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Reviews 777 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I come from a fairly low income family, so it was important that the college I would go to would help me out. Before even applying for financial aid Arcadia gave enough scholarship money that would cut my costs in half. Not only that but after filing my fafsa the school gave me a sizable grant and work study. I was pretty much paying for room and board, that was it!

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Ok I Guess – The people here are generally attractive, there are some stragglers here and there, but the students are usually either preppy or sporty-sweat pants wearers. The guys who play in sports look like they belong in the modeling world, but they tend to be really stuck up. You don't find a lot of people who are in serious relationships, it's mostly short hookups or flings.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Buses, Cars, Train – The school is not very far from the Glenside Train station and there are bus stops everywhere. The issue is that they are SEPTA so that can sometimes be a problem, given that there are strikes and cleanliness issues sometimes... But your own car is always and option, or you could walk...

College Junior

Nightlife: I really do not know, I know there is a club/bar in Glenside and many in Philly, but I do not go out to drink at all so I can not comment...

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Arcadia is a small school so all of the campus housing options are real close to, if not on campus. Possibly all of the housing options have mouse issues, though the school is trying hard to fix that problem. Washers and dryers are all shared, except in Oak Summit where they are in the individual apartments, which is a pain but should be expected at college.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Moderately Safe – Arcadia's small close campus may seem closed and extremely safe, but many students are uneasy walking around alone at night [especially from on campus to the apartments a few blocks away]. There have been instances of robbery outside of the apartments and some feel there aren't enough Public Safety officials patrolling at night.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Personal Attention With Family-Like Support! Going into my third year as a Sociology major at the College of Arts and Humanities at Arcadia, I've never once complained of a professor or class I've taken within my department. The Soc, Anthro, and CJ department cares about its students' progress and enjoyment within and outside the classroom. We have professors who've helped establish charter schools within the city, studied and been nationally recognized for their work on prison architecture, and renowned professors for their research on various marginalized groups in America. To not take a sociology class would be detrimental to one's career at AU. With their various backgrounds, students have endless internship and job opportunities available.

3 College Student

Diversity: Never Had a Problem – While there are mostly white students here, I never had a problem with racism (I am black). As far as gay/lesbian/bisexual community, it's HUGE here, so you wont have a problem in that area. There are a few students of different races, but not many. Arcadia promotes diversity heavily. I think over time the demographics will even out. The important part is, people here don't treat you badly/different because of your race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Not Many Choices Unless You Have a Car – Michael's diner across the street has excellent food, then there's Wawa & 7-11. One could walk down to Old Country Buffet, but I don't hear of anyone doing that, & I'm not a fan. You have to take a bus or drive to any fast food places.

3 College Student

Weather: If you have lived in Pennsylvania for a decent amount of time, you know how random the weather is. It can be 80 degrees & sunny one day, then be 55 & rainy the next. January & Februaury are the main months for snow. It seems to rain A LOT here.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Study Abroad and Personal Attention – Arcadia has a First Year Study Abroad Experience that allows you to study abroad in London, England or Stirling, Scotland for your fall or spring semester of your freshman year. You pay room and board as if you are at Arcadia and its a fabulous opportunity.

If you show interest in any program or opportunity at Arcadia, even if you are not initially invited, you will typically get in. For most programs (Honors, FYSAE ect.) the coordinators are looking for driven students who are coordinated and looking to go places.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options – There are lots of options in the surrounding community but I would suggest having a car. Septa (bus line) rates are so so. I would also suggest living on campus for a semester or two to start out with so that you meet people you can move off campus with.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Lots of Food – The Chat and the Dining Hall offers a lot of options from a deli, to grill, to homestyle cooked foods. The salad bar and breakfast bar are always stocked fresh. The food downstairs is cooked to order and is quick to go through if you are first in line.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on-campus for those who live in the dorms is very limited, I wouldn't recommend it. Parking on campus at the Apartments is slightly better, but you almost never find a spot that isn't all the way at the far end of the lot. Permit costs are high and you're expected to pay for a new parking permit each year, which is annoying. Parking on campus during class is a nightmare. There are almost never any good spots, which often makes people late for class. There's no real need to drive to campus if you live in any of the surrounding apartment complexes, but if you want to go out and you don't feel comfortable taking the bus or the train, it's a must.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Campus Society – The campus is a little cliquey in general. Unless you are extremely involved, it's not always easy to find people with common interests. People vary in the way they present themselves..there are people who come to class in sweatpants looking like college bums, but there are also those who always look put together. People don't come together all the time for campus events, so there isn't a strong sense of community here. You either belong somewhere or you don't. The guys here tend to either be gay, jerks, or taken. It's not the optimal place to find romance.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorm Living – Living on campus in the dorms is not the most spacious or clean environment. It's not quiet or good for studying, and most people leave the dorms to study in the library. Living in the on-campus Apartments is better. It's more private in the apartments and there are more opportunities for socializing. The cost of living on campus is far too high (as is the cost of going to the university in general), but we aren't responsible for electric or utilities, which is nice. Because the campus is so small and the apartments are so close by, both dorm life and apartment life is very convenient here.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation options near Arcadia are wonderful because of it's relation to Philadelphia

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments near Arcadia are inexpensive yet not very safe. The difference in expense of owning or renting an apartment in comparison to on campus housing however in comparison to on campus housing is astronomical.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer Labs – The wireless access goes in and out most days, and during crunch time like finals or midterms, the labs are almost always full. The printers are always breaking, which could be a good or bad thing considering the campus is attempting to go green, but the school is growing, and so should the amount of resources for students.

1 College Student

Campus Dining: dining sucks at arcadia they have limited options, the staff never comes when its snowing

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Watch Drinking – Arcadia advertises itself as being alcohol friendly. You can drik if you're 21 and if you're underage, just be careful. But most RAs are power tripping and looking out for people drinking. You usually get a warning before you get written up.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Glenside is a nice little town and its about a 10 minute drive to the outskirts of Philadelphia, about 20 more to get to Center City. There are more things to do the further into the city you go.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Its usually sunny, sometimes it rains and sometimes it snows. When the weather is nice, a lot of people hang out on Kuch field in the center of campus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Arcadia has an eclectic blend of people. There are many different races and religions here. There are also a lot of different social groups here. It is hard to be an outcast at Arcadia.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Study Abroad – Obviously, one of Arcadia's biggest pulls is its Study Abroad program. There is FYSAE (First Year Study Abroad Experience), where first-year students can study abroad their first or second semester in a (usually) European country. There is also Preview during spring break of freshmen year. For a nominal fee, students who did not study abroad their first year can go to London, Scotland or Spain (Italy if you're a transfer student) for a week. It is one of the best experiences at Arcadia. The study abroad program is awesome.


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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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