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  • 09/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 17 people found this review useful. 1 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is perfect for students who want to succeed in life and have many goals they want to accomplish

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to fill your mind with lots and lots of information. learn how to manage your time, get to know all of your professors, use the learning and advising center as much as you can to help with your assignments, use the library to help find information on research projects or any assignments

    Bang for the buck

    The gutman library has excellent sources that can be used for any research assignments.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being here because it is located in a beautiful community, a place that students can really focus on their academic life, its not loud or disturbing at all

    Am learning a lot

    This school is very well developed. You learn alot of information needed for your major. Many opportunities are offered. Have excellent internship programs to help you have an idea of what to expect after graduation. Many clubs and organizations are offered for students to participate in.

  • 08/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 2 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Philadelphia University is great for a student who is committed to receiving the best education possible and will work hard in order to achieve this goal. The University is great for students who want to be able to enjoy the many sights and sounds of the city as well as the safety and relaxed atmosphere of the suburbs. Students who wish to have small classes in order to have personal attention from the professor and a more personalized learning experience in college will also find this University to be a perfect fit.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Time management-The most important skill for any college student is time management. With so many things to do and only so much time in a day, one can easily get behind. 2. Get to know your professors-They are there to help you! Asking questions in class as well as before and after class and asking for help when needed are essential to a successful college experience. 3. Make time to relax-Always make sure to set aside a time to cool off in order to prevent burning out and not being able to do your best on assignments. 4. Have fun!-Try to enjoy what you're doing and who you're doing it with, whether it be hanging out with friends or a huge design project.

    Bang for the buck

    As a private university, Philadelphia University can be a tad bit expensive when compared to the larger state schools. However, as a much smaller school than the cheaper state colleges PhillyU allows for individualized instruction of students and personal connections between students and faculty rather than being stuck in a large lecture hall or auditorium with a professor who is unable to tailor the class to meet the many different learning styles present in such a large group.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus at Philadelphia University is exquisite. Set in a park-like atmosphere surrounded by beautiful homes with a very suburban feel. However, with bus lines are rail lines within easy walking distance, the shopping, entertainment, and cultural experiences of Center City Philadelphia are just minutes away, allowing for students to enjoy the best of both worlds while attending the University.

    Am learning a lot

    I would give Philadelphia University five stars on its academic departments. The faculty is eager to help with any difficulties a student may be having, whether it be with their class in particular or with something as general as organization and time management. Many members of the faculty are professionals working in the fields that they are teaching. This allows them to give students advice on the careers associated with their major as well as allowing them to bring their own real world experiences into the classroom as examples.

  • 08/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 3 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded and don't let your personality get in the way of you having fun. To many times i saw my friends have problems with their room mate cause they didn't like the same things, even if it was differences in music. You never know what you might like, just go with the flow

    Bang for the buck

    The use of the library and the Kanbar campus center is a huge advantage for me. I can go to the library check out my books i need, then go and relax in Kanbar and finish some work i Have.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is wonderful, from walking down the various trails around campus to hanging out in the Kanbar Campus center, life on and around campus is always filled with excitement. Rarely is there ever a dull moment. The RA's on campus always find a way to keep things interesting, whether it be a trip to six flags or just a party down in the dorms.

    Am learning a lot

    I love Going to this school, It is a close nit community where no matter where you go people are willing to help you in your academic goals. The Learning and advising center is a wonderful help in cranking out essays when you have a case of writers block. The teachers are always willing to help you learn at your highest potential and every teacher has the ability to accommodate your learning style.

  • 01/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Philadelphia University could appeal to any student! With our long selection of majors, clubs and activities, everyone can get involved somehow!

    Tips for prospective students

    Students who are contemplating attending Philadelphia University should only know two things: 1.) GET INVOLVED! Joining clubs and sports teams are a great way to meet people and make new friends 2.) Time management skills are extremely important. Gaining independence means learning when to go out with friends and when to stay in and study.

    Bang for the buck

    Since Philadelphia University is a private school, tuition may be higher than other Universities, however with a good GPA and resume, it is easy to obtain Faculty grants. In the end, an education is always worth it. The skills and knowledge you will obtain at this University will no doubt lead to a better career and life. Currently, a little over ninety percent of Philadelphia University graduates attain a job in their major within a couple months.

    Am enjoying being here

    Campus life is very eventful here at Philadelphia University. We have a Campus Activites Board (CAB) who set up weekly event that include Comedy shows, Talent shows and concerts. We also have numerous clubs that range from an Accounting Society, Black Student Union, and Outdoors Club. I am currently involved with our Fashion Apparel and Merchandising Experience (FAME) group and Fashion Industries Association (FIA) program. These organizations plan events such as fashion shows, field trips and charity work. Our Campus is also home to many Division II sports teams, including basketball, softball and lacrosse. If none of that interests you, you also have the gym which hosts exercise groups and yoga classes. We also have a growing Greek life on campus with three fraternities and one sorority. No matter what your interests, there is always something to do on campus!

    Am learning a lot

    Philadelphia University is a private, 100 acre campus where I am currently a Fashion Merchandising major, and I chose this school based on the many unique opportunities they provide. Fashion Merchandising is actually considered a business administrations major here and therefore, you are able to enroll in a five-year Masters program. Most Masters programs are six or more years at other Universities. Not to mention that the average class size on campus is only eighteen students, which provides for a great student-professor interaction and a lot of individual help if necessary. Another reason Im learning so much here is because the professors are so well qualified. Most of the professors I’ve had this year have had a lot of experience in the workforce and have personal knowledge of what they are teaching, that is very important with such a hands-on major.

  • 12/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Phillyu is perfect for students who are academic and career focused. It is not a big sports school and has limited sports to play.

    Tips for prospective students

    If interested in Phillyu you must know that 1) it is a design and textile school. The top majors are fashion merchandising, fashion industry management, fashion design, industrial design and architecture. There are many other majors to choose from as well. 2) Campus may seem boring to you unless you get involved. Getting involved allows you to meet people from all years and not just the people in your classes and your dorm. This is great practice for networking. 3)Time management is super important, especially if you are design major. As a student you need to make time for schoolwork, partying, clubs, friends, and two very important things sleep and meals. Its best to allow the most time for your schoolwork, sleeping and eating. You need to allow yourself a good amount of time to do well on assignments. In many classes you only get graded on projects and tests. This doesn't leave a lot of room for error and screwing up. 3)SLEEPING AND EATING. These are the two important factors that allow you to be successful. You need to sleep to be energized for class and to complete assignments. You don't wanna be falling asleep in class because you will miss something very important. There is a limited amount of classes in a semester that you need to get the most information out of them. Eating is important because it keeps you focused and your brain energized. Your brain and mind are the tools that will help you succeed the most. 4) Take breaks and do de-stressing with activities. It is very important to allow yourself to unwind at various points in the semester. This allows you not to burn all your energy and be known as the person who had a mental breakdown from stress. 5) Have FUN. College goes by fast. 6) You chose how your college experience will be. Make the right the decisions to get the most out of it.

    Bang for the buck

    The career services program at Phillyu is awesome. All the career services workers are trying always trying to help the student be successful. They schedule many guest speakers to come to the school and meet with students. They have great connections with various companies that deal with all majors. Career Services also has a great internship opportunities and always posting new ones on career link. Career Services is one of the most valuable resources at the school. Overall the school is great and worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is an extremely nice campus in the suburb of Philadelphia. The school is located very close to the bus and train stations to take into center city. The landscaped campus is always being maintained by the landscape crew. Kanbar center is always buzzing with activity throughout the day and night. There are various clubs and organizations to join. I enjoy the overall atmosphere and energy that is on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learn various life skills as well as academic information. You start off your freshman year taking core major classes. This allows you to start figuring out if you want to stay in the major you choose. The faculty are always trying to help you succeed. Many faculty still are working in the field that they teach and offer various opportunities for help outside the classroom. The learning and advising center is always available for academic help. You can set up tutoring for various classes as well as math and writing help. There is help available for you, you just have to step up and take it.

  • 08/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If I had to describe a Philadelphia University student in three words it would be DRIVEN, HARDWORKING, and PASSIONATE! The student at PhilaU is seen as a professional in their field from day one of their first year! If you have dreams and you want supportive mentors who will help you make them feel realistic PhilaU's the place for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    1) come to open houses! they are a great way to get a first look at the campus! there are student led tours and a lot of infomation! 2) If you're interested in a specific major check out the shadowing program which allows prospective students to follow a current student around for the day in that particular major! It helps prospective students understand the classroom atmosphere and a major they may be unsure of. 3) No matter what school you're looking at ask questions and notice things like, how quickly people respond to your emails and phone calls. Those kinds of things reflect the staff of the college or university and can inform you of how thins might be if you attended school there.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a high price to pay, but is worth it if you are driven and are sure of your major. Because students start into major specific classes in their first year, it becomes more difficult to change majors throughout their collegiate career, ultimately costing more money.

    Am enjoying being here

    On campus I am a First Year student Orientation leader, a Building manager in the campus center, a varsity softball player, and have been involved in different leadership initiatives on campus. Of course, I love being here! Best word of advice about Philadelphia University is that it's everything you make of it! So if you involve yourself in things you are interested in or hobbies you love, you will enjoy your time here. There are may faculty staff mentors that will help you develop your niche!

    Am learning a lot

    Philadelphia University is an interesting University. You would find that most students are very academically driven and focused. This separates PhilaU from the college stereotype of constant parties and going out. I am an Architecture student and from my experience in the College of Architecture and the built Environment I have gained much knowledge and professional experience in my field. Never a class over 35 students I always have a personal relationship with my professors and they are always willing to share insight or experience towards anything I might ask them. Overall PhilaU's diverse full time and adjunct faculty and staff have a lot of unique information to offer!

  • 05/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Calling all nature children! If you like to be outside this is the perfect college for you. It's a beautiful campus and when the weather allows its the only place you'll want to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    If are looking to attend in the future. Remember the most important thing you're going to school to further your education, study now party later.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is about average. A little pricey but if you're doing well in school (above B average) you'll most likely receive a helpful scholarship.

    Am enjoying being here

    The community here is very close knit. There are plenty of students that are willing to help one another in all aspects. The professors here are extremely helpful and their programs encourage a lot of collaborations with other majors. You're pushed to become a professional even with your informal studies. Philadelphia University is a great place to attend if you want a school that can prepare you for the industry you wish to break in to.

    Am learning a lot

    If you are a design student you will be working a lot. It is a lot of work but it's all for the bettering of you craftsmanship and attention to detail.

  • 05/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    students interested in design even if they do not have a large art background. Open minded and ambitious students. Students looking to study abroad.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in a major, then call and ask about it! Philadelphia University will do it's best to help you decide if a major is right for you. Visit the campus. Any place can sound good on paper, but you will not know until you see it for yourself. Keep in mind that Philadelphia University is a smaller school and so you won't have the same experience as a larger state school.

    Bang for the buck

    It all depends on how you look at it. Currently, the school runs about 40K what with tuition, room, board, and other miscellaneous fees. If your coming to be undecided and only take a few gen eds that you are probably not going to attend all the classes anyway then I would suggest looking elsewhere. If you do have somewhat of a direction, Philadelphia University is always looking ahead and always looking to the interests of the students. Between, career services offering contacts and internship preparations, financial aide offering on campus jobs, updated software on every computer on campus, and small classes where teachers are on a first name basis with students and can offer help with classwork, among other student services, I would say that Philadelphia University has enough to make it worth your while.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a lot to do in college life, and as it seems, the time to do it all is getting shorter. For non design majors, gen ed classes are short and do not always require tedious assignments leaving you with a lot of time to take part in sports, clubs, and enjoy the city. For design majors like myself, the major demands a lot of your time inside and outside of class. After all, design, in all forms, is more than just a career move, it is a lifestyle. If you enjoy what you are doing then you'll have no trouble loving the school. the only problem is that you cannot stretch yourself too far and so being a design major may mean you have to make changes in your life to fit everything in.

    Am learning a lot

    Philadelphia University is a combination of learning and exploration. Do not expect to have everything laid out in front of you. The university has a lot to offer, but you have to have the curiosity and ambition to find everything. The classes vary in difficulty especially between design and non design majors. Most importantly, The university offers a lot of help to students academically and in extracurricular activities, however, you are reminded that it is your life and you have to make the decision to get the extra help.

  • 06/02/2011

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school seems like the perfect place for me! It would be great for students looking for a small but exciting campus. It seems like the perfect place for a student who would benefit from small class sizes and more interaction with professors and peers.

  • 10/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Design Students- a big crop of us here; it's great

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit before u decide; get a chance to know the area

    Bang for the buck

    It's costly, but worth it

    Am enjoying being here

    great community; quiet place; great people

    Am learning a lot

    they push u do great; no slacking here

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 11 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    this school is great for students pursuing fashion design/merchandising, architecture, industrial design, textile design, biopsychology, and physician assistant positions.

    What to do for fun

    on-campus, you have to rely on yourself to find sources of entertainment; however, the city of philadelphia is within a ten minute drive.

    Food and Dining

    the food at this school is acceptable. i am lucky enough to have options for eating off-campus, but the food that they provide is not too bad. the main problem with the food services is that the food they serve tends to be very repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    i have not lived in a dorm at this school.

    Academic Rigor

    although the acceptance rates at this school are high, the workload is definitely challenging. many students struggle to remain at an acceptable academic level, thus only students with strong academic rigor belong at this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are looking for a small school that does not lack diversity and unique individuals, you should look at philadelphia university. the core curriculum that they offer is not hard to do alongside the curriculum for any major. the workload is challenging, so make sure to begin your coursework from the beginning of the semester.

    In three sentences

    philadelphia university is a diverse campus with a wide variety of majors and people. the community is that of an art school, but several other means of education such as the sciences are excellent programs. the school is located next to center city philadelphia in an area called east falls.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 33

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are activities every week and many opportunities to do things like go to New York or go see hockey games for a small fraction of the original cost.

    Food and Dining

    Compared to other campuses, it is practically fine dining! But its still no home cooked meal...

    Dorm Life

    At Philadelphia University they do the best to make dorm living as comfortable and smooth sailing as possible, but they could still try and get air conditioning in all the housing!

    Academic Rigor

    They work you hard here, but there are also a few laid back classes that you can fit into your curriculum when you need a fun break.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tuition is a sizable sum, so get on figuring out how you'll pay for it ASAP! They are cooperative, don't be afraid to ask!

    In three sentences

    Philadelphia University is a beautiful university. The faculty here will do all it can to make sure you succeed in your future career or field. It provides many opportunities that many other universities do not, including free tutoring, personal training, and campus activities.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 33

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Take the 32 bus to central Philadelphia or South St. to eat at local bars and restaurants and to do some shopping. It's a city so be prepared for a lot of fun activites. The campus itself also has events so they are fun to attend as well. There are clubs and a gymnasium too.

    Food and Dining

    There is great food at Philadelphia University. There are 3 places to get food; one a buffet styled restaurant, another like a bar, and then a mini grocery. They have standard American food like pizza and sandwiches, but theres even more.

    Dorm Life

    Decent, but worth the experience. I liked the experience at PhilaU because most of the 1st year undergrad students are dorming and it is fun to see and communicate with most of them. Not only that, but I am almost never bored since I have a lot of work and they offer many things to do

    Academic Rigor

    There aren't really hard classes, but since I am not in the honors program I wouldn't know. The classes I take are very smooth and easygoing because some of the professors have a lax attitude. It is great when I dont need to worry about one class since I prioritize my Studio classes and its works.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work your best and try to balance your time. If you are a Design student, you will have to be on top of everything if you want to have some sleep otherwise you will never get any.

    In three sentences

    Philadelphia University offers a great variety of assets. They provide students such as myself with excellent food, a top notch library, and a campus center to hang out. I find my experience here to be most wonderful when dorming because everything is so convenient!

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Reasonably priced for a great education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active in as many sports/organizations as you can.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Virtually nonexistent.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for a small school; those who are interested in design but don't necessarily want to go to a school solely for design; those who are driven and willing to put in the effort to do well.

    Bang for the buck

    The career services department is excellent and will help you out with anything you need. The library as well as the gym are great, and the campus itself is gorgeous. While the University is private and does cost a good deal of money, if you take advantage of all that it has to offer, it can be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The party scene at this school is not that great unless you're an athlete. It's best to go into the city of Philadelphia to have fun, which is not a problem considering it is only a short bus ride away and there is plenty to do while you're there.

    Food and Dining

    Simple, easy-to-follow meal plan and the food isn't half bad. Many different options are available, and they try their best to accommodate anyone with special dietary needs as well.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorming can be anything from okay to absolutely atrocious. On-campus apartments are nice, though expensive. Townhouses are not the greatest option. Many choose to live off-campus as soon as they're able to.

    Academic Rigor

    Design-oriented courses are very tough, liberal arts courses tend to be easy enough to pass. The Honors program is kind of a joke.

    In three sentences

    Philadelphia University is a very small, close-knit community of mainly design-oriented students. The University prides itself on an advanced and experimental curriculum that is in fact very innovative, though certainly still a work in process. What the school lacks in that aspect however, it makes up for with a faculty that is very supportive and takes great interest in the success of its students.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Because you are in the city, you have to be safety conscious but there really isn't a lot of problems with crime, etc on campus.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about this yet.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs to get involved with. I have been getting emails about them already!

    Great for these types of students

    PhilaU is a close knit University and it is great for students that don't want to get lost in the midst of a large campus. You are not just a number here. The Professors know you by name.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Kandar Hall is THE place. If you get lost, just make sure you know where this building is located.

    Bang for the buck

    Coaches go the extra mile to recruit quality players.

    What to do for fun

    Because of the easy access to public transportation and being within city limits, there are an unlimited number of things to do. Of course there are the parties but you can also go to museums, plays, shows, sporting venues and much, much more!

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and the dining halls are nice. I have heard horror stories about other colleges. You will be satisfied dining at PhilaU.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice even though I live off campus. ( I visit my friends a lot)

    Academic Rigor

    I have just started classes but I think they will be challenging yet interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and do a lot of research .

    In three sentences

    I think Philadelphia University is a great smaller school in an ideal setting. It is a nice looking campus and is pleasant to walk through. Yet, it gives you access to the city and all that it offers.

  • 04/17/2012

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

    17 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The school's biggest major seems to be in the Fashion field, so anyone who enjoys design.

    Bang for the buck

    Make sure you understand how much you're going to pay and make sure it's the school you want to attend.

    What to do for fun

    On my tour there, I saw a lot of little cafes and neat stores. One of the current students said that the night life is great, and the city is only a bus ride away.

    Tips for prospective students

    The school runs about 30K, and that's just communting. Make sure you visit the campus and ASK QUESTIONS. Really get an understanding of what you're going to get yourself into and make sure that the school is right for you. Apply early and get all your paper work in as soon as you can, you want to make sure you're putting your money in the right place.

    In three sentences

    I visited the campus and really enjoyed the atmosphere as a whole. The campus is conveniently located in the midst of the city and the outer banks of the suburbs. The area has a lot to offer and the school's Power To Do slogan really motivates you to get ahead.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All types!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is parklike and has an unusual combination of new buildings and old houses, a church , a former girl's school and very interesting architecture

    Bang for the buck

    Since it's a private school the tuition is higher then some other colleges.

    What to do for fun

    With Philadelphia so close there is unlimited possibilities of things to do

    Food and Dining

    There are several dining areas convenient to all the dorms . The options offer a wide variety of food. I am a picky eater and have no problem finding food I like.

    Dorm Life

    Excellent housing options. The dorms offer all the same conveniences as most colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major. Architecture is demanding, other majors are average

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school and spend time talking to the students. Compare Phil U's academic approach as compared to other colleges. Visit Philadelphia. It's a great city!

    In three sentences

    Phil U has a diverse student body. Phila U has a rural feel while being a city school. Phil U is cutting edge in technology and innovative teaching.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 33

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You can go to Kanber Campus Center. You can go to the gym in the Gallagher Center. You can hang out in the large sitting area in front of the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    Have a large selection of food to choose from. Not the best tasting food. Has many different areas on campus to get food.

    Dorm Life

    They are clean and taken care of everyday. Residents are treated as a community. Have fun activities for all the residents to enjoy.

    Academic Rigor

    Can be challenging at times. Stay focused and everything will be fine. Make sure to make free time for yourself and it will make things easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do your work. Stay organized & it will be smooth sailing. Always attend class.

    In three sentences

    The school is great. It's in a good location of Philadelphia. It's a bit costly.

  • 06/25/2012

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

    20 of 33

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Explore Campus and find some nice place to relax. Hang out with friends in the dorms or cafeteria.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get college applications done early and everything sent out including transcripts and recommendations. Make sure you know exactly what you plan to major in, don't go in undecided because that will only hurt your educational experience.

    In three sentences

    The campus is incredible and I love the nature-combined school atmosphere. The studios made this school one of my top choices in my college-making decision. I cannot wait to attend here in the fall, I am completely confident Philadelphia University is the college I want to attend.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 33

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Most people take the East Falls train straight to Temple, Drexel, or Penn for parties. There are no parties on the PhilaU campus. There are also a few good night clubs in the city.

    Food and Dining

    It's usually a hit or miss with the Ravenhill dining hall. Common Thread's food is a lot better, but has less options than Ravehill. Ted's is just plain junk food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are clean and livable. I lived in the basement of Fortess, and I have absolutely no complaints. The bathrooms are cleaned regularly, laundry is free, and can be very spacious if you're lucky.

    Academic Rigor

    I breezed through my freshman classes as an Engineering major, but a Design student will want to commit suicide every day of the semester because of the work. Beware of the Design major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Only choose this school if you can afford it. Tuition is a bank-breaker, and it seems like PhilaU tries to charge you fees whenever possible.

    In three sentences

    PhilaU's best programs are for textile, fashion, and architecture majors; everything else is still pretty much in the works. The small campus and few students allows for a real community-feel. It's a dry campus, however, so there are no dorm parties.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 33

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    On campus, there is a campus shuttle system called RamVan, the above rating it directed towards the RamVan transportation. The RamVans do not follow a set schedule so it is often times that they piggy back each other from stop to stop. This is a very useless method for students as the second shuttle that arrives is most times vacant of students since the first shuttle, the one directly in front, had already picked up all of the students. I wish the shuttles were more separated and consistent with arrival time and travel time, but that does not seem to be the case. This past Spring semester I had class on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Environmental Sustainability. I scheduled my time correctly so that if I took a shuttle that I would arrive on time and still be early for class, little did I know that the speed of me walking to class in Hayward from Fortess would have been faster than me taking the shuttle that day. There are one or two of the campus security that drive at a consistent 5mph from one stop to another. Walking would have taken 15 minutes, but the security had set the record with a 20 minute ride from one point to another. Not only was I slower than walking by taking the shuttle, I had also managed to arrive late for class. The drivers for the shuttles should be chosen more carefully because if the shuttle is moving slower than walking than there is no point for its existence.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition increases with each academic year to levels of the famous prestigious schools that exist within our nation today, but how is the overall college life improving. The college happily spent money mailing out letters to all students, thanking the school's patrons and alumni for a generous sum that went towards the construction of the new engineering building on campus, however as it was stated when I was a prospective student, the money collected from alumni is put forth towards scholarships. With the closing of this academic year and the undergoing of a massive construction project on campus, the usual scholarship money seemingly went solely towards the construction project rather than financial aid. Personally, I wish, and I am sure many others can agree with me, that the school expands their financial aid department with more scholarship variety, making it easier to finance such an education, rather than make students pay to be educated in buildings that are becoming in need of maintenance.

    What to do for fun

    While Philadelphia University is not located in the beloved historic urban side of town it is just one short bus ride away. On my free time, I often went on board the SEPTA bus go into the city. In the city, there are various places to see and things to do. Having completed freshman year with this past academic year, I found the Reading Terminal Market to be the perfect place to feed the hungry Freshman 15 monster. Here, you can find foods ranging from barbecue to Indian cuisine as well as dessert ranging from fudge to ice cream. As the girl that I am shopping came easily to be the next activity of leisure. Whether it be for personal fashion or interior design course supplies, Center City Philadelphia had it all. If I was not satisfied with the fashion that Center City had to offer then the King of Prussia Mall, the second largest mall in the nation, was another bus ride away. At the Kanbar Information Kiosk SEPTA tokens are sold for $1.55 per token, which is 45 cents from the regular $2 travel fare. Since getting to and from Center City requires two tokens, then a total of 90 cents is saved for each trip. As an interior design major, those 90 cents really become beneficial as accumulated.

    Food and Dining

    Philadelphia University has attained a good reputation within the student body for lacking variety in the food served across campus. Ravenhill Dining Hall is most notorious for this, but not only is the food selection repetitive, the food is also bland. From one side of campus to another the pizza has different taste. At Ravenhill, the pizza is rock-like and cold; at Ted's on the other hand, the pizza is oven-fired with strings of cheese oozing off of the bread with each bite. Ted's, located in Kanbar, of all places on campus is the best, as it is the home away from home food. At Ted's, Starbucks Coffee is brewed along with the creation of milkshakes or smoothies, beverage-wise. As for the food, there is a choice of either pepperoni or cheese pizza or a chicken club from lunch until closing, along with a special for each night.

    Dorm Life

    Residential life in the residence halls is full of stories. Ronson Hall has had a mold infestation this past academic year (Fall2011-Spring2012), and to solve the problem students were simply relocated. Mott Hall, that I know of, is the only resident hall that lacks a lounge common space. Partridge Hall was not put into use this past academic year. As for the upcoming year, the school could not house all of students so the unassisted were left to come up with where to reside. As far as roommates is concerned halls like Fortess Hall, there can be up to four people in one large room, known as a quad. Having more than two people in a space can and will cause issues. If a strong agreement is made on rules from the beginning, with all parties following the rules accordingly then there will be no trouble. Since Fortess Hall is the only all-girl's dorm on campus, there lies inevitable drama within its walls. At the end of the year there were various complaints coming from other students on how the school had nickel and dime'd them for pre-existing building conditions, and rather rule it was a lack of moving-in declaration it was ruled as student-inflicted damage, accompanied by a sneering fine.

    Academic Rigor

    It is commonly said that the core classes at Philadelphia University do not challenge students enough. In my opinion basic core classes should be manageable, leaving room for the real challenge residing in the courses that go towards the fulfillment of the student's major. Courses that go towards the interior design major for instance, are challenging and the professors influence the direction of the project, in regards to from circulation to furniture type, by posing thought-provoking questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    When looking for a college it is a great idea to make sure you feel as though you belong where you tour. Philadelphia University has a wide range of professors who have extensive experience in the field of instruction. Small class sizes make it easy to get to know the professor and get assistance where needed.

    In three sentences

    Philadelphia University's campus provides for an infrastructure capable of sustaining family. Philadelphia University is enriched with various art majors, engineering majors, business majors, and science majors. Specifically, the art majors create a system of students who assist each other with useful critique and contagious dynamic inspiration.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not going to lie, there have been incidents where students have actually gotten robbed on campus. It does feel safe, I have never felt unsafe. There is security around.

    Greek Life

    Almost non- existent, not a big deal

    Clubs and Activities

    Ultimate Frisbee , rugby, fashion clubs

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, fashionable, adventurous, self- motivated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campus is very small, but is surrounded by the beautiful Fairmont park.

    Bang for the buck

    In order to get the most out of this school you have to be self motivated. Take advantage of the resources and connections this school has.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city, restaurants nearby, movie theater, close by.

    Food and Dining

    Three places to eat. One of the locations has ok food. It gets old though.

    Dorm Life

    Its whatever you make it. Freshman year you will get to know people in your hall, after that your pretty much on your own.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major. Lots of design work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick this school for your perspective major. If you know you want to study fashion and are really into pursuing a career in the field, for example, go here. Visit first though!

    In three sentences

    The best thing about Philadelphia University is the location, hands down. Close enough to the city, and close to NYC. However, you will most likely not get the classic 'college experience' here, not school spirited and not big into sports.

  • 12/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As long as you stay on campus and use common sense you'll be safe. Every now and then someone gets mugged in a neighborhood around the school because they were walking alone at night and paying more attention to Doodle Jump than they were their surroundings. Also, look both ways before crossing School House Lane and Henry Avenue. In my time here a handful of people (though one or less was a student/faculty/staff) have been hit by cars while crossing the roads.

    Greek Life

    PhilaU has no frat or sorority houses and only a small handful of greek organizations, most of which are professional, not social--the social ones are pretty much a joke though. There is a textiles fraternity, leadership fraternity, law fraternity and many more. All fraternities are coed.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's about 58 active clubs on campus. Everything from cycling club to orchestra and heavy metal to photography. Can't find a club on campus that fits you? The Student Activities Office encourages new clubs; all you need is a few students who want to start the club with you and you're good to go--they even provide a fill-in-the-blanks constitution to get you started.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to stick to the plan. Each major has a checklist of classes you must complete and there's not a lot of wiggle room, especially since the university doesn't offer a lot of classes that aren't part of your major (ie, we don't have lots of classes you might take for electives because you have a special interest in xyz)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    PhilaU doesn't really have any traditions other than spirit events such as Ram Madness, Ram Jam, Homecoming...

    Bang for the buck

    PhilaU is supposed to have one of the worst ROIs of all US colleges (though it's argued this study was flawed) according to Businessweek. However, students who weren't a waste of space in high school generally receive a $10k or greater academic scholarship and the university's financial aid is always willing to help find ways to make school affordable. All of the professors are experienced and the school is well connected to the real world (Verizon, Maurice Kanbar, world-famous designers, architecture firms, and more).

    What to do for fun

    There's always events on campus, which is good because there aren't a lot of things to do in the immediate vicinity of the school (East Falls neighborhood). There's pretty much no stores or fun things to do within walking distance of the school, but it's easy to catch the train or bus into center city and the Kanbar Information Desk sells bus tokens for a decent price.

    Food and Dining

    The quality of food is okay, but after a month or so the choices begin to get boring. Fortunately, there's a dining committee that is usually successful in getting students the foods they'd like.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are hit and miss. I've never been happy with the RAs or the Office of Residence Life (they will nickel and dime you to death for things that weren't under your control and they give you little to no privacy considering you're a young adult). Some of the dorms are old and may not have good heating/AC, but the university has been working hard to renovate old dorms and expand living space. They offer apartment style living at Falls Center, but it's expensive (about $1,000/month--even if you share a bedroom).

    Academic Rigor

    Gen ed classes tend to be fairly lax depending on your professor, which is great because the important classes tend to be rigorous and demanding yet satisfying and worthwhile.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be 100% certain that you want one of the degrees PhilaU offers. As a private school with approximately 3,000 students, PhilaU doesn't offer a wide range of degrees. Many of my classmates from freshman year had to transfer after one semester because they decided to go with a different route that wasn't available here.

    In three sentences

    Philadelphia University has an amazing campus filled with amazing classmates and educators. Despite that the east coast has a too-busy-to-smile-at-strangers demeanor, PhilaU breaks this mould by making students feel like family. I love this school and would recommend it for anyone who can find a major they're passionate about here, esp. design students.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go into the down town area where you can shop, dine or just walk around.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your advicers and regularly check your grades.

    In three sentences

    It's very involved in their fashion, art and medical students. They win numerous awards for having such hard working students. They are diverse but it's way more Caucasion to any other race.

  • 05/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Some incidents have occurred on campus, but usually students are totally safe to travel around campus, especially during the day. Campus security patrols 24-7, and they provide escort services around campus for those who may need to travel on their own at night, say from the library to the dorms. There's also a bus that circles around campus from about 7am to 2am, which is free to use.

    Greek Life

    There are a few fraternities/sororities on campus, but they're not huge. No special housing is given.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs on campus, from Gemini Theater to Video Game Club. Student Activities also puts on many different events throughout the year, including comedy shows and casino nights.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in design fields, especially fashion and textiles.

    Bang for the buck

    PhilaU can seem a bit pricey, but really the school provides a lot of opportunities for students in a variety of areas. The closeness to the city, the different activities available for students, the job and internship opportunities, and the assistance available for struggling students are only some of these opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    On campus, the Kanbar Campus Center is a good place to hang out. They have pool tables as well as a ping-pong table, which students can use by asking at the Information Desk. A few gaming consoles are also available to rent out and use in the Kanbar Performance Space. The Student Activities Board puts on a lot of events, too, which are always a lot of fun. As for off campus, well, it's Philly! There's plenty to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are four different places to eat on campus, one on the side of campus with the first-year dorms, and the other three either on or closer to main campus. The food isn't the highest quality, but it is usually good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are relatively roomy. Even the smaller, two-person rooms are a decent size. The shower stalls in the common bathrooms are small, but the water pressure is great. RAs are always super friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you pay attention in class and do the work, the classes are fairly easy to pass. For anyone who does struggle with their classwork, plenty of assistance is provided by the Learning and Advising Center, including professional writing and math tutors.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're close enough, take advantage of the campus tour. Prospective students who have been accepted to the University can also shadow current students for a day, to get a better feel for what life at PhilaU is like.

    In three sentences

    Philadelphia University is a great college. The faculty and staff are typically friendly and willing to help students in any way they can. The closeness to the city provides a lot of great opportunities, career-wise as well as entertainment-wise.

  • 05/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None

    Great for these types of students

    Who transferred from a school with a big student population and needs more academic attention.

    Food and Dining

    Better food choices in Kanbar, there's a separate kitchen upstairs with even more opens during the day.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for outside scholarships if you would rather not take out personal loans.

    In three sentences

    I love the small community feel. Classes are smaller which allow me (personally) to learn better. Its expensive although they do give financial aid but it's well spent.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus itself has a lot of space for passing a ball, frisbee, etc. There are 2 gyms with basketball courts and racquetball. There is a high school next to campus that provide a free swimming pool to Philau students. Kanbar has free pool tables and ping pong tables, and a little lounge area to play video games they provide. The best part of the campus is that there are so many places to chill. And best of all, other schools such as temple/ drexel/ upenn are only a train ride away. And center city is about a 10 min drive or train ride.

    Food and Dining

    The food actually recently got much better at the dining hall. Quite the variety, and they have the typical greasy to the healthy veggie foods. The food is not like high class, but it is still pretty good. Then there is Kanbar and Common Thread, which is a cafe/lounge type area which sells pizza and other foods everyday which is pretty decent. They're kind of like the dining hall, but a little better. Not as many choices, but the quality is better.

    Dorm Life

    It is pretty standard for the regular dorms on campus. The standard is the single room with two people, but the campus does provide a higher level of housing. There is on campus rooming which is basically an apartment with the safety of a dorm. It is a little more pricey, but you do not have to purchase a meal plan, unlike the standard dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    As an architect major, it is quite demanding. Every year they expect you to work faster and produce twice as much, but it is for your benefit. However, having since the classes are smaller, it is easier to ask your professors for help. The work sometimes is overwhelming, but there are others that are in the same boat as you that keep you going.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though it is college, the grades you start with will greatly impact the grades you end with. Our school is not the best for partying, but you can still find some good ones if you look around. Try to have a routine everyday to go by, because if not it is easy to become lazy and lose track of everything.

    In three sentences

    The campus set up is quite secluded from the road which makes it quite nice. When the weathers nice, everyone is outside on the campus socializing, and making public events more exciting. Having a smaller campus and less people gives you a good opportunity to become intimate with your professor, allowing you to question more things and have more in depth understanding of your future career. And even though that the campus is not in the heart of Philly, it is only 10 mins off driving or taking the train.

  • 07/29/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    Philadelphia University is obviously located in Philadelphia. You can attend baseball games, go to museums, aquariums the popular outlets, clubs and not to mention famous King of Prussia Mall for some shopping!

    Food and Dining

    I absolutely love the dinning facilities at Philadelphia Universities. Not only because of the wide variety of choices for every meal. But one thing that really reeled me in was that the head chef insisted if we had home recipes we loved, to bring them in and he would make them at times on our request. Thats amazing, how many schools do that for you!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty fantastic there. They have guards at the entrance of every building. There is an all girls dorm for those uncomfortable with the opposite sex residing in the same building and finding a roommate is easy and fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Philadelphia University has challenging courses which test your comprehension and focus in all subjects. No courses seem unbearable as long as you give substantial effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely go visit the campus and take a tour. Even shadow a student in your major for a day, it really gives you a feel of what it would be like to attend there.

    In three sentences

    Philadelphia University has a beautiful campus. Along with outgoing and warm students. The teachers are very helpful and understanding.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to Manayunk with the party people. Frat parties are frequent. Get tokens and go into the city(with a group if you are not from the area.)

    Food and Dining

    Ravenhill food gets old. They only serve the good food at START to draw you in. If you live in certain buildings, you are required to take the most expensive meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    First year dorms are small and the bathrooms are dirty. Cleaning crew come every day except Sunday. Watch out for Thirsty Thursday.

    Academic Rigor

    Some hard classes. Classes are major related. Some classes are super long.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school before you commit to see if you like the campus, that was my biggest regret not doing. Check your email regularly if you do attend PhilaU. Make friends with the faculty and staff.

    In three sentences

    It is an overall good school. I wanted a school in the city but it is a 30 minute bus ride to center city. Good school for textile design.

  • 12/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been some break ins in the area as the community borders a not-so-great area of town. The roads that bisect campus can also be very busy - be careful!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has a 1 hour free period on Tuesdays and Thursdays for activities. At the beginning and end of the semester, there is usually a large event by Kanbar with different clubs, free food and activities.

    Bang for the buck

    Courses covered some of the same material, times were not flexible for working students, tuition was very high, some of the students were very immature.

    What to do for fun

    You are a 20 minute bus ride from downtown Philadelphia/Old City. There are clubs/bars, theaters, and stadiums easily accessible for entertainment. The city is loaded with non-profit organizations too, Philadelphia Animal Control is a nearby volunteer opportunity for animal lovers.

    Food and Dining

    Did not eat on campus

    Dorm Life

    No idea - I was a commuter!

    Academic Rigor

    In the biopsychology program you will do lots of writing! Some of the courses cover the same material so taking them together is beneficial. For example, psychopharmacology and addictions pair well together as does S&P and physiological psychology.

    Tips for prospective students

    They are not approved for animal research (FYI for psych students that are required to complete a research course).

    In three sentences

    The staff is friendly. Unfortunately, the administration seems to get paperwork confused/misplaced. The financial aid office was not helpful when I asked for assistance in finding private student loan providers (simply said they could not help).

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always things to do on campus, whether it's some sort of a field trip, movie nights, zombie hunts, seminars and athletic classes such as zumba and yoga.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be too worried if you haven't settled on a specific major yet.

    In three sentences

    Philadelphia University has a wonderful campus only 15 minutes away from Center City. Everyone at this school has been warm and welcoming to all students. The classes are well thought out, and programs are flexible to students wants and needs.

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I don't live on campus; however, they offer a lot of activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging! When instruction is academically rigorous, students actively explore, research and solve complex problems to develop a deep understanding of core academic concepts that reflect college readiness standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    Must be willing to work hard and stay focused.

    In three sentences

    PhilaU offers a great twenty-three month Occupational Therapy Assistant program. Classes consist of two evenings and some weekend hours. The instructors are wonderful.