Location
Lancaster, PA
Undergrads
223
Tuition
$18,700
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Sophomore

Athletics: My college does not have any sports teams because it is a private art college. It offers a softball tournament in the spring for the teachers and students. There has recently been a dance club added to the college too, but it does not get much attention.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of nice places to eat, a lot of diversity in the food and a variety of prices.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Weather: Being in the city there is little snow, and big buildings block hurricanes and tornadoes. But anytime the weather has threatened anyone's safety at all, classes have always been canceled.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's very little drug use at my school. Most of the alcohol consumption is only from students that are of age, and there's a bit of smoking too, but mostly just cigarettes, and if its not then it's not in or near the school.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city of Lancaster is a really nice place, it is safe and clean and there's a lot of great restaurants and places to hang out. The residents are mostly elderly people and other young people, and everyone is pretty friendly. There's also a lot of cool shops to check out, but its kind of hard to find a job downtown.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Parking: We have a parking garage right behind the school that we may purchase a pass from and park whenever we need to.

3 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Transportation: The only transportation options are to your apartment in the city of Lancaster if it's late at night and you feel unsafe walking alone. I am a commuter from Middletown and must drive to and from Lancaster everyday of classes.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Parking: Like I said before, there is a parking garage directly behind the school. The school offers parking garage passes for the whole year for a reasonable price (considering it's a YEAR pass and parking at ANY time).

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: PCAD only has a free-ride home program (night use only) and transportation to school-wide field trips. I have taken the free-ride home at night because my bus doesn't run very late (I live a little outside the city). Most PCAD students live inside the city, so school (and pretty much everything else you need) is within walking distance for them. There is a garage behind the school that you can park in, if you do have a vehicle or commute, when signing up for a parking pass.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not even know about this topic, so in all it doesn't affect out school in the least.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I never see drugs and alcohol at our school, except smoking outside. However out side of the school and its zone, they can and could be ery abundant but I am not sure.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our school has no campus, it's just the school and it's zones. The students who live there are in their own apartments in Lancaster, meaning they live in a city filled with numerous people. However, there is a police station right beside the school, along with our own security guard(s) and there are take-home escorts for us to use if we feel like we need them. I feel relatively safe when going to school, but you have to watch your surroundings like you do anywhere else just to be safe.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are accessible computers (mac) all over the school that work great, we have a large printing lab to use for professional prints as well as many regular printers located in almost every room. Internet speed is usually fair, sometimes it can be a bit slow, however it's reliable.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Great school, very chill and relaxed. Once getting into the school you're immediately have a sense of comfort and "I belong". All in all I am enjoying my first semester of Freshmen year.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't know much about the drug scene. I only attend part-time and I work and live far from campus. I have not experienced peer pressure, or seen drug use first-hand.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Athletics: Pennsylvania College of Art and Design – There isn't an athletics department. This is a private art and design school, so students don't attend for the athletics. The student body is so small that it would be difficult to have enough people with athletic ability to form a department.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: Fine Art – All instructors are working professional fine artists. The workload is reasonable and challenging. The curriculum is designed to address the specific needs of your major, and internships are a requirement for graduation. The school has a good network of internship opportunities.

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4 College Junior

Weather: The school is lenient with regard to severe weather.

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5 College Junior

Computers: Apple Macs – The mac meets the artist's needs and I will never go back to a PC. All students own their Mac so there is no need for a lab.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Helpful... When You Ask for It. I got a decent amount of aid, but I had to make regular contact with the advisor. He's a great guy and really helpful with suggestions, but you need to put yourself out there and ask for help.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: A Lot of Work, but Well Worth the Effort. One of the reasons I came to PCA&D was because they offer a major in Illustration. The curriculum is tough and very deadline-oriented especially in the illustration and graphic design majors. The teachers are all experts in their field and the majority of them are currently working in their field in addition to teaching here. The one vice, however: if you come in already knowing what major you want, foundation year is going to be obnoxious at best. But if you can get through that year, the rest is intensive and you come out with an amazing portfolio. If you're not sure, I'd recommend coming to one of the senior shows. Their work is incredible!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Tradition Meets Modernism – Lancaster has plenty to do and see. It's an artsy city with old-fashioned charm and modern flair. Central Market, one of the best farmer's markets in existence (in my opinion), is an easy 15-minute walk from the school. Queen Street has tons of restaurants and shops, including several thrift stores and higher-end boutiques alike, and the bus station provides cheap and easy transport to farther places like the Park City Mall. There's the science museum, the Auntie Anne's pretzel factory, and the Charles Demuth museum in the city as well. Also, on the first friday of every month every gallery, shop and eatery in the city stays open later; it's impossible to see everything in one night. PCA&D itself has a gallery in the front which showcases guest artists and, in May, senior work. A great city and a great time is guaranteed.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Comfortable and Competitive, but a Little Expensive – I chose PCAD as soon as I walked in the doors. It's truly a wonderful school. I love the fact that it's small and artsy. I love the teachers, the programs, the assignments, and my fellow students. Everything here is amazing. The only thing I would say is you have to keep on top of your homework. If you don't do it or don't put in much effort, you definitely will get a terrible grade, if not fail. PCAD is a little expensive for what it offers, which does not include meals or rooming (you have to buy food and rent an apartment in Lancaster) or supplies. But that said, it's a great school and I highly recommend it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Don't Ask, Don't Tell – On campus, alcohol is forbidden and strictly enforced. However, off campus, they're pretty lax about it. It's pretty much do whatever you want off campus, but when you step on school grounds you need to at least act sober.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: It's Under Construction. The building itself is not the newest building- concrete walls and floors. Climate control as of now is not that great. That said, construction during the summer will (hopefully) improve some of these issues.
As far as supplies go, drawing tables are fairly good, and computers are kept up to the latest and greatest standard. Wireless availability is impeccable, and the 3D Lab is state of the art.

1 person found this useful Report
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