Founded in 1887, Clark is a small, private, liberal arts-based research university committed to scholarship and inquiry that addresses social and human imperatives on a global basis. Located in the heart of New England—Worcester, Massachusetts—Clark enrolls approximately 2,200 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students and is featured in Loren Pope's book, “Colleges That Change Lives.” Undergraduates are offered a broad and deep liberal education that enables them to address the complex scientific, social and economic challenges facing our world through hands-on research, in-depth exploration and practical problem solving.
Clark's focused areas of research excellence are backed by strong Ph.D. and master's degree programs that engage graduate students from around the world in such areas as biology, chemistry, economics, geography, psychology, urban education, management, environmental science and policy, Holocaust and genocide studies, and international development and social change—generating findings and insights that directly benefit the communities it serves.
Clark's status as a small research university grounded in the liberal arts, its urban location, and its tradition of community partnerships place Clark faculty and students in an ideal position to breathe life into the University's motto, "Challenge Convention. Change Our World." Clark's students are passionate about ideas, causes and events beyond themselves. They embrace issues and take action. They approach life with open minds and a global perspective.
The University is entering an exciting period of transition and renewal. On July 1, 2010, former provost David Angel became the ninth President of Clark. He follows outgoing President John Bassett, whose successful decade in office has been marked by growing strength in Clark's student profile, the addition of new academic and athletic facilities on campus, and the recruitment of more than half of the University's current faculty. As the Board of Trustees acknowledged in its announcement of Angel's appointment, this is a moment of both continuity and fresh opportunity for Clark.
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