Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T15:48:40Z
Arcadia is a good school overall, however the university faculty is in desperate need of renovation. Certain staff members are rude towards students and non-existent in assisting the students. This is their JOB. I myself went through experiences where a faculty member refused to assist me in the ways necessary to ensure a safe and healthy environment at Arcadia. This is unacceptable. Change is desperately needed.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T15:44:31Z
Sports Need Improvement! Considering the size of our school, it is reasonable to say that we try very hard at making the sports and athletics at Arcadia a focal point of student life, however, we need more interactivity between athletes on campus and non-athletes. Honestly, I believe that the sooner (if ever) that Arcadia in some way forms a competitive football team, the sooner our gender ratio will even out and the sooner our sports and athletic will see improvements.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T15:40:15Z
Arcadia had a great study abroad program, and first years get to go abroad for spring break for a very low price. There's pretty much the same party scene, which is annoying but there are others school close like Temple to go. You do have to work hard here but we have some great teachers who want you to succeed.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T15:37:33Z
The weather is not to bad. If we do get a lot of snow, classes usually get canceled because we have a lot of commuters. Classes are also very close to the dorms, so if it rains you don't have far to walk. When the weather if very nice, everyone is outside hanging around beaver beach.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T15:31:39Z
The computer work very well and there is always some available when you need one. The printers sometimes do not work, which becomes and inconvenience for the students.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T15:22:06Z
Guys & Girls:
Men Versus Women? In all honesty, this is also a difficult topic to grade. There are a variety of individuals at Arcadia University; whether they're Bisexual, Heterosexual, Homosexual, Caucasian, Hispanic, African American, Asian, or what-have-you; everyone is simply different. Relationships are difficult to judge because they're all of a different dynamic, but from the one's I know of- they've been wonderful. In regards to who men and women treat each other, I would assume that it's no different than anywhere else that you might expect for College-Age Males and Females to interact with each other. The only difference is that, at Arcadia, because the school is so much smaller than- say Temple U- students seem to be a lot closer to each other and bond with one another most often. I find that perhaps the Game Room offers a place where you can see men and women alike bonding constantly throughout the day- unless it's finals week. I find the women to be hotter than the men there though- but that however is a matter of opinion, and based on the fact that I am a lesbian.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T15:18:07Z
General Campus Aesthetics – Overall the school seems to put an emphasis on its appearance; but the thing I struggle with is knowing that we are not even remotely close to being as green as we could. Plus, I can't stand the fake initiative to "be green" conveniently before visiting potential students and family come. It shouldn't be that way. We're not doing this for prospective students and we're not doing this for the authorities. We're doing it so later down the road, say 20 or 30 years (maybe even less), there will be no need to say, "remember when there were trees and green grass here and we didn't choke on this smog filled air."
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T15:13:39Z
Campus Living Is Average – I have to say, it was difficult to choose a grade for Arcadia's Campus Housing; simply because there are such a variety of housing options offered to students based on their grade levels. Being a sophomore, and entering my Junior Year in the Fall of 2010, I've had a variety of living experiences at Arcadia University. I have lived at Oak Summit- though that was short-lived due to roommate problems- I think Oak Summit is a wonderful facility. It's very clean, and there isn't a rodent problem- as far as I was aware of any way. I lived in Thomas Hall my first year- and it was wonderful. I loved it, and I actually was hoping to live there my second year. The view was magnificent, the ceilings were much better than those offered in Dilworth Hall, and the room sizes were suitable for two individuals. Living in Dilworth the majority of my Sophomore year was an experience. I would say that the best thing is that you're attached to the Dining Hall, and are pretty much centrally located on Campus. The worst things are by far the rodent and bug problems- mice were a huge issue there, and the fact that you cannot control the temperature of your bedrooms [Air Conditioning or Heating]. In addition, I recommend that the bathrooms get remodeled or heavily cleaned.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T15:03:28Z
Needs Polishing – Arcadia could offer more financial aid to students in need. A few of my papers have gotten lost and the appeal process is lengthy. Although I recieved a good about, it was still quite short of what I needed to afford the school. In-person appointments would be helpful.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T15:02:27Z
I find it rather unfortunate that there isn't a Greek Life Community at our University. When I was first applying to colleges, although Greek Life wasn't a deciding factor in which Colleges or Universities I applied for; I was certainly curious as to what it would be like to join a sorority or fraternity. I can't say whether or not having the option of Greek Life statuses on campus is a good thing, or bad- being as I lack the experience. However, what I can say is that it could add to the community and experiences that one can have at our University.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T14:57:21Z
Arcadia is ethnically, racially and economically diverse. It has more females than males. Contrary to popular belief, Arcadia is very diverse politically and welcomes different view. Students come from all regions and practice all different religions. Many international students attend Arcadia due to our renowned study exchange programs. Arcadia has a large population of LGBTQ students who are active in campus life. We strive towards inclusiveness and acceptance. Despite some rare issues, I would say we are well on our way to that goal.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T14:50:19Z
After trying out three other colleges, I can to Arcadia for its expansive study abroad program. I was pleasantly surprised by how personable yet knowledgeable and qualified all of the professors were. The Sociology department is diverse and inclusive. They strive to expand your thinking and give you opportunities for hands-on experience in the real world through projects and volunteering.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T14:39:56Z
Rules Are Very Loosely Applied. There are rules and we all know them, but they arent really enforced and we know that too. It's difficult to get more than a slap on the wrist as punishment.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T14:34:47Z
Its Hit or Miss – Some days are better than others, but its never amazing food. Even if something does taste okay it doesn't always look like something a person would willing eat off-campus. Even though its all you can eat, you usually leave still hungry.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-20T14:29:11Z
York Rd Has Some Good Options. Over all the off-campus dinning is better than the on-campus, but generally the better non-chain places to eat are on york road. Jule's is a nice place in that area.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-14T00:40:46Z
there is very rarely anything going on. it is very boring to go to arcadia
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-14T00:39:34Z
Health & Safety:
there is are a lot of minor crimes like vandalism.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-14T00:38:54Z
there is very little to do in town if you are not 21, and can go to the bars, but i do not like that sort of thing anyway.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-13T02:31:40Z
We have parking. But we also have an illegal, unusable soccer field smack dab in the middle of where MORE, much needed, parking could have been established. Not to mention the horrible mishap of giving out more permits than spaces... genius. On several accounts, I had to park at a local relative's house and have them drive me to class.. I live at campus, so I knew parking would be more available at night.. but I can't imagine the hassle that would have been for a commuter. FIX THE PARKING ISSUE
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-13T02:28:11Z
Arcadia needs to disown it's long history of avoiding Greek life. Students are going to party, in excess, with or without Greek organizations-- If there was Greek life, as least they'd also be partying and drinking with the other key roles of Greek- fellowship, leadership, academia, and pride.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-13T02:25:41Z
Good Apartment Availability, Difficulty Finding Them, Expensive – Arcadia encourages students seeking off campus housing to live in a local apartment complex (The Towers). They're nice apartments with furnishing deals, but the complex has a reputation for being unsafe and known for robberies. Other apartments are expensive, but the school is right outside of Philadelphia--you can't find cheap apartments... and when you do, it's sketchy and utilities are really expensive. Arcadia aids students that are seeking off campus housing the best that they can..it's a small school so it's difficult for them to house everyone without some students moving off campus. They also suggest students to move into Manor and Oak apartments that are off campus, but are still owned in part by Arcadia so instead of paying rent and utilities, students pay housing fees to the school. Overall, it's available, but not the most desired thing to do- especially if you're looking to live somewhere without a roommate.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-12T23:49:58Z
Social Scene – My school has sent me multiple requests for internships, which I have applied to. I already have a wedding job set up and it's only my first year. The school is pretty tolerant of gay people and their rights at Arcadia, as well.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-12T23:45:33Z
The drug scene at Arcadia is not awful. You pretty much know who the majority of stoners are. There is an average amount of drinking in the residence halls that go somewhat unnoticed. Mostly it's stoners or people smoking cigarettes. The cigarettes get annoying because they do it right outside the doors and it smells bad when you first walk in.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-12T23:43:12Z
If you go to Philly, there are clubs, which a lot of people check out. There's a bunch of parties at the Towers, the apartments for Arcadia (and DeVry) students. There are a decent amount of dances, but not too many people go there. That's sort of disapointing because once they supplied glow in the dark paint. There are late night movies every month, sometimes outside, which is pretty cool.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-12T23:32:10Z
The weather really has no affect on our experience people are always out and about no matter what.We love it when it snows cause we get off and spend the day playing out side
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