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Reviews 875 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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3 College Freshman

Parking: We have a garage thats never full. Only thing is we have to pay

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug Usage Is Pretty Common but There Is No Peer Pressure. I think around 70% of the students here smoke marijuana and the majority of them drink as well but if you are opposed to doing so, there is no pressure or negative stigma.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Safety Is Alright. University Police Will Be There If You Need Them – When the campus police are called, they have a fast response time and are very professional. I've had a run in with them earlier this year and they were quite fair

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Fairly Easy Process – I got a great financial aid package from my school, which is why I'm able to attend a private university. I didn't have to submit my information more than once, which indicates that the financial aid office is organized and running pretty smoothly.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Moderate Drug and Alcohol Scene – Substance abuse is something that can be found at any school by someone who is seeking it out, in my opinion. Most of the partying happens in off-campus apartments, and it's more drinking than hard drugs from what I understand. During freshman orientation one of the Deans made a point to educate everyone on reasonable limits for men and women when drinking in hopes that we could better avoid any serious health implications. There are definitely students that have access to alcohol or drugs regularly, but it's not a dominant scene at Clark; if you want to nobody judges you, but if you don't you're not surrounded by it.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of apartments around Clark and from what I understand they are affordable for many of the students. I havn't always heard great things about the landlords, but that's to be expected anywhere. Many upperclassmen live in off-campus housing, but there are also about 30 on-campus apartments that are cheaper, though I'm not sure by how much.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: i prefer to drive because i have a car. escort is very useful for getting around the area but should expand to drive students to the train or bus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food! awesome and varied food in the main south area. everything is super cheap and delicious.

3 College Junior

Academics: Geography Major – The geography major is super varied and leaves the student with many options after his/her undergraduate completion.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Clark is an expensive school but they really are great with financial aid. The scholarships I was able to receive not only made Clark the best financial choice for me but also showed me they really wanted to be a part of the Clark community.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's rare to find a school that lives up to the hype of being accepting and a place to call home but clark does. With so many international students and people from different backgrounds you end up being surrounded by people from all over the world who are passionate about everything from music to the environment to politics. If I can say one thing about Clark it is that it is genuine and I have had the best time of my life there and made the greatest friends.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Two Words Buffet – it's pretty great that the dining hall is buffet style so you do get your money's worth. there are a lot of options but with that said anytime you are eating at the same place for 10 months out of the year chances are you are going to get bored. So be creative with your food and take advantage of worcesters many awesome (and cheap!) resturants

4 College Senior

Facilities: For the most part, Clark is much like any other school. You'll leave with good friends, a good education, a good experience (for the most part). But what sets Clark apart from any other school? How friendly people are. For the most part, you don't find people who just hate each other for no reason. Clark is a welcoming environment. Faculty is welcoming, the dean of students welcomes students to their offices, even the people who work in the cafe toss a smile your way, knowing you always stop by to have a slice of pizza. The best thing about Clark is the first perfect day of spring, when the entire school is outside on the green, laughing, singing, and playing Frisbee. That first perfect day when we all share the beautiful weather and create what is known as the Clark Community.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Winter in Worcester – The winters here are unbearable. When the first snow hits, Clark looks like a winter wonderland, but within a few days all the snow turns grey and dirty. But then again, what can you expect when its snowing in the city?


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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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