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Arcadia University

  • Glenside, PA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 68%32%
    student ratio
  • 2,453
    total students
  • $37,500 | $37,500
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 1
    fall application deadline
  • 59%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 550
    sat math
  • 555
    sat reading
  • 543
    sat writing
  • 24
    act composite

Overview

Arcadia University: A Global, Integrative and Personal Learning Experience

Located in metropolitan Philadelphia, Arcadia University is a premier global university and a national leader in study abroad and international education. Arcadia offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees, as well as certifications of advanced study.

Arcadia's College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Sciences, School of Education, School of Global Business, and School of Continuing Studies each provide practical, integrative learning experiences through immersion with other cultures, internships, fieldwork, research with faculty members, applied learning opportunities, creative endeavors, and Capstone projects. The College of Global Studies is known internationally for academically sound and experientially rich study abroad programs.

Arcadia offers more than 65 fields of study in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, and business. Three-year degrees for high-ability students are offered in business administration, communications, international business and culture, international studies, and psychology. The degree program may include a summer of service learning (overseas or in the U.S.) and a summer internship (overseas or in the U.S.).

Arcadia is committed to providing students with a wide range of opportunities to explore global perspectives, integrate theory with real-world experiences, and benefit from the personal attention that is a hallmark of an Arcadia education.

The Arcadia University Promise affirms that all students will have a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares them to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. It sums up the collective experiences of generations of alumni and the collective efforts of faculty and staff who create Arcadia's distinguished learning environment. Through interactions with faculty, staff, and peers, students gain self-confidence and respect for others, learn by using the latest technologies, and acquire essential skills that prepare them for rich and meaningful lives.

Global Perspectives and Study Abroad Opportunities

All Arcadia students participate in a Global Connections Experience and Reflection. This ensures that all students have opportunities to explore new places and cultures. In a sustained cross-cultural experience, students meet people and learn about societies different from their own. The experience may be completed through study abroad in a foreign country or completed through a domestic study away program in the U.S.

In the spring semester, most first-year and new transfer students travel overseas with Arcadia faculty and staff mentors for a Preview week of culture, learning and fun. In 2014, Arcadia students traveled on Preview to Austria, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, England, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Guatemala, Japan, Morocco, Romania, Scotland, Sicily, South Korea, and Spain. The University's First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) for qualified freshmen offers students the chance to spend a semester of their first year in London, England, or Stirling, Scotland. The school's robust study abroad program also gives students clear pathways to complete their degrees in 4 years.

Arcadia's student life also includes access to numerous clubs, organizations, cultural activities, and athletics.

A Commitment to Integrative Learning

The programs, majors, seminars, and courses at Arcadia emphasize a multidisciplinary perspective, illustrating the University's commitment to integrative learning. Arcadia also connects liberal arts courses and approaches to learning with professional program skills and abilities. At the school's Glenside campus, students integrate classroom learning with real-world issues by merging theory and practice, allowing them to work as a team and as individuals. In addition, Arcadia offers a cumulative Capstone experience, which requires students to integrate multiple areas of knowledge and skills in a particular discipline, preparing them for success after graduation.

Personal Attention and Strong Mentors

Arcadia students are guaranteed exceptional personal attention, forging strong personal relationships with faculty and staff members, as well as with industry experts from Glenside, Pa., to foster advanced learning and development. Plus, Arcadia is a friendly, welcoming environment where everyone is treated with respect. That means students are safe to explore and develop difficult topics, friendships, and approaches to life.

Arcadia not only offers a top-notch education, but also focuses on eliminating barriers to success in every aspect of life. Arcadia gives students an edge by facilitating their knowledge, competencies, and skills so that they can lead successful lives.


Location & Contact

450 South Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038-3295
USA

Colleen Pernicello

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Phone: 215-572-2910
Fax: 215-572-4049
Email: admiss@arcadia.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Italian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Actuarial Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Small Business Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Programming
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Art Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Kindergarten/Preschool Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Science Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Comparative Literature
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Art Therapy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical Illustration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Natural Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Human Services
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Drawing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Illustration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Metal and Jewelry Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Painting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

59% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied9,608
    • Accepted5,735
    • Acceptance Rate59%
    • Enrolled2,453
    • Female Applicants6,554
    • Females Accepted3,934
    • Female Acceptance Rate60%
    • Male Applicants3,054
    • Males Accepted1,801
    • Male Acceptance Rate58%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some portfolio, audition
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.65
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 1st September 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 15th September 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 555 500 600
    • SAT Math 550 500 578
    • SAT Writing 543 490 590
    • ACT Composite 24 22 27
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$37,500
    • Out-of-state tuition *$37,500
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$660.00
    • Room and board *$12,740.00
    • Room only *$9,000.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,453
    • Male Student Percentage32%
    • Female Student Percentage68%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino5.46%
    • Black or African American8.52%
    • White or Caucasian72.56%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.24%
    • Asian4.65%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.16%
    • Two or more races3.55%
    • Unknown2.85%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout2% representing 19 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students39% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 52%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Program Board, Residence Hall Council, student government, Arcadia Christian Fellowship, Student Alumni Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading No No No
    • Equestrian sports Yes Yes No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cheerleading Yes No No
    • Equestrian sports Yes Yes No
    • Field hockey Yes Division 3 No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Swimming No Division 3 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
    • Weight Lifting Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty465
    • Full-time Percentage32%
    • Part-time Percentage68%
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 2,747 students to 224 faculty


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