Clark University Reviews
If you are interested in pursuing a career in scientific research then I would tell you to highly consider Clark University. The faculty are all PHD level scientists with lots of experience and they have their own laboratories that students can work in to gain experience for graduate school or working in research. For me this helped widen my knowledge of careers in biology, but I was much more interested in pursuing a career in healthcare so it did not do much for me. While the school does have the resources available for students interested in healthcare(a pre-health advising office) and you can fulfill the class requirements here, it is not a main focus of the science programs. They are more interested in generating scientists and the classes are limited because it is such a small program. Even so the professors are very dedicated to their jobs and will help you in any way they can. Having less students allows them to be more involved and help you succeed. The class sizes are small and it is easy to contact the professors when needed. I never had any trouble when I needed to get in touch with them about something. They also offer a 5th year masters program in many fields of study which is probably the fastest/cheapest program you will every find. Overall I feel like I got a good quality of education at Clark though. The academics are rigorous and they expect a lot from their students, but if you are willing to work hard and put the time in then the professors take notice and you will succeed. The school also offers a lot of clubs and sports and interest groups. You will never be bored there.
Clark University provides students the opportunity to engage in scientific research early on, a big advantage for those seeking experience. Clark's faculty are accomplished individuals in their field and passionate in and out of the classroom. The small student to professor ratio allows for intimate discussions and an environment where networking is encouraged. The campus facilities are well maintained and Worcester provides all sorts of activities to balance the academics. Clark's international community is present and active in the community, it is a testament of Clark's motto: Challenge Convention. Change the Wold.
Listen if youre thinking about Clark then you probably already know most of what its about. Its a small, research-driven university full of wonderful left-leaning folks set in kind of a tough part of town. The Clark community is close-knit, sometimes to the point of being called insular, but its also known for its passion for community engagement, activism, critical thought, and academic rigor as well it holds a long-standing reputation as the hipster-est school amongst Worcesters many. I earned my Psych degree there in four years, and even though I dont plan on working in mental health forever, the breadth and depth of course material has left me more than equipped to pursue other interests as well; in fact, it led directly my recent acceptance into the Masters of City Planning/ Masters of Landscape Architecture program at UPenn in the fall.
The definition of being a "Clarkie" is the freedom to define your own, unique identity and to support others who are doing the same. At Clark, this is the umbrella under which we are all united. For me this meant following my passion for languages and getting involved in my community. My formal and informal educational experiences at Clark have lead to success in my current professional position at Harvard University and will serve me on my next academic endeavor - pursuing a Masters in Applied Linguistics!
Clark University is a small school that emphasizes global awareness and the typical broad, liberal arts education. That said, the university has recently prioritized growth of its campus and science department. Investments in physics, psychology and geography have attracted a slightly different student body than when I attended.
Clark is a great institution to attend if you want to be able to blend academic interests and professional goals while still in undergrad. Clark's passion for applying your studies to the real world helps you get a jumpstart on things like research that most students don't get the chance to be a part of until grad school. Clark has helped me become a critical, analytic thinker with a desire to always learn more about the world around me. I credit them with broadening my horizons in a way that I believe will help me in my future outside of the school. The IDSC program was by far my favorite part of classes. Not a day went by where I thought I was in the wrong degree program! While the courses are challenging, the professors are always there to offer help and advice. They were an integral part of my experience.