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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Environmental Science – Environmental science at Clark isn't hugely popular, and they tend to push you towards the Bio department. If you're not in to that, there isn't that much customized attention. A lot of classes are from geography, physics, and biology, not too many EN classes in itself.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Everyone hee is so friendly. You can't walk a few steps without being greeted by a friendly, smilying face.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: We have a garage thats never full. Only thing is we have to pay

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug Usage Is Pretty Common but There Is No Peer Pressure. I think around 70% of the students here smoke marijuana and the majority of them drink as well but if you are opposed to doing so, there is no pressure or negative stigma.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Safety Is Alright. University Police Will Be There If You Need Them – When the campus police are called, they have a fast response time and are very professional. I've had a run in with them earlier this year and they were quite fair

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Fairly Easy Process – I got a great financial aid package from my school, which is why I'm able to attend a private university. I didn't have to submit my information more than once, which indicates that the financial aid office is organized and running pretty smoothly.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Moderate Drug and Alcohol Scene – Substance abuse is something that can be found at any school by someone who is seeking it out, in my opinion. Most of the partying happens in off-campus apartments, and it's more drinking than hard drugs from what I understand. During freshman orientation one of the Deans made a point to educate everyone on reasonable limits for men and women when drinking in hopes that we could better avoid any serious health implications. There are definitely students that have access to alcohol or drugs regularly, but it's not a dominant scene at Clark; if you want to nobody judges you, but if you don't you're not surrounded by it.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of apartments around Clark and from what I understand they are affordable for many of the students. I havn't always heard great things about the landlords, but that's to be expected anywhere. Many upperclassmen live in off-campus housing, but there are also about 30 on-campus apartments that are cheaper, though I'm not sure by how much.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: i prefer to drive because i have a car. escort is very useful for getting around the area but should expand to drive students to the train or bus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food! awesome and varied food in the main south area. everything is super cheap and delicious.

3 College Junior

Academics: Geography Major – The geography major is super varied and leaves the student with many options after his/her undergraduate completion.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Clark is an expensive school but they really are great with financial aid. The scholarships I was able to receive not only made Clark the best financial choice for me but also showed me they really wanted to be a part of the Clark community.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's rare to find a school that lives up to the hype of being accepting and a place to call home but clark does. With so many international students and people from different backgrounds you end up being surrounded by people from all over the world who are passionate about everything from music to the environment to politics. If I can say one thing about Clark it is that it is genuine and I have had the best time of my life there and made the greatest friends.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: Two Words Buffet – it's pretty great that the dining hall is buffet style so you do get your money's worth. there are a lot of options but with that said anytime you are eating at the same place for 10 months out of the year chances are you are going to get bored. So be creative with your food and take advantage of worcesters many awesome (and cheap!) resturants

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: For the most part, Clark is much like any other school. You'll leave with good friends, a good education, a good experience (for the most part). But what sets Clark apart from any other school? How friendly people are. For the most part, you don't find people who just hate each other for no reason. Clark is a welcoming environment. Faculty is welcoming, the dean of students welcomes students to their offices, even the people who work in the cafe toss a smile your way, knowing you always stop by to have a slice of pizza. The best thing about Clark is the first perfect day of spring, when the entire school is outside on the green, laughing, singing, and playing Frisbee. That first perfect day when we all share the beautiful weather and create what is known as the Clark Community.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Winter in Worcester – The winters here are unbearable. When the first snow hits, Clark looks like a winter wonderland, but within a few days all the snow turns grey and dirty. But then again, what can you expect when its snowing in the city?

4 College Senior

Academics: The psychology department is pretty close-knit. I know most of the professors even if I did not have them in class. The intro classes are boring but once you get into the upper level classes and specific topics of psychology, they are really interesting and most of the time, students are really engaged in class. The research courses in the psychology department allow you to take the fundamentals learned in the many intro classes and put your skills to real research and research processes. I find research to be very rewarding and interesting; in many cases I find myself learning more in research than in any of the into classes. Many of the professors are helpful in helping with life decisions such as whether or not to continue onto graduate school, or what to concentrate on. I have an amazing advisor-Professor Vollhardt. She has been there every step of the way in my application to graduate schools.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Use the Van Service! Clark has a FREE Van service that runs from 4pm and 4am that can get you almost anywhere you need to go including 2 pharmacies, 3 grocery stores, 2 thrift stores, a fro-yo place and a myriad of ethnic and fast food restaurants. Worcester is very compact, so when it's nice out it is very easy to walk or bike anywhere you need to go.

4 College Junior

Parking: If you are willing to spend the money, you can get convenient garage parking all four years. However, if you are stingy like me, street parking is for the most part convenient except during the winter when there is a winter ban, during which there is only parking on one side of the street.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safe If You Use Common Sense! Clark University is in the middle of a city. Just like in any city, you can stay safe as long as you're smart: Keep your apartment door locked, don't walk alone at night and utilize the FREE on-campus van service. If you follow these simple guidelines there is no reason to be worried about safety.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I come from a very low income family and getting financial aid was no problem. Clark is very generous with giving out aid or helping you seek it through other methods. The Student Accounts office is also very on top on the paper work and making sure they don't lose anything. Copies, copies, copies. Clark also has a method where you make small payments over a year. It really helps for those who are paying for school on their own.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Breakast at the Professors – Clark University is an absolutely amazing school. Everyone is so friendly and always smiling. You can have a conversation with just about anyone you bump into. There are also numerous events that go on daily throughout campus. One is never without anything to do. My favorite part of Clark has to be the professors. At the end of the semester, one of my professors invited the class over her house down the street and made us all breakfast. We talked about her class for hours and it was just an enjoyable experience. Not many professors would do that for their students.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Escort Service – Safety at Clark University is a paramount concern. Recently created was the escort service. Basically from 4pm-4am Mon-Sun, escort service runs. The word "escort" is not what you think but rather it is a term the describes students getting driven around. In clark-owned vans, as a workstudy job, students drive students to local venues up to a mile radius around campus rather than having them walk. But if the student so wished to walk Clark also provides walking escorts that will walk with you wherever you want if you feel unsafe alone.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Expensive but Promising – I applied to 5 different schools and Clark gave me the most money. Their financial aid system is a little backward in my opinion, atleast compared to my undergraduate school. Like every financial aid office if you are persistent and friendly you are going to get alot more help.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Don't Be Afraid to Extend Your Search to the Larger Worcester Area – Housing was hard to find. The area right around Clark is not best location but if you aren't in the best location. I live about a mile from the school and found a much better deal. Its a little more expensive but peace of mind goes along way.

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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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