Recent Alumnus 2011-03-02T18:06:00Z
The Castle Is Great – The Castle is a great dorm to live in because the rooms are larger, with more character. The upperclassmen apartments are better than a regular dorm too.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-02T13:41:32Z
Delivery Is the Best Option – There isn't much except for a 24 hour diner across the street. There are lots of delivery places around though which makes it easy for a college student.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-02T13:39:43Z
Health & Safety:
Safe, Homey, Protected – Campus is very safe and secure. I have never felt threatened.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-02T03:17:40Z
Not a Party – The university itself isn't known as a party school. Students work hard and are generally tame compared to other colleges when it comes to parties. Most of the parties are groups of friends, rarely bigger than 20 people, in someones apartment. If you want to party, the septa trains run into Philly, where there are clubs, as well as Drexel and Villanove parties.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-02T03:05:34Z
start early and make sure you have the paperwork done way ahead of time!
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-02T02:59:33Z
Small campus. It is very easy to walk around in a short amount of time even with construction this year.
College Senior 2011-03-02T02:58:23Z
Campus is really pretty, but the constructing is a hassle and takes up a lot of the grounds. they can't fully be appreciated yet.
College Senior 2011-03-02T02:57:26Z
the computers are great, they offer a lot in the library, great for printing last minute, give you $50 worth of printing to start with.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-02T02:56:59Z
Very hard to find a spot during the day for classes. Campus security quickly gives out tickets for parking when you need to quickly stop and get something when there are no options at all to park
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-02T02:43:54Z
Study Abroad – Arcadia is the number 1 school for study abroad in America. More students from Arcadia go abroad for academic reasons than any other school domestically.
Recent Alumnus 2011-03-02T02:43:19Z
Very Much So. When it's inclement weather, students tend to stay in doors and it feels like a ghost-town at school--kind of depressing!
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-21T00:11:31Z
Arcadia is not a sports school really. We used to be an all girls school and we have not overcome that yet. The gender ration here is 7:1 female, that means not a lot of guys. Our biggest sport is probably soccer, and our men's and women's teams do rather well for themselves. The next biggest sport is basketball, but not many people go to watch them really, as unfortunate as that is. We do not have a football team, and our baseball team plays at a field off campus, which makes it hard to go to games. With that said, we do have pretty good athletic facilities. We have a pool, a gym, a weight room, a cardio room, as well as a softball field, a soccer field, sauna, and a dance studio.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-21T00:08:22Z
Global School – Arcadia prides itself on being a global school. Here at Arcadia, we have the number one study abroad program in the country. I know that doesn't seem to have a lot to do with diversity on campus, but it does. In addition to having many Arcadia students study abroad, we also have many international students that study here as well. We have many different races, religions, and ethnicities present at Arcadia. Though a large portion of the population is Caucasian, we do have a representation of many others as well. Also, Arcadia is very accepting of diversity. We pride ourselves on being a global school and with being open to everyone's ideas.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-26T21:41:56Z
It's Northeast US – I'm from New England what can I say? I love it here. There's good snowfall throughout the winter and the spring time gets warm. The weather can be all over the place, which makes it hard to determine what to do with classes and campus, but that's the Northeast for you. They usually lean towards cancelling class here. When the weather is nice too, you see people hanging out outside a lot and thats nice.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-26T21:37:20Z
Dining Hall – You eventually get bored with the food here and those breaks are welcoming to have some home food. The food is good, it's not amazing but it's not horrible either. The Chat has some good food, and chefs =) but you don't want to eat there all the time because it's a lot of grilled food, so it's greasy. They are working on adding more options though with the new student union center!
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-26T21:32:17Z
The campus is great at Arcadia. The library is big with many computers and accessible hours for the students. The only thing that could use some improvement is the areas for students to hang out together. The Chat is only good for so many people and at certain times. With that said, Arcadia is working to improve upon this matter and are in the process of building an amazing student union center
College Senior 2011-01-18T16:54:26Z
Not Too Strict – It's pretty hard to get in trouble here, and even if you do, it turns out not to be that big of a deal. Keep in mind, nothing too wild goes on here; the worse that happens is somebody having too much to drink & getting sick. The visitation policy is pretty lax if your roomate doesn't have a problem. There are no ridiculous rules.
College Senior 2011-01-18T16:51:59Z
Typical College – Marijuana & alcohol are the main drugs of choice. I've seen other things here & there, but not too many. No one really pressures you to do anything you don't want to, but almost everyone drinks. You don't get in too much trouble for a first offense, but they will be harder on you after that. As far as drugs, I never knew anyone that got caught.
College Senior 2011-01-18T16:44:14Z
Health & Safety:
A Very Safe Campus – In a town like Glenside, it is hard NOT to feel safe. The surrounding area is a quiet suburb, and the campus itself is relatively small. It is not the kind of area that random people would walk into. I have always felt safe to walk around campus day or night. Public safety is always seen cruising around.
College Senior 2010-12-28T22:34:08Z
The school is generous about supplying students with financial aid. however, my personal experience of the process was not a great one. It took a very long time for my paper work to get organized, submitted, and confirmed. Because of this, my account was on hold for at least a month, preventing me from registering for my ideal classes or charging anything to my student account. All in all, it was frustrating but had a nice outcome.
College Senior 2010-12-28T22:26:32Z
There are many places to eat off campus, fast food and other restaurants. However, if you do not have a car (most first-year students do not), the only way to get to these places is by bus. This is hugely inconvenient, since the buses are usually late and goes $4 dollars round trip. This may not seem like a lot, but on a college budget it is usually avoided. On campus eating options are only the dinning hall or The Chat, which have a low variety of food.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-23T02:57:32Z
You gotta search, but it's good – Arcadia has a lot of good professors and there are some that are not so great too. What I would recommend is that you should go to Rate My Professor to get a feel of what a professor would be like before making course choices or ask around to other students. With that help you get all the quality professors. All the professors I had are great, helpful, and really knowledgable. You can tell that they love what they teach! My classes have been great and I really do learn a lot from them!
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-23T02:49:02Z
I never had any problems with financial aid. I come from a low income family and they gave me all the money I needed to work things out. The counselors are very nice and willing to help with any questions you have.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-23T02:45:26Z
Take the Opportunity! Studying abroad is a must here! Arcadia is widely known for its study abroad program and I will say this, it is the best! Arcadia is one of the few that will allow first years to study abroad and they have what is called the "preview" which is where they take first years and transfer students on a week trip to either England, France, Scotland, Spain, New Zealand, and lots more! This is a great experience during spring break and trust me, you have a lot of fun! I went to London for preview and it was amazing. I plan on going to New Zealand my junior year and taking the alternative spring break trip to Louisiana this year.
Recent Alumnus 2010-12-23T02:33:53Z
Laid Back – The town and campus is pretty laid back. It's located in a suburban area so it doesn't have that secluded country feel but it doesn't have that busy loud city feel either. Glenside is also really close to Philly so you always have that option to go out and have fun in the city if you want to. The Glenside fair is a must to go, there's mini golfing nearby, and plenty of malls to go if you like to shop. There's a lot of pretty parks, landmarks, cute shops nearby too. The people in and outside of the school are cool and very accepting, it's pretty easy to make friends!
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