Philadelphia University (visited 1/27/12)
To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from this college. I knew nothing about it other than it existed. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Other than a bit of difficulty finding a parking spot (there is limited parking at the admissions building, and after a couple of false starts and driving around the block on 1-way streets, I found the over-flow parking across the street), the visit was great! The admissions people were friendly and accommodating, and they had arranged for a tour guide (who was knowledgeable and easy to talk to) to give me a personal tour.
The university has about 2,500 students and is located in a residential part of Northwest Philadelphia. It feels very suburban, but there are 2 SEPTA train stops within a 10-minute walk as well as lots of city buses that go by campus. The college has a traditional campus with a couple main quad-type areas. There was a lot of green space, and the mostly-brick buildings, although a bit older, were well maintained, neat, and clean. The campus is very walkable with students able to get from one side to the other in about 10 minutes. The dorms range from traditional hall-style dorms to townhouses for upperclassmen. There is some new building going on, and clearly the school is concerned with providing the facilities needed for the students to do well.
I was most impressed with some of the more unusual majors such as architecture, textile design, and fashion design. Kinesthetic and visual learners would thrive in these programs. The facilities for these majors were extensive and well stocked. The textiles department had everything from old traditional looms (which all students in the major are required to learn to use) to modern machinery. The architecture building has beautiful open spaces with natural lighting and student projects displayed everywhere. This is one of the few 4-year accredited programs in the area, and students definitely get a lot of hands-on experience.