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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Every day is great. Every night is fun.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Depending on your age there can be less for you to do, but there is always something going on.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Worcester is full of fun shenanigans if you know where to look. In addition to having the best restaurants ever, there are lots of great bars with live music, there is a theater, a ton of parks, street festivals, etc. That being said- the entertainment scene is not well advertised- so go meet some Worcester locals/Clark grad students who can show you around!

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's on a sketchier side of Worcester. However a 15 minute car trip will take you to somewhere nice.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There're a lot of colleges in Worcester, but other than food, bars, and a few museums, it isn't a city with a lot to offer socially.


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Angela Wu
Bellevue, WA
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Worcester has its good spots and its bad spots. However, Clark happens to be in one of its worst spots, and not much time will go by before the dean’s office will send out one of its “timely warnings” describing some theft or attack that occurred on or around campus. A lot of students are frightened by the area at first but tend to grow out of that fear as they explore the area a little more. Given some time and a little knowledge of public transportation, the better parts of Worcester can be explored and enjoyed. Being a city, Worcester provides more than adequate outlets for culture and the arts, and it is a great place for college students to open up to new ideas and people.

Clark is part of a consortium of schools, which makes for a very youthful crowd of people when school is in session. When out at bars and clubs, students will generally run into other Clarkies or people from one of the surrounding schools. However, when not interacting with a fellow student, some find that the local Worcester residents are not the most jovial people to interact with. The term “sketchy” is used on a daily basis to describe the members of the surrounding community. It’s not all bad, though. Clark’s location places it very close to many restaurants, bars, grocery and convenience stores, and a lively downtown club scene. The average student can certainly have an enjoyable time without running into any trouble in Worcester as long as they use a little bit of common sense and pay attention to their surroundings.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Worchester's nickname "Wormtown" is not meant to be a derogatory term. In fact, it isn't meant to be a nickname at all! It was actually coined by the radio station WCUW's DJ L.B. Worm as a label for the underground music scene that helped rejuvenate the airwaves more than 20 years ago.
  2. Worcester is home to the first public park, Elm Park, which was granted to the city of Worcester in 1854.
  3. The Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research is world reknowned for its hand in the creation of the birth control pill and in vitro fertilization.
  4. Worcester is the third-largest city in the state and is in the heart of Worcester County, the largest county in Massachusetts.
  5. The smiley face symbol was designed in Worcester by Harvey Ball in 1963.
Notable Natives
  • Robert Benchley
  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Jaki Byard
  • Bob Cousy
  • Zara Cully
  • Esther Forbes
  • Samuel Fuller
  • Rich Gedman
  • Robert Goddard
  • Norman Greenbaum
  • John Michael Hayes
  • Abbie Hoffman
  • Arthur Kennedy
  • George Kennedy
  • Stanley Kunitz
  • Dennis Leary
  • John Lurie
  • Eddie Mekka
  • Albert Abraham Michelson
  • Roger Salloom
  • R.A. Salvatore
  • Allan Steele
  • Major Taylor
  • Alicia Witt
Local Slang
  • Bubbler: Water fountain
  • Jimmies: Tiny candy that goes on ice cream, aka sprinkles
  • Main South: The area of Worcester that is most dangerous
  • Packy: Massachusetts calls its liquor stores "package stores"; packy is an abbreviation of the term
  • Three Deckers/Triple Deckers: Three story apartment buildings, usually with one apartment to a floor. They were popular back at the turn of the century when Worcester had money; hence there are a ton of them.
  • Wormtown/Woosta: Both are nicknames for Worcester
Points of Interest
  • American Antiquarian Society (Salisbury Street)
  • EcoTarium
  • Elm Park
  • Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
  • Higgins Armory Museum
  • Jillian's Billiards Clun
  • Preservation Worcester
  • Worcester Art Museum
  • Worcester Historical Museum
Shopping Centers
  • The Auburn Mall
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  • The Greendale Mall
  • Natick Mall
  • The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley
Movie Theaters
Blackstone Valley 14: Cinema de Lux
The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley
(508) 853-4000
Movie Theaters
Hoyt's Cinema Solomon Pon Mall
591 Donald Lynch Blvd.
(508) 303-2488
Movie Theaters
Showcase Cinemas Worcester North
135 Brooks St.
(508) 853-4000
Major Sports Teams
  • Worcester Sharks: hockey
  • Worcester Tornadoes: baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 1 hour
  • New York City: NY: 4 hours
  • Providence: RI: 40 minutes
  • Springfield: MA: 50 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 37 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 49% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 24% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 24% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 30% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 68% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 37 responses

  • 41% No way.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 3% Totally.



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