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Location
Worcester, MA
Undergrads
2,253
Tuition
$38,450
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is a lot of opportunities and things out there, you just have to be proactive in finding it.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The whole school is very conscious about what we need/ want in order to succeed.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: I think the focus on "social change" is definitely uniquely Clark. Sometimes it maybe held as more of a thought than an actual pursuit. Usually students are hipsterish and quirky but that helps foster a more inclusive enviroment where you can more easily find your niche. Also as a small school you have many opportunities to get involved in many things.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: All of our facilities are amazing since Clark has put so much money into renovating what was already there. This past September, the new fitness center was opened and was made to be double the size of what it was before. In addition, there used to be a street that ran through campus, making it hard to feel like you were really at a university. Now, there is no longer a street running through and there is definitely a bigger feeling of community present on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: We have an amazing academic opportunity to receive our master's degrees. If we are able to maintain a 3.4 GPA between sophomore and senior year we are eligible to apply for the Accelerated Master's Program where students come back for a tuition-free fifth year and receive their master's. It is truly a program unique to Clark.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 127th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 388th
    Best Library
  • 710th
    Best Student Centers
  • 857th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 1328th
    Best Athletic Facilities

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Angela Wu
Hometown
Bellevue, WA
Major
Undecided
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If there is one thing that Clark knows how to do, it is to maintain its facilities. Students may complain about the age of some of the dorms, but most don’t realize the amount of work that goes into them each summer. Many of the dorms and houses get completely repainted, and some of them get recarpeted, as well. The landscapers do a great job of keeping the grass cut and flowers planted in the spring, and the insides of the buildings are cleaned from top to bottom. On top of that, new buildings are being constructed and old buildings are being gutted and renovated all the time. As a matter of fact, the Goddard Library has been renovated recently. The University Center, Dana Commons, Goddard Library, the Kneller, and the campus Green are the major parts of the Clark campus, and each one is integral to student life. Being only about the size of two city blocks, the main campus facilities are all very close to one another and get a lot of traffic each day. The fairly new biology buildings and the Traina center for the Arts are worth checking out after arriving on campus.

Clark is not constructed to be a fully self-sufficient island apart from the surroundings of Worcester, which is why the administration chose to have an open-campus policy and not implement some entertainment features that some other campuses have. Clark has no need for on-campus movie theaters, clubs, or bowling alleys since the ones in Worcester are all so close and easy to get to. But, even without the need for such things, the school still does its best to use each building to its fullest potential for the students.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
72
Campus Size
50 acres
Student Centers
The University Center (The UC)
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Carlson Sciences Library
  • Guy Burnham Map and Aerial Photography Library
  • Jeanne X. Kasperson
  • Language Arts Resource Center
  • Research Library
  • Robert Hutchings Goddard Library (main library)
  • Rose Library in Cohen-Lasry House
  • Traina Center Resource Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Academic Commons
  • Dana Commons (intercultural center)
  • The Green (academic walkway)
  • The Grind (when open)
  • The UC
Bar on Campus
None, although there are a few within walking distance of campus. Administration is very seriously considering allowing the Grind to serve beer and wine in accordance with their current license.
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Freud’s Coffee House in Dana Commons
  • Higgins Bistro in Dana Commons
  • Jazzman's Café in Academic Commons at Goddard Library
  • The Grind (student-run and often closed for semesters at a time)
Movie Theater on Campus
Razzo Hall and Jefferson 320
School Slang
  • 24: Store 24 is one of the closest 24-hour convenience stores
  • The Beast: The Bistro
  • CCN: Clark Cable Network, Clark's movie channel
  • The Centrum: The DCU Center was formerly called the Worcester Centrum, and many people still refer to it as such. Check out the venue at www.centrumcentre.com.
  • Dana: Dana Commons, this is the international center; also used interchangeably for Dana Hall
  • The Den: The small room in Dana Commons that is used for functions like dance parties
  • Freud: The statue of Freud that sits in the center of campus
  • GIS: The Global Information Systems major/department
  • The Green: The Green is the big lawn in between the main academic buildings on campus.
  • IDCE: The International Development and Social Change major/department
  • IR: The International Relations major/department
  • ISS: International Studies Stream
  • ITS: Information Technology Services; they will fix your computer.
  • JC: Jonas Clark, the main academic building on campus
  • Moonlight: The late-night food spot in the student center
  • PA: Peer Advisor; these are a select group of students that work with the incoming freshmen to help get them acclimated to Clark.
  • Red Square: The square in the center of campus in front of the main academic building named for its red concrete tiles
  • RLH: Residential Life and Housing; they are the administrative office that controls campus housing.
  • ROCU: The on-again off-again Clark radio station-currently only supports Internet broadcasting
  • The UC: The University Center
Traditions
  • First Snow Fall: In Worcester, the freezing cold of winter can come much earlier than the actual snow, so when the first big snowfall does hit, everyone runs out to the Green to celebrate with a huge snowball fight. For some students, this is the first time in their life that they have seen snow, and the general feeling on campus is very happy and energetic. Look around campus the next day for some inventive snow sculptures.
  • Homecoming: Clark is trying to further strengthen the bond between students and the school. They are also trying to maintain that bond with alumni. To this end, Clark recently decided to create a "Homecoming" week that has special events pitting students against alums and students against students in a few lightly-competitive events. It gives the school an opportunity to show off its newly-built Dolan Field House and get reacquainted with the alums. It all culminates with a day-long carnival that includes food and whatever fun things that student council members can cook up.
  • Midnight Bagel Brunch: Every month, Clark Hillel hosts a bagel brunch at midnight in Dana Commons or the caf. Different types of bagels, toppings, pastries, juices, and soda are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. People start showing up well ahead of time, and the lines get very long. The bagel brunches are great places to meet up with people and have some fun in the middle of the night.
  • Midnight Breakfast: Each semester, right before finals, the entire campus is invited to the caf at midnight to be served pancakes, eggs, waffles, and other breakfast foods by the faculty. The food on this night is slightly better than normal, and it is one of the most anticipated events of the semester. The idea behind it is to give students some nutrition, as well as a little study break during one of their most stressful times.
  • Pre-Spree Day: Spree Day is a school-sponsored skip day full of campus activities, starting with a delicious brunch to start things right. The best part is that only student government knows when it will take place, but unfortunately, it is leaked every year. Knowing that the next day will be Spree Day and that classes will be cancelled, the Clark community treats the night before Spree Day as a weekend. Parties are thrown, bars are attended, and some students stay up all night long so they can be first in line for breakfast and wristbands the next day.
  • Senior Week - Night Under the Stars: Senior week is a schedule of events meant to give graduating seniors an outlet for celebration. The events begin after the rest of campus goes home for the summer, and they run right up until the night before graduation. Pub crawls, baseball games, trips to Six Flags, and a harbor cruise around Boston are planned, among other things. The events are primarily for seniors, but many of them can be attended by underclassmen and guests. There are age requirements for some events, however. The week ends with another sub-tradition of Clark called Night Under the Stars. A tent is constructed on a field behind the president's house, and star shaped spotlights are hung up. Then, seniors, alums, faculty, staff, and any other Clarkies in the area come for some drinking, dancing, and socializing before the seniors have to wake up bright and early for the commencement ceremony the next day.
  • Spree Day: Every year at some point in April, Clark has its big year end celebration. They set up an outdoor stage on the Green and surround it by carnival rides, booths, food, and lots of liquids. Spree Day happens during the week, and classes are cancelled for the day. The day is planned by a committee whose job it is to book the bands, the rides, and the food, and then keep it all secret up until the morning of Spree Day. In fact, the actual date of Spree Day is supposed to be kept secret, as well. To that end, a sub-tradition of being woken up by pots and pans, loud screams, and air horns was initiated to let people know that Spree Day is not like any other day at Clark. Another sub-tradition of Spree Day is that many students use it as a day in which to get a drunk as possible. The administration has taken notice of this in recent years and taken steps to cap the binge drinking of the day. However, those reduction attempts have instead backfired, and Spree Day remains a tradition that is constantly threatened with cancellation. In the end, Spree Day isn't about drinking, though. It's not even about the food, or bands, or booths. It's about the Clark community all coming out together to have fun and celebrate in the sun with their friends. If you come to Clark, please protect Spree Day so that Clarkies can continue to enjoy it throughout the years.
Urban Legends
  • A bird's-eye view of the library looks like an open book. Also, there is a pool on the roof. (This one is absolutely false.)
  • All foreign students are rich.
  • Crystal Pond, directly across from the UC, is nicknamed "dead hooker pond" due to the fact that the body of a dead prostitute was found in it some years ago.
  • Everyone who works for the Bon Appetit (the Clark food service company) is an ex-con.
  • Freshmen who walk around Main South after dark will be raped, robbed, or killed on site.
  • If you are one of the first 100 students in line for bracelets on the morning of Spree Day, you will get a free T-shirt (this used to be true).
  • Jerry Garcia used to trip acid in the Goddard Library (supposedly he wrote about it in a book).
  • The Marsh Library on Woodland Street is haunted, as well as one room in Dodd.
Favorite Things To Do
Watching movies on Thursdays and Fridays, or going to big performances in Atwood Hall, like the once-a -semester musicals. Little Center puts on plays and acts by Clark students quite often. People really like to hang out in the UC or Academic Commons to unwind. There's always some event happening, either during the week or during the weekend, and they are always worth checking out. You can watch the big-screen TV in the lounge, play foosball, ping-pong, or pool at the Grind, which is open until 2 a.m. on weekends. Bistro is open until 2 a.m. on weeknights. On Fridays, student organizations usually organize some sort of activity like bingo or a movie night with free food. Also, the Academic Commons is a really popular place to hang out. SPOC has game nights, and there are musical performances every Thursday night for Freud's Open Mic Night.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
Clark has just renovated Goddard Library in 2009, and its Academic Commons is all jazzed up with sofas, chairs, couches, Jazzman's café, and a computer lab.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 35% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 38% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 27% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 19 responses

  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 11% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 53% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 32% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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