Recent Alumnus 2010-05-10T01:32:09Z
Strict on Alcohol – If you are underage or even having a party and it is past quiet hours, you will be penalized. Zero tolerance- no warning, you immediately have to go to a hearing or counseling thing (not too sure, I just know it's strict). Maybe a fine involved as well.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-10T00:20:20Z
Resident freshman generally are not allowed to have cars on campus. Permit cost is $60 per year so its very reasonable. A car is nice to have but not imperative. You can always find a parking space, but a lot are designated for faculty so you might have to walk far if its a popular class time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-10T00:18:43Z
Not a Party School – If you don't like partying, this is the school for you. However, there really isn't much to do off campus, and the alcohol and drug policy are extremely strict.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-10T00:16:16Z
We are division III, there is not a lot of school spirit. We don't have a football team so the most popular ones to watch are soccer, baseball and lacrosse.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-10T00:15:33Z
More Variety – The food in the dining hall can be hit or miss. The Chat has the same food every day, and there really aren't many healthy options there. Also, the dining hall closes earlier, and a lot of times you get stuck eating chat food if you have night classes. There needs to be more variety, and the ability to buy food on our cards that are off campus as well.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-10T00:00:34Z
Access to Philadelphia, Suburban Feel – Arcadia has a beautiful campus and is located in a really great place. Despite being so close to the city, there has been minimal crime since I started here. The campus life is more subdued than most other colleges but it allows for students to be creative and be themselves. Also, there us always something going on in the city, shopping is ten minutes away, and loads of places to eat nearby.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T23:30:10Z
There are sports teams but they are not that good. i don't really care for sports too much.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T23:27:15Z
computer labs in certain buildings are not that crowded and there are tons of labs on campus. the library computers are ALWAYS taken. printing can be an issue because the printers always seem to be broken. I prefer a personal computer because i like my computer and i work well on it
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T23:13:00Z
Average Strictness – Arcadia has a wet campus so as long as you are of age there really isn't much to worry about if you are drinking. As for underage if you are only caught once the punishment is pretty minimal, basically a slap on the wrist.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T23:08:16Z
Wish Things Were Closer – Nothing is really located within the imediate surroundings of Arcadia, only Michaels diner. Everything else is pretty much a 1/2 mile away. That being said its really easy to get to the train station, the mall, etc.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T23:06:19Z
Student Centers Need Improvement – The Kuch athletic center at Arcadia is in need of major remodelling, the weight rooms serve their purpose but they could be a lot nicer and larger. If one team goes into the workout rooms they completely take it over and there isn't enough room. Also there is no real place indoors for students to hangout besides the lounges in the residence halls and they are very popular.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T23:01:05Z
I come from a fairly low income family, so it was important that the college I would go to would help me out. Before even applying for financial aid Arcadia gave enough scholarship money that would cut my costs in half. Not only that but after filing my fafsa the school gave me a sizable grant and work study. I was pretty much paying for room and board, that was it!
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T22:52:53Z
Guys & Girls:
Ok I Guess – The people here are generally attractive, there are some stragglers here and there, but the students are usually either preppy or sporty-sweat pants wearers. The guys who play in sports look like they belong in the modeling world, but they tend to be really stuck up. You don't find a lot of people who are in serious relationships, it's mostly short hookups or flings.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T22:45:22Z
Buses, Cars, Train – The school is not very far from the Glenside Train station and there are bus stops everywhere. The issue is that they are SEPTA so that can sometimes be a problem, given that there are strikes and cleanliness issues sometimes... But your own car is always and option, or you could walk...
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T22:42:40Z
I really do not know, I know there is a club/bar in Glenside and many in Philly, but I do not go out to drink at all so I can not comment...
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T22:41:22Z
Arcadia is a small school so all of the campus housing options are real close to, if not on campus. Possibly all of the housing options have mouse issues, though the school is trying hard to fix that problem. Washers and dryers are all shared, except in Oak Summit where they are in the individual apartments, which is a pain but should be expected at college.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T22:40:46Z
Health & Safety:
Moderately Safe – Arcadia's small close campus may seem closed and extremely safe, but many students are uneasy walking around alone at night [especially from on campus to the apartments a few blocks away]. There have been instances of robbery outside of the apartments and some feel there aren't enough Public Safety officials patrolling at night.
Recent Alumnus 2010-05-09T22:38:56Z
Personal Attention With Family-Like Support! Going into my third year as a Sociology major at the College of Arts and Humanities at Arcadia, I've never once complained of a professor or class I've taken within my department. The Soc, Anthro, and CJ department cares about its students' progress and enjoyment within and outside the classroom. We have professors who've helped establish charter schools within the city, studied and been nationally recognized for their work on prison architecture, and renowned professors for their research on various marginalized groups in America. To not take a sociology class would be detrimental to one's career at AU. With their various backgrounds, students have endless internship and job opportunities available.
College Senior 2010-05-06T00:22:20Z
Never Had a Problem – While there are mostly white students here, I never had a problem with racism (I am black). As far as gay/lesbian/bisexual community, it's HUGE here, so you wont have a problem in that area. There are a few students of different races, but not many. Arcadia promotes diversity heavily. I think over time the demographics will even out. The important part is, people here don't treat you badly/different because of your race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.
College Senior 2010-05-06T00:19:14Z
Not Many Choices Unless You Have a Car – Michael's diner across the street has excellent food, then there's Wawa & 7-11. One could walk down to Old Country Buffet, but I don't hear of anyone doing that, & I'm not a fan. You have to take a bus or drive to any fast food places.
College Senior 2010-05-06T00:17:16Z
If you have lived in Pennsylvania for a decent amount of time, you know how random the weather is. It can be 80 degrees & sunny one day, then be 55 & rainy the next. January & Februaury are the main months for snow. It seems to rain A LOT here.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-30T03:06:43Z
Study Abroad and Personal Attention – Arcadia has a First Year Study Abroad Experience that allows you to study abroad in London, England or Stirling, Scotland for your fall or spring semester of your freshman year. You pay room and board as if you are at Arcadia and its a fabulous opportunity.
If you show interest in any program or opportunity at Arcadia, even if you are not initially invited, you will typically get in. For most programs (Honors, FYSAE ect.) the coordinators are looking for driven students who are coordinated and looking to go places.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-30T03:00:09Z
Lots of Options – There are lots of options in the surrounding community but I would suggest having a car. Septa (bus line) rates are so so. I would also suggest living on campus for a semester or two to start out with so that you meet people you can move off campus with.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-30T02:55:49Z
Lots of Food – The Chat and the Dining Hall offers a lot of options from a deli, to grill, to homestyle cooked foods. The salad bar and breakfast bar are always stocked fresh. The food downstairs is cooked to order and is quick to go through if you are first in line.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-30T02:23:27Z
Parking on-campus for those who live in the dorms is very limited, I wouldn't recommend it. Parking on campus at the Apartments is slightly better, but you almost never find a spot that isn't all the way at the far end of the lot. Permit costs are high and you're expected to pay for a new parking permit each year, which is annoying. Parking on campus during class is a nightmare. There are almost never any good spots, which often makes people late for class. There's no real need to drive to campus if you live in any of the surrounding apartment complexes, but if you want to go out and you don't feel comfortable taking the bus or the train, it's a must.
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