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Reviews 817 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Academics: Biochem Is Worth It – Being a biochemistry major is very difficult; mainly because it takes so much time and effort to succeed in the required courses. However, the professors are amazing and truly considerate and try their best to organize each course so that the students receive the least hectic workload possible. The homework, labs and lecture all relate and contribute to the overall development of each student as a biochemistry major. Clark has a state of the art biology building and the chemistry and physics buildings and equipment are all up to date. The professors and career services work with the students to provide jobs and internships throughout the year. Unfortunately, there is a lot of competition for the limited internships/jobs on campus and in the Worcester area so commuting to Boston or other areas in New England is very common.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Clark has the most incredible and dedicated professors EVER! They are super accessible and always willing to help. I may have had 1 professor in my 4 years that I was not crazy about however for the most part, I never left a class unsatisfied. Professors are smart and go above and beyond to facilitate exploration of a subject matter. The Academics are what brought me to Clark and they are why I will NEVER regret coming.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: People Drink – I mean people are in college. They drink. The end.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Loved It!! The housing options at Clark are very cozy and modern. The university has done alot in recent years to upgrade living facilities. As an undergrad I never had a problem with housing.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Cheap and Full of Character – Main south merged with the eccentric Clarkies create incredible off - campus living settings. Apts and housed always had this rustic but very character filled feel.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Never Really Had a Problem – My friends and I were always able to find ways to entertain ourselves. I went to a lot of parties my first two years and over time became less prone to want to attend parties. There are a lot of cultural and enriching events sponsored by the university. I would encourage students to explore and take advantage of them while in Worcester.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Always Use Escort – Main South could be somewhat dangerous. I never had a problem but I always used the foot and van escort. Walking in groups definitely offsets the feeling of anxiety.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Good Enough for New England – I thought the weather was pretty bad until I was around for the summers, which are really nice. Fall is great, winter can be either terrible or ok, and spring is pretty unpredictable.

4 College Junior

Majors: Good Internships – It's pretty easy to find an internship in Worcester, and career services helped me out a lot. The only thing is you have to be proactive. I know a lot of people who never bothered setting up an appointment with career services, and so they never got an internship.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Clark has a good balance of strictness. It's not *too* strict, but the administration sets clear boundaries.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of great options for dining off campus. One of my favorites is VIA, but Annie's Brunch is great too.

3 College Junior

Parking: If you pay for parking in the garage, you'll be set.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Really Good, Not Fantastic – The food quality is pretty good, with good staples of convenience food and salad and pasta bars. Some nights there are a ton of good and exciting eating options, others almost nothing. We have a vegan station and a gluten-free option which is great. There is really only one main dining hall, the Bistro (a faster option) is loved by some students, but does not have many options, though a sushi bar is being built over the summer! Jazzman's, the coffee bar in the library, serves its purpose well.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Ok, Variery of Options – I like that there are a lot of options at the cafeteria. The salad bar is the best.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I Am Happy About My Choice – I really enjoy my major-computer science. I can learn a lot of things and apply them in real life.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Relatively Easy – The process of getting into my Computer science was not hard.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: No Peer Pressure – There's no Greek life at Clark, so one's social standing doesn't hinge on their ability to party. I have a lot of friends that go to house parties, and plenty who don't. There are plenty of campus events every weekend, and it's nice to live in a place where you're not defined by where you go Friday night.Parties are fun even if you don't drink, and the school makes an effort to educate students how to drink responsibly via the online program Alcoholedu. There is a transportation service called Escort which runs from 4pm-4am and will pick students up anywhere within 1/2 mile of campus. There is also a medical amnesty policy; saying that if a student contacts EMS themselves (or for a friend) for help, they will not be in trouble unless they were abusing substances in a dorm.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I've gone to a number of varsity as well as intramural or club sports games this year, and I enjoy the atmosphere. The people who do go to games have a lot of fun and get excited. Both athletic facilities are accommodating to athletes and non-athletes alike, I never feel judged for not being the fastest for strongest one in the gym. Also, the fact that sports teams are not exclusive or clique-y is something I feel is fairly unique to Clark. There could definitely be more school spirit here, but I think because the school attracts such a diverse student body, there are kids who care much more about other events or activites on campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Couldn't Be Happier With My College Choice. I love Clark and the city of Worcester so much that I've been actively involved with the admissions office to reach out to prospective students. Clark is one of the few schools I know of that makes a point to have a relationship with the city it's a part of. I mentor elementary school kids once a week through a Clark program, and I'm helping to organize a program for local Bhutanese refugee kids and adolescents who need help applying to colleges and/or just want some recreational time every week. Some of the most positive and compassionate people I've ever encountered are students and teachers here.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: A Little More Assistance Would Be Nice – Without my parents helping me much, it's been a little difficult to figure out what exactly I needed to do to reapply for financial aid for the 2012-2013 school year. The financial aid office does send out reminder emails leading up to the submission deadline, I just wish it would explain how I could acquire the tax forms that the school needed. When I went into the office to ask for assistance the people there were very helpful, but I wish there was a little more direction from the beginning. But I give it an A- because none of my information has ever been lost and the department is pretty understanding if a student is having an issue.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: Good Food – A lot of places to get food. variety of food as well

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Excellent Effort – Clark Dining Services really tries to please everyone. They make a ton of things themselves, and buy local produce whenever possible. They have to please a wide array of palates, so sometimes the food is bland, but there's no shortage of healthy food choices and some pretty flavorful stuff. If you want to eat pizza and french fries everyday, you can, but if you enjoy eating healthy, there's plenty available. The cafeteria and bistro staff will become memorable members of the Clark community - Tony and his pizzas, Tammy and her sandwiches (be sure to order your ingredients in the correct order or get the stinkeye), the food service workers are great. They make every employee in the cafeteria rotate food prep and front line, so there's much more care for the food than at other places.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Woo – Worcester is.. An interesting place. Not exactly hoity-toity, Main South (the neighborhood where Clark is located) is what a lot of suburban kids would call the "rough part" of town. It's a city, so if you keep your street smarts you'll be safe. Main South is one of the neighborhoods with highest percentage of minority immigrants in the US, so it's a very different culture from what most are used to. Spanish is spoken just as frequently as English.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Environmental Science – Environmental science at Clark isn't hugely popular, and they tend to push you towards the Bio department. If you're not in to that, there isn't that much customized attention. A lot of classes are from geography, physics, and biology, not too many EN classes in itself.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Everyone hee is so friendly. You can't walk a few steps without being greeted by a friendly, smilying face.

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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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