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Philadelphia University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA Faculty AccessibilityD
Useful SchoolworkA- Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessC Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueB University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessB-
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeD
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsD
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

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Faculty Accessibility
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She cares more about Faculty Accessibility than the average student.
Date: May 14 2009
Major: Interior Design (This Major's Salary over time)
Let me start out by saying Philly U is a typical small school, go there if you truly know what you want to major in.. because there aren't many other options. Its not very diverse (population-wise and major-wise), so if diversity is important to you, its not a good choice. If you are in any design major, the atmosphere is WORK, and your professors pretty much expect you to dedicate your life to it.

That being said, most of the school is composed of design majors, therefore its not a huge party school being that no one has time for such things. There are parties, but there's usually maybe one sometimes two on a friday or saturday night (occasionally thursdays)… if there is time for partying most will travel to temple, univeristy city, or old city, which would mean the train there and taxi back (it all adds up). If this is a huge negative to you, then philly u is not your school. If you are motivated by challenges and lots of work, its a great school because there are no distractions. Also, most students are very motivated and hard working (in all majors), so it is a competitive atmosphere. All in all, as far as a social life, students do not experience

typical college life
Truthfully, as in any universities, the key to fun at philadelphia University is having close friends..

Academically speaking, Philadelphia University is alright. My experience was as an Interior Design major, which I loved. However, be prepared for aLOT of work, a LOT of money spent on supplies, and harsh crits. The atmosphere is competitive, as said before. My personal experience with the design department (which caused me to actually transfer out) were bad design teachers. Some may form biases, grade you on their opinions, so on and so forth… so just be prepared for some unfair grades during your years at Philly U.

The university is not diverse, it is full of a lot of "rich snobby" kids. I hate labeling, but be prepared for them at Philly U. There are a lot of down to earth people though, and really artistic individuals, and guys who attend the university because its 75% girls. If you can't get along with any of these types previously mentioned, i'll put it simply, it will probably suck. The school is tiny for a college, so you pretty much know everyone and everyone knows you. After the first month in freshman year, you will have probably met and seen everyone in your year/ the entire school.

The campus is beautiful, it is what attracts most to the school. However, it is dead on weekends, and on weekdays after 8. The only place to hang out is Kanbar, which gets crowded, and the library needs more computers. For most of the year design studios are only open until 12, and beleive me design students need it 24/7. The area is cute, especially Manayunk, but it's not really walking distance… it is possible but not many actually walk there. There aren't any very dangerous areas immediate to the campus, but take like a five minute drive to Germantown, and you'll hit it. Though, it is still Philadelphia, so be cautious even on campus. The train station is close by, four dollars to temple/center city.. and the bus stop is on campus.

As far as extracurriculars go, there aren't many. Sports are division three (i think lol) and people at the university arent really into all the sports hype. There isn't a football team either. There aren't that many clubs for interests outside of the majors offered at the school. So if you are anything like myself, if you have any interests outside of your majors there aren't really any options for an outlet.

Philly U is a great school for some, and not for others. Academically speaking, it is challenging, and students learn a lot, which is pretty awesome. The school is pretty unique, its a small school, small classes, personal attention, basically what you see in the brochures. Social life is not everything, and well, we all go to school for education right? keep that in mind if you go here, cause it's something you'll need to remind yourself constantly.

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