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Worcester, MA
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2,253
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$38,450
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Easy
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Weather: It's New England. Mark Twain said, `If you don't like the weather here, wait a minute.' Bring layers. We all dress in layers. You'll need some really light clothes to survive your first two months in the dorms (no air conditioning), and then some really heavy clothes to survive making it to classes from November to March, then there's a lot of variety from then till May.

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Weather: During my first week in New England, one of my professors said, `The best way to get the weather to change here is to wait 15 minutes.' It gets way too hot and way too cold.

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Weather: The weather is usually in extremes, with not as much in between.

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Weather: Bring summer clothes. Then get out your parkas during Thanksgiving break.

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Weather: The weather is very cold in the winter and hot toward the summer and the beginning of fall-bring everything so you can layer!

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Weather: You need to pack for snow and wind. If Chicago wasn't the windy city, Worcester would be.

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Weather: I feel like other than the first and last two weeks of school, I am in winter/fall clothing-sweaters, jeans, boots, and lots of winter gear.

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Local Atmosphere: Downtown Worcester can be a little intimidating, but I think it's a great city. There are a number of other colleges in Worcester, and it seems like there are always big events or concerts.

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Local Atmosphere: When I first came to Worcester, I wasn't impressed, but as I got to know the city, I really began to love it. Worcester has some of the best restaurants ever, and they're often cheap. The nightlife can be fun, too, if you ever motivate yourself to leave campus.

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Local Atmosphere: It isn't the most secure area. It's good to be cautious, just like any other area. There are other universities very close, but Clarkies tend to only fraternize with WPI, for the most part. Don't walk around certain streets after dark, because some areas are more `hostile' than others. Definitely try the ethnic restaurants around the area. They're great.

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Local Atmosphere: The city of Worcester has nice areas; unfortunately, Clark is not in one of them. There is a feeling among the students that the immediate surroundings of the University are not as safe as they could be. Main South is definitely considered an area to stay away from, even though many students walk around at all times of night and never run into any problems. Other universities in Worcester are situated in better locations.

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Local Atmosphere: Worcester does not have an energetic feel to it despite the number of colleges in the area. The youthful energy of the campuses does not seem to spread out to the rest of the city.

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Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere of Worcester? Ha! What a joke.Full of sketchy people, but there are other schools around, which makes it tolerable.

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Local Atmosphere: Worcester is pretty ghetto. It's not super dangerous, but it also isn't the safest town to walk around while you're alone at night.

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Local Atmosphere: Worcester is one of my favorite places to be in, but it is not for everybody. There are those who love it, and there are those who hate it, so if you can make the trip, it is useful to visit and figure out which group you belong to. In fact, most people who do visit can quickly tell if both Worcester and Clark will work for them or not.

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Local Atmosphere: Worcester is a tough town to love, and it's not particularly college-friendly, despite how many other colleges there are. That said, it is possible to enjoy Worcester and have a really interesting time in the city. You just can't expect it to be as come-hither as Boston. I would recommend visiting the statue of Turtle Boy in downtown Worcester as often as possible, because that boy really does look like he is fornicating with that turtle. I would also recommend eating at Vietnamese restaurants and chilling at Acoustic Java, as well as taking time to visit Green Hill park when the farm is open and the bars on Shrewsbury Street.

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Local Atmosphere: There are lots of colleges in Worcester, and each one offers something different class-wise and socially. The Worcester Art Museum is definitely a place to check out if you're looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon. It's surprisingly big, and there are always people copying the paintings, or classes taking notes and analyzing paintings. Despite the fact that Clark is in a pretty rundown area, there isn't too much you have to stay away from, but if you can, avoid going to Price Chopper at 3 a.m.

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Local Atmosphere: The Worcester atmosphere is different to me than any other city I've been to. It's not glamorous in any way, but I enjoy living there. Other universities are definitely present; you can tell that it's a college town. Many people might say to stay away from the poorer or more ethnic areas of Worcester, and I did at first, but I would say not to be afraid of these different areas. I feel remarkably safe in Worcester and have had no experience to make me feel otherwise.

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Local Atmosphere: Six letters-G.H.E.T.T.O., which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's just a bit different from the place I'm from. There are many other universities around Clark, such as WPI and Worcester State to name a few, and they are close and easy to get to either by shuttle or other means of transportation. Stay away from the park and Store 24 at late hours of the night. You'll never know when something might jump at you. Places to visit would be anywhere on Route 9, such as Vinny T's or the Natick Mall. There are many good restaurants around the area, so if you're looking for a nice place to eat, search around the area, and I guarantee you will find a place you'll like.

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Local Atmosphere: Worcester is a very diverse area with a lot of potential for learning. Also, there are many great restaurants and things to do in Worcester like the mall, parks, and the Centrum building on campus.

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Local Atmosphere: There are a handful of colleges in the city: WPI, Holy Cross, Becker, and Assumption, and there's a free shuttle bus that will take you around to all of them. Off campus in Main South is not the best place to be, so if you're going to hang out off campus, go downtown.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are many nice restaurants in the city for every taste. Worcester has a very diverse array of ethnic cuisine to choose from.

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Off-Campus Dining: Fantastic Pizza has good food, and the people who work there are really friendly.

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Off-Campus Dining: Good restaurants: Biagio's, Saigon, Da Lat, Nancy Chang's, Sakura Tokyo, and Peppercorns. Great restaurants: Sabor Tropical Restaurant and One Love.

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Off-Campus Dining: Café Dolce is a great place for desserts and coffee drinks and is open late at night.

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Angela Wu
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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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