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  • 12/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 1 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This campus is prefect for students who want the small school setting! If you want to be in a small classroom setting then it is perfect! If students need extra help, teachers are very willing to give the help and they get the chance to know each student on a personal level. If you would like to go abroad then this school is perfect for that! Arcadia is known for its study abroad opportunities and all of the students that go abroad truly love the experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take more than one visit to the school! Participate in a day on campus where you get to be with a student enrolled at Arcadia and go to classes with them. This really gives prospective students a chance to see the class sizes and also meet potential future peers.

    Bang for the buck

    Arcadia is expensive but the financial office works to give each student the financial aid they need. They also help students find outside help and are very willing to offer scholarships to students in need.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have enjoyed my time spent at Arcadia so far! The school is small so everyone pretty much knows everyone. The classes are also smaller which gives the students a chance to connect better with the professors. Going into Philadelphia is also a lot of fun! I have had the chance to go to the Franklin Institute which is so much fun! There are also a lot of cute fancy restaurants to go to and grab dinner with a group of friends!

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much since being at Arcadia, not just facts I need to know for my major but I have been able to learn a lot about myself and other important things. My knowledge has expanded so much thanks to the help of my professors.

  • 12/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 10 people found this review useful. 2 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    You will love Arcadia if you like a small school feel with big city living. Class sizes are small and the teachers are very personal. If you want to study abroad, then come to Arcadia!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take more than one visit to campus and see the castle! Talk to the study abroad offices because Arcadia is known for it's study abroad. Also, if you can stay overnight with a few different people and attend some classes.

    Bang for the buck

    Arcadia might be expensive on paper but they are willing to give out good amounts of financial aid and they even help you find outside aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    The location is great if you like the small campus feeling. I'm also living in a castle! Being close to downtown Philadelphia allows me to get off site and explore but return back to my home for a relaxing evening. It's the ideal location if you like being near everything all at once! Big city life, small city life, an hour from the beach, close to the mountains, good weather, the list never stops. We even have a castle!

    Am learning a lot

    Arcadia University has really expanded my education. The teachers are amazing and extremely helpful. As a freshman, I have not only learned about usual topics but have received the opportunity to take a course that suits my personal interests and become more involved on campus with the rest of my class.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 3 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    - NOT GOOD FOR PARTY ANIMALS...we participate in life at Arcadia. - Guys and lesbians...because there are mostly women at Arcadia. Otherwise dating can be troublesome. - Undeclared students, because they're great for helping you find your way and have a lot of class option with very helpful teachers. - Students that want to live ON-CAMPUS. I feel like off-campus students miss out a bit on activities and the independent experience. - Not perfect students...nobody is perfect, but if your GPA isn't golden, don't worry, because you'll learn to push yourself here without being completely overwhelmed. Good luck future Arcadians! Overall, this is fantastic school, and we can't wait to see you.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Do not bring all that stuff! You don't need it! If you forget anything there's a Walmart in walking distance (I reccomend going there instead of the bookstore or the Chat for food, because they're both expensive). But really, if in doubt, leave it out. - Get involved with your Advisor. Write down questions ahead of time. Do your research. Visit the career development center. Be honest with your Advisor. They can only help you help yourself. - Avoid alcohol and drugs. There's more to life. - Join clubs and volunteer on campus. Go to the events. You will make more friends and have more fun than just sitting in your room! - Invite people over....they're bored too. - Leave your door open...unless your floor is obnoxious, which can happen. Just be polite, and don't be afraid to tell your RA about a problem. - UM, USE THE GYM. It's free! It's good for you! Bring friends to motivate yourself!

    Bang for the buck

    Because no one I know has ever been to college before, I have nothing to base my feelings off of, but it does seem to me that Arcadia is VERY expensive and though there are many great resources at this University, I feel that there could be many things that are better for the price they require you to pay. However, they offer scholarships to many students so it's rare that you have to pay the full cost of tuition, but even so some things could be better. Everyone complains about the dining hall...it's pretty subpar. I wish that the food was more varied and of better quality, and cleaner (I've seen many mice in the dining hall, though I suspect most schools have this issue). The rooms are decent, but freshman housing could be nicer. The library looks nice, but I wish it had more pleasure reading options. I've heard often that they don't have enough books to read (though I think people may just not be looking well enough because I have found some very good books there, even if the selection is slightly lacking). The teachers are great and the study abroad program is excellent, so that must be where the money is going, but the art program needs to be less expensive for the students...I couldn't even indulge in my passion for art classes because of the high cost to students to take the classes because you have to provide all your own supplies from camers and photo paper, to paint, wood, metal working supplies, and brushes. There are some faults in this area, but there are benefits to the price of tuition as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    I had some rough experiences with other students that lived on my floor during my first year at Arcadia, however I've found that to be unusual at this school. I think you're bound to experience rough patches and conflicts during your first year and I'm glad for the experience. I made the wrong kind of friends starting out, so my year wasn't entirely positive by any means, BUT even so I've enjoyed living on campus and being on my own. I've since, toward the end of my Freshman Year, made life long friends. I enjoy the many club options of campus and love being involved. My advice is this for incoming students to help you get the most joy out of your freshman year; avoid people that drink and do drugs, because that's all they do, and if that's not the kind of lifestyle you want then you won't have ANY fun. You may think you can be good friends with those kinds of people even if you want to stay sober, but don't settle for those sort of friends because you're scared. Dare to venture out and make the kinds of friends that are actually good for you because that's when you'll start having fun at Arcadia. If you do want to party, this is not the kind of school for you, because most people here are sober, intelligent, deep thinkers, insightful, adventurous, and open-minded to new experiences.

    Academic Rigor

    Arcadia has given me plenty of direction and I've learned a lot about forming a career and about many different subjects. Not only have I learned so much about how to develop a career from the career development center and from my excellent advisor Jaime Miller, but there are so many options of majors and minors that I have been able to explore my many different interests while searching for a future career. The teachers are excellent in all different areas. Because I was Undeclared during my Freshman Year, I took a variety of classes and got to experience the teaching methods of many different kinds of teachers. My Intro to Psychology teacher, Professor Robbins, enhanced my learning experience by being hilarious and interesting while simultaneously being helpful and knowledgable. My art teachers have been encouraging and talented while my communications teachers inspired me to take their subject as a major. I'm shocked at the variety and multitude of excellent teachers and advisors at Arcadia University. I've not only learned much in my chosen subject areas, but about how I want to shape my future.

  • 10/12/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 4 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This university is a great place for students who wish to pursue a career in any of the sciences, international studies, and for any student who wishes to study abroad.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in coming to Arcadia, be sure to visit. If you do come to Arcadia, get involved, and if you ever need any help, ask your professors, they are more then willing to help you =). Go Knights!

  • 11/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 5 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    anyone really; especially those who want to study abroad and experience something new.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study abroad at least once while you're here.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm paying exactly the same that I would be paying back at Arcadia. For the quality of this education I'm being given, I would say I'm getting bang for the buck. Arcadia tries hard to make sure students abroad are getting the best experience here for their buck.

    Am enjoying being here

    University of Stirling is amazing. There's always something here to do, whether something small like hanging out with friends, or something big like going out to a dance. It's very safe here as well; according to Arcadia, the city of Stirling was rated as one of the safest in the world. I believe this now. Arcadia did a great job of choosing this school for study abroad.

    Am learning a lot

    Arcadia is my home university, and thanks to Arcadia, I am currently studying abroad at University of Stirling in Scotland. Therefore, this review will be based off of my experiences abroad. Arcadia helped me attend this University in which I am learning so much. The professors are great and they know what they are talking about.

  • 11/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Good for pretty much everybody, it is however not a party school and you should be prepared to learn and do your best. However, most of the teachers aren't really strict and you will have fun in class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Arcadia University is really big on having personal experiences. Whether you're writing an essay or speaking to a member or a faculty, focus on what has meaning to you, rather than some cookie cutter statement about the future or the like. Be genuine about yourself and the things you care about and the University will take notice.

    Bang for the buck

    Ok, Arcadia is really expensive, but the financial aid office is always there for you and there are a bunch of work-study opportunities. Basically, if you're not lazy you will find a way.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at Arcadia so much. Everybody is really chill and there aren't really many mean or annoying people. The only real problems are that pretty much everybody goes home on the weekends, so the campus is a bit of a ghost town, and not that many people go to the campus events, usually because they are hanging out with their friends. What most people do is make their own fun, which leads to some really funny stories. Also, the food isn't exactly amazing, but it's one of those shared experiences which leads to friendships with people you wouldn't expect to be friends with.

    Am learning a lot

    Arcadia has so many fun and interesting classes. The school's curriculum requirements mean that you're not stuck in the classes for your major. Instead, you get to experience amazing classes you couldn't in other schools. A really awesome part of Arcadia is the seminar classes, which are more about having fun and actually thinking rather than learning facts.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 7 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police are on the patrol, there are alert posts located around campus for help. Text alerts are sent out if there is anything to be aware of on campus that may be a threat.

    Greek Life

    Greek life doesn't exist at Arcadia, there are NO fraternities or sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs and activities going on almost all the time,if a club doesn't exist you can create one by visiting the activity directors and finding some professors to sponsor it after asserting that there is significant student interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for proactive and studious students. There is a lot to do around campus however one must keep academics in mind and know when to skip something to finish writing a paper or studying for a test.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well there is a guy beauty pageant that is fun to attend in the fall. Freshman welcome dance, founders day and other interesting things. The campus has a castle that freshmen can choose to live in.

    Bang for the buck

    There are a lot of free field trips that clubs go on, lots of free events in general. I love the campus and the professors are the top in their fields. There's a lot to appreciate here.

    What to do for fun

    Knight Life activities, keep on top of club activities there is always something going on. Dances, free food parties, concerts, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Be careful of how many trips you make to the dining hall, each one costs you a meal out of the 19 meal a week plan. Bring tubberwear to bring some stuff back to your dorm for another time.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are nice, not all are air conditioned. If you decide to live in the castle keep in mind that you will most likely have more than one roommate. Some have 5 roommates, also if you choose a triple room you get $595 credit on your tuition bill taken off. But if you choose a single you pay an extra $595 a semester.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors can be hard but are willing to work with you after class via appointments. The tutoring program is also a great help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you investigate the details such as meal plan options, the required one that a freshman gets is 19 meals a week. Most don't realize this and so don't stock up on food in their room for grab and go dining. There are tons of extra activities to participate in called Knight life. Get involved and make the most of the opportunities available. If you can't afford studying abroad for a semester but wish to travel there is a 'Spring Preview program, you choose where you wish to go out of the options given, pay around $500.00 ( need spending money for food and such) and you get to go to another country for a week during spring break.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia has a beautiful campus with a variety of living arrangments to suit student needs. I don't care for the fact that freshman year a student has little say in the development of their schedule for the year. The campus is easy to navigate and dorms have air conditioning for those who require it, the tutoring program is a great tool to get ahead in class with tips from student who had the professor before.

  • 01/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 8 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Arcadia University is definitely good for students who want to study abroad as our school is number one in the country for it. It is also good for those who intend to study into a health/science fields as there are many classes for those majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that Arcadia University is a school that you really want to go to. It is right for some, but it isn't right for everyone. I have seen some people who are transferring out of Arcadia because they are too far from home or are very homesick. Another tip is if you are struggling in a subject, do not be afraid to ask for help. This is college and you can't afford to fool around. We have a learning center and a math center that offers tutoring to those who want it so take advantage of it!

    Bang for the buck

    I think that Arcadia University is worth paying for. Even though I am not too thrilled about paying $40,000 a year, I know that this is the right school for me. Arcadia fits all of my needs as I want to major in chemistry pre-forensics and this school has a very good reputation for their forensics program and is worthy of my time/money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy my time at Arcadia University. I like how the school isn't too big and I like the closeness of the buildings on campus. There are also a lot of clubs to join here as well. I'm currently not in one but I hope to find the club that's right for me soon.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a lot in Arcadia University. Academically, I'm a little behind, but I am learning much about campus involvement, safety, and I look forward to learning more.

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who love or want to travel. The school prides itself on being the best in study abroad, and there are so many opportunities to go abroad. This school is also great for those who really want a personalized education experience. Your professors will know you by name, and so will the staff. Also if you are not big on partying then this school is good. Though there are parties, no one pressures you to do anything, and there are much more students not partying then those who do party.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on preview. Preview is normally a 2 credit class offered to first years and transfer students. In the class you learn about some aspect of a country and then during spring break you travel to that country. It really is a lot of fun, and you can;t beat the price. Honor students do not have to pay, but for everyone else it is only $500. That includes airfare, transportation, activities, and a place to stay. You also get some meals. This was the highlight of my first year, I went to Barcelona>

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is a bit on the higher side but they do give great scholarships, and will help with financial needs. When you go here you are paying for a great education. You will learn while you are here since the class sizes are small. SO far my biggest class was 20 students and my smallest was 3.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here! Everyone is super friendly, and welcoming. The people on your hall become great friends, and same with those in your classes. The school hosts many events like dances, fairs, and comedians and that is all free! I had a blast!

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much in my first year of college here. All of my professors were fantastic, and they genuinely cared about my success in their class. Also all the professors treat you with respect, and since class sizes are small you end up forming great bonds with your classmates and professors.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Perfect for those who want the small school setting. That's what I was concerned about. I didn't want to be just a number. I needed that one on one with my professor if I ever had questions or needed help. We're not in the city, but we are still close enough to the city. And we are a safe school. There are no fights or problems that I have ever heard of.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the campus. It is an incredible experience. You would want to see it for yourself rather than hear from other people what it is like. If you are an accepted high school senior, take advantage of the Day On Campus program in the Spring. You can stay with current students and shadow them for the day. You can either stay for the day or overnight. Be involved. It's a great way to meet new people.

    Bang for the buck

    Arcadia offers a good amount of financial aid and scholarships.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really do love being here. I am trying to stay on campus more often on the weekends and taking advantage of the activities that goes on around here that I have missed last year when I needed to go home because of issues at home.

    Am learning a lot

    Arcadia University has taught me a lot not only about my major, but also about myself. It has taught me to be more open minded about things especially things that are not normal to me.

  • 11/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested is PT its great here...and pretty much anyone

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a commuter school this has a lot of cummuters. If you want to learn and want to enjoy school arcadia is great for that...they might not always be helpful on finding you a job if you don't qualify for work study but otherwsie they are pretty good at what they do.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost may be expensive but it is well worth it since the classes really do teach you many different things from your major to a class you are taking for the core curriculum or even a class for fun.

    Am enjoying being here

    Most days I love being here, there's always something to do with some friends or homework.

    Am learning a lot

    In every class, i learn something new...it's like most of the teachers truly care about the students with learning making it definitely worth while to attend class. Some of the teachers try to make learning fun which helps in the whole part of learning because we all want to learn.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 12 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to study abroad. This school leads with that, I have a friends who applied, was accepted, and deposited. She is very excited and will experience a lot by traveling abroad, I wish her the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, personally I found it lacking of what I wanted out of a college.

    Bang for the buck

    Arcadia offered me a scholarship but I was not impressed because I found them to be more expensive than reasons justified. Should they have granted more scholarship money, I think I would have considered them more.

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm sure that there are a lot of activities to do on campus, what what about off campus? I did not feel that I would have a lot of occupy my time.

    Will learn a lot

    By my research, Arcadia seems to offer a lot to student, it is the caliber of the education that I questioned about Arcadia.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 13 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, as amazing as the school is, it is expensive. Very expensive.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people here are great! It's like a school full of all the people that were always labelled weird outside of the school!

    Am learning a lot

    The school's staff is amazing. Almost all the professors I have had since starting here have been undeniably helpful. They are typically more than willing to help in anyway possible.

  • 12/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those perusing liberal arts, studio arts, theater, biology, physical therapy, international studies. Most of the people on campus are either athletes or passionate about the arts.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early, as the college is more inclined to send you information that is not mentioned anywhere else, and a scholarship. Join the facebook group and visit as much as possible to get a feel for the college. They have a program where you can go to class with current students, which helps you get a feel for how classes run and allow you to meet future peers.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that if I would take another major, it would be worth my money. The anthropology program could improve a lot, as well as the chemistry. The art, biology and physical therapy programs include a variety of classes. They are very generous with financial aid, and can get you a job on campus if you qualify.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is quite small, so it's not a far walk to classes. It is situated in a suburb of Philadelphia so it's fairly quiet. There's generally some type of event going on during the week and on weekends, whether it's free food and live bands or other activities. College housing is not that great for Freshman. They have the option to live in the castle, the landmark of the college. You would have to live with eight other people, competition is very intense, and you will most likely not get to live there. Freshman dorms are on the older side, one bathroom on the floor, floors are entirely one gender. Upper classmen can choose to live off campus in university housing, or in upper classmen housing on campus, which is newer and has kitchens. Depending on the class size, there may be as many as three assigned to a room, meaning bunk beds. However, there is a great study abroad program where first years go to a country of their choice over spring break or for a semester. There are two places to eat on campus, the dining hall, which has exotic dishes that are not well prepared, and the chat which has fast food. The library has any source you could possibly want, and is beautiful with three places to sit and study. The classrooms are all new and in decent condition. The people are generally not too friendly, they usually keep to themselves. There's not much to do in the town, so most people take the train into Philadelphia. There's a lot more females than males that attend arcadia.

    Am learning a lot

    Depending on what professor you get and what classes you take, you can really learn a lot. I am a student in the social sciences department, and even though the program is not that great and there are not very many classes, I have learned a lot about my intended major, and its connection to the outside world. Many of my professors also care about their students on a personal level, and will offer their help if needed.

  • 04/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who love to learn, travel, read, write, create, and laugh.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study abroad!

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive but the financial aid office is really willing to help in any way they can.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is such a close-knit, welcoming community, and everyone is very kind. The location is perfect. We're a short walk from the train station and about a twenty-minute train ride into Center City Philadelphia, which is wonderful on the weekends.

    Am learning a lot

    My courses are all varied and really interesting. The professors are all committed to their subjects and are really happy to help with any issue you may be having.

  • 05/10/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 5 people found this review useful. 16 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    International Students. They cater to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be impressed by the pretty campus. they don't show you the run down dorm housing. Co-ed bathrooms will make you uncomfortable and be prepared to dine on unusual foods.

    Bang for the buck

    Very Overpriced for the education you receive.

    Did enjoy being here

    Some people were friendly, but unless you have a car on campus and know the area, you are stuck on campus without activities that are promised in the recruitment information.

    Did learn a lot

    Not all instructors knew how to teach, many courses were glorified high school courses.

  • 10/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 17 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're used to tiny student body sizes, put study abroad opportunities over quality of education and campus life, and enjoy having everyone around you either miserable and/or drunk, then go ahead and apply.

    Tips for prospective students

    Honestly, don't come to this school. You'll generally regret it if you're a semi-intelligent individual. Transfer will be the first word that enters your mind after you enter campus and you'll find that a lot of other people feel the same way.

    Bang for the buck

    The great thing about Arcadia not being as prestigious as other schools is that they're willing to pay exuberant amounts in scholarships for any students with a high enough GPA. The only reason I came to AU was because I would only have to pay about $10,000 a year. Then you realize the reason they need smart people so desperately is because the rest of the student body is so sub par.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is an extremely small school which is something I cannot emphasize enough. There is virtually no night life, and there is hardly anything to do on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The thing about this school is that there are some really great professors here with interesting classes, but there are also some that are fresh out of graduate school with no experience and no idea how to teach. It's really a gamble with courses and core classes usually have the worst professors.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is relatively safe. The public safety officers patrol the campus and there are phones located around the campus that can be used to contact public safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of interesting clubs on campus, and there is an activity almost everyday.

    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in traveling the world or just interested in other cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a castle; the same design as the one used in Harry Potter films.

    What to do for fun

    There are parties, trips, plays, and many other activities available. Practically everyday there is something to do at Arcadia.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Arcadia is okay. Not similar to food from home but it is manageable.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great!! (At least for me) The people on my floor were very friendly and helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    For me the semester was manageable; not too rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make use of the one on one with the professors and the tutoring services, be active in classes (asking questions is as active as answering them) and make use of the free 50 dollars at the library every semester.

    In three sentences

    If you are interested in studying abroad then Arcadia University is the school for you. It is very open to all cultures hence it is very diverse. Finally the professors and staff are very friendly and approachable and there is a one on one with the professors policy that is enforced.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Arcadia is located in a small town outside of Philadelphia and the campus has a very safe feeling to it. Each dorm building is locked and a student ID card must be swiped to obtain access. We have campus public saftey who patrol and many cameras set up around the grounds.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are focused on academics and not the party scene. The campus is small and fosters learning; we are not known as a party school.

    What to do for fun

    The campus holds many activities including movie nights, bingo nights, dances, laser tag, bowling trips, and parties. Also, the campus is really focused on athletics and all students can use the athletic fields and gyms. Finally, we are very close to Philadelphia and we often get discounted tickets to sporting events and shows in the city.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has an all you can eat “typical” cafeteria. In addition, there is a café and a place called the “Chat” where you can order freshly made food from a deli, grill, and Mexican food line.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus so my rating is purely based on friends opinions.

    Academic Rigor

    Arcadia has great professors who know how to challenge the students. If you care about learning and challenging yourself, Arcadia is the right choice!

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip for prospectives would be to get involved and be a part of the campus community. I feel all students will enjoy their stay at Arcadia much more when they are active and build a good network.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia University is a great college whose professors and staff truly care about the well-being of all the students. A small campus with plenty of 1-on-1 help, small classes, and great resources allow students to feel anything is possible when give the right tools and support. I could not see myself graduating from any other school if given the choice!

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 63

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The school is a 30 minute train ride from Philly. On campus there is always something to do. There are so many clubs to join, extra curricular stuff to do, people to hang out with, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The food I think is delicious. You have so many choices to pick from, going from the grill, the health bar, cereal bar, ice cream, and so much more. I love the food that we can choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms are not bad, it depends on the building you live in. I have heard good and bad things about the dorms, but I cannot speak from experience since I commute back and forth.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are rough and challenging, but they help a lot more. The actual courses for the majors are difficult at times, but it is all worth it. When it comes to the classes you have to take for college credits, they are fun and the teachers make it so entertaining.

    In three sentences

    The campus is small, but it gives a lot more opportunities for one-on-one help and making better friendships. Classes are smaller so it is easier to communicate with the professor, as well as the other classmates. So far, all the professors I have had were some of the best teachers I have ever encountered.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none

    What to do for fun

    15 minutes for downtown Philly

    Food and Dining

    Many choices and tasty

    Dorm Life

    Clean, comfortable and fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but rewarding

    Tips for prospective students

    A greta choice

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere at Arcadia is friendly. The Professors are outgoing and helpful. In just on year it has helped me become more aware of want I want to do with my life.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is very nice and there is usually a car riding around all day. They are free and ready to help anybody who walks into their offices. They are paid to help us but they also enjoy looking out for us and keeping us safe. Most of them you will get to know on a first name basis.

    Greek Life

    We do not have greek life on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and things to get students involved and if there is not a club in an area that you want to explore than you have the freedom to start a club if you can meet the requirements which usually just means you need an advisor.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to stand out. The community is very small so you can make a name for yourself fairly easily.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During spring break of your freshman year or for a first year transfer, you can spend the entire spring break abroad. For only about $500. There are select places that are a little more than that because you need a student visa, but most places are $500 for an entire week abroad. That includes the air plane ticket- both ways, food, and a place to stay. Also, most coaches are okay with allowing their players to attend because they know it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

    Bang for the buck

    This mostly depends on how much financial aid you get and how much you take advantage of here. The University wants you to succeed and they have provided all the tools necessary. There are math and writing labs that will help you as long as you walk in the door. They will pair you with another student who took the class you are struggling in and who had the same teacher so that they know what the teacher is looking for from you. If you take advantage of everything Arcadia has to offer and you have a decent financial aid packet, it is worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    There is almost always something happening on the weekends, either a school event or a sports game. There are also a lot of intermural sports that are fun to watch or participate in. Many people play catch or music or just hang out on the green which is nice. We also just got a game room in the Commons so that is another option.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay but it gets old very quickly. The dining hall is not open for breakfast which is annoying because they have a lot of good cereals, bagels, toast and a toaster oven. But the Chat is open until midnight and they accept the meal plan swipes so it is another good option to keep in mind. Overall, the food is decent and you can survive off of it but defintely bring your own for when you get tired of DH or Chat food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends a lot on what RA you have but most of them are pretty good. It also depends on how much you get out of your room and participate in the events that are held. There are many opportunities to meet new people and to have fun and most of them start in the dorms. Get out and meet the people on your floor and keep your doors open so that anybody can pop their head in to say hello!

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are challenging and they really make you think. The positive to doing your work is you learn a lot about the topic which will help in later classes or when you get a job in your field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Many people only come here so that they can play a sport or because it was the cheapest. They give out a lot of financial aid and their study abroad programs are the best. If you want to study somewhere else in the world, Arcadia does everything they can to make it possible.

    In three sentences

    The faculty and staff are very nice and many go out of their way to help you. The campus is very pretty but sometimes there isn't that much going on. Overall, it is a decent place to live.

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There has been no problems on campus with safety and you are always so close to all the buildings nothing can really happen.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a limited number of clubs on campus but enough that you should be able to find at least one you enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to go into an international field or want to study abroad should look into Arcadia.

    Bang for the buck

    They offer a lot of financial aid at Arcadia so it makes it worth it to attend. Also with all of the study abroad opportunities the school is completely worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    You have the ability to easily go into Philly for day trips and Arcadia is constantly putting activities out for students to attend.

    Food and Dining

    It is like most other buffets in colleges. The bonus is that it is never supper crowded and lines are never to long.

    Dorm Life

    I have not stayed on the actual campus yet but it is very small and you gain very close bonds with most of your classmates since there is so few of you.

    Academic Rigor

    Since this school is so big on studying abroad the challenge of courses depends on where in the world you are at. As far as I know the classes on campus are academically challenging but you have a lot of opportunities to get assistance.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a large campus then you should consider a different school. Also anyone who wants to study abroad should go here or study abroad through Arcadia. I came to Arcadia for the reason of study abroad and am currently in London for my Freshman Year in college.

    In three sentences

    This is not a party school but it does have something for everyone. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to study abroad. This school has many unique opportunities that really interested me in coming.

  • 12/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 63

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is pretty good, though since the campus is in such a nice area I think it's hardly needed. Still the university has set up blue light boxes. If you can see one, you can see at least two more. You can press a button to call for serious help, or for an escort if you feel unsafe, but there is no actual immediate danger. Likewise, you can call campus security from your phone, for serious help or for an escort. In case of an emergency or in harsh weather, the university sends: a phone call until you answer, a phone call home, a text, an email, and posts the situation to the campus portal.

    Greek Life

    Arcadia does not have any sororities or frats on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list.

    Great for these types of students

    I've actually found that Arcadia is great for all types of students, though I think the more nerdy or geeky types will find they are at home here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The one unusual tradition I've come across at Arcadia was Meet Arcadia, which happens during Orientation at the beginning of the fall semester for in-coming students. Students are lead into the campus gym to a screaming hoard of Resident Assistants and Orientation leaders, forming a (screaming) tunnel with high-five-ing walls. After a very long time, this is quieted and broken into chaotic group games. Some think it's dumb, some think it's fun. I found it a mixture of the two, though definitely and unusual and interesting tradition on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I would have gone with three stars if Arcadia weren't so expensive at $34,960 for yearly tuition, plus $660 in fees, plus $12,150 room & board, and an estimated cost of text books at around $1,400 year. The buck is huge but the bang is quiet. Most of it seems to be paying for experience, the university often has expensive, free-to-students events such as free Cold Stone Ice Cream for 100+ students and movie showings of movies that aren't available to the public yet, showing such movies is usually 1,000 dollars or more. So while those events are fun, I feel that my tuition money could be going toward better, more efficient things such as castle restoration. The castle isn't very well-kept, and neither are the insides of most of the buildings. Plus, as an art major, I feel that the university could be providing more space for the art program, even going so far as providing quality art supplies instead of making the art department spend its feeble budget of 1,000 dollars on dollar store grade art supplies. Rather the university spends my tuition money on unnecessary turf fields.

    What to do for fun

    Arcadia has something going on almost every weekend. The university also has many clubs, plus Glenside and the train station are only a few minutes walk away. There is also a large mall in the area, the Willowgrove Mall, as well as the King of Prussia Mall close by. Most students though find the close-by Walmart the most convenient place to shop.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is okay. There are three dining options on campus: The Dining Hall, The Chat, and the Easton Cafe. The Dining Hall is all-you-can-eat, which is nice, as well as twenty four hour access to breakfast (bagels, waffles, and cereal, with a gluten-free and lactose-free fridge area). You can also choose a take-out box option; fill the box as much as you want and eat elsewhere. The staff are very friendly. One of the downsides to the Dining Hall, however, are the hours. Currently the Dining Hall is only open from 10:30am to 7:00am if it's not a weekend. So if you want breakfast on a weekday before 10:30, you're forced to go to the Chat. The Chat is not all-you-can eat, and is very rigorous about what you can and cannot have on the university meal plan. Their meal plan selection is very limited. Lastly, the Easton Cafe has snacks, and does not accept the university meal plan at all. The meal plan is weekly based, and does not roll over (you lose swipes you don't use). All first years are required to be on the 14 Meal Plan, which is 14 meals a week which is sometimes too much and sometimes too little. It is especially wasteful when it is too much because you've already paid for those swipes and you can't use them after that week. Arcadia does offer plan-less swipes, where you can buy as may as you think you'll need. You can also charge to your Knight Card (your ID and meal plan swipe card) like a credit card. It has a limit of 1,000 dollars, but like a credit card, you have to pay that balance eventually.

    Dorm Life

    One of my complaints about Arcadia so far has really only been it's housing and food. Unfortunately, I haven't found that you get your money's worth living on campus (unless you're in the castle, which is more paying for the experience). Most students live off campus in local apartments after their first year. I find that the non-castle housing the university provides is very cramped and not extremely clean. The guest rooms the university provides are even more so, no wonder they don't let parents stay in them! For 12,000 a year, it's much more worth your while to live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Arcadia University prides itself on making it's students well-rounded and globally informed. Paired with it's number one study abroad program and university requirements, Arcadia is definitely interested in challenging students in fields they may have never thought of before.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for as many scholarships as you can, and as early as you can because, unfortunately, Arcadia is on the pricier side.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia great place if you're looking for a moderately small, close-knit school. While it is not either huge or small, I find it just right. There's plenty to do on campus, although it usually is not partying.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are constant Public Safety patrols, and the people are very nice. There has not been any issues while I have been enrolled here, and it is impossible for outsiders to enter any of the dorms without an Arcadia ID.

    Bang for the buck

    While it's on the expensive side, it's worth it for the castle on campus and the wonderful study abroad program.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is very close to Philly, so if you find yourself bored, you can easily walk to the train station and go into Philly. There are also some events on campus which are worth while, and the town of Glenside is pretty nice, too.

    Food and Dining

    You can't expect the food to be as good as homemade. Sometimes it's not very good, and other times it's passable. Altogether, it's school food. There are new dining options that have made the choices better, though.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, roomy, carpeted, and include a nicely-sized closet, bed, desk, and dresser. The dorm life altogether is very nice and a good experience to have. It helps you learn how to live on your own, while giving you companionship at the same time. The RA's are all very friendly, as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not too challenging, depending on your major, but they do challenge you enough to enjoy them and learn new things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to come to college and let yourself go - into another country! The first opportunity offered is First Year Study Abroad Experience. If that seems too intense, there is Spring Preview, which is a great experience with a week in a different country. There is so much to learn at this school and so many great opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia University really gives many opportunities to its students, and the option to go abroad is something that really gives it a strong basis. The campus is beautiful, and there is such a wide variety of diverse people there that you can meet some really extraordinary people while you are surrounded by a castle and other great scenery. The teachers and staff are all very kind and helpful, and the small size of students allows a strong teacher-student relationship.

  • 04/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are many call boxes around and I always see security driving by.

    Greek Life

    Not familiar with it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Bookworms. People serious about learning and who don't care about nightlife or partying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grey's castle is an historic landmark and some say it is haunted.

    Bang for the buck

    Arcadia is expensive and it is a small school. It can feel a little isolated if you don't have a car. You do learn a lot, so the academics make the expense somewhat worth while.

    What to do for fun

    It is near Philadelphia so if you have a car you can drive there. Otherwise, there is the Keswick theater down the road. There are some restaurants nearby. Arcadia has many activities on the weekends to be occupied with.

    Dorm Life

    I commute so I don't know. Although I did hear some students say they had mice in their rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very rigorous. However, if you stay on top of things you should be ok.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't fall behind in any of your assignments-they pile up! Online accelerated courses sound good but they are a lot of work. Don't be afraid to ask for help from your advisor.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia is a wonderful school. Academics are rigorous but the professors want to help you succeed. There is a focus on diversity and learning of other cultures.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I had a flat tire out near Brubaker Hall and Campus Safety refused to help me with it.

    Greek Life

    Nonexistent.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy hipsters who leave their hometowns and encounter Arcadia, which is full of artsy hipsters, meaning that being a hipster is now a mainstream concept, which is a paradox.

    Bang for the buck

    Way too overpriced. It is a private institution but it does not feel up to snuff academically.

    What to do for fun

    Run around the Castle which is allegedly haunted, or just walk around Glenside praying for something fun to happen.

    Dorm Life

    Overpriced but generally OK. No rodent problems.

    Academic Rigor

    I did not feel challenged enough in any other classes besides science related ones.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the new Commons, which are beautiful and peaceful to study in. Keep an open communication with professors. Avoid the fajitas in the Chat.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia has a small student to faculty ratio which insures individualized attention for students. However, the campus is marred by constant construction, bulldozers creating mountains of dirt and havoc at every turn. The second floor of Taylor Hall has a coed bathroom so students are usually inclined to go in, lock the main door and prohibit access to everyone else; thanks for stealing the entire bathroom.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hanging out with friends is key on such a small campus. Get involved on campus with different clubs and activities. There are quite a few clubs to get involved in and they do offer free activities to do while in Philadelphia and the greater Glenside area.

    Food and Dining

    Food is ran by an outside company, Parkhurst, and is absolutely horrible. The school's contract with them just ran up this past year but because of a recent proposal by Parkhurst to help run food in new building on campus they have extended their stay. The food is worse than high school cafeteria food, on a good day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm living is very, very, very dull. Lovely campus but dorms are dirty, and some have mice running rampant through them. Dorms nearest to the cafeteria have the most problems and most student leave on weekends making an already small campus even smaller.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically speaking, in the first year, their are harldy any challenging courses to take. I was fully loaded and was not challenged as much as I would have liked to be. I asked for further assignments but was not givin anything too extreme.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check the study abroad opportunities available at Arcadia because they are numerous and not as expensive as you'd think. They have colleges in destinations all over the world. They can easily help students to determine which schools in which countries are best for their overall major or degree concentration.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very inviting and is a wonderful place to learn or study. Lots of flora and great students add to the quaint atmosphere of the campus. The teaching staff are great and always alailable for help.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, you shall mainly find yourself hanging with friends, taking trips into Philadelphia (which is a short train ride away), and participating in whatever club you choose (which it is highly recommended you join clubs since it is essential to your integration and bonds in Arcadia University's community).

    Food and Dining

    Food quality fluctuates. This can possibly be due to the production methods of the dining crew on a regular basis. The food will be amazing during any special events such as open house, Mid-knight Breakfast, Thanksgiving, etc., but then not so much the following day. You usually have two options for dining: Dining Hall which is a buffet-styled meal period (where the fluctuation occurs most) or The Chat where students can use meal exchange to get a fairly consistent meal.

    Dorm Life

    During dorm life as a first year student, you will probably make a fair amount of connections and friends. Most of the people will tend to be friendly and accepting. This will also come at the aid of your Resident Assistant. You may find yourself more or less inconvenienced at times as a first year student which will involve you sharing a bathroom with your entire hallway and not having a kitchen. But as you earn points for a system/event called the Housing Lottery you get opportunities to select better housing options for the following years. Though, in all honesty, you may find yourself living off campus by your senior year due to desires to live more for less money since housing is approximately $10,000/year.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you have a passion for your intended major and the utmost interest in the information that accompanies it, you shall find that you are challenged in some refreshing ways that symbolize your journey to a higher education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind and willingness to learn. This will serve you well not only within class but outside as well.

    In three sentences

    First and foremost, one thing should be noted: necessary steps should be taken in regards to maintaining awareness of your tuition (which may be $50,000/year in the next couple of years with the rate of inflation). Besides that, Arcadia University is a place with a beautiful campus and an environment that allows for much individualization within its community. It opens many opportunities for contact with other races and ethnic groups through its amazing study abroad program and is filled with many talented professors whom inspire by continuing to work in the field that they teach.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe on campus. The parking lots were always well lit and if classes were in the evening, having someone walk with you to your car, was always available.

    Bang for the buck

    Beaver College offers wonderful programs for the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Campus life was fun. The school is located to many area shops, restaurants and the mall.

    Food and Dining

    Even back in the 90's, the cafeteria offered healthy. I can only imagine that now the choices are better.

    Dorm Life

    I can't relate to this topic, I commuted to school daily from home. I would listen to other students talk about the fun and camaraderie that was found living in the dorms. Fellow students that I have kept in contact with over the years, report that strong friendships were made and not forgotten after graduation.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging. The professors and teachers and knowledgeable but more important, most are approachable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your campus. Know where everything is located, from the cafeteria to the bathrooms to the castle to the health center to a private place where you can collect your thoughts.

    In three sentences

    At the time I attended Beaver College, I was a commuter student. I worked at home, attended college full time and worked full time in the area. Beaver College allowed me to do all this and still feel part of the campus.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I love this school i cant wait to go there. i have visited a couple time and went to some classes and found them very interesting.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are public safety officers all around campus, as well as public safety boxes one can call for help from and everyone should have their number to call if they need. I feel very safe walking around campus at any hour of the day or night, and if I ever don't feel safe, I can call public safety and ask them to escort me home or to class or for any other help I may need.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at Arcadia, but there are many different sport and other houses. There's a Soccer house, Baseball house, Swim house etc. as well as HQ (head quarters) and other houses owned by students not affiliated with any sport or club.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities around campus. There is no football team but there are a lot of other sports. There are tons of clubs and if there isn't the club you're looking for you can make it.

    Great for these types of students

    Arcadia is great if you don't want to be a number and want to have an actual relationship with your professors. Pretty much all the professors are very friendly and easy to talk to and always ready to help. Arcadia is also a good place if you aren't into Greek life and you aren't a crazy partier. There is no Greek life, and as I already mentioned it's not a huge party school. Arcadia is also good for people who can keep themselves entertained and who can make their own fun. Arcadia is also an extremely good study abroad school, so if you plan on studying abroad almost anywhere in the world I suggest Arcadia. I went to Cape Town South Africa through Arcadia and had the best experience of my life through Arcadia.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Arcadia University used to be Beaver College, an all women seminary school. It's sort of a big joke around campus, there's a few events that still include the beaver, such as Mr. Beaver the male pageant. There's also some ghost stories about different buildings on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Arcadia is quite expensive, you need a scholarship most the time to be able to attend this school unless you have a lot of money. Luckily they give a lot of scholarships, but I still know a lot of people who have transferred because they didn't feel the experience and schooling they were receiving was worth the money they were giving. I think it depends on your major, because some of Arcadia's majors I will admit I don't think are worth the amount of money Arcadia asks for. I personally love my school but it is quite tight on the wallet.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of things to do in the city, especially if you keep in the loop on what's going on and recent events and stuff. Also going down into Glenside can be fun, going on walks around the parks and streets. There are parties on the weekends in different houses sometimes, and Arcadia puts on a lot of dances and comedy shows and random activities. I end up sort of just making my own fun with my friends most the time though, and that's totally fine with me. If you are okay with just hanging out with your friends and exploring and making your own adventures and own fun, you will have no problem staying entertained around Philly, Glenside, and school.

    Food and Dining

    To be honest, the dining hall food isn't that great. There are other places to eat on campus, and there are some meals that are good, but the food is pretty hit or miss. After freshman year I would suggest getting off the meal plan and just buying your own food, and if you ever want to eat in the dining hall just charge it, it will end up being cheaper anyway.

    Dorm Life

    Student housing is guaranteed for all four years. The dorms are pretty standard, many don't have air conditioning, but that only really matters the first few weeks of school but I still suggest getting a fan. The dorms are fun especially if you have a fun hall, but after your first year you can move into the apartments across the street. The apartments feel a lot more like you're on your own, they have kitchens and even washers and dryers. The dorms also have free laundry rooms in the basements.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on how rigorous you make your academics. You can sign up for more difficult classes, you can overload a little bit without paying extra and make your schedule more rigorous. On the other hand you can take the easy way out in many general requirements such as take the easiest math class and the easiest science class. Most major classes are harder though and do require work, which should be okay since that should be what you want to be doing with your life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Arcadia is a smaller school so you end up knowing a lot of people, but it's big enough that even after 4 semesters you can still be meeting new friends. Asking other students about professors before signing up for classes is a good idea, because in some classes there may be two different professors and one may be more preferable to you than the other so ask around. If you're looking for a big party school Arcadia is not the place, there are no frat houses or sororities. There are some party houses but it isn't an every day party kind of school.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia is a close knit community, between both students and professors. There's a multitude of courses and clubs on campus. Philadelphia is very close and there are many things to do in the city.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It is not a dangerous area but they do have a ton of call boxes and campus security can pick you up if you feel unsafe. They are also updating it again this year (2012).

    Greek Life

    There is none.

    Bang for the buck

    The College of Global Studies looks like their crowning achievement and I can't wait to take advantage of it.

    What to do for fun

    I plan to use their proximity to Philly for my out of school activities. But they seem to have plenty of clubs and opportunities to keep students busy.

    Food and Dining

    They have great food and lots of choices...at least at the orientation.

    Dorm Life

    There are dorms for all residential students along with off campus housing. Most first years want to stay in the castle but I prefer the dorms themselves. They have single,double and triple rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Haven't begun yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit before you accept.

    In three sentences

    It is a small school, but the campus is beautiful. The proximity to Philly makes transportation easy by train, bus, or plane. I haven't begun my classes yet so I can't attest to the competency of the academics.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    None! <3

    Clubs and Activities

    If we don't already have it, you can start it.

    Great for these types of students

    Outcast kids who obsess over fandoms/anything/everything.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a castle. And quidditch, horses, nerds, and a dance club.

    What to do for fun

    There's a ton of student groups, clubs, sports, places to go in Philly, and events all the time. Plus free tv and internet.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go if you're a party kind of kid.

    In three sentences

    Can't wait to attend! They'll let you study abroad in your first year, and as many times as you can fit into your schedule. Not to mention how great the small campus seems when you're at home.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Thousands upon thousands of activities. If there is a club that you would like to join, but doesn't exactly exist at AU, you can petition to start it yourself!

    Great for these types of students

    Liberal students who truly love immersing themselves in the college life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a castle on campus! There is a lot of history behind the campus walls.

    Bang for the buck

    AU us a bit pricey, but it offers very good financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Arcadia planning committees offer a lot of Late Knight activities for its students. When studying is completed, there is always something for the student to do.

    Food and Dining

    All-you-can-eat style dining hall. The menu choices range from comfort foods to vegan/vegetarian-friendly foods. Arcadia accommodates every single student. There is also a grub station in the Commons, which has a grille, Mexican food station, deli, and a Wawa milkshake machine!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean. They are relatively large, and therefore, students are not cramped! The only thing I dislike about the dorms is that there is not a sink in the room. You must go to the community bathroom, which is a short walk down the hall.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum is challenging, but it is very beneficial. The professors are always willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is not a party school. If you enjoy a quiet, liberal, and safe college. This is for you.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia has a very safe, welcoming atmosphere. From its students to its teachers, everyone is friendly and helpful. I love everything about this university.

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are no official Fraternities on or around campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are many activities on campus, and in fact there are many clubs that are quite fun as well. The only problem is that there is not much around Arcadia University, unless you go into Philadelphia.

    Food and Dining

    This should be a two, but because of the new addition to a much larger grill and quick food area, the food quality actually rose. Do not go to the Dining Hall, the chef is good, but does not understand how to do an all-you-can-eat Buffet. So all of the food at dinner has been sitting since noon.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life should in fact be quite good considering the fact that Arcadia University owns two off campus apartment complexes that are used by those who are not Freshmen but sadly the Housing cleaners who are supposed to clean all of the dorms on or off campus simply do a spit shine and remove some dust. So most of the time the dorm is just as unclean as left by the people before. Outside of the rooms though there is a nice feel of community in the hallways of the on-campus dormitories

    Academic Rigor

    For how much the school costs, the education does not match. It lacks in many areas with many under qualified teachers having tenure so there is no possibility of them leaving. That being said there are some teachers that not only are very good, but in fact do quite well in both traditional and non-traditional methods of teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Unless you are going to Arcadia University to go overseas, or for physical therapy, secondary teaching or forensics, you are going to be in for a real disappointment. Even though the teachers are lacking when it comes to actual educational teachings, most of them are very easy to get a hold of and should be done regularly when there are questions.

    In three sentences

    For a school that you have to pay close to 50,000 dollars, an amount very close to both Drexel University and University of Penn, the educational value of the school is lacking. To add to that the inability of the administration will drive you insane when they regularly lose your paper work.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Arcadia is really expensive, but it is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Arcadia holds over 300 events a year.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms but from what I've seen they are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Arcadia teachers push you to succeed in your subjects. They don't abuse their power.

    Tips for prospective students

    Arcadia is a beautiful campus. Teachers know your name and really care. You are not just a number.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia is a very small university with beautiful grounds. The teachers and administrators (especially in the education department) really care about and prepare their students for their futures. I am confident in my future because of my teachers and fellow students.

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I see the same public safety guy on duty and he's about 80 years old, not sure he could do much in a desperate situation.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a few things to get involved in, but a lot of the time their meetings are held very late in the evening.

    Great for these types of students

    You don't like to party.

    Bang for the buck

    SO OVERPRICED.

    What to do for fun

    Watch movies.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is gross. The chat is good, until you realize you eat it 2 times a day and get completely sick of it.

    Dorm Life

    People go home all the time. They have a lot of force triples.

    Academic Rigor

    Extremely easy, work load is much like high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only go here if you're able to go home for the weekends.

    In three sentences

    It is completely overpriced for the education given here. I am not challenged at all. Everyone goes home on the weekends so there is nothing to do.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus protected by public safety and the local police. The town itself is quiet and friendly which makes for a great place to go to school.

    Greek Life

    Not too sure about Greek life, haven't really heard/seen it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of activities are constantly available and a decent array of clubs as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are extremely focused and motivated. Not really a party school

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I like the quddich team.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a little pricy but the individual attention is worth the price. Before classes even started I had professors contacting me asking if they could be of assistance which really impressed me.

    What to do for fun

    There are always activities going on and the small town is also a good source of entertainment. The school is also in close proximity to Philadelphia which allows for good fun,

    Food and Dining

    I was not impressed by the new commons cafe. It seemed like there was a lack of selection or that it took too long to get your meal. I prefer the dining building because the food is readily available and is also more desirable over the commons.

    Dorm Life

    A majority of students live on campus and all are very friendly. There are not too many cliques and generally everyone gets along.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a very great school, the classes are well focused and provide challenging assignments. The work is in no form overwhelming and provides the perfect slate to allow for succeeding. Also, if there is trouble in class there are many resources to ensure success.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to complete a degree with lots of individualized attention then this school is perfect for you. Professors are readily available and are willing to work for your every need in order to allow academic excellence.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school to complete your education. It is very small which provides individualized attention. The global perspective that the school takes pride in is phenomenal.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty much nothing happens on campus.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of diverse opportunities to join clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Creative and Independent

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quidditch games every year

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive but the personal attention and connections you make are worth the money!

    What to do for fun

    There are many sporting events to watch and only a 20 minute ride into Philadelphia.

    Food and Dining

    The new chat is very good and has many different options. The dining hall is okay, but I would not recommend eating there too often.

    Dorm Life

    Can be boring sometimes, but definitely a close community to establish amazing friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    Very intense, but you will graduate prepared to take on the world!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not come to Arcadia planning to just get by. The professors know who you are and will call you out. Very intense university, but well worth the effort.

    In three sentences

    At Arcadia, every student is given personal attention from the faculty and staff within their concentration. Also, a very incomparable study abroad program.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can always go into the city, but there're activities on campus just about every weekend, so there's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    While the food in the Dining Hall isn't that great, it's good (and free). The Chat is made-to-order and a great way to get what you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself: there's always someone else like you, trust me.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia has an excellent teacher to student ratio. It's diverse and separated but not isolated from the city. And it's definitely a great place to meet new people and make new friends.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe campus with security

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs n NCAA lacrosse. Many different sports and clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Castle on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive

    What to do for fun

    Watch sporting events on campus. Hang out with friends in lounges. Attend the activities on campus.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of food selections Restaurants close to school

    Dorm Life

    Apply early for best room selection. A lot of activities for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Competitive and hard . Programs for tutoring if needed

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Visit campus. Come with list of questions you have.

    In three sentences

    Great academics opportunity. Well put together academic curriculum. Many activities for students on campus.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None at this time

    Great for these types of students

    All variety of student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mr. Beaver contest is an unusal tradition you must see for your self. Scarlet and Grey day is awesome for new and current students.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition matches the quality of education you receive. The faculty is approachable and willing to assist if you request it.

    What to do for fun

    You need to go into the city for fun or make your own fun on campus. There are also many clubs who sponsor activities on campus for the students and community.

    Food and Dining

    AVERAGE, THERE ARE OTHER PLACES TO EAT IF YOU DONT WANT TO EAT ON CAMPUS.

    Dorm Life

    Ive heard it okay, I am a cummuter and live off campus, however I spend a lot of time on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive, regarding the science and math classes. There is an abundant study abroad option if you like to travel

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking to party this isnt the school for you, if your goal is academics and you are serious about your future, Arcadia had been a positive experience for me, not the average student

    In three sentences

    A small quiet school, with small class settings, you can be successful here. The classes challenge you and are pretty interesting, I would reapply. Arcadia is perfect for meeting my goals at this point in my life.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very secure. Being a small school in a small town makes it a safe environment.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life here, but there are many different clubs you can join.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities you can do including a variety of sports to interested hobbies. If there is something that is not there you can always start a new club.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to be in a small classroom setting, yet be close enough to the great city of Philadelphia would fit right in. This school is great for all types of people including quiet people, party people, serious people, social people, and all types of groups you can fit into.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The landmark of this campus is the majestic Grey Castle that was built in late 1800's. Administration and Student dorms reside inside the castle.

    What to do for fun

    There are usually activities that are scheduled by the school for your enjoyment on the weekends. If not you can always take a trip into town or even philly to fill your weekend.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your not sure what you are looking for but have an idea, this is the perfect place. There are so many possibilities at this school that you could get a little taste of everything.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia University is a small school with a lot possibilities. It has everything from Physical Therapy to the Arts. The size of the school makes it easier with walking to your classroom, and getting to know your professor and your classmates.

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are great sports facilities available. You can go work out, go for a swim or get a game together. They often show movies on weekends. It isn't difficult to get kids together to do something. Philadelphia isn't that far and there is plenty of shopping a bus ride away. Glenside is a nice little town as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is OK. The good part is that we have choices of where we want to eat and so it follows that we also get to choose what we want to eat. There is also flexibility in hours because when the cafeteria is closed we still have somewhere to go.

    Dorm Life

    People are friendly but everyone's space is respected. I feel safe. The rooms are kind of small but I have what I need. On weekends there is usually different stuff going on. Mostly low key, but it's what you make of it!

    Academic Rigor

    You have to stay on top of things. Don't procrastinate! There is work to be done from the word go. The professors are fair and approachable. The work is meant to help you prepare for the next class as well as give you incentive to explore further the subject matter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep a close eye on the information, updates and obligations through My Arcadia, which becomes your personal gateway. Don't wait for someone to come knocking at your door. Get out there and seek opportunities. Plan on taking advantage of opportunities to travel abroad.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school! The campus is beautiful with an impressive tower. Professors and coaches are supportive and helpful.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe walking around at 3 'o clock in afternoon as well as 3 o' clock in the morning. Our campus is located just outside a small town.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Our clubs are generally well run and organized. We do good work!

    Great for these types of students

    Arcadia is great for students that enjoy small class sizes and seeing a lot of familiar faces around campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each October there is a haunted castle tour. And yes we have a castle!

    Bang for the buck

    Being a private university, Arcadia definitely charges. But they are usually willing to give out a considerable amount of aid of their own.

    What to do for fun

    Various clubs and activities. Cabaret Club, Puro Ritmo, Under Siege Student Productions, and more.

    Food and Dining

    I don't enjoy the meal plans and the times that they constrain one to.

    Dorm Life

    Not as bad as some places. Could be a LOT better.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors challenge students to do their absolute best work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research and inquire about the specifics of the meal plans.

    In three sentences

    A school of higher learning that focuses on global and local connections, preparing students for a well rounded education.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All nice and great people, feel secure.

    Greek Life

    NONE !

    Clubs and Activities

    Many to choose from, and they really give you n opportunity for you to see them all in action. Activities they could use more but the ones they have have a lot of free stuff.

    Great for these types of students

    Serious, non party type of students. Or people that have a lot of money and are blessed will be able to study abroad.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not that I can think of.

    Bang for the buck

    Depends if you meet criteria. Check out the school before making your decision it isn't for everyone. You have to have a certain personalty and attitude to go here I believe.

    What to do for fun

    For fun join one for the hundreds of clubs, or go see a sporting event. Also for those of you 21 local pubs make it fun and the city of Philadelphia is only a 20 minutes drive.

    Food and Dining

    What can I say its not all lobster and steak. The food is typical dorm food, they try and do different things a lot, but still have the regular stuff like pizza and such. They have a chat where they have cheese steak and burgers all year round which is great.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean compared to most school I have visited, and the suites in the upper class dorms are nice. The freshmen dorms are typical, however if you opt to live in the castle you truly will become a princess or prince.

    Academic Rigor

    They expect a lot, and you learn a lot. Although they push you it will be worth it in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what you want before going. Take a deep look into all programs of study, and the courses and loads they offer. Be prepared to work and not mess around, this school is not a big party they mean serious business.

    In three sentences

    A small school with a lot to offer, especially if your planning on studying abroad. Although the degrees are challenging they get you ready and shape you for the world. Here you will make friends, learn, and be part of a fabulous community one day, the Arcadia Alumni.

  • 02/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very secure feeling and environment

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous

    Great for these types of students

    Serious, NOT a major party campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    THE CASTLE!!!

    Bang for the buck

    Spring preview and study abroad.

    What to do for fun

    Train ride into Philly ...

    Food and Dining

    Foods and dining options available. Something for everyone .

    Dorm Life

    Warm, clean, we'll attended, secure.

    Academic Rigor

    Science majors have full schedule and wonderful professors!

    Tips for prospective students

    Answer housing and roommate survey honestly

    In three sentences

    Arcadia is a beautiful, small, and welcoming campus. You will never get lost in the crowd. Faculty available and approachable.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is VERY safe. You will never get something stolen and never have to worry about getting attacked and such. There is security available at all times as well.

    Greek Life

    None. Arcadia does not have a great life.

    Great for these types of students

    -Athletes -LGBTQ -Minorities

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mr Beaver event. Its an a comedic beauty pageant for guys. Male students dress like women and the best Beauty is picked as Mr Beaver.

    Bang for the buck

    A bit expensive but the financial aid is awesome and the education is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are several gaming rooms in the commons, TVs all around. The campus is not far from Philadelphia and there is transportation available to get to the city fast for weekend fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is also awesome. There is a Starbucks on campus so you will never be far from coffee. The dining hall is decent and offers quality food. There is also a place to get fast food at affordable so you'll never be hungry.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome! You will meet the most awesome people, the majority of dorms are Co-Eds

    Academic Rigor

    The business, science and politic classes are the most challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Be ready for smaller classes and do NOT apply if your looking for a party school.

    In three sentences

    Small. Intimate. Friendly

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many opportunities to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of study

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a castle on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The academics and study abroad are great.

    What to do for fun

    You can explore Glenside or Philly, attend the school sponsored events, or just hang out campus in the commons, chat, gym, or game rooms.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not that great and the service isn't that stellar.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a little old fashioned but overall a good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    This academics at the school are very important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get your financial aid in order and study hard. Don't get distracted and make sure you don't get behind in your studies.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy Arcadia for the study abroad activities, the school academics, and the social life. The smaller school and class size and great. The professors and students are equally great.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    ASAA, Arcadia's Special Athletes Association

    Great for these types of students

    adventerous

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy hanging out on the Haber Green with my friends and simply kicking back and relaxing in the sun.

    Food and Dining

    The food could be better, but it is still doable.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm and my selected roommate.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia University is a university with great instructors. In addition, this school provides the students with plenty of opportunities that they cannot get from other schools. For example, this is the number one study abroad school.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Spb events on the weekends are the best!

    Food and Dining

    It's not the greatest but enough for survival

    Dorm Life

    Make a lot of friends through dorm life

    Academic Rigor

    It's not too hard if you put in a little effort

    Tips for prospective students

    You would love it if you completely involve yourself on campus life

    In three sentences

    Great school if you prefer small class room sizes!

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    If you can harness some scholarships and grants, your tuition can be next-to-nothing. It is wonderful. Keep it up with good academics and participation in extra-curriculars, and you can be set for 4 years. And the programs are very respectable.

    Food and Dining

    Some food is good, but mostly, the food is mediocre, and there were some health concerns this year with the Dining Hall. Again, I did not eat there much, but from my experiences, very average.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter, but most of what I've heard is positive.

    Academic Rigor

    Work is expected to be done, and leeway is occasionally given on deadlines. You will find yourself working for several hours on most nights.

    Tips for prospective students

    Best if seeking a small school. Do not let the price be a turn off, as the amount of financial aid you may receive could very well put your yearly tuition below all of your other colleges. Orientations are great.

    In three sentences

    Small college with professors who, for the most part, genuinely care about your education. Students and staff are friendly, and several clubs allow for interaction. Doesn't have everything one might hope for in a college, but with regards to what you need, a very good school to attend.

  • 06/06/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Yes they are very expensive, but the selling point for me was their guaranteed admissions into the Physician Assistant Program with competitive undergraduate requirements.

    What to do for fun

    Willow Grove Mall isn't too far of a drive away from the campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food was great when I visited.

    Dorm Life

    I will be a commuter but the dorm areas look pretty good. Always check these out if you are planning to stay on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent Physician Assistant Program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask plenty of questions! Colleges love to see that you are just as interested in them as they are in you.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Intimate student atmosphere. Plenty of people there to help you.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Arcadia is a very safe campus. It's in a great area, and the public safety officers are on top of everything. I hardly worry about a thing, so neither should you. I would be careful about crossing the street to go over to the Oak-Summit Apartments, though. That can get pretty wild, with cars coming from several different directions and a wonky streetlight.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life here is virtually non-existent. There are no sororities or fraternities, so it would be best to stay away if that is what you're looking for.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus it's almost ridiculous. In the best way possible, of course. There is something for everyone: A number of different kinds of religious clubs, various sports, a forensic science club, water-polo, equestrian, art therapy, knitting, and that's only to name a few. If there is an club you'd like to see and it isn't there, then it's not too difficult to start up a club. That's what I'm doing next semester.

    Great for these types of students

    Arcadia is great for students who want a smaller and quieter school, where they can get to really know their students. It's also great for the artsy types. Arcadia could be more diverse, but it's very accepting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Arcadia has a real-life castle on campus. It's huge, and the architecture is stunning. It's said that the Hogwarts castle from Harry Potter was modeled after it. Also, first-year students have the chance to dorm in the castle, and, come on - What's cooler than living in a castle?

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, Arcadia is a great school with a lot going for it, but the price tag is a little steep. However, as Arcadia is a private school, there are a lot of opportunities for scholarships, and that definitely helps.

    What to do for fun

    On the surface, there isn't a lot to do at Arcadia, but you just have to dig a little deeper. There are movie nights every so often, and in the Summer, they pull out the projector and we can watch movies out on the Haber Green. There are also various activities throughout the year, including dances, theater performances, musical artists, and poetry slams. If this doesn't appeal to you, Philadelphia is only a 30 minute train ride away, and there is plenty to do there.

    Food and Dining

    There are two places to get food at Arcadia in your meal plan, the Dining Hall and the Chat. The Dining Hall has a lot of variety, but the food isn't that great. It's palatable, but not amazing. However, they do have options that cater to vegetarians and people who can't or don't eat glucose. The Chat has food that tastes much better, thought it's quite unhealthy and its the same thing every day. It also doesn't have too many options for vegetarians. The main meal plan is a 14 per week plan, which translates to two meals per day, which isn't so bad, but it does take some getting used to.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty decent. I lived in 1st North Heinz and I loved it. The dorms are close to the buildings where classes take place, so it's not like you have to walk very far. If you have early morning classes like I did, that's a blessing. The dorms are averaged-size, not to big, not to small. It's a comfortable fit for the bed, dresser, and desk that are provided, along with extra things you might want to bring. There are single, double, and triple dorms, though the single dorms are more expensive. It does get very hot in the summer as there is no air-condition, which is kind of a downside.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, Arcadia is just the right amount of challenging. It's not too difficult, but it's also not too easy. You won't be getting a lot of easy-A's here. As long as you study, you should do just fine. Then again, that's true for most schools. I can only personally speak for the science departments, and while the chemistry department is sorely lacking, the Biology department is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say to work hard and study hard. Keep procrastinating to a minimum! I know, it's easier said than done, but it's crucial if you want to succeed. That's not to say you can have fun here and there, but it's important to know your limit. Time-management is key, trust me.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia is a brilliant school. It's on the small side, so you can personally get to know your teachers, and it's in a nice area. It's also a mere 30 minute train-ride from center-Philadelphia, so a big city is never far if you long for more excitement.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Overall, very safe. It is in a nice area outside of the city.

    Greek Life

    No greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Since it's a commuter/study abroad school, very few activities and if there is an event, not a lot of people show up.

    Great for these types of students

    This is great for people who love to travel and Harry Potter.

    What to do for fun

    Take a train down to the city of Philadelphia, but it gets pricey and long.

    Food and Dining

    Food is mediocre at best in the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of commuters. Many people leave on weekends, leaving the campus empty and dry.

    Academic Rigor

    Overall, pretty good if you are in it for biology/sciences (they have a great physical therapy grad program). Other programs are not up-to-date at all such as their journalism/communications.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit before going. The campus is beautiful, no doubt, and is what drew me in, but make sure you really want to attend a small and personal school. Keep in mind this school has a wonderful study abroad program, meaning the friends you make this semester could be gone the next.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia is a small private school with a lot of passionate people who love to travel. However, it is very small and in a very rainy place. Mostly commuters.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Public Safety patrols campus 24 hours a day and is a constant present. Call boxes around campus make it possible to call them at any time for any type of safety issue. There are also Resident Assistants and their superiors available for help. When a crisis has occurred at Arcadia, the problem was immediately addressed.

    Greek Life

    We don't have Greek Life at Arcadia and we like it that way! We also don't have a football team so there isn't a lot of hardcore partying or drama.

    Clubs and Activities

    An Activity Fair is hosted at the beginning of every semester to showcase the most active clubs on campus. If there is a club you want to be part of, it is easy to start your own with just a few people. Personally, I have found the greatest experiences being a part of our tour guide, campus life staff and study abroad mentor programs in addition to academic honors organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    -open-minded -international -LGBTQIA -prefer personal attention and small class sizes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every fall we host a contest called Mr. Beaver, during which our male students dress up as their favorite female character (examples include The Little Mermaid, Madonna, Little Red Riding Hood, etc.) and compete in fashion and talent shows.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a private school so tuition is a little high (and continues to rise) but students that take full advantage of campus involvement, work study, study abroad, and challenging classes usually find that they have made a good investment.

    What to do for fun

    Arcadia organizations host various events across campus that allow students to get to know each other and have fun free and easy. The campus is also located very close to center city Philadelphia, which is easy to access from Glenside. The actual town of Glenside isn't a major hotspot but does offer a few fun weekend events, shops and places to eat during the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    There are three different options but only two are covered by the meal plan. The dining hall itself has mediocre food because it is prepared in large quantities but it isn't terrible. The other options are more cafe and fast food like and offer great alternatives.

    Dorm Life

    Arcadia's residence halls are a bit dated but are presently being improved. There are several options including apartment and suite style living for upperclassmen and RAs work hard to ensure a safe and exciting living area.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor depends on the professor and department but generally, you will get as much out of a class as you put into it. Just because you earn a decent grade doesn't necessarily mean that you learned a lot. Take advantage of extra readings and other recommendations your professors make.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus: it's a beautiful school with a castle and a lot of history. Arcadia is known for its study abroad opportunities so if it;s something you're interested in, you should definitely look into the major programs. Some majors are better off than others, however so be sure to do your research and make sure we have all the classes you expect to take for your degree.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia contains students from all over the world and from many walks of life. The school is known for its international presence and amount of study abroad students so most people are very open minded and accepting. You are not required to study abroad everybody knows somebody who has.

  • 09/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    People mostly hang out with friends for fun. There are parties if you're looking, but there are other things to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is not the best, but it has a decent selection and is flexible to special diets.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are surprisingly large and have a good sized closet, a dresser, and a desk. You may even get lucky with an air conditioner! (Especially if you or a roommate has a medical condition such as asthma)

    Academic Rigor

    This definitely varies with major. Humanities will often have discussion based classes with only papers as assignments, while sciences have a more rigorous class schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come prepared to work and make friends. Keep an open mind and try everything possible- campus events often have free food!

    In three sentences

    Arcadia University is a medium sized school in Glenside, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. The students and professors are incredibly friendly and help you to adjust to the college lifestyle. The campus itself is perfectly sized- small enough to run to class in five minutes and big enough to see different faces every day.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's not much to do.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall services are terrible

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty small.

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes are difficult

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay a day on campus.

    In three sentences

    small, boring, educational

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    they have a good safety system for the students. there are buttons around campus that have fast communication to the safety guards. if you did not want to walk alone at night or need someone to escort you, these buttons are made for that kind of reason. they also have a phone number for emergency and the usual time for them to come would be a few minutes.

    What to do for fun

    There are a wide variety of clubs and outside activities available for the students on campus, there is also a game room for the students and a ping pong table where one of the dining areas are. i think the game room is awesome.

    Food and Dining

    For their buffet style food, the food is mostly good, but sometimes bland, for the other places available the food is pretty good. they also have a cafe where they serve coffee from starbucks and things like that,

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter, but from what i had witnessed from my friends who actually live there and when i had slept over, dorm life is pretty good. stores are not that far away from campus and a mall is with distance. there is also a train station not far away for convenient travel.

    Academic Rigor

    Like i had said before, their academic standards are great, they give help when needed and allow students to learn at a good pace. the teachers are strict, but with understandable reasons.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you would want a College where diversity is important and going abroad is something you've always wanted to do, Arcadia University is for you.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia University is a college with many opportunities, diversity, and an environment where anyone around the world could come and experience each other's culture. The professors are great and the work is at the right level. The study abroad program is available to anyone, which is wonderful in my opinion.

  • 02/22/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Definitely great if you want to study abroad.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grey Towers Castle, which freshman can live in.

    Food and Dining

    The food that I had was great. Obviously it wasn't a five star restaurant, but as far as school food goes, it was really good. I ate at the chat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms seemed nice, if a little cramped. The castle was beautiful. I think dorms are only going to be average no matter where you go, but the castle dorms bump these up.

    Academic Rigor

    Based on other reviews and my limited experience, I'll give it four stars. The classes I attended were very interesting, but I can't speak much for their difficulty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the day on campus. I was mostly going because I got a great scholarship and got into FYSAE. However, after the day on campus, I'm really, really excited about the school itself as well.

    In three sentences

    Arcadia has a gorgeous campus, enticing academics, and an amazing study abroad program. The people I have encountered there so far are all friendly and helpful and the classes I've attended are interesting. The opportunities afforded to me already are amazing and I haven't even started there yet.

  • 05/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe despite being a very open campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty expensive so make sure you find all the scholarships you can.

    What to do for fun

    Willow Grove Mall is not too far from Arcadia. It's just a bus ride away. Arcadia tends to throw a lot of dances and parties from time to time and also movie nights. They also have many clubs that you can join. Arcadia is also just outside Philadelphia, so you can drive around or catch the bus and find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Hall food can be a little nasty and weird most of the time but it does have it good days. It could be better. The Chat food has always been good, though some food can be over cooked a bit sometimes.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very nice but at times during the winter season, they may be infested with mice.

    Academic Rigor

    Some majors are very academically heavy while others aren't, like Biology majors. So it's kind of hard to really gauge the rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect some majors to have heavy work loads and requirements. Also, be prepared to have to complete a lot of college curriculum requirements. Don't be alarmed, though, because one class can fill multiple places in the curriculum. Also take advantage of going abroad!

    In three sentences

    A small college with a very inviting atmosphere. Arcadia is very strict with diversity and tolerance of other races and religions. This college excels in study abroad.

  • 07/27/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, very small campus, so they make sure everyone is good.

    Greek Life

    We don't have that here.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs. If it's not there, you can make one, it's no problem!

    Great for these types of students

    Any student really, they really are accustomed to all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have Scarlet and Grey Day, and Reading Days the day finals start, and so many more.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely expensive, but worth it.

    What to do for fun

    You can play on the field, watch games, they have a game room there as well when I slept over. There's also many places around the campus you could go to as well.

    Food and Dining

    It might take a while to get used to the food, but it's really good.

    Dorm Life

    As far as I've known, it a real comfort being in the rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    While it might not be the most known, this school is very strict academically. They do have activities for the students, but when it comes down to business and making sure each student is on the right track, they make sure of it. If they aren't, they're out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask questions, and get into the games ad activities they do! It gives you that nice encounter into the Arcadia spirit. Take the tours millions of times, because you'll find something new there every time.

    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere there, it feels like a little home, and everyone knows each other. It might feel a little bit weird at first, but when you go through the day, it becomes a much more comfortable environment.