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Reviews 742 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Arcadia is all about study abroad which is great for me because I'm an international studies major. Most of the faculty on campus has a great deal of knowledge about certain parts of the world and it's super easy to study abroad. The workload isn't too heavy, but it's not super easy either. Also because the school is located so close to Philly, there are a lot of internship fairs and opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Some people drink and some people don't, there's not really a lot of pressure here to drink or do drugs. Most students don't get caught underage drinking or get in trouble for drug use. Usually if you get caught, you'll receive a warning from your RA or you'll be sent to AA meetings.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school is very lenient. It's very easy to have people come visit you and campus police are really nice. However you don't want to miss a lot of class or else Arcadia sends people to come check on you and ask you why you're missing so much class.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are one of the best ways to socialize with people, you just have to leave your door open and people will usually come talk to you. The worst option would be Dilworth because it's near the dining hall which means there's mice. The dorms are really close to classes and depending on which class you're going to, you can be there in about 3 minutes. The housing process is also not that difficult but the housing prices are just okay.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: People often go into Philly, there's always something going on there. Students often mingle with other students from Temple or Drexel. There's a decent size mall down the road along with some restaurants, however I wouldn't walk around Glenside alone at night.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Arcadia isn't a very sporty school, however if you're into ultimate Frisbee and quidditch then you've come to the right place.

2 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers at Arcadia are very slow and the campus wifi cuts out often.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: 98% of the students at Arcadia receive some sort of financial aid (I should know, I work in the financial aid office)

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Septa can get you to the mall and into Philly, but it's better to have a car if you want to go grocery shopping or venture out past the bus lines.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have a Greek Life

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: If you're into parties then Arcadia might not be the school for you.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The winter can be pretty cold and grey, but as soon as it hits April the sky is blue and the weather is a perfect 70-75 degrees with sunshine!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most students are accepting of one another, this campus is really diverse.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not much to do in close proximity, everything is at least a 20 minute drive.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Everything is okay, except the wireless, not so great. It is pretty unreliable.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: If you miss like 3 classes you lose a letter grade... I pay for my class if I don't wanna go, I don't wanna go.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Mice on mice on mice in the dorms, or should I say "residence halls".

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: We don't have any frats.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Well, the castle makes it unique.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I feel the sports are taken way too seriously especially since this is a division 3 school.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is a large apartment complex nearby, that's about it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: They enforce first years to complete "alcohol.edu" in order to become aware with what can happen when using drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Plenty of different choices to go into, the teachers overall are great, the curriculum is a lot to handle, registration sucks!! TO register it takes forever to talk to the advisor and get them to approve it. The workload can be a lot or a little depending on your major.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city of Glenside really isn't exciting, the only good thing is that there is a train station close by to go into Philly. Philly is a lot better.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some restaurants off campus, but mainly chain food places. Wawa, Mcdonald's, Pop-eyes, etc. There is a nice diner across the street from the school that is 24 hours.


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Grey Towers Castle
Grey Towers Castle
Grey Towers Castle Grey Towers Castle Arcadia's Grey Towers Castle is possibly the University's most unique and special building. The castle was built in the late 19th century and has been declared a historic landmark. Freshmen can dorm in the castle, and many events and activities take place there, as well.
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Stacey Wisniewski
Schwenksville, Pa.
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Arcadia has a great close-knit community of students that makes everyone feel very welcome. It is a great University for personalized attention, with professors who are all very helpful and knowledgeable in their areas and work well with students. In addition to their dedication, most professors have the highest level of recognized achievement in their fields, so they know what they are talking about. Outside of classroom activities and involvement, there are also many study abroad opportunities, where students can meet people from all over the world.

The best way to have an amazing experience is to get involved right away. While some feel that Arcadia does not offer much in the way of partying or crazy nightlife, it has other perks, including its small community of people passionate about what they are doing. Get involved, talk to people, and you'll have a great college experience.

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