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Worcester, MA
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2,253
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$38,450
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Academics: The teachers vary a lot, but I think they're all pretty good at being involved in Clark life and connecting to their students. Some of my art and international development professors are quite amazing. I like to take a lot of grad level or mixed grad/undergrad classes, and I find them fascinating.

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Academics: The teachers know what they are talking about and, for the most part, are good. The most interesting classes that I have taken have been the management ones, since they are more about real life than just theories.

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Academics: I feel that the good teachers at Clark are few and far between in the classes that I took. Until it came down to my major, in which I was working very closely with professors, I met some amazing teachers. In my major, I found the classes very interesting.

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Academics: Clark is a liberal arts institution with pronounced left-leaning tendencies that definitely color the classroom experience and can stifle moderate and conservative perspectives. As an erstwhile class devil's advocate, my experiences has been that some professors are more willing than others to engage in meaningful dialogue, but moderate and conservative students should be prepared to back up their opinions with rational points, because they will be challenged.

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Academics: It is very easy for undergraduates to do research or directed studies at Clark.

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Health & Safety: There are emergency call-boxes spread out on the campus, but I wouldn't recommend walking at night, especially for women. Take advantage of the free escort service, and use the buddy system.

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Health & Safety: Clark police always seem to be on patrol, which adds to the feeling of safety. However, they can also be a hindrance as underage students attempt to smuggle alcohol back into their dorm rooms. Additionally, a distinct memory many students have of Clark is its close proximity to Main Street-so close to Main Street, in fact, that many Clarkies' first impressions are those of whaling police and ambulance sirens screaming by every hour or so. These emergency vehicles show the students that such services are available, but somehow don't quite alleviate the concern that the local neighborhood isn't especially secure.

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Health & Safety: Clark has an open campus and is in the middle of Main South, which is a very urban part of Worcester, but that doesn't always cause problems. Campus police are located right in the middle of campus, so they're close to all the dorms. Everyone has a crazy Clark story about a random guy walking around campus or following them to their car, but nothing big ever seems to come of it. As long as you pay attention when you're out at night, it's fine.

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Health & Safety: Security and safety on campus are minimal. Efforts are being made to make dorms more secure and inaccessible, but campus is currently pretty open to the public. Despite this, I have not, personally, been involved in any incidents.

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Health & Safety: I have never felt threatened on campus. Although many people at Clark complain, Worcester is really a very safe city. Contrary to what many Clarkies think, Worcester is a lot safer than Boston, Springfield, and Providence. I learned that in one of my sociology classes.

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Health & Safety: It's fine. We have off-duty Worcester police instead of the normal rent-a-cops you get for security, so I'm sure we are a little bit safer than most.

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Health & Safety: One of the first and most serious things you are told about Clark when you go visit, or during orientation week, is that the Clark area is dangerous at night, and that safety is a big issue with Clark. As far as Clark's jurisdiction goes, however, I think they do a good job.

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Health & Safety: The campus itself is pretty safe, but directly across there is a park with a pond in it, called Crystal Park. The local nickname for the park is `dead hooker pond' because of a dead hooker that turned up in the pond years ago.

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Health & Safety: Campus always felt very safe to me. I wouldn't walk far off campus at night, but the paths around campus are always well-lit, and there are call-boxes everywhere.

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Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe, but it's still good to use common sense. If you go to sleep with your door unlocked, some random guy might come in and take his pants off.

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Health & Safety: The campus is surprisingly secure, considering the neighborhood. Most people make common sense decisions about their own safety when it comes to traveling around the area, and most don't encounter any problems.

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Health & Safety: I never had any trouble on campus, even when wandering late at night.

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Health & Safety: While the area around Clark leaves a lot to be desired, the campus, itself, is really safe. Otherwise, you are fine as long as you are smart. Don't walk around off campus alone at 3 a.m., but if you behave in a safe way, then you will be okay.

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Health & Safety: Security? You mean the cops on campus? They think they can tell you what to do, but they can't. Unless they call the Worcester police, then you're in trouble.

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Health & Safety: Security is good, but there have been incidents on campus that could be avoided if the campus was a little more closed off.

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Health & Safety: The campus police do not patrol on foot, and there are a number of ways in which the dorms are not particularly secure. On the other hand, I've never had any really threatening encounters, so I believe if you use common sense, you are probably as safe as you would be anywhere else. I tend to believe the reputation of the neighborhood around Clark is exaggerated a lot by the students who have never lived in an urban setting before and are uneasy about the imagined danger.

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Health & Safety: Clark has excellent safety and security. Clark's campus police are actual policemen and work well with the community and students.

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Health & Safety: Last year, there was a rise in the number of muggings near campus. In response, the Student Escort Service was expanded, and students coordinated with Clark University Police and organized a foot escort service to patrol after dark. Students are encouraged to use these options. For emergencies, there are yellow call-boxes throughout campus, and because the campus is so small, response time is rapid.

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Computers: Almost all of Clark is wireless inside and outside. I can almost always find a computer at the lab, but definitely bring your own computer. The lab closes at 2 a.m., and there will be times you need it later than that.

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Computers: It's always easier to bring your own computer so you don't have to go over to the computer labs, but the computer labs are just about always accessible for those who don't have the luxury of owning their own computer.

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Angela Wu
Hometown
Bellevue, WA
Major
Undecided
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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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