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Reviews 875 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a full tuition scholarship through the Global Scholars Program and noticed that many international students are all offered some kind of aid. My only critique is that such aid for international students can not be used for semester abroad programs; whereas domesticstudents can.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: On the books, Clark prohibits the use of alcohol by all students below 21 and all illegal drugs for everybody but in reality Clark seems to run on a system of trust. The vast majority of RAs are not going write students up unless someone is blatantly intoxicated and/or visibly consuming, possessing alcohol. Pretty much all but one RA and even the University Police don't write people up so as long as you are quiet and respectful they will leave you on your own. This is the case with Marijuana as well. If you are smoking outside and all but that one RA sees you they probably won't do anything and if the University Police come by and see you're not doing anything, they'll ask if you're smoking a cigarette (even though they know better), you say yes and they will often leave it at that. With regard to most rules people at Clark just trust each other and don't get people in trouble unless they are being obvious/a danger to others/themself.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Worcester is a big city in that a large number of people live there; it does not, however, have the vibe of a big city. There are good restaurants, museums, places for shopping, nightlife and places to connect with nature, the problem is that everything is so spread out and the buses have such limited routes that you need a car to find them. Clark University is located in the neighborhood known as Main South, and it is probably the most economically disadvantaged part of the city. As a result people should be very aware when walking around off campus, especially at night due to higher instances of crime around here than other parts of the city. If you have the means to go exploring the neighborhood and the greater Worcester area, by all means do so because you could find some jewels.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The number of facilities may be small due to the fact that it is a small school but it really is the people who make the school, not the stuff. Students are very involved on campus. There are somewhere near 140 clubs and organizations at Clark even though there are only just over 2000 students so there are plenty of groups one could join and stuff to do with the groups. The fitness center was renovated this summer so that is an improvement. Also, the more recently renovated dorms have nicer and larger hangout spaces.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Most students still don't understand what LEEP is but it a unique and extremely helpful program available to all Clark students. At the LEEP center they help students who want to apply what they're learning to the real world through internships, study opportunities and in helping to find careers for when students graduate. At Clark you know those working there want you to succeed and they will give you whatever resources you need to do whatever you want to do.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Only a few students at my school ride a school bus. Most of the students own a vehicle in which they drive to school. My school is in a very small town so the driving distance is not very great, so neither is the cost of the amount of gas.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Hands-on professors, small class sizes, and diverse courses are the way to go at Clark. You can always find a course to suit your interest, even if it's not related to your major. You are encouraged to get a truly liberal education by taking courses related to a variety of different topics, from science to philosophy and everything in between. The work is manageable, but come finals time everyone will be in the library cramming. Internships and job opportunities are abundant, thanks in part to the tight-knit relationships of the students with one another and their professors. Academics always come first at Clark.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Students like to make their own fun. It is great to have pick-up games of basketball and football, and there are a few museums and other attractions around the city. The locals are generally nice, and don't have any problems with us. Safety can sometimes be an issue, but if you travel in packs, you are generally fine.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Affordable buses, helpful escort services, and friendly police officers help you get around.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a Psychology major. Since Psychology is Clark's number one program, the academics are top-notch. We have famous professors and the teachers know what they are talking about. Sometimes the workload is difficult, but the professors are always there to help you, if they can't, the TA's can help. However, most of the classes are small enough that TA's are not used.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: We have one of the best psychology programs in the country. We also have some very famous professors. They are always there to help with office hours or if you can't make those hours, they are willing to work around them. The scheduling registration process is great because you pick the courses you want. It's different from my high school where you gave a list of 10 courses and the administration makes your schedule for you. At Clark, you pick your own 4 courses that you are going to take.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The school provides free transport to the mall on weekend nights. The school offers a Student Escort service to anywhere on campus or 1/4 a mile off campus between 4PM and 4AM. Anywhere farther or not at those times, you have to walk to your destination.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus isn't too strict about anything. As long as you're being safe and responsible the police won't do anything. Even when they bust parties, they usually just make everybody leave. Academically, there are some rules and guidelines, but your advisors help you along the way to make you transition smoothly

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Even though it's not in a great location, there's still many places to eat around worcester. Because we live in main south, there's a lot of cheap (but good) places ranging from mexican to vietnamese. There's also a REALLY good sushi place called Baba Sushi

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: there's stuff around. Main south isn't a great area, especially at night which can get kinda dangerous if you're not street smart. Worcester downtown is pretty cool though

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4 College Junior

Transportation: While public transportation around the larger city of Worcester is not fantastic, Clark has a free student escort van system in place that will take you anywhere you want to go within a 2 mile radius of the school, on- or off-campus between the hours of 4 pm and 4 am every day. This is great for student safety and is student-run as well. All it requires is a quick call and you'll get an estimated time of pick-up. There are also a few convenient cab services if you need to go to the bus/train station, which will easily take you to Boston as well as few other destinations.

5 College Senior

Academics: Challenging, but prepares the student for the future very well.

5 College Senior

Academics: Very challenging, but I have never learned so much. Grateful for the excellent education we receive at Clark. You have to work really hard, but it's worth it.

5 College Senior

Facilities: This school has so many opportunities for enrichment and a huge array of cultural diversity. It is the least judgmental atmosphere I have ever been in, and the classes are oh-so-challenging. I didn't apply to Clark for the right reasons, but I couldn't be happier. What a great school!

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I would have to say the two major programs at Clark are Psychology and History.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not really know much about the athletics, but the people I know who are involved in the sports teams are very dedicated and enjoy it immensely.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are so many things to do in Worcester and the surrounding area. There are casual places such as the mall or restaurants as well as more formal such as museums. Seasonal events such as Ice Skating are also fun. The locals seem to like Clark because the whole school is very into the charity work of the surrounding city.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Although the weather may not always be perfect, they make sure that we are always able to get to class. The paths are always well kept and weather doesn't stop New Englanders!

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is great diversity and equality at Clark. We have numerous international students who bring their rich cultures with them, creating a unique atmosphere of people.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different types of restaurants in Worcester. From cultural, family owned, to chains, to fine dining, to casual, you will never be bored with their restaurant options.


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Jonas Clark Hall Jonas Clark Hall Jonas Clark Hall houses the University's psychology, economics, communications, and education departments, along with numerous classrooms and one of many computer labs on campus.
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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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