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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The way is paved for an exciting variety of opportunities to study abroad. There are programs available all over the world during spring break, summers and of course school terms. Lots of support and guidance is in place to make the whole experience so much easier, interesting and fun.

In general everyone is accessible and helpful. I have been very happy with my classes and feel that I am getting an excellent education. Guidance is available in making choices, which can make a difference. Living on campus is comfortable and safe. All types of services and amenities are available which provide for a wonderful college experience in and out of the classroom.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Majors: As a History and Education student the types of internships that I would be a part of would be student teaching. As a student teacher I wouldn't be paid but it would be a very rewarding experience and one that I would not pass up. Currently I am part of a student teaching experience called Breakthrough and I get to work with seventh and eighth graders. Being prepared each week to teach and help my students is very important to my growth as a teacher.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Majors: I am currently an History major (with an Education minor) and I have to say that it was the best decision that I have made coming to Arcadia. Every teacher that I have had so far for my major seem to really care about their students, they are helpful and really want to help the students achieve their goals. The classes are challenging in the best ways possible and their are so many choices for classes. With every class that I take I feel as if I am moving closer to my goal of becoming a history teacher.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Majors: There are a lot of majors to choose from and courses that take care of the different requirements for each major, but as with most schools, some professors are better than others.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is over-priced and fairly bland. It's usually over-crowded no matter when you go to the dinning hall or the Chat (on campus cafe) and it's hard to get anywhere else when you're pressed for time.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: Arcadia only hosts public transport to AU specific events but the public transportation in the area is extremely convenient because it is in the Philly suburbs so trains and buses are used often and are fairly cheap.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Parking: While the parking permit isn't terribly expensive ($60 a year), finding a spot at peak class times is everyone's most dreaded experience. The campus is small enough that most people park and just elect to walk to class, rain or shine, just to avoid the hassle of finding a parking spot or risk being late to class.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are two main options: an apartment complex right across the street, although the street is a main highway and leads towards a less than nice part of Cheltenham. Most students choose to live with several others and in this complex for cheaper than campus housing. The second option is in downtown Glenside and the surrounding area, where students will splint the rent of a house. This options usually means that you need a dependable form of transportation.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Students were average. There was a wide range from artists (performing arts, photography, ceramics, jewelry, etc.) to sciences (Physical Therapy, Mathematics, Chemistry, etc) to Teachers and Philosophers.

General Ed classes with mixed majors always seemed to get along and everyone had their own sense of person/style. I don't believe there was much peer pressure to act like other students and felt I could always be myself.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: School was great for both commuters and residents and both "types" of students were easily able to intermingle and collaborate with one another. There wasn't a "divide" like there are at some schools between the two groups.

The professors are well linked with the local business scene and can assist you in getting employed after graduation.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The professors are EXCELLENT; however, the workload and depth of coursework is not as large/deep/hard as it is at some other schools. I attended Drexel University for 1 year prior to Arcadia and it almost seems like a "vacation" with some of the coursework at Arcadia. I almost wish it were harder/more were expected so I may have to force myself to dig deeper.

That being said - I learned SO much and feel that I received a wonderful education. The type of courses offered fit my schedule and my education goals/objectives.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: A beautiful campus with picturesque views. The architecture (castle, old buildings, etc.) is really awesome and the fact that you can take coursework within these buildings as well as room/live in them is totally cool. A lot of times old buildings like these are closed off to the public, but these are open and used by everyone from teaching staff to office staff to students. It is a real perk to be able to experience it.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The staff/faculty in the Mathematics department are SO talented and knowledgeable. In addition, they are there for their students 100% and offer in school support as well as support after you graduate in assistance finding employment.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation at Arcadia is okay at best. There's a train station that goes into Philadelphia only a 15 minute walk from campus, but it's not so convenient during the winter months. SEPTA bus stops are located right next to campus, but can be confusing if you're traveling farther than to the mall or walmart.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Public Safety always has a presence on Arcadia's campus. I've never felt unsafe on campus, except when walking alone in the 'haunted' castle at night. IDs are needed to swipe into every dorm and nearly every floor within the dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are bus stops right outside campus and the train to the city is about a five minute car ride.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: A parking permit cost $60 to get one. If you don't have one there is a change of your car getting booted if they see it overnight for awhile.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The Academics would be better if there were more availability

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have nothing bad to say, but there is always room for improvement when it comes to education

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's decent but nothing incredibly fun or entertaining

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The academic building were pretty nice as were the dorms.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: AU does the best with that it had, at least at the time I graduated. It was a small school community, however I think they have branched out since I graduated.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The people that play sports usually do so for recreation, not necessarily competition or for scholarship. The only sport AU was notable for was men's soccer.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Arcadia university is very small doesn't have much around campus. The university does a pretty good job keeping students busy through the student activities organized by the school. Because the campus is so small it is hard good parking, but if you get to class early you will be able to find decent parking.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather in Glenside Pennsylvania has your average east coast weather; it snows and rains. However, fortunately the campus is pretty small and it is easy to access all your classes without getting trapped in the weather.

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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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