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Reviews 103 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It doesn't really make sense for such a small school to have it's own cafeteria. The school is located right in Lancaster city where there are plenty of places to eat, some that give PCA&D students discounts.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I am a graduating senior of this school and in the short amount of time that I've been here, I've seen it go through a lot of changes. The most valuable thing about this school is its faculty and class sizes. I would say that those two factors outweigh just about everything else you could possibly consider, because the sky is the limit if you have great guidance and a lot of one-on-one attention. The faculty will go out of their way to make sure every opportunity is available to you, they are extremely knowledgeable, and they will work with other faculty/department chairs to get you what you need. The problem is that the administration underappreciates the hell out of them, doesn't pay them enough, and tries to make them do things that aren't their jobs. Despite all of this, they do an amazing job of shielding students from their own oppression, but ultimately in the last three years the school has lost FOUR amazing faculty in just my department alone.

The president and Dean of Students put on this front like they are all about the students, but when students bring issues to their attention, nothing gets done. The building hours right now are insane. No other art school has our hours. For two years they talked about this "exciting sculpture" for the green space the school owns across the street, just to reveal a big orange and blue sign made of steel that looks awful, doesn't make sense, and that all of the students and faculty hate. They spent a couple million on that instead of using that money for something useful for the students. They are just totally oblivious to what healthy collaboration means. The school is rapidly turning into a trade school instead of a fine art school the way it was founded. They just revealed a new digital media major, which has infinite possibilities in the fine art world, but their entire gallery show to introduce the major was all commercial (app design, game design, digital illustration, cartoon animation) etc. New administration!

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The student-faculty ratio is low, so students are given more individualized attention.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Depends on how willing you are to look for the right place at the right price.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Great atmosphere for those interested in the art scene.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The college is not large, but the close-nit, accessible nature of the surrounding town makes up for that.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great balance between academia and practical application.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am impressed with the number of student study groups and clubs that supplement material that's covered in the classroom.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am satisfied with the variety of majors offered at PCAD.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have been given a solid foundation of basic skills and real-world opportunities to prepare me for life after graduation.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: For a fine arts college, the fact that sports are offered in the first place is a pleasant surprise.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: You cannot throw a rock without hitting an art gallery, coffee shop, restaurant, or music studio.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing consists mainly of local apartments that do not belong to the school.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Students are not afraid to express their uniqueness and originality of thought via looks, interests, dress, social life, and relationships.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The college is situated within a small town that appreciates the arts. Safety in the surrounding area of the college, as well as at the college itself, is not an issue.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It doesn't affect it much since its only one building, not a huge campus.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There is always parking available for students in the garage, but the price is not a good thing. But then again, maybe im just stingy.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: The local atmosphere is great, many people fear Lancaster but as an art student going to a school in an art town, it is amazing being there. The town is always holding events and the night life is great. If you're out in the good parts of town there is nothing to worry about. The other schools nearby have a great relationship with out school. The teachers there are helpful and allow us to use their library, the only thing is the students don't interact, and i think we should more.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are vending and coffee machines, but they aren't very good. They break down a lot and steal your money. If you ask for a refund though, the school happily gives it to you. There are plenty of food places nearby though, so it isn't a big deal.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you want to stay home and relax, its perfectly acceptable, but if not there is always a party to go to. When i say party, its usually just a very relaxed hang out or there are a few local hookah bars that are frequented and it's a very relaxed, fun atmosphere.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The school has the first year being generalized so you can decide what major you want and not have to switch and pay more down the road. It also incorporates the programs you need for your field of study, not forcing you to take more than that.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is a lot, but as a driven individual i enjoy a challenge and accept that sometimes in ored to achieve what you want, you need to work for it. The days are long at the school, but it's the school i chose and i don't regret that at all.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The student hangout spots are all very inviting. they created a park across the street for us to enjoy and the atrium is full of student/teacher pieces and inviting areas to sit.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everyone is so close, and the teachers are so experienced. You are literally learning from the best at PCAD. There are teachers that have been a part of publishing superman comics, along with teachers that have been involved in big projects that its hard to even dream of. You can't get a better learning experience than that.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have received money from applying to FAFSA and one scholarship for being salutatorian, however it wasn't enough and i still need a lot more. The guidance counselors are very helpful, but there is only so much they can do. Scholarships are very important and often hard to win.

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