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Reviews 817 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: The international relations program here at Clark University is okay. I think my personal experience could have been better had I more knowledge of what I wanted to do when I was younger.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: It is easy to declare your major and take the classes that you want. The best thing to do is to check the course offerings early as well as the general education requirements (know as P.L.Ss).

Also, from conversations with other students, I know that the university does a good job at offering students who are either undocumented or have D.A.C.A a decent/good scholarship. The best thing to do is to be in communication with the admission/financial aid office who (through your effort) can better understand your financial/citizen status. To get a great package you should have an awesome application.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are some small parties here and there. If you are under 21 is it not as fun but there are some dive bars around campus to keep you somewhat entertained.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Worcester is an older city that is working hard to improve itself. It used to be a booming industrial city but now it is trying to make the transition to both an equitable college town with some more specialized sector jobs in medicine. The main struggle is the poverty and battle against gentrification as the city goes about changing.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: I think the focus on "social change" is definitely uniquely Clark. Sometimes it maybe held as more of a thought than an actual pursuit. Usually students are hipsterish and quirky but that helps foster a more inclusive enviroment where you can more easily find your niche. Also as a small school you have many opportunities to get involved in many things.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Like in any other college campus people use marijuana and drink alcohol. The university police will stop you if they see you so many people try not to be very blatant about it. If you do not want to drink or use drugs many people will understand and respect that decision.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Clark University's safety escort makes up for the lack of frequent public transportation. Clark's Escort Service are a group of vans that take students where ever they want in around a half mile - one mile radius.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's New England Weather. In 2012-2013 The City of Worcester had the most snowfall in the whole country. Fall and Spring are when the campus are the most beautiful but during the Winter it can start to get annoying.

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College Sophomore

Athletics: We are a Division 3 University. Many students do not have an interest in playing sports so those who do have a lot of opportunities to play. Our university teams are not taken very seriously but that is because many students are not interested in sports in general.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Since Clark University is located in a very immigrant neighborhood there are a lot of ethnic cuisines available including: Japanese, Vietnamese, Central-American, Jamaican, Italian, etc.). They are usually cheap and very good. The best thing to do would be to either ask other Clark Students for their opinions or check out the restaurants on yelp. Also with Clark Univerisity's safety van escorts you can get to all these places incredibly fast.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Clark University has a beautiful green, a modernist library, and small/big enough that you can travel around with ease and meet up easily with friends. Some of the dorms are a bit on the older side but that mostly affects only juniors, and sophomores. If you would prefer a nicer dorm choose Wright and Bullock for your first year. For your sophomore, junior, and senior year, if you can afford it choose either Maywood Hall (suite-style) or Blackstone Hall (apartment-style). Dana Hall, Hughes Hall, Dodd Hall, and J&S Hall have more traditional double style rooms which more spacious than Wright and Bullock but lack pleasing common areas.

For Housing Lottery it would serve your best interest to know all the prices before hand so you can get the best lottery number possible.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I think many students are good-looking, amicable, and diverse. Whatever your interests/type may be there is probably someone there that meets your standards. The only con that I can see is that as a small school it is easy to see people in which you had unsuccessful romantic endeavours.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Although the Political Science Department at Clark University is not the strongest and most popular one on campus it does provide professors who are great in their fields. They strive to create a sustainable relationship with their students, especially as one takes smaller classes. Clark University also has a fifth year accelerated master's program that is free for students who have been in the school for 4 years. They offer many master's degrees in fields relating to Political Science/Government.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Clarkies could not care less about sports teams. If we start winning, people will be proud, but usually students have way too many other things to do.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's Main South. There's nothing much else I can say.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I'm from Chicago so I really don't see much of a difference. Therefore, it doesn't really bother me that it's cold half of the year. However, this year has been pretty bad, and I'd just like it to be spring already.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I feel like diversity here is a pretty good mix. I like the fact that 19% of my class is international students.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm currently a prospective geography major. Considering we have the best geography department in the country, there's really nothing to complain about in that sense. Unfortunately, if I decide I don't want to do geography, I don't see myself having very many options here, which can be frustrating.

College Freshman

Majors: I would like to have an internship. It's amazing experience and can be good in determining what you really want to do when it comes to starting a career.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments around campus are amazing, and close by. It's nice that we have the option to get off campus a little bit, even though most of the time, they are basically part of campus anyway. I just like the newly refurbished old tri-levels.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Nothing much to say. I need a place to live. Clark provides a place to live. I've definitely seen worse, but I've also definitely seen better.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's not usually a ton of big things going on. But hanging with a bunch of friends on the weekend is more my cup of tea anyway. I would like to have the option of going to bigger parties though once and a while.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some good places if you know where to look, but going around main south isn't something that people like to do often.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I feel as though I'm getting a great education. However, I'm used to an extremely rigorous high school curriculum, and was pleasantly surprised to find academics don't take up quite as much time as they used to. In other words, I'm being challenged (most of the time) but never feel like academics take over my life.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug culture on campus is very prevalent, but I've never encountered a situation where anything is abused. Also, there is never really any pressure to do anything you're not comfortable with. There are plenty other things on campus to do to occupy your time.


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Angela Wu
Bellevue, WA
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The students say it best: Clark is a great place to spend four important—perhaps the most important—years of your life. Those who go to Clark report being glad they went. They say that they learned what they wanted to learn in their major, had a lot of fun, and grew up in the process. No campus is perfect, but despite Clark’s flaws, students still manage to fall in love with it and pursue their degrees until the end. Clark’s strengths lie in its academics, its community, and the city in which it resides. Even though that same city gives rise to some of Clark’s largest problems, it also exemplifies the diversity that Clark strives to provide for its students on campus. The city’s restaurants also provide a welcome escape from Clark’s dreadful meal plan!

Although Clark suffers from a poor social scene, low enthusiasm for organized sports, New England weather, and the double-edged sword of apathy and tolerance, Clarkies leave the school realizing that they have just lived through an incredible academic and social experience. It is an experience that stays with them throughout their lives via Clark’s professional reputation, as well as the bonds formed with professors and fellow Clarkies. Students agree: By the time graduation day rolls around, you will be equipped to face the world as an educated adult, but you will wish you had just a little more time at Clark.

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