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Reviews 970 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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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.

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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

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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.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are not many parties at Arcadia. The only ones that exist are off-campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are only a few choices but a couple of restaurants are close and make delicious food!

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I got written up for a noise complaint on a Saturday night. I was watching a movie and several people in the room were sleeping which shows that it was not too loud. We asked several of our neighbors and they could not hear our movie playing. The RA's must have heard it right as they were walking past the door. It was only 15 minutes past quiet hours.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is not great but it is fine and could be much worse. I just wish there was more than two places to eat.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Seeing as my parents make a decent amount of money I was eligible for almost no financial aid. However, my parents are not helping me pay for school at all. I feel as if I a drowning in student loans with no help from anyone.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I was given two roommates in a room that was only meant for one. However, living in tight spaces is not difficult for me. I can see it being difficult for others. If anything, it allowed me to meet more people because I felt more comfortable walking around with two roommates. Most of my friends are from my floor and some I meant in the dorm lounge. There are things that need to be approved upon but because I had such a wonderful year thanks to great friends and excellent professors I look at my first year of college very fondly. For a small school Arcadia is doing well for itself. However, I often wish that it had more perks that a large school usually has. The living experience was mediocre but the people made it fantastic.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: No big, loud, archaic parties here. It's nice and quiet.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Wawa, Dunkin, stuff like that. It's cheap and good.

3 College Junior

Administration: I have never really come into contact face to face with security. They mainly keep to themselves unless something is wrong.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: It's not horrible. Not amazing, but not horrible. I recommend, if your a commuter like me, to just eat off-campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received an academic excellence scholarship, which helped some with finances.

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.

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.


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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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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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