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#93, overall score 50.92/100

Fun Fact:

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

Why should Jewish students attend Clark? Jewish students should attend Clark because 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

CAMPUS INFORMATION

  • Location: Worcester, Mass.
  • Region: New England
  • Campus type: Suburb
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,289
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 400
  • Jewish population share: 17%
  • Student origin: 38% in-state / 62% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Scarlet
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Cougars
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Heart of Clarkness / Joan of Clark

COST & AID Score: 1.67/15

  • Score: 1.67/15
  • Tuition: $44,400
  • Room & board costs: $8,860
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $22,234
  • Average loan debt: $34,305
  • Starting median salary: $47,600
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 8.33/20

  • Score: 8.33/20
  • Acceptance rate: 56%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Median SAT range: 1180-1380
  • Jewish Studies program: Yes
  • Jewish Studies major: Yes
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 13.33/20

  • Score: 13.33/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 33
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: Clarkies for Israel, J Street U
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 8.33/11

  • Score: 8.33/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 7.28/1,000 students (high)
  • City crime rate: 37.92/1,000 people (medium high)
  • LGBT center: No

JEWISH LIFE Score: 19.25/34

  • Score: 19.25/34
  • Hillel: Clark University Hillel
  • Chabad: Central Mass Chabad
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: No
  • Jewish sororities: No
  • 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 alum: 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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