Arcadia University Reviews
My experience at Arcadia was an interesting one. I started as a Biology major, and I switched to the department of sociology. Turning to the sociology department was the best decision. I realized that as a physician, I would cure the illness of the patient and send then back to the situation that made them sick in the first place. I want to address what is causing my clients not to live a fulling life. My experience suddenly impacted my education, and I was more invested. I knew I wanted to become a social worker. With the help of the Sociology Department and the Gateway to Sucess Program, I came to enjoy my time at this institution. Before then, I felt alienated as a student of color. The school has since hired a new president who is doing an excellent job in addressing some of the issues I face while attending.
Its a really pretty campus with fairly good academics and okay financial aid. Thats where it ends. No real events or social life. Everyone is super cliquey. Honestly, I had more fun in high school driving to a funeral than I have collectively in my time here. Both myself and 2 other girls on my floor are transferring after this semester. I dont think anyone actually wants to be here. Save yourself the time and just go to Temple.
The small classroom size provided for a good student-teacher ratio that was beneficial to my studies. The biggest advantage Arcadia compared to other universities is their study abroad program. They make it easy for students to study abroad as long as you have at least a 3.0, which is beneficial as nowadays some majors require it. The one thing I would improve is their career fair, which wasn't very helpful. I graduated in 2011 however, so they may have improved this by now.
Arcadia is a fantastic school: the culture of the school is welcoming and close-knit, the academics are great, the food is decent, and the study abroad options are beyond compare. The biology department is wonderful as well, the professors are all there for their students and not to solely do research. There is a very personal feel to the small class sizes (20-70 students, around 30 normally) and the professors have an open-door policy which make them readily accessible. The program also allows for personalized upper-level courses such as immunobiology, pathophysiology, ecology, histology and many more which is nice if you want to explore topics or focus on your passion. The biggest draw-back to the program for someone who is going into a medical field is that all of the required topics do not directly focus solely on human biology. So in order to get human biology specific courses you need to do so with the electives. The biology program also has ties with other universities around the world so you can take classes that go towards your degree while studying abroad. All in all Arcadia's biology program and campus in general comes highly recommended.
I chose this college for the opportunities that it allows their students to achieve. My professors know me by my name, and I am not just a number. Classes are interactive and discussion based. I have had the opportunity to do research with faculty members all four years that I attended. The psychology program is research based and prepares you for graduate programs. I would definitely consider Arcadia University if you are interested in a career in psychology and counseling.
I am currently a senior majoring in biology at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Arcadia's strong academic program has prepared me to enter into their DPT program in the fall. Arcadia's Professors care about their students and work closely to foster an environment that prompts student success. My passion is to work as a Physical Therapist. Arcadia has offered me the opportunity to pursue my goal.
This was a very straight forward and clear curriculum for this program. There were never any hidden things that hindered me from graduation. My adviser always was available to answer any questions for me or guide me whenever I needed help. This is a wonderful program to be apart of and would recommend to anyone interested in math.
As a psychology major, I was able to conduct four independent research projects over two years and an intensive literature review as apart of my senior thesis. As a graduate student, the research experience given to me by Arcadia has been invaluable. I never had a bad experience with any of the professors in the psychology department and found them all to be open and approachable. In addition to the positive experience I had in my department, I also had the incredible opportunity to study abroad at Stirling University in Scotland during the second semester of my freshman year at Arcadia. I have many friends who were able to study abroad twice over the four years we were at Arcadia. the opportunities available to us were endless.
In regards to my education, I was incredibly satisfied with my education at Arcadia. Small class sizes and professors who care make all the difference. I was so lucky to create strong relationships with my professors and it was all because Arcadia facilitated it. I had an advisor who always cared, a class of just three students, and many trained professors who were able to help me do whatever I wanted to do. Arcadia gave me many professional opportunities. I was able to enter the Keystone State Preservice Educator of the year competition which I won, thanks to recommendations from my professors. I was able to present at conferences along side professors. I was able to study abroad, expand my frame of mind and celebrate diversity. I would not be the educator or person I am today if it was not for Arcadia.
It's a small school with great professor to student attention.