The University of the Arts Visit Report by TrumpetDad
Visit to The University of the Arts in September 2009 by TrumpetDad(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since June 29 2009 with 254 posts)
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Admissions Interview: No - Son is just a HS sophomore.
Information Session: No - This was a special-request campus tour on a Saturday, which they don't normally schedule.
Campus Tour: Yes - Personal tour done by the admissions rep assigned to our last initial.
Classroom Visit: No - It was a Saturday.
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Campus Visit Notes for The University of the Arts
UArts is a collection of formerly separate schools that were all apparently in the same general area. So, it's a slightly dispersed urban "campus" in what is already an arts and entertainment area of the city. I think it works pretty well, if you're willing to forgo green space. Kind of like a small Boston University setting without the trolley cars.
I wasn't aware of the lack of food service prior to arrival. The housing/food situation does not phase my son, as he's a pretty good cook already.
The admissions rep knew a lot about what we were interested in, as he is a recent UArts music grad. He admits the music facilities could use a financial influx, and is hopeful that may happen soon, but there's nothing imminent. The theater performance we saw is in a new blackbox theater that is right next to the new recital hall. Both were impressive, as was the performance itself.
We had no intention to meet faculty, as my son is still a HS sophomore. We consider this to be a preliminary visit.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel at 1701 Locust. We stayed 2 nights and made a weekend out of it. Terrific hotel experience at a great price via Hotwire.com. View of some of the high-rises from the room.
Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
Can recommend: Dinner on the sidewalk at Branzino's, 261 S. 17th St.; Breakfast at the Kibitz Room, 1521 Locust.; Cheesesteaks at Jim's Steaks, South St. & 4th.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
We drove in, valet parked, and never retrieved the car until we left. Saw Sonny Rollins at the Kimmel Center. Saw a UArts theater performance of a Euripides tragedy @ 211 S. Broad St. Loved the 9th St