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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly chain restaurants or small diners but the food is always good.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing is pretty good. Depending on where you stay, the quality can change. For example, if you live in Dilworth, the quality is average or pretty bad because of a rodent problem and a microwave upstairs thats lays broken/missing pieces . If you live in Knight Hall, you get great amenities and nicer rooms. But neither are too bad.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I've never experience or looked around for off-campus housing, so I can't give a definite answer.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I've been around the Temple before and they throw the best parties. But if Arcadia does throw one, they are usually fun and free! It's not really a party school and that's fine with me, as I'm not a big partier. Though this can be a deal breaker for some who want more fun.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They are very strict on the treating other with respect and have zero tolerance for ignorance of any kind. I'm not sure what happens to students who display such actions. Drugs and alcohol I've heard are were handled harshly but some have gotten away with it.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I always got my stuff on time and the financial advisor is very nice and helpful to all my problems.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It has it's ups and downs. The main downfall(s) are the seasonings and the cost and the lack of variety in the chat, mostly. The dining hall changes their set up every week, so you get something new time. It suffers in proper seasoning or cooking at times.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Personally, I don't have any desire for a campus with never-ending parties, so Arcadia for me is a good fit. Generally, parties of some sort go on each weekend at either Oak Summit or Towers apartments, as well at another close university more well-known for their nightlife.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Arcadia has pretty fair about the rules. Underage drinking is not allowed, but legal drinking is, and the same goes for other drugs. As long as it's in a legal capacity it's not a problem.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The local community is pretty small, so it's easy for people to go off campus and find something to eat, usually at good quality and value, even if you don't have a car or ability to go into Philly on a regular basis. One option frequented by students is Michael's diner across the street from campus. It's open 24 hours and they make great milkshakes for late night studying.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The main two options on meal plan are the dining hall and the chat. The chat has a deli and grill, and is a pretty good option. There are also other things, such as brand name snacks for purchase, but anything $6 and below will qualify for meal plan. The dining hall has basic stuff like pasta, meat, pizza, veggies and salad bar, but the taste is frequently bland.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's great in terms of the fact that there are several options, but the quality of those options is another point. Expense is an issue with both on and off campus housing unfortunately so there isn't a great advantage either way.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of delivery options, but very similar food from them all. If willing to go into the city then variety is definitely available but locally there isn't that many choices.

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's a small liberal arts school outside of Philly, of course this school doesn't compete with larger universities. The party scene is practically nonexistent and definitely isn't a reason to attend this school, but it also isn't difficult to get to a college/city where parties are common.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Overall the discipline procedures at this school are very straightforward and for the most part reasonable and pretty lenient. Due to its small size there isn't a lot going on to monitor, but the school isn't very strict either.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: This school gives out generous financial scholarships, but in general it is overpriced. The financial aid process is pretty straightforward - FAFSA and then additional supplement form- but more financial aid options should be more readily available given the annual tuition increases. My financial aid advisor has been responsive and helpful when I have contacted them.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food is not one of this school's selling points to say the least. At times it looks like they are improving but then it goes back to sub-par quickly. In fairness however college food is notoriously bad everywhere so although it sucks to life with, it's somewhat expected.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Although the campus is beautiful, housing is typical of almost any university dorm. The housing process is super stressful in my opinion and could definitely be simplified. The option to live in apartment-style living is a great and something I don't think a lot of universities offer, at least not in such an accessible manner. The resident life could be improved, but it also allows for a good amount of freedom which at college most students are looking for.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Depending on where you live you can have different experiences. Unless you have a car, you'd have to walk to Towers. Their payments are due monthly which can be difficult if you don't have a job, but they're cheaper than on-campus housing. Availability overall is somewhat limited. There isn't too many spots open so you have to have a back up plan. I was also told the apartments behind the diner have rats and are very dirty.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Don't have too many restaurants within a close proximity, but a 10 minute drive can get you to some decent places. Chipotle, Dominos, Chinese, TGI Fridays. Costs are pretty good, especially factoring in our limited budget as college students.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are small and usually thrown by the same people. They're not too bad if you're drinking but if you go sober you'll most likely be bored. It's a good time to meet new people and since the school is so small you'll probably run into them more than once.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Their attendance policy is pretty strict. If you miss more than three classes they start deducting points. It can be difficult for incoming freshmen to deal with, because I know I struggled getting to class sometimes.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: To be honest my parents completed my financial aid for me. I struggle paying for school because my parents don't help make payments and I didn't receive enough financial aid.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining hall food reminds me of hospital food; it's very bland and boring. We have limited variety, especially compared to other schools. Meal plans are way too expensive and it's unfair for them to charge freshman for them. Best place to eat would be the chat, but it can be unhealthy and repetitive.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The school is strict about drug and underage drinking, but they're also helpful and in a sense nice about it. They are willing to give you a second chance if you want 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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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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