Capture Higher Ed Welcomes Clark University

Introducing one of Capture Higher Ed’s newest partners, Clark University.

Located in Worcester, Mass., Clark is a private research university that promotes a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that addresses social and scientific challenges on a global scale. The university has an enrollment of more than 3,100 students and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors, 19 master’s degrees and nine Ph.D. programs in six schools.

Founded in 1887, Clark University was the result of two strong early visions. Its founder was Jonas G. Clark, a successful Massachusetts entrepreneur, abolitionist and book and art collector who envisioned a university that offered a rigorous but affordable undergraduate college for young men. The university’s first president was G. Stanley Hall, a pioneering psychologist who studied adolescence and founded the American Psychological Association. His heart was set on a graduate-level, research-oriented institution.

While both visions eventually prevailed, Hall’s idea initially won out and Clark University opened its doors in 1889 as the first graduate-study-only institution in the United States, with degrees offered in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and psychology.

Remarkable History

Ever since its earliest days, Clark has thrived at the nexus of world-class teaching, boundary-pushing discovery and creative invention.

  • In 1907, former Clark physics professor Albert Michelson became the first American awarded a Nobel Prize in the sciences for the development of the interferometer, an instrument designed to measure lengths and velocities of light.
  • In 1909, as part of a series of conferences held in observance of Clark’s 20th anniversary, Sigmund Freud presented his Clark lectures. It would be Freud’s only visit to America, and his only lectures outside of Europe.
  • Physics professor and Clark alumnus Robert Goddard conducted his pioneering rocketry research in Clark laboratories. In 1926, he launched a liquid-fueled rocket on his aunt’s farm in Auburn, earning him the moniker “Father of Modern Rocketry.” When astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the moon 43 years later in 1969, he has with him two miniature autobiographies of Goddard.
  • In 1920, Francis Cecil Sumner earned his Ph.D. in psychology at Clark, becoming the first African American in the U.S. to earn a doctorate in the field. He would go on to start the psychology department at Howard University.
  • In his doctoral research at Clark, Paul Siple advanced the theory of wind chill and created an index to measure it — the wind chill factor. He later traveled seven times to Antarctica where he named a mountain range after Clark.
  • While a biology professor at Clark, Gregory Pincus conducted research paving the way for the birth control pill. He later founded the Worcester Foundation of Experimental Biology, which released the final version of the Pill to the public in 1960.

Clark continues to make history today. It is perennially ranked among the top small colleges in the country … and even the world. The Times Higher Education (THE) recently placed the university No. 7 on its list of “World’s Best Small Universities.”


“Clark University’s mission is to educate undergraduate and graduate students to be imaginative and contributing citizens of the world, and to advance the frontiers of knowledge and understanding through rigorous scholarship and creative effort.”

We are proud to welcome Clark into the Capture family of partners.