurately measure the speed of light. He was also the first American to win a Nobel Prize for science. Other researchers at Clark have measured the wind-chill factor, defined chemical double bonding, developed research leading to the birth control pill, and made the first breakthrough in understanding how brain tissue regenerates itself.

Ours is the only campus in America where Sigmund Freud visited and spoke in 1909.



Traditions / School Myths

A popular annual custom, "Spree Day," originally held in connection with St. Patrick's Day in 1903, has evolved into a more generalized spring event. This 100-year-old tradition celebrates the arrival of spring. Students are permitted to call, without prior notice, a day free of classes during which they flock to Red Square for outdoor concerts, games, food and fun.

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