Clark seeks students who are always growing, learning, compassionate, and curious — people who want to be the best version of themselves, because the best version of all of us is a constant work in progress.
What We Consider
We seek those who want to be involved and are community-oriented, and those who believe that in bettering themselves, they have the ability and responsibility to improve the lives, environment, systems, and tools around them. There is no one right way to move forward — so there is no one way to be a Clarkie.
We recommend that you interview so that we can get to know you beyond your written application. We also want to make sure that we answer all of your questions about Clark.
You can always email your regional counselor with any questions you have along the way.
Every application gets read in full at least twice.
We now offer first-year applicants two ways to apply to Clark: the Common Application and the Coalition Application with Scoir. You may use whichever method you want (we really have no preference!), but please fill out only one application. Neither application has an associated fee.
Your transcript is the story we are reading — your GPA is less important. We hope that you have challenged yourself whenever possible, and shown consistent growth over time. We know that your junior and senior years are the best representation of you as a student. We will accept test scores if you send them, but we don’t think a standardized test is an accurate representation of most students — that’s why we are test-optional and very proud to be so.
Another important factor are the ways you have been involved in your family, community, and life outside of high school. From athletics to family commitments, from part-time jobs to musicals — all of it matters. There isn’t one way to be an engaged citizen; we want to create a diverse community of Clarkies so we can learn from each other.
Through letters of recommendation, we learn who you are in the classroom and outside of it. When thinking about who you would like to ask for a letter of recommendation, we recommend that you choose an academic teacher who knows you best and can speak to your growth and strengths as a student.