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Posted at 3:00 PM ET, 04/14/2010

College Tour '10: Clark University

By Valerie Strauss

WORCESTER, MA
Clark University
From a parent:

My daughter hadn’t heard about Clark until her high school counselor told her about it. It seemed like a great match because my daughter is interested in psychology and Clark has one of the world’s best psychology departments. It’s where the American Psychological Association was founded.

So we went while on a visit to Boston. Clark is in Worcester, about an hour or so away. We got directions from the web, and, as it turned, out, they weren’t great. We wound up entering Worcester, where Clark is located, at the wrong end, so we drove through it. Worcester is a large city, and Clark isn’t in the best part of it. But as soon as we drove on campus, we liked it.

The information session was great. The admissions officer explained how Clark is part of the Colleges That Change Lives consortium. It’s a group of 40 small terrific schools that have banded together to promote themselves as places where students can find themselves.

Three students talked about their experiences at Clark and it was helpful. We had a great tour guide too, a sophomore who was smart and funny.

The campus had a good feel. Students seemed to be enjoying themselves, and we talked to a few of them. Everybody gushed. The spirit seems really strong. The president of the university lives right on campus, and students don't hesitate to go over, apparently.

The academics seem great. Clark actually started as a graduate school, we were told. Along with psychology (Freud spoke here, everybody likes to say), the school is also world renowned for geography. We talked to a history major who loved all of his classes.

In the end, my daughter decided she wants a bigger school. There are about 2,200 undergraduates at Clark. If that’s the size school you want, take a look.

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email a brief report at theanswersheet@washpost.com. You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to http://timespace.washingtonpost.com/project/college-2010/ to see more college posts in the series.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 14, 2010; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  Clark University, College Tour '10, visiting colleges  
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