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Arcadia is known for its exceptional study abroad programs and I must tell you from experience, they are fantastic. I participated in their First Year Study Abroad Experience in London, England and was very impressed at the skill and profesisonalism of the Arcadia Staff. It was the experience of a lifetime and Arcadia does a great job of enabling students to fulfill their study abroad dreams. Whilst study abroad is what first attracted me to Arcadia, I must admit that I have been pleased with the Glenside campus as well. It is compact but comfortable and filled with friendly and personable faculty and staff. The students here are diverse and I found it easy to find people whom I could connect with. I had difficulty finding the right college, but once I evaluated my personal preferences and the experiences I wanted to get out of school, I found it less challenging to realize Arcadia was the right fit for me.
Some of the most popular majors are those in the sciences, such as Biology and Chemistry and Arcadia is well-suited to cater to these programs. We have an excellent (and free!) tutoring center where students can make appointments with peer tutors who are knowlegable about the courses and are willing to devote as much time as is needed to assist students. Art has a large following as does majors related to social sciences and the humanities. The class sizes are small so students can easily get to know their professors, all of whom are highly qualified and willing to assist you. There are not many large lectures and that comes in handy for good class discussions.
Arcadia has many virtues but, a booming party atmosphere is not one of them. There is no Greek life and the campus is small, so it is difficult to find wild parties. Campus safety is excellent and call boxes aboound. There are a few public safety officers so you get to know them personally which is quite useful (plus the response time is quicker because of the school's size). Our new president is pushing athletics and student involvment in sports so participation in viewing sporting events is picking up, though I do not forsee it reaching the following that larger schools have. Arcadia is in a suburban area so we have quite a few commuters which, unfortunately, makes it easier for people to go home on the weekend. While this is can be annoying, Arcadia makes an effort to provide interesting and fun activities for the student population; Midnight bingo is a favourite as is the annual Mr. Beaver competition.
Great place if you plan on studying abroad, many different programs across the world. Campus making many improvements, such as the opening of a new student center. Still has a lot to work on, but improving daily.
Very strong International Studies/Political Science/History program. Workload can seem daunting at times, but I think that can happen at most schools. Normal class size is between 10-15 students, most professors are very accessible. PT program consistently ranked as one of the best in the country, PA program also quite good.
Wide range of clubs to choose from, some more involved on campus than others. Dance clubs are fairly popular, so if you like to dance there are plenty of options to choose from. Many people go home on the weekends though, so sometimes campus isn't very lively. Also, Resident Assistants can be overly strict, so that is a negative as well.
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