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Reviews 972 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Freshman

Administration: It seems like Clark is quite strict.

College Freshman

Campus Food: The Bistro and Jazzman's have good food.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: They are average. I would avoid Wright Hall because it is too noisy. I like Dodd Hall.

College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties are cool and fun. Fusion, Club Mint, and Club Red are off-campus bars, and they are all good.

College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Some guys are good looking, and so are the girls. I'm attractive, outgoing, fun, and busy.

College Student

Campus Food: There is one campus dining hall and two other sites to get food: the Bistro and Jazzman's Cafe, which has opened in the library. The quality of food in the dining hall is middle-of-the-road-not awful but not great. The Bistro's food is generally tasty but not particularly nutritious. Overall, the food scheme works, but it can get tiring.

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Transportation: Worcester has a public bus system that is useful for getting around to many popular sites. The problem is that is has become more expensive to use and not all routes run regularly! So, plan accordingly.

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of apartments in the local neighborhood that cater to students, but the quality of properties and the professionalism of the landlords really vary greatly.

College Student

Drug Safety: Most people who use illicit substances tend to use marijuana. I am sure there are students who use and abuse other substances, but marijuana tends to be the dominant drug alongside alcohol.

College Student

Health & Safety: As of late, a rash of muggings and attempted robberies have occurred on campus and on the periphery of campus. Students are generally very nervous about roaming the grounds late and after hours. To reduce anxiety and prevent further property crimes, the campus has an escort that can accompany students to their residences and sites with a half-mile of campus. Though the escort is handy, the campus community is generally leery about the attempted robberies that continue to occur.

College Student

Academics: I chose to attend Clark University due to the prestige surrounding its geography program. The professors vary quite substantially from those who are very involved in the learning process to those who are hands-off. This variability is one of Clark's defining features, but it can make working alongside different professorial styles difficult. Classes are on the smaller side and academic subjects are viewed holistically, which I think is very unique.

College Freshman

Local Area: I know many people are able to get out and about in Worcester, but I have been limited because I don't have my own car, and I do not have a lot of money to spend on cabs. However, there are ways of getting around on the weekends if you take advantage of the opportunities. Personally, I do not get off of campus enough for my own liking, but I am sure that in the years to come I will discover more of Worcester. However, the local atmosphere I have seen is truly amazing! When friends and I go walking during the day to run errands nearby we always end up engaged in a friendly and interesting conversation with someone who lives nearby, and they seem to have a great impression of Clark students.

College Freshman

Campus Quality: The gym is too small for my taste-there between five and eight bikes, ellipticals, and treadmills each and two stair-steppers. I have never used the weights, but it would definitely be nice to have a few more treadmills available. The new library at Clark is really great! The first floor Academic Commons is a fantastic place to hang out with friends, grab a bite to eat, or study all night long for a test. The whole library has been renovated, and it is really a great place to get work done.

College Freshman

Weather: There is amazing weather at the end of summer going into fall-it's warm and beautiful. Winter, however is a different story in Worcester. I enjoy the winter, so it is not a problem for me, but many people find it too cold and snowy. There are definitely days that nobody wants to go out.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: The first-year housing at Clark U is all great-the rooms are huge for freshman housing, and there is nothing like the first-year housing experience! The upperclassmen I know live off campus, but some have recommended steering clear of Blackstone and have told me that it is difficult to get a suite.

College Freshman

Overall Experience: I can't imagine being anywhere other than Clark! I actually was not too excited to come here because I didn't feel the college spark when I visited, but the minute I stepped onto campus as a Clark student, I knew I had come to the right place for me. It is definitely a difficult school, and students really do have to work, but it is all worth the work because the friends I have made here are truly remarkable people, and I can't imagine my life without them.

College Freshman

Parking: Parking is strange on the Clark University campus. There is a large parking lot across the street from my dorm, but it is technically for commuting students, while the student parking lot is not even on campus! It is very strange. But, people can usually find places to park.

College Freshman

Athletics: I don't follow the sports here at Clark, but many of my friends play or have played intramural sports and loved it. I remember that varsity soccer was big at the beginning of the year, and varsity basketball seems to have a pretty large following.

College Freshman

Technology: I brought my own computer and printer to school, so I never use the school's computers. However, many of my friends don't have computers, and some find it frustrating not to be able to use the Internet in their dorms. However, having a computer does not always solve that problem because my computer does not connect to the Internet often, and I struggle at least once a day to get wireless connection. But, with an Ethernet cable, there is no problem.

College Sophomore

Diversity: We're very white and very Middle Eastern. I have a lot of Muslim friends, and there are very few black students. We have a few Africans and a lot of Asians, mostly Chinese. Clark's whole motto is "We don't categorize people here." The community of students is very safe, and I've never heard about any incidents with race, gender, or sexuality. It's a very liberal school, but there are still some conservatives. Some of my friends are very wealthy, and others are poor with a lot of scholarships, but the majority seems to be middle- or upper-middle class. We have an atheist club, which I'm part of, that is very nice since we tend to be an overlooked demographic. But, as cheesy as it sounds, Clark's motto really works, and nobody sees people in terms of their skin color, religion, or wealth.

College Sophomore

Administration: It's not strict enough, but that's because I'm a Wellness (substance-free living) guy. Most of the RAs are pretty forgiving when it comes to drinking, they just don't want anyone getting hurt. I've seen mixed reactions to drug possession-some kids have been kicked out or warned, while others have slid by.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are great-all of them. Dodd is nice because it's an all-girls dorm, and it's cleaner and slightly nicer. Johnson is pretty nice, as well, because it's the only wellness dorm, so there's less drinking and more fun.

College Sophomore

Transportation: I'm spoiled with Boston's MBTA. Worcester has a bus system but not many buses, so they run infrequently. I would never go into Worcester anyway, so I don't use the buses. They're there if you need to get to the train station, though.

College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have no safety measures except these lousy call boxes, which are useless. Campus is very small, and there are muggings once in a while. It's a touchy subject for me, and I feel that Clark should lock up the campus or get security cameras. One student council member is trying to get cameras. I don't feel safe at night on campus, so I'm armed. I don't travel alone, and I don't let my friends go out alone either.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I don't know anything about the sports teams, but I know there are a lot of intramural teams that seem to have fun. Clark isn't a big sports school, but there are still varsity teams.

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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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