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| I have to say that I am really happy here at "The Beav". I can say many positive things about it, including the fact that the school has a very friendly environment- almost anyone will say hello to you on your walk to class. You also get to know a lot of people because of the school's size, and if you don't know people by name you almost always know their face. If traveling is your thing, Arcadia offers and excellent study abroad program which I plan on taking advantage of. The faculty is also very helpful- I have even gotten some home phone numbers from professors and all have office hours. The campus is beautiful and close to Philadelphia. As far as the complaint of "there is nothing to do here"- I think that there are some people that aren't willing to go the extra mile and seek out a good time. A party just isn't going to march to your door and invite itself in- you have to go out and find it. Parties go on and fun isn't really hard to find, you just have to apply yourself. College is as fun as you make it! I found plenty of things to do this semester- I met Mr. Belding from Saved By The Bell, went to a dance with cast members from the Real World, and met a lot of cool and interesting people in the process. I plan on staying and thoroughly enjoying my next two years here and I would suggest to anyone to come and take a tour here. |
|Jan 05 2004|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2006 |
| As a transfer student I felt mistreated my entire time at Arcadia. Orientation was a waste of my time, I didn't need to be paired with a bunch of Freshmen asking Orientation leaders about their sex lives as something I'd rather not experience again. The classes I ended up in were a joke, I was with a bunch of Freshmen where the expectations were so low, and then in another that was extremely intimidating with graduate students. Then there were study abroad opportunities, since Arcadia is so distinctly global, but that only applies if you're a freshman. Then when I went to move out of housing they send me on a wild goose chase to cancel my housing for the spring semester, oh it's on Blackboard's Resident's Life community, but you weren't a part of that community, then oh you're a transfer you can't do it online.|
The school is also ridiculously overprices $47,770 to live there for a year? There is never anything to do on campus if you live there, weekends are a ghost town, yeah you can get into Philly, but Arcadia doesn't have any discount programs with Septa or anything. It's like a 20 minute walk to the train station and then like 11 bucks for a round trip ticket, so nothing really cheap and close to do.
And if you receive financial aid, you're in for a real treat trying to deal with them. It takes almost an entire semester to get your financial aid processed, and paying your tuition after scholarships and financial aid is a real treat. Trying to get help paying my fall bill was horrible, it was no one's job to help me, just send me in circles to someone else.One of my worst college experiences, glad I left!
|Jan 17 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| I applied to Arcadia mostly on a whim, and ended up there because I decided that I wanted to go to a smaller school that was close to, but not in a city, and the fact that Arcadia had neither football teams nor greek life was a huge plus.|
I have two good things to say about Arcadia: First, Study abroad is almost expected, and I ended up spending a year and a half abroad, including going to London the first semester of my freshman year as part of the first FYSAE cohort.
Secondly, not every professor I had was terrible. I was a theatre minor and was able to fulfill a lot of my English electives with theatre credits, and I had a couple of really good theatre professors (Nora Berger-Green especially). In addition, I developed some positive relationships with professors in the Education department.
However, the English department was terrible. The school is so small that there isn't faculty to offer any more class options than just survey classes, the books chosen are almost exclusively from "the canon" and professors are so absorbed in their research areas that they are unwilling to help students explore more contemporary or unusual literature. The class that goes along with the internship, when I took it, seems based on an assumption that all English majors will go into business.
The school itself feels like a snooty boarding school. Almost all of the students come from within an hour of the campus, many of them went to private schools, and the student body is enormously clique-y and catty. Arcadia itself comes across as much more interested in promoting its image than it is about its students, and even FYSAE that year felt like a half-baked attempt to gain publicity (I have heard that the program has improved, though).The good news is, depending on your major, you may only have to spend the fall semester of your senior year physically at Arcadia. If that's the case, it might be worth it to go. Spend 3.5 years abroad and grit your teeth for the semester you'll actually spend in Glenside.... Or better yet, go somewhere else, Arcadia's not worth half of it's exorbitant tuition.
|Aug 28 2010|| Male --
Class 2000 |