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Reviews 817 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There are many rules, but they aren't well enforced.
UP does do regular rounds but I haven't seen anyone actually get punished, most people get off with warning after warning.
However, I do always feel safe so they are doing their job.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is relatively easy and cheap on campus. The most expensive it reaches is about 350 dollars per year which is not bad at all. Street parking is also available but that depends on the Worcester neighborhood as well. Tickets are given for those without a permit but having a car is worth it especially when you need to run errands, etc.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife at Clark University is that of a smaller school. You are able to have fun on weekends as much as you want but you have to make it fun. At Clark if you like to go out and party then so be it, you can do that but if you also like to sit in and have a movie night, that is acceptable as well. Night time transportation is available and helpful as well as safe. The bar scene is more or less the 21 year olds and the underage minors tend to stay on campus/off campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of varieties of restaurants around campus like, Chinese, Vietnamese, Dominican, African, Italian etc and the Clark Escort can take you there. But students discounts does not work

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The shuttle at campus on weekends do not run enough hours.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are enough computer labs for the students at campus, but it is usually not that crowded. The Wifi works well only at certain place on campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It all depends on who you hang out with. Drinking is a pretty popular thing to do on the weekends. Drugs seem to be more popular though. You are bound to see people out on the green smoking hookah when the weather is nice out.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is pretty decent. There are plenty of activities to attend every weekend on and off campus. Transportation can take you to shopping centers and plazas. The bar/club scene is pretty decent as well.

3 College Junior

Facilities: I wouldn't say there is much about our facilities that stand out compared to other schools but they are certainly above average. They are improving to become more sustainable and update the campus and it shows in the new dorms and new sensor-based water fountains. You also get a feel from the buildings and facilities that's different from most other schools. It's very reminiscent of home and the brick is comprable to the Harvard campus (they were both part of the first three schools in the US anyway).

4 College Junior

Diversity: It's true when they say the have a large international population. The US Citizens are also very diverse in their own ways too. Clark has a climate that praise diversity so it is never absent in your experiences. You'll find diversity in terms of races, politics, sexuality, beliefs, income level, and general personality.

3 College Junior

Academics: I am a Manamgment and Spanish double major. My rating is based on the similarities I've found in both. I'm happy with the support I recieve but keep in mind that some faculty are far more involved than others. The program for my Management major is very structures but the Spanish major is more flexble and I can appreciate both. The workload varies but they both do their best to broadcast any internship/opporunities in their field. In either case, both departments have very knowledgable faculty.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: People are accepting and generally good. The open campus in Worcester makes for a worrysome atmoshpere at times though. It's gorgeous in the summer but the winter can get pretty depressing. The low-income surrounding community is a constant reminder that there is work to be done.

3 College Junior

Parking: I don't have a car so my rating is based on my girlfriend and friend's experiences. The parking garage has room and is secure; the fee for it isn't outrageous either. Parking off-campus though it more of a hassle especially with the snow. Not only is it hard to find a space in general, but when a storm hits cars are only allowed to park on one side of the street. This basically cuts the number of available spaces in half and gets students in trouble because they don't know about this rule off-hand.

3 College Junior

Academics: After a few year of college life, I've realized that academics won't differ much from school to school. In the end it's still a class and still has to meet certain standards. I base my rating on the university's focus on academics and the resources available. The professors are intelligent but can sometimes get stuck in their own world. Workload tends to involve a lot of writing but is not too bad. They offer a lot of help and tutoring for the students that need or want it.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The Clark population is extremely diverse! There are many students from all over the world, and it is really wonderful to hear and learn about their cultures. The student body consists of people from all different backgrounds with different religions and beliefs and we are accepting of all, including people of any sexual orientation.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food in the dining hall is average but pretty good. There are a fair amount of options but always salad, burgers, pizza, and french fries as back-ups. There is soy milk for those who are lactose intolerant and gluten-free options. There is also a soft serve ice cream machine and a dessert table with a good variety of desserts throughout the day. The Bistro is another place to get food if you want a change from the dining all or are just looking for some snacks to "swap" (which is part of your dining plan) for.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms at Clark are very new and clean. The rooms are a very reasonable size and the halls have a combination of nice lounges, televisions with cable, study rooms, fully equipped kitchens, pool tables, and foosball tables depending on which hall you live in.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are many computers available in the library and in various computer labs around campus. The printing allowance you receive is (most often) more than enough to get you through the semester. I rarely ever have problems with the Internet here; it is fairly fast and there is wireless access pretty much everywhere on campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a first-year who lives on campus so I don't have that much experience with off-campus housing but from what I can tell, the apartments are fairly decent, close to campus, and are offered through the school. If you do commute to school, there is a commuter parking lot where you can park your car.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The part of Worcester that Clark is in isn't the greatest in terms of crime and cleanliness. That aside, there are numerous restaurants, stores, and hang-out places located close to campus. Clark is considered to be an asset to the community and the people of Worcester are accepting of its students.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Clark's campus is small, so it's very easy to get around. There's a big open green space that everyone hangs out on when the weather is nice, and there are always campus events going on throughout the year. The student population is very diverse and everyone here is very accepting and generally friendly overall. I give Clark a B+ and not an A basically because of its bad location within the city of Worcester. Clark is in easy reach of many stores and restaurants but the city itself isn't the greatest in terms of crime and cleanliness.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Clark is one of the most diverse schools I've seen in all respects. The only exception to this is political beliefs, watch out if you are not a crazy liberal, I myself lean far to the left, but some of these people here don't listen to opposing political beliefs. Side note: You may be forced to pick a side in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very diverse, and the international student population is very large.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Clark will try and get you to buy a parking pass but as expensive as it is, its a better idea to just park in the garage and take your chances on getting a couple tickets. You would have to get about 10+ tickets to exceed the price of the pass (which doesn't happen).

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in the Economics program, and I find the courses fairly easy but the professors are inspiring and engaging. The workload is far from overwhelming. There are many options for interesting related electives and the school does a lot of research in the community that students can take part in. However, networking in the business world is very weak.

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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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