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| Let me start off by saying this school defines mediocrity. It has a nice small campus environment and a beautiful campus. Most professors are friendly, the student body is amiable,there's a brand new student center, they give a lot of money financially, there's a castle!, a quiet library, and Philadelphia is about 25 minutes away (car or train). However, that's about it. There are a lot of things that a prospective visiting student won't see. There is a dearth of intellectual excellence at this school. The average high school student would without a doubt be considered an "academic elite" here. Everything is rather pricey, including housing arrangements where (THEY WONT TELL YOU THIS) you are more than likely to be living with 2 other people in less than 400 sq. ft. The food is without reason some of the worst substance on the entire east coast; you'll essentially starve yourself when you find out the MAX meal plan is only 14 meals a week, roughly 2 a day. Not to mention, there's nowhere on campus to get a quick snack. Most of the professors are very bright, but have trouble conveying information to students. There are occassional activites to do on weekend, but most are low-budget activies which garner little to no interest. Lastly, weekends here are an absolute ghost town. I can not put into words what happens here. It's almost as if campus closes down. To add, there is not much to do on the weekends. Even if you have work to catch up on, the library times on the weekends are a bit unfair (not open till 1pm on Sun!). Take it with a grain of salt, but if you are planning on coming to Arcadia, don't expect to be "wowed" in any capacity. |
|Feb 17 2013|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2015 |
| Bottom line here is that you will pay out almost the amount of money that people put into MBA's and similar professional degrees and in turn, receive a qualification that will at best, prepare you to earn a coffee shop service staff level of income. |
This university's fees are completely unjustifiable in this day in age. There is no labor-market advantage to attending a small, expensive university that does not outdo any of its regional competitor institutions at virtually anything. Let's make sure we have this clear: $44,000 each academic year for absolutely no skills that the labor market is willing to pay for. IF you attend this university and would like to take advantage of career advising beyond the usual "here's how to write a resume" speech or would like to take advantage of internship and co-op experience that WILL translate to meaningful and gainful post-graduation employment you are in for a scary surprise. Make sure to treat your department chair and tenured professors very well, given that if they do not seem to take well to you they will make sure (at any cost) that you do not have access to scholarship, internship and work-placement opportunities. The only thing that Arcadia can claim to do well is send out more students than any other US university on study abroad experiences. This statistic, of course, is double-edged, as their study abroad department happens to be one of the most corrupt in the country, as evidenced by a recent investigation by the federal government and New York's attorney general.
|Mar 06 2010|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2007 |
| Like a previous student stated...this is not the easiest college to make friends at if one is a transfer student. I transferred into Arcadia (which at the time was Beaver College) in my Junior year. I had previously attended a Junior College and before that an all girls boarding school. Arcadia was like prep school all over again and since I'd already been there and done it...I found it very boring. Making friends was near impossible since I didn't have much in common with the majority of students. As someone else mentioned..there is NO campus life. Not to mention a suitcase school where everyone tended to disappear on weekends.|
Although Beaver College at the time had a good reputation, it didn't help me or prepare me for any jobs in the real world. However, one hopes things have changed since 1980.
If you've been to prep (boarding) school..I suggest you look elsewhere. Otherwise, expect four more years of cliques on a small campus with nothing to do. If you have a car, you'll be a tad better off.
Basically I did my time and got my degree! My oldest goes to PACE University in the city and my youngest is applying anywhere but Arcadia University, simply because it wasn't a particularly good experience. I wanâ€ my kids to have more then I did!
|Oct 23 2008|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |