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Reviews 961 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Arcadia University was always my top pick because of the study abroad options (we're number one in the country) among other factors. I was able to study in London, England for the first semester of my first year of college which was an incredible way to start my four-year experience. I was taught in the UK university system and learned so much from the different methods that were used. Through my AU professors overseas I was given the opportunity to shadow several different members of Parliament and go behind the scenes at large functions. When I returned to AU's campus in Glenside, PA I walked in to another world, so the novelty of the first year of college never wore off. Three months in to the spring semester I traveled to Shanghai and Da'Lian, China with a Preview course, and for a fraction of the price which I would normally pay. Arcadia allows me to learn about and explore so many more cultures than I would have had available to me if I were to have gone elsewhere. I am now planning to study abroad for the entirety of my junior year, the fall in Toledo, Spain and Barcelona, Spain in the Spring for my respective fields of study.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If I had the option to choose a university again, I would stick with the school I am at because it really is a great school. I've made so many great friends and I got to live in a castle my first-year. I know my classmates and professors well because we have such small class sizes. My school has great study abroad programs and they have a program for first-years called preview, which is a week long travel experience and it's a one of a kind experience. There are always things to do on campus and the school has great info sessions and other programs that can help students out in the future.

2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school's study abroad program is great, but the administration and courses aren't living up to my expectations. The facilities are not worth the money and the surrounding area is very boring.

3 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The professors are very helpful here and the location is great. Arcadia offers a lot of opportunities to travel while in school. The physician assistant program is difficult but wonderful.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are a lot of ups and downs to Arcadia, mainly because of the size of the student body, but the main three are:

1. You cannot change professors. Small schools have a small staff, so the professor options here are not the greatest. If you do not understand a professor's method, your only option is to seek out tutoring. However, my largest classes are only about 30 students so the professor is able to help us individually.

2. Food options. There are only two places that accept meal swipes on campus. While neither of them are terrible, there is almost no variation in your diet.

3. Parties. Arcadia is NOT a party school. Go to temple for that.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is no social aspect, or any that is cool. It's a very educational based school

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school has a little something for everyone to enjoy. There are a lot of different clubs that people can enjoy and participate in and a lot of things that are brought to campus. But, the high cost puts a damper on things a lot of the times, since money is hard for a lot of people, so sometimes being able to afford on campus living or even the education is really hard on families today.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, the school is very close knit and welcoming.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall I like my school. It was small enough for my teachers to learn my name, but big enough for me not know the name of every person attending the college. The class sizes were about 15 to 20 students, so you won't get lost in the crowd. Arcadia offered a lot of events on the weekend such as dances, midnight bingo, concerts, shows, and etc. Arcadia did its best to provide a lot of events to allow the student to get to know each other. I would choose my school again in a heartbeat because of the classes, staff, events, and the amazing study abroad program. For my freshmen spring break, I travel to Cuba for $400 and it was amazing. Arcadia has one of the best study abroad programs in the country.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Some of the classes here seem to require minimal thinking and effort, but there are good classes as well. It's okay from my point of view.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Arcadia has a nice campus and many wonderful professors and faculty members. But if i got to choose again, i would not choose arcadia. They had problems with my fafsa, where not always able to answer my calls when i called and in the beginning had trouble with my deposit. But again this doesnt mean its a terrible school, this school really cares about the students. Their education, life, and well being. They also really try to get as many of their students to try out study abroad to taste the world, and expand in cultural knowledge.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Arcadia University is a great school with poor management

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The tuition is ridiculously high.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: As of today I haven't started attending my school but so far everything about it seems great. I begin In late August. My school is a small private school with a small population of students and an amazing abroad program. This school offers so many opportunities for what i want to major in.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: My school has people willing to listen, learn and accept those who are not like them. It is small but it is big in terms of how close-knit and loving the community is at the heart. Even though college is a lucrative business, my school often makes me forget that fact.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So far my experience at Arcadia has been really great. The small campus size allows for close interaction and relationships between students and professors. You can tell that the professors and staff really care about you and your progress and offer any advice or help they possibly can. I also really love the diversity of the campus and the vast amount of different clubs, events, and activities offered at school. The study abroad program is also the best and allows students so many opportunities and flexibility in studying abroad. Overall my first year at AU was really life changing and I can't wait to go back in the spring.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Going into college was definitely a change. Everyone was so nice and I slowly began to build school pride. The staffs are so willing to help and I feel like at my school, we can solve any problem. When people hear about my school, they either don't know it or only know about our famous landmark, the grey castle but I'm fine with it because I love my school! It doesn't need to be a school that everyone knows because it only matters if I'm content with what education I am receiving.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My experience is a little bias because I am the first generation to get a higher education in my family so I was very misinformed about the whole process. I really think schools quality depends on what you intend to do there and after. Arcadia University is a liberal arts school and I am a biology major, so there are a lot of classes that you must take that do not relate to my major at all. However, this is something you should understand beforehand which I unfortunately did not. The faculty is generally lovely, and very helpful and the campus is beautiful. This is not a STEM school but that is not the appeal, it is a great school. Make sure you understand you eligibility for study-abroad beforehand as well because they have great study-abroad programs but its confusing and sometimes you cant study abroad but these are all issues that could be avoided if you ask a lot of questions as soon as you can. Overall, its a great school and truly underrated in quality.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I like my school very much. The people are so nice and welcoming and are really interested in who you are as a person. During the summer orientation day I got to meet other students, both incoming and current. We played some "get to know you" games and I learned some things about the school that I was going to attend in the fall. Also, during the week of fall orientation before school started all of the incoming students came and participated in various activities. During the day we were in small orientation groups, where we played "getting to know you" games and just talked about how the atmosphere, people and classes were. At night, there were activities where we all came together as a large group like dances, magic shows and other performers. My school is unique because our school pride is amazing. Even though we our a small school we have large school spirit and large hearts to boot. If I had to do it all over I would chose the same school because I couldn't imagine were I would be without these nice and supportive people.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my school. Very diverse and accepting

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Small school but I love all of the friends I've made

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really love my school. It has it's ups and downs, but overall it's been a very positive experience. I did a lot of research when applying for schools. I choose the best fit for me and I absolutely love it. If I had to choose it again I definitely would.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Arcadia is okay. I like the staff, they are usually friendly and helpful. My adviser is difficult to get in touch with and doesn't know what she's doing. The food isn't terrible but it's pretty bad. There's a rodent problem which made my freshman year hell. I recommend commuting if possible. Very cliquey. The dorms are small, but at least the campus is beautiful.

1 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is a small school that lacks all the benefits of the small school. Many adjunct professors, advisor doesn't even remember me when I walk into his office three times a week, I had a lecture that had 70 people in it, no school spirit, very cliquey, Even though there aren't many people you are competing against to get a research opportunity you also have a small staff in each department so there aren't many opportunities in the first place. Even though financial aid is fantastic, it is still not worth the money I am paying for this school. However, the study abroad opportunities are wonderful.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It seems like the towers are a pretty good alternative for housing.


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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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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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