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Reviews 778 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not Too Much – There isn't too much around the immediate area but there are some good Chinese and Pizza Options. For the good stuff, you'd have to head up to the Willow Grove Mall--a 15 minute drive away.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health & Safety – I have never felt unsafe at Arcadia University. The Campus Security is friendly and helpful and is always willing to help students out.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of Personal Attention – Classes at Arcadia are notorious for their small size and personal attention. In nearly all my three semesters here, my teachers have known my name, where I live, and my interests. I can only recount one class where my teacher did not know my name. Like most schools, you get the range between the boring and mundane, fun and engaging, the wild and crazy, and the insane and difficult teachers, but Arcadia does a good job of hiring a good mix of teacher personalities within each major. My only critique is that a lot of times students wind up with the teachers who care too much about their subjects...good if their a great teacher, bad if they aren't so great at bringing their passion down to a student's level.

2 College Junior

Weather: If You Live in Oak Wear Wellies – well if you live in oak and it rains its like crossing a great river when walking to campus. the side walk becomes a pond and so does the road next to the side walk to sometimes cars will speed by and splash you with water. also the walk of pride can get pretty swamped with water when it rains so be careful on campus too.

2 College Junior

Nightlife: Just Wait Till Your 21 – things are all good if you are 21 but other than that there is usually nothing to do at night on the weekends so most people go home. the campus is so small most parties get busted and the students get written up by the RAs.

1 College Junior

Campus Dining: Could Deff Be Better With the Money We Spend – the dining hall is pretty bad. i mean they usually have the same things everyday and turn left overs into something that it shouldnt be...like tomato sauce for spaghetti into tomato soup. the vegetables are always covered in butter or geese and are never fully cooked. the best thing there is the sandwich and salad bar.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Needs Increase in Men – There are way more girls than guys, hardly any good looking guys

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The library is really nice, but they don't even have any cleaning facilities on the weekends so it gets gross fast

2 College Junior

Athletics: They aren't a big part of the school and moving them away from the center oval is a terrible idea

5 College Junior

Computers: The internet is great and I've never experienced any problems

4 College Senior

Parking: Other than not being able to have a car as a first year student, parking is great at Oak Summit, and on campus at night. During the day, it is crowded, but students who live in Oak Summit or Manor shouldn't be driving to campus anyway. I'm glad they added an extra parking lot at Oak Summit.

1 College Senior

Campus Housing: Oak Summit Is Roach and Mouse Infested – I hate Oak Summit! It is roach and mice infested, and the exterminator personally told me that it's Arcadia's fault because they do not want to invest money to fix the ceilings that are open to bare concrete or the holes behind the washers and dryers. It is also outdated, and needs remodeling, but Arcadia is not willing to invest the money. It's so sad that we pay $10,000 a year to live in an outdated, pest-infested building when we could live somewhere like Wyncote Towers, which is clean and in great shape, and the same price!!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Good but extremly dusty, and not enough money for RA's to actually do anything.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: First Time as a Sophomore – As I am in my second year, my father was finally able to get his taxes done on time and so we applied for financial aid. However, I expected a better response, I have been to the financial aid office three times and each time I was told I would receive it soon, but i have yet to receive it.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Labs Are Ok. I appreciate the opportunity of the computers being available to us, but it is very annoying when they crash or when our main computer lab which is in the library, the printers just stop working for the whole day and we have assignments to turn in.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: My advisor is the best part of the campus. I truly appreciate how much my advisor cares for my education and how available he is. The education of the Biology department is pretty good too! However as a biology major it is required of us to take a few chemistry courses, which is where I feel this University is lacking. I honestly wish my University had a better Chemistry department.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: As a Philadelphia area school Septa is easily accesible to students. The Septa Train cost $5 into the city $10 both ways and makes the city and the bigger stations such as 30th street accesible to students so that they can travel to the airport by another train or catch a bigger train to another area of the country. Also, there are buses that run to local areas through Septa that cost $2 although this is very limited to where it runs and can be a bit sketchy at times. If thrifty enough you can get almost anywehre but it may be a long commute.

College Senior

Transportation: Haven't Needed It – I've never had to use public transportation, so I can't really say for sure.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Party If You Want to School. Parties on weekends happen, mostly at off campus housing such as Towers. The Towers is a big party scene. Little partying happens in on campus apartments, but these aren't as large and commonly get busted by RAs. Also those with off campus houses tend to throw some larger parties that rumors of quickly spread around campus. As an underage student, I have heard that the local bars especially those in Keswick are popular, but I have never participated in that. Also, the city is in close proximity so clubbing is always possible especially with Septa running till 2 am. Yet, even after all thise I would not consider Arcadia a party school. It more of a party if you want to school.

3 College Senior

Parking: I wouldn't say that Arcadia has an ample amount of parking, but I've never been without a parking space either. There are a lot of parking lots and some are more popular than others, but it basically depends on the time of day.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Extremely Diverse Campus – Arcadia is the center for study abroad options so it's only natural that they have students from all over the world. It is a great place to meet new people and obtain acceptance.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Gay Yay, Race Boo – Arcadia is very diverse in it's sexual orientation. There is a large amount of people in the homosexual community and at Arcadia this is generally accepted. In the case of Racial ethnicity though, there appears to be a larger white ratio to other ethnic backgrounds although I believe thoughs of all races are accepted. Arcadia has a lot of pride in its global campus and this is apparent by the many international students on campus, all of which are welcomed with open arms, yet the majority of students are still those who travel from PA, NJ and NY.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Does Oak Summit and Manor Count as Off-Campus? Oak Summit and Manor would not be my first choice for off-campus housing but if it's through Arcadia and I don't have to pay extra or out of pocket, why not?

Oak is alright. I like the fact that I have independence while still having the safety of Arcadia driving around the lot everyday. Walking through the halls of Oak is dark and ominous however. The place looks out-dated and it looks like it could even be the set for a scary movie. Wallpaper is ripped, carpets are disgusting, lights are dim. It's also very easy to get lost in there too! Well for me anyway.

Although it seems a bit creepy, I would most certainly choose Oak over Manor. I have never heard one good thing about Manor. First of all, just looking at it gives me the chills. Not to mention the horror stories I've heard. Rumor has it that the first floor should be condemned. There are giant holes in the walls. The walls are rotten. Rats roam the building. Did you know a girl was bitten by a rat in her sleep? Disgusting!

If I had the money, I would most certainly look into the Towers/Trilogy (What ever they are called now-a-days). I've heard good things about them.

2 College Junior

Facilities: Bad Food – The campus itself is nice, but definitely needs some work. The staff is not the friendliest and the food is not very good at all.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have needed the service of public safety on many occassions and they are very helpful....jerks when it comes to parking though


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Grey Towers Castle
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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
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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