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Worcester is blessed with a rich history and energized by an ambitious vision for its future. The city has been a New England cornerstone for more than two centuries because it values the best of what it’s always been and embraces all that it will become.

Worcester’s roots date to the Revolutionary War, but the second-largest city in New England is now shaping a new legacy around modern-day revolutions in biotech, higher education, health care, and the arts. The city found its footing as a manufacturing giant and has since evolved into a hub for eclectic cultural offerings and dynamic professional opportunities — and is home to 11 colleges and universities that offer a vibrant student experience.

Above all, Worcester is a community. Its diverse, tightly knit neighborhoods are a broad mix of immigrants dating back to the Yankee settlers and continuing with the arrival of Armenian, Irish, French-Canadian, Vietnamese, Brazilian, Dominican, Ghanaian, and many other groups, whose distinctive cultures shape and flavor our city. Many Clark faculty and students engage with Worcester as true partners on projects involving urban development, land preservation, and literacy education. More than anything, the University prides itself on being a good neighbor.

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At the center of it all


Worcester’s proximity to Boston, Providence, even New York — and their opportunities for entertainment, internships, and careers — is one of its greatest assets.

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A fresh vision

Gateway City

Worcester is one of 11 Massachusetts cities designated as a Gateway City — a place with a rich industrial past that now embraces an innovation economy. With a thriving biotech park and start-up scene, Worcester approaches its future with energy and optimism.

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City on the rise

The Worcester Renaissance

Fueled by a $500 million downtown development project and its bustling Canal District, Worcester is experiencing an economic and physical transformation. New retail, restaurants, and residential spaces have invigorated the city and its residents.

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Experience it all

Worcester Living

What do you want to know about the city where you’ll spend your college years? How about where to eat, what to see, and how to have the most fun. Click here to learn the best Worcester has to offer, then get out and experience it for yourself.

Worcester in the News

worcester city hallForget Oakland Or Hoboken. Worcester, Mass., Is The New ‘It’ Town”

by Aaron Schachter, NPR, 10/23/18


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Worcester Is Reviving, but People Still Can’t Spell It (Forget the Pronunciation)
by The Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2018
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Worcester always wanted to be a baseball town.  Now it has the Woo Sox
by Boston Globe, August 19, 2018, (behind paywall)
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Our day trip guide to Worcester
by Boston Magazine, August 07, 2018
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Huge changes expected in Worcester in the next 12 months: Here’s a look at what’s to come
by MassLive, June 6, 2018
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Inside Worcester’s Development: what’s the Catch?
by Boston Magazine, April 17, 2018
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