Location
Glenside, PA
Undergrads
2,154
Tuition
$35,620
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Weather: I came from a country that never snows, so I just want to put that out there.

I don't like the weather at Arcadia but it's really not the worst. The winter isn't long but it just makes things more difficult. Arcadia workers are very good at clearing the snow in a manner that will allow you to go to class. A lot of times classes get cancelled which sucks if you have a class that only meets up once a week. During the winter the door swiping system may stop working so you might find yourself locked out of your hall and sometimes the electricity cuts off too. They turn the heat on when the temperature hits below freezing so up until then you'll need extra blankets.

Spring fluctuates between really windy/rainy days, and lovely hot sunny days so you have to keep checking the weather. Otherwise the weather is really quite good. I just got really sick of the cold but that's because I wasn't used to it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school really cracks down on Drug usage. They don't go into extensive searches unless there is suspicion/reason to. They make you attend meetings and write you up and it's all very casual and fair. The policy is very strict and you must also realize that as adults many things are illegal so the punishment you get is dramatically less severe.

As far as stoners, they remain very low key. You'll stumble upon a few but only after you get a conversation going and they feel you out to be 'one of them'.

Alcohol is everywhere and you just have to not get caught which is easy enough. The number of incidents although not ignorable, are very few and no one is a sloppy mess.

People take all sorts of things to help them study or perform better. This is everywhere. Arcadia is no different.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls are nice overall.

But guys will be guys and girls will be girls, we all know what that's like. You'll find people who haven't grown up yet and think this is like the next level of highs cool and you'll find people that take college way too seriously. As diverse as everyone seems however, you can sort people out into two or three groups and I suppose that's because the school is so small.

As far as hotness. I don't find very many people fashionable, nor very good looking however a lot of people have declared admiration for people I don't find to be more than average so I mean it's up to you to decide. I'd say no one is gorgeous or 'modelesque' but everyone is cute enough (especially on the inside). The one guy I must say is a stand out is Jay Hertz; it's a shame he's a senior and I won't get to hang out with him but he's way too cool and extremely handsome.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There really isn't much to do except for thrift store shopping, getting tattoos/peircings, get your hair/nails done and grabbing a bite to eat. People usually get a ride or use SEPTA to go into the towns next door which offer a lot more. I know I never hang out in and around downtown glenside. The only places to be are on Campus, at the Oak apartments or around those (for the few that live in houses), at the wyncote towers or eating at michael's. Otherwise you're better off heading out somewhere.

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.

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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.

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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.

2 people found this useful Report
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".

3 people found this useful Report
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.

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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
Hometown
Schwenksville, Pa.
Major
English
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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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