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Worcester, MA
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$38,450
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Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: What You'd Expect – There are drugs at Clark University, just like there are going to be drugs at any school ever. I have found that lots of people do smoke, but I haven't seen a lot of instances of harder drugs. There is also a significant amount of alcohol at parties. However, the thing that I think sets Clark apart is that there is very minimal or no pressure about it. People make and own their own decisions, but I have never felt like I had to drink or take something that I didn't want to. Also, the school offers a good drug/alcohol education program at the beginning of your first year, providing important information for students. Another huge thing at Clark is a policy in place for student protection. If a student is at a party and, say, drinks too much and blacks out, and gets in a dangerous spot because of that, if you call EMS on campus, they will come and get the student and not punish that student, or the student who called them in. Clark is good at enforcing drug/alcohol laws on campus, however, they also understand that this is a college and students are going to make their own decisions.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Wonderful but Windy – Winter can be a bit difficult, and very cold, because of the wind. However, you get used to it. I grew up in Massachusetts so it wasn't difficult for me at all to transition to the weather, but if you're coming from a warmer area you will definitely be surprised by how cold it can get when you factor in the wind. However, when it's warm and sunny it's beautiful.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: No Pressure – The security isn't very tight, but there is definitely no pressure to do drugs or to drink alcohol. There are plenty of better alternatives to have fun, whether it's going bowling or seeing a movie off campus, going shopping, or participating in club activities. Drugs and alcohol aren't necessary, but they're available if you know where to look.

4 College Junior

Majors: Advisers Are the Best – Although it depends heavily on which adviser you get, my personal experience was fantastic. As a Freshman you are assigned a temporary adviser that gets you settled in and helps you pick your first few courses. They are in charge of helping you get general education requirements out of the way. Once you declare your major, you seek out a new adviser that is in the same department; there are limited choices in smaller departments, but being friends with the department head can have its perks. The best part is having a choice when it matters most.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It Gets Better...Eventually – As a Freshman, you are assigned housing, but for Sophomore and Junior year it's easy to get your hopes up about living with friends in a suite, or about getting a triple. The lottery system (getting assigned a random number that determines who picks rooms first) makes it difficult to have a back up plan, especially if you have an odd number of potential room mates (a suite for 5 people) or if you want a triple. And by the time you're a senior, most likely you'll want to move off campus to avoid the hassle of on campus living. The good news is that the dorms are generally comfortable, and at the worst, there's a short walk to see your friends.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Joining Clubs=Lots of Friends – Clark offers a variety of excellent clubs, and doesn't only fund the more "prestigious" clubs. I'm an officer of the Science-Fiction People of Clark, and our primary objective is to provide entertainment for the student body, and the Worcester community. Over the years, the club has grown to include a book group, our own office space, and we have several different video game systems. I've made several friends in this club alone. It's easy to start a club, and as long as you are dedicated and determined, it's well worth advertising for events and asking for extra funding because you get valuable experience and make a lot of friends.

3 College Junior

Transportation: You're Stuck on Campus – I'm from a larger city, so I might be a little more critical than most. Worcester has a public bus system that is unreliable and inconvenient, and Clark University does not have a bus system of its own, aside from the weekend buses that can take you to the nearby mall or to Boston. Other than occasionally skipping one of the stops at the mall, these buses are easy to use and take you to the main places you need to go. In addition, the Escort car service that runs from 4 PM to 4 AM provides a short ride to anywhere within about a 1.5 mile radius to maintain safety at night. However, most of what you need is already on campus anyway.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Hard, Time Consuming, but Worth It – If it's something you're passionate about, it'll be fun and somewhat easy. Can't expect everything to not require a ton of work and increase one's stress levels. Majors and other courses combined are very doable.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys at Clark are nice, sweet, and smart, if you meet the good ones. Some do think they're the coolest guys around and that they're all that, but it's a turn off for me. The guys whom I've met are cute and the kind of guys girls should be going for. There are many options at Clark, and I'm still looking.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: It Depends – It really depends on when. It's really during midterms or finals that computer times get extreme and crazy. Everyone does have a laptop, but I guess it's when a person needs it or if they're too far to go get it and study in the library. Otherwise, computers and printing aren't really a problem. It can be handled.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Didn't Realize This Was My First Choice – I love it. It's beautiful, small and convenient, and great academics. I see this place as fair and different. Challenge convention, change our world. It wasn't my first choice until I got more and more into this place. I hardly notice any distractions, and the shy girl I am, a person can make many friends in no time at all, like me.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Many Possibilities, Minor Changes – I was looking forward for music education, but it was suddenly taken out because so few do it every few years. but there are still many great majors to take part in. I'm going to declare a double major in music theory and sociology and minor in innovation and entrepreneurship. It all fits in the four year frame time and I have many options for the future.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Good at Being Hidden – I rarely see any signs of drugs being used around campus, day and night. The worst I've seen was in my imagination when my friends tell me about what happened over at there end of the woods or overhearing someone say how great their party was. There have been some accidents related to drinking, but I don't see them.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Maybe, Maybe Not Situation – I live on-campus, but off is pretty nice too. Worcester can get a little rough and so can the prices. There are lots of nice places around and close to campus, but considering prices and occasional problems regarding wild Worcester life, you really have to do research before considering off-campus living.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: All Just Beautiful and Great Places to Be – Clark is a small university that can have an impression on visitors. This place is beautiful and there's so much to do either alone or with a good group of friends. Wherever you are, like the academic commons, there's always so much life, and studying too, that whatever you choose to do, you'll fall in love with what you've just got.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Study in the Library – Most of the computers are located in the library on each floor level. They are good if you want a quiet area where you can work in peace without any interruptions. The computers are a good quality and especially helpful if you want to print and didn't bring your own printer. You even get a printing allowance of $35 per semester. I would suggest to bring your own computer however. The wifi is pretty good around campus, except not as much on the Green.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Pretty Simple – To the best of my knowledge there isn't anything difficult to do to declare the major. My freshmen academic adviser steered me on the right path with history classes and then I only needed to set up an appointment with a History professor in order to have them sign off on accepting me into the major, same with my concentration.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: History Is Only Entertaining for the Select Few – I entered into school not knowing exactly what I wanted to do. And then I discovered the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Concentration that Clark offers. I had always had an interest in World War II and the Holocaust and this really just seemed to fit me. Whenever asked what my major is and I answer with history, people always assume that I would like to become a History teacher. That's definitely not the case however. I would love to go out into the world and experience all of the devastation, loss, and hope that was brought upon by this horrific event. I find all of my Holocaust classes quite interesting, yet the core classes aren't as capable of keeping me awake and attentive. In the future I would either like to work as a researcher or a museum curator concerning the Holocaust. The great thing about Clark is that with a good enough GPA 5th year is free; and even better for me there is a Ph.d. program in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies program! Of course I have fears about finding a career, I just hope that through hard-work, studying-abroad, and internships something great will come my way.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Small Campus Very Socialable – The campus is very small and many students live on campus making it extremely easy to socialize with friends. There are a few different housing options for students that are reasonably priced. The new renovations to the Sanford and Johnson halls are very exciting as are the pending renovations to Hughes and Dana Halls.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Worcester is full of diverse people and cultures. There are many great restaurants around campus and parks that are very nice to visit.

4 College Senior

Academics: Lots of Research Opportunities for UG – The faculty at Clark love working with students. Just about all of the profs I've had knew my name by the end of the 3rd week of class and were personable. There are so many different research opportunities for undergrads; every science faculty member has his/her own lab and many others have their own research interests as well. This means it's fairly easy for a dedicated student to get into research as early as sophmore year. Many students even have their own projects and aren't just lab rats for upperclassmen.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Pretty Decent, but Pretty Repetitive – There's a number of different options in the Cafeteria, but often it seems like its always the same options and not a lot of variety day to day. Personally, I prefer the Bistro, but the Bistro doesn't offer a buffet. I went off the meal plan after sophomore year.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Very Dedicated Athletes – The athletes at clark truly care about their sports and this can be seen by their improvement each year. With this improving rating, so is the level of support from the student body. We have recently acquired new athletic director so he is revamping the way the liberal students view sports here.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: A small school with very caring alumni and trustees, Clark receives a large amount of money to provide scholarships for just about anyone. Full scholarships are rare but applying for all eligible scholarships is always the way to go. Work study jobs are limited so begin your on campus search as soon as your papers are through.

4 College Junior

Academics: Well Rounded – At Clark, students are required to take a course from each faculty(called perspective courses). Most of the professors are top class in their fields including some world renowned ones. Depending on your major, you might have a harder or less difficult workload but all majors are challenging. Clark offers study abroad programs all over the world. We are known for psychology and our biology departments.

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Angela Wu
Hometown
Bellevue, WA
Major
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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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