#67, overall score 54.84/100

Fun Fact:

Sigmund Freud’s only lecture in the United States took place at Clark in 1909.

Why should Jewish students attend Clark? For the small size, there is a strong Jewish community that is very student-run. There are at least two events run by Hillel each week, in addition to Shabbat, that are attended by both Jewish and non-Jewish students. Clark also has a Birthright trip every winter and summer with about half the participants on the bus being from Worcester-area schools, and the other half who are friends or family of Clark students who go to other schools, as well as national applicants. — Karen Podorefsky, IACT Coordinator/Israel Programs Coordinator, Clark University Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 15/30

  • Score: 15/30
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Jewish studies major: Yes
  • Israel studies major: No


  • Tuition: $43,150
  • Room & board costs: $8,450
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $24,384


  • Location: Worcester, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,397
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 400
  • Jewish population share: 17%
  • Student origin: 38% in-state / 62% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Cougars
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Heart of Clarkness, Joan of Clark

ISRAEL Score: 15/20

  • Score: 15/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 34
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: Clarkies for Israel, J Street U
  • BDS resolution: Not introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 18.17/40

  • Score: 18.17/40
  • Hillel: Clark University Hillel
  • Chabad: Central Massachusetts Chabad
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 2
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: Yes
  • Active Hillel clubs: 3
  • Hillel Friday night services: 2
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 60
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 4 (2 Orthodox, 1 Conservative, 1 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: Jeffrey Lurie
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country.
  • Kosher food details: Clark University has one all-you-can-eat dining hall, with a kosher food station open to everyone, everyday except on Shabbat. Students don’t have to sign up for a kosher meal plan.

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