College Sophomore 2013-12-04T01:21:57Z
Because you are in a city, there is no limit to off campus housing though it can be quite pricy. That being said, it is no more expensive than living in the dorms and since you are only guaranteed a place in the dorms freshman year, most students live off campus.
College Sophomore 2013-12-04T01:20:04Z
Though it can be tedious working with the financial aid department at times, I do have to say that the school is quite liberal with scholarships. Just about everyone who gets accepted here has some sort of financial aid through the school and most of the times things do run smoothly, though there have been hiccups in certain instances.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:33:55Z
It's average Pennsylvania weather, really. It can get hot and cold.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:33:31Z
Places in Philly are good, but they close early. Don't expect to eat out past 10 pm at most dining places unless it's 21+.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:32:20Z
Some parts of campus have fuzzy wifi, but it's overall good. It sucks you HAVE TO get a macbook, even if you are a theater or dance major. Try to fight the system and just get something affordable if your major isn't having much to do with computers.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:30:29Z
It's the Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia. I love the atmosphere here. It gets pretty cold during the winter, though. If you're into sports, there are other colleges who have sports teams and there's dodgeball on Wednesdays.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:28:49Z
It's easy to find both people who want to succeed and people who want to party. Hang out with people who want to succeed.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:28:48Z
There is a LOT of work, for most all of the classes. We have to take a lot of liberal arts classes as well. I'm in graphic design so there are a decent amount of internship opportunities.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:26:58Z
I guess it was fine. Getting into college in general is a hassle.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:26:58Z
Be careful about what internships you take. It's art school, so there are a good amount of majors that don't and do have interning opportunities. What I like about this school is that it has ALL of the arts-- visual, music, performance, dance, etc. Very, very creative atmosphere.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:25:16Z
For an expensive art school, I'm getting some good scholarships.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:24:40Z
It's a city, do not bring your car here. Public transit is best.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:23:59Z
Guys & Girls:
If you're a straight female looking for a school with lots of guys that are "available", look elsewhere. While hetero relationships are not uncommon here, art schools across the country are mostly gay men and women.
I know many students who've transferred because they want a party school with more straight guys.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:21:12Z
Health & Safety:
The nurse is rather helpful. We are in Philadelphia so I feel safest with my pepperspray. Haven't run into anything scary, yet.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:19:48Z
I'm a health nut vegetarian. A lot of the meals can get repetitive, and it really is a bummer that I have to have a meal plan in order to be on-campus. All the food is organic which is good. The dorms have refrigerators so you can have nice snacks if you get sick of dining hall food. It just sucks that the dining hall costs so much money, and typically has very repetitive meals.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:17:34Z
The security guards are good, most of them are pretty nice and friendly while they do their job. Parking in the city is horrible. Having friends around is almost never a problem.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:15:24Z
There's a lot of pot freshman year, but I don't notice too much of anything else. After freshman year, a lot of people stopped smoking and drinking so much because of the work load. I guess some people take ADHD meds to focus on work but I don't see too much of a huge issue of that.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:12:45Z
My school is VERY good for art education. I work like a dog, and I can see it paying off. If you intern ASAP, you'll be golden but very busy. I like all the people here, despite the fact that I don't consider myself a people person.
The only complaint I have is that school is far too expensive, and only lower-level credits transfer. So if money is a huge concern, I would recommend completing your first two years at community school and get your required classes out of the way and MAKE SURE THEY CAN TRANSFER.
College Sophomore 2013-11-08T14:10:25Z
I personally don't go out that much, but there's always plenty to do in Philadelphia. Everything closes early, but if you're over 21 you can always have some fun if you have a little cash on you.
College Freshman 2013-09-30T02:40:43Z
I absolutely love the Philly atmosphere. Here you're not only an art student, but your part of real life. All kinds of people walk the streets here-doctors, businessmen, tourists, and just regular working folks. There are also many homeless people, so you learn how to differentiate people who are truly homeless and those that just want your money. It's a great city to learn from. On many weekends it's also not uncommon to see one or more wedding pictures being taken right on broad street, in front of city hall! There's so much to see here, and there's usually always something going on- shows, festivals, etc.
College Freshman 2013-09-30T02:31:54Z
I find the food at the main dining hall (Terra) to not be all that bad. There's not much variety, but the food is generally healthy, and I find it tasty. They have a salad bar, wrap station, rice, meat, vegetables, pasta, and a station where they cook the meal of the day. The other dining hall that people seem to like better is Mangia. Personally I don't like the food there. They have pizza, burgers, and all around greasy food. Plus, if it's packed (like it is at night), it's takes about 20 minutes or more for them to prepare your order.
College Sophomore 2013-09-23T22:53:49Z
There isnt much student life. I wish more students would get involved.
College Sophomore 2013-09-23T22:52:29Z
Campus dining is terrible. It seems as if they do not even care about the students.
College Sophomore 2013-09-23T22:51:47Z
Unlike other dance programs, Uarts creates a well rounded dancer. We do not focus on ballet more than we focus on modern. The dance program is wonderful!
College Sophomore 2013-08-30T20:44:31Z
A unique thing about my school is that we are all art students and usually in public schools artists were considered weird. But at this school we feel free because we are all the same
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