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May 20 2013Other
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I am an Animation major just so you know!!
Things you NEED to know about PhilaU:

The main majors are Architecture, Fashion Design/FIM, and Integrative Design
This is a DESIGN school, NOT an ART school
The science programs at PhilaU are WEAK
This is NOT a party school
This is mainly a commuter school[Most students go home on the weekend, I'd say about 35-45%]
The campus is gorgeous
The city is accessible and really fun, make sure you explore!
PhilaU IS near the city, crimes are bound to happen.
Be city smart, please
PhilaU is a clean, well kept campus. VERY pretty in the spring and fall. But keep in mind the winter is early/long. The gorgeous campus you see on your tour is NOT year-round. (Although it is still pretty all year)

The food gets old but use your meal swipes!!
You don't get notifications about packages/mail. Check regularly
The Animation majors are not very passionate.. If you're coming here for Animation, look elsewhere. This school will not challenge your creative abilities.(At least not your first year)I'd say the quality of education is average(depends on the teacher) but the price you're paying for it is more than what it is worth.

1st Year Female -- Class 2017
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Campus Aesthetics: A+, Education Quality: D
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Jan 31 2013PreMed and Medical
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I went to Philadelphia University for one year before I decided to transfer for a number of reasons. I would like to start by saying that PhilaU is a great school for someone who wants individual attention and to walk around a campus that is beautiful. It is also really good if you know what you want to do going in. I was in the PA program which is honestly why I attended the school in the first place. The reason I ended up leaving was a couple of things. First off I felt that I was never challenged at this school academically. I was able to pull a very high GPA with minimal effort and was never really stretched or pushed academically. People should realize that this school is a major commuter school with very little social life on the weekends, many people go home and as an out of stater it made it sometimes difficult to enjoy being at a place where there wasn't much to do. The clubs are good but there are limited in number and scope. Another issue with PhilaU is to me it just felt like an extension of high school that I lived at. Ultimately I left because I wanted to be better challenged and get the college experience of sporting events, school spirit, traditions, ect.
1st Year Female -- Class 2016
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Campus Aesthetics: A+, University Resource Use: C-
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Apr 14 2010Art & Design Department
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If you're interested in studying fashion. Seriously look at the FIM-Fashion Industry Management major. It has the best of both worlds, design and business. No one told me about it and its too late now to switch into it--but I would have definitely chosen it. You get to pick and choose the fashion design courses that work best with your career goals while also learning the important things about the business, merchandising, and management side of fashion.

Other than that. I do believe that the education is decent here. I like the campus.. housing is horrible. I haven't had one pleasant experience living in 3 of the types of on campus housing available. Parking is also a huge problem on this campus. Be prepared to deal with a ton of stink bugs and they do nothing to prevent it. There have been a select few professors that I would actually keep in contact with past graduation. I few that I feel really went above and beyond for me. But then there are the professors who still after weeks in the class still can't remember my name! But that I think is an issue at any school. For the price of tuition, room and board and food. I'd have to say I would not recommend this university. It costs too much to feel unsatisfied and unprepared. Especially if you are not a design major. They do have a good design program but it needs to be modernized.

3rd Year Female -- Class 2011
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