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Reviews 777 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: if students are caught breaking the rules then they have to go to public safety. its really hard trying to get a way with anything illegal on campus because the officers are really good and they get to the situation really quickly. there are call boxes everywhere around campus, so if a student ever needs help like getting back into the building or something then public sefety will be right there to help you

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: it is really hard to get the amount of financial aid that you need. the financial aid office gives you a lot of hassle trying to figure things out. receiving scholarships depends on how good your test scores are or grades, maybe if you play a sport you could get a little more money too.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: arcadia university is number 1 in study abroad in america, so international students are accepted from everywhere around the world. the international students fit in very well, they make alot of friends. if they have challenges to overcome or something they need help with we have i-pal's on campus to help which are international pals for international students.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: if anyone is caught using drugs of some sort, they are taking to public safety. The RA's write up the students and and area coordinator takes them in her hands. These students first warning is to join alcohol and drug use classes to prevent from another encounter next time.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There have been two alerts of creeps bothering women but the walk from campus the apartments, what would be the most "dangerous" of my walking alone routes, is usually characterized by other students walking in the same area so I don't feel unsafe. I just wouldn't venture far from campus completely alone for a long time. I've walked to and from the train station in the late evening but again lots of people were out so I didn't feel too vulnerable.

3 College Junior

Parking: I don't use a car so I don't have to worry about parking. But my roommate does have a car and parking is OK. We usually find a good spot but some days/times mean more people are needing to park a vehicle in a certain area so you just have to work with that.

3 College Junior

Weather: We have...seasons. So. There's not a lot to say here. It changes and sometimes it sucks and sometimes it doesn't.

3 College Junior

Facilities: The Commons is great but since it's new and super important because it's new, more attention is given to it. This means that bathrooms in other buildings are gross. Generally speaking the oldest buildings, Grey Towers aside, just don't get as much care.

4 College Junior

Facilities: There's always something happening on campus. I've seen 3 or 4 comedians on campus in my first semester there. Some events aren't as good. The carnival was terrible - even other people who have been there a while said it was the worst event so far.
The game room is pretty cool. Sometimes it's very busy and sometimes you can have run of the place. Just depends on the night.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There isn't a group I haven't encountered on campus. There's also a lot of international connection because of study abroad and the College of Global Studies.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The sociology department is great. The professors are enthusiastic and sociable. The program can be challenging for some because it requires a lot of reading and writing. The bio kids seem to have the toughest time among all the majors.

4 College Junior

Academics: Physical therapy is probably the top academic area. Hence that and related areas are particularly rigorous.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Some sports are more popular than others but sometimes you can catch a really good game and people are hyped up at them. Basketball is pretty fun to watch.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I don't think it's too strict but the rules are pretty clear and are reasonable.

College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have Greek life. We have societies I guess, which are cool at first but start to feel elitist.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There's nothing really special about the nightlife - kind of typical.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining hall is a hit-or-miss. Sometimes it's great and other times it's not - and when it's not it's REALLY not. The soda machines get messed up too and frequently spit out watery drinks. There's always a vegetarian option. And there's a dessert night which can be awesome. When it's not dessert night there is ice cream available of course.
The other eatery, the Chat, tends to taste better - burgers, sandwiches, paninis, cheesesteak, etc. But it's not all-you-can-eat like at the dining hall. They have specials were you design your own meal...like pizza or nachos.

3 College Junior

Computers: I'm always able to find a computer at the library if I need to go there. There are times when a lot of people are at the library and it's harder to get a spot. The printing can be a hassle because of jams at the printers. Every now and then there are computers that don't work and it takes a while for them to be available again.
The IT help desk is pretty terrible. I've heard a lot of people having issues with them, enough for someone to be fired.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: For the most part they're very friendly and have a wide variety of interests; also very silly. But no one's perfect.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't know what the on-campus residence halls or suites are like but the off-campus apartments are great FOR COLLEGE APARTMENTS. People have had issues with critters and heating but I haven't had those issues. There's a lot of space, too.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I liked living on campus but the only thing was hpw strict they were on the noise. At the end of the day we are college students not little kids so i think we should get some slack from that. Also the cleaniness of the bathrooms were nor as good as expected. Other them that everything else was fine.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is available but can be pricey.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Have been in contact with an advisor but trying to do it on my own for the most part.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Makes a great effort at harmonious campus.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Have not had much of an issue finding a spot.


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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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