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Reviews 875 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Good Housing Overall, Some Outdated Buildings. Overall the housing is good. The rooms are all a decent size for a college dorm, have wireless and cable, and since it's such a small campus nowhere is necessarily inconvenient to live. The dorms by the street like Wright can get noisy and only Blackstone has elevators, which is really annoying when moving. Laundry rooms are also inconveniently located.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Great Food and Culture, Not the Safest. Worcester is an extremely diverse city which makes for some great restaurants around Main South and some fun events when the weather's nice, but in the winter there isn't that much to do. It's also not a safe area, but if you're smart and never walk around late at night or by yourself you'll be fine. Use common sense. I'd still rather live in Worcester then in a closed off remote campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Neither Here Nor There – My friend was caught trespassing and got off with a warning. I once had to call EMS to help my friend who got sick from drinking in my dorm. I got off with a warning. The police like to break up parties pretty early but the school itself has yet to severely punish anyone I know.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: House Party-Less, Clubs Are Sketchy – Students who live off-campus usually have a hard time throwing big parties because of the surrounding neighborhood complaining and because of the University Police and Worcester Police. House parties do exist, but they are usually broken up within 2 or 3 hours. Sometimes we will wander the streets searching for a house party and won't find one. And because of the strict setting, people try to avoid traveling to parties in large groups because they know they won't get in. I have never been to a club off campus but I have seen them and heard about them. Once I'm 21, I may try to go to one but I will be very cautious-- Worcester is dangerous.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Technically Diverse, but Really Just Massachusetts – Clark likes to brag about it's diversity but it is only diverse in the sense that they accept a slightly larger percentage of international students than some other schools. True, there are a handful of international students. But the majority of the people I meet here are either from Massachusetts or sometimes Maine. I came to this school because I thought the diversity would create a great atmosphere that reminded me of my home in NYC. But in reality, it's just a majority of suburban white kids. Maybe I'm just not used to the lack of diversity in the rest of the US but I feel cheated of my daily dose of diversity.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Its Beautiful! Weather here is beautiful. Even when it rains. Dont be surprised if you see someone outside playing in it. Its december and i have been at Clark for five months and all now i haven't seen a heavy snowfall where it was hard to get around.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: If you want to just get around Worcester like go to the supermarket, go to a hookah bar, get wendy's, go to CVS or walgreen's clark escort is best. It takes you pretty much anywhere as long as its with in a certain range. You can even take if to a friends off campus house.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Stop by BABA Sushi – This place is amazing. it is perfect for a date or a one-on-one dinner with a friend to talk. The scenery is nice and excort takes you pretty close. They have both sushi, dumplings, and amazing food and drinks.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Worcester Is Cheap – Compared with prices in Boston or even Providence, Worcester is inexpensive.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is a mixture of late 1890s Romanesque and Modern. The Academic Commons and the Goddard are nice. The nicest buildings are the Lasry Bioscience Center and Jonas Clark Hall. The campus is hilly and the buildings are densely packed.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Reasonably Safe/ Improving – Clark is trying to improve the safety of the neighborhood. However it is still somewhat unsafe off campus. There are frequent "timely warnings" about potential threats. The UP and student EMS are always on campus. Like everywhere, you have to be aware of your surroundings.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Get Less Respect Than They Deserve – The sports teams here are dedicated and motivated. They earn far less respect or attention than they deserve.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Merit Aid – The school is pretty generous as compared to many other schools with merit aid.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Bachleors/Master's Programs – Clark has good programs in the hard sciences and these are capped off by the 5th year BA/Master's Programs. The Master's is free and provides excellent opportunities for research and experience.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Clark's offerings in the natural sciences are surprisingly good for a small school. Clark has 5th year (Accelerated Bachelors/Master's programs) in Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Environmental Science. All of these programs are free if the student receives at least a 3.00 in their undergraduate major. Clark students can easily do research in preparation for graduate programs given the small size of the University.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Good for freshmen – Housing at Clark is pretty good for freshmen. Wright and Bullock were just remodeled, and have extremely nice common rooms which students really do use. Bathrooms were just remodeled, and are very nice which makes a huge difference - big sinks, good water temperature and pressure. Each floor has a nice 60" TV with which you can connect your laptop to watch movies and just hang out. There are quiet study rooms on each floor, and some multimedia rooms with presentation systems. Sanford has much more visually pleasing rooms, but tend to be a little warmer as you can't regulate your radiator like you can in Wright and Bullock. Wright and Bullock are like prison cells, with dorm after dorm after dorm next to each other in a straight hall so you always know who's home and who is doing what. Sanford rooms are a little more set back so you aren't all crammed together, and the different shaped rooms really do make them more pleasant. Facilities in Sanford aren't as nice, though - they are simply older.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: 90% of Clark students are on scholarship. You will most likely get money from Clark.

4 College Freshman

Parking: There is plenty of parking - it's $350 a year for the covered garage.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Environmental Science – Science majors are pretty common at Clark, but it's still not a science school. Professors are extremely knowledgeable, and you will be blown away by how much you can learn from them if you really want to.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: If you have a car, you're good to go, but that can get expensive. There are lots of places in the area to eat or shop for food, toiletries, clothes, etc. If you want to get farther, then you'll have to either have a car, take a taxi, or take the public city bus. In the beginning of the year, each freshman gets a free bus pass, and you can ride the city bus to most places for free. One awesome thing about Clark is that we have Clark Escort, which is a free service that you can call and they will pick you up at your location and bring you anywhere within a mile of campus, which is great for rainy days or when you're tired. Another cool option is the ZipCar, which is a car rental service. Any student at Clark who is 18+ and has had their license for 2+ yrs (I believe) can sign up for $35, and then pay by the day or hour, with free gas.

The train station is about 2 miles from Clark, and you can walk, or take a bus or a taxi ( for $8.00) there. At Union Station you can take the train or get a Greyhound/Peter Pan bus, which is very easy, convenient, and a good price. The national airport is about an hour from here.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Overall I'd give computers here a B. I believe every dorm has wireless connection, which is great. It does cut out sometimes, depending on your hall, but not too much. The speed is pretty good as well. There are also LOTS of computers to use on campus, including in some of the halls. Also, when you get your Clark ID card, it includes $35.00 of printing money, and each print from the library costs about 10 cents.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: When it comes to boy girl relationships, Clark isn't so bad. In my opinion, the population isn't bad looking at all, lots of cuties here, and there are lots of cool people on campus. Lots of people are involved in the music scene, so if you're into that, come here. Lots of hipsters and indie kids. A lot of people here are unique in personality, intelligent, and talented. Like any school, there's lots of hooking up, but plenty of people are in relationships as well.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Clark is not a very strict campus, at least as far as I've seen. Of course campus police are always out and about, but they're not very abrasive and will only interfere if you're really doing something disruptive or dangerous. Parties with underage drinking do get busted up a lot (seeing as this campus is so small), but they usually let people off with a warning. There are also lots of RA's, and each of them differ in their strictness. Best bet is to not do anything stupid and you'll be fine. Here at Clark you're looked at as an adult and there is very little surveillance, you're in charge of you as long as you follow the basic guidelines.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As far as Clark goes on drug policies, it's pretty average. Of course it is stated that there is to be no drug usage or underage drinking, but they are fairly lenient here. Most nights of the week you can find people smoking marijuana, using psychedelics, or prescription meds, but I've never come across anyone doing hard street drugs. Alcohol is also prevalent on weekends and at parties, but pretty much averages with the usage at other schools. Cops are frequently on the look out but they are also pretty lenient, they'll usually let you off with a warning if you're respectful to them.

If you're not into drugs or alcohol, don't worry. There is very little pressure to do them here, and plenty of people don't.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life does not exist on Clark's campus. But clubs, sports, and extracurriculars are an adequate substite providing a social atmosphere. Many people also choose to create a private social experience of their own with friends.


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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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