Students Say

Lots of colleges claim to give their students a "global perspective," but Arcadia really delivers. It has a phenomenal study abroad program with "many pathways" for international study and travel. Students "tend to get addicted to it," and many go aboard two or more times during their college career. Arcadia has lots of popular and well-respected majors, including physical therapy, art, theater, and the sciences.

Overview

Applicants
7,673
Acceptance Rate
54%
Average HS GPA
3.63

GPA Breakdown

44%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
510 - 600
SAT Math
510 - 600
ACT Composite
22 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

Lots of colleges claim to give their students a "global perspective," but Arcadia really delivers. It has a phenomenal study abroad program with "many pathways" for international study and travel. Students "tend to get addicted to it," and many go aboard two or more times during their college career. Arcadia has lots of popular and well-respected majors, including physical therapy, art, theater, and the sciences. Its "faculty and administrative staff are exceptional." Professors are "unbelievably talented" and "accessible." They're "always willing to give a helping hand in any project brought to their attention." A biology student says, "Opportunities are available to go beyond the typical classroom experience by working on individual projects or helping professors with research." Classes are small, and there are many chances for "one-on-one attention from professors." Students at Arcadia receive "a global and integrative learning experience with lots of personal attention," among people who share their "love of learning."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
479
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
No

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,925

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,986

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,291

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$75,875

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
100%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,046

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$33,490
Required Fees
$660
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,500
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
ACG, SMART, TEACH
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Many students go to Arcadia because of its stellar study abroad program, and it attracts people who are "independent, creative," "adventurous, and [those who] have a bit of a craziness about them." A chemistry student says, "There are a lot of weird people at Arcadia, but that's…why I feel comfortable there." Many students commute or are from the area, and lots go home on the weekends, but students are "very involved in clubs and community service" during the week. The population is predominantly female, but it's "diverse" and has a lot of international students as well as "a pretty decent gay population." There is a small divide between "athletes and art freaks," but most people think the school isn't very cliquey. What's great is, "there are always new people coming and going," so "You never feel trapped and your friend base expands every semester."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,211
Out of State
38%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

4.16%
Asian
7.49%
African-American
4.87%
Hispanic
68.37%
Caucasian
12.21%
Unknown
1.26%
International

71% female
29% male
38% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The focal point of Arcadia's campus is the "stunning" Grey Towers Castle, which some students are lucky enough to "dorm" in. Arcadia has a large commuter population, and because so many of its students are often abroad, "there's not much to do" on campus, and it can "get very dull at times." There are, however, "weekend programs run by RAs and Student Life" that are "very fun and exciting." Luckily, Philadelphia and its excellent cultural and social options are only 20 minutes away. Some think that "the student facilities are very poor," but there is a nice "commuter lounge, which is a pretty popular place for commuters to chill and to get to know one another." Everyone agrees that "Arcadia is definitely not a party school." "Students still party," but "they simply find their own scene." "People…have their own styles," at Arcadia, and "that's a part of what makes Arcadia great." An English and secondary education major sums Arcadia up best by saying, "What really brings people here is the study abroad program. What keeps them here are the people."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
54%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
69
First-Year Students living on campus
75%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
40
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
3

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Scarlet Knights)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Women's Sports (Scarlet Knights)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kathy Blum
Enrollment Management

Address
Office of Enrollment Management
450 South Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

Phone
215-572-2910

Email
admiss@arcadia.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Commons
Grey Towers Castle
Kuch Center
The Chat
Walk of Pride

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Center City Philadelphia
Manayunk- section of Philadelphia
King of Prussia Mall
Penn's Landing/ Delaware Waterfront
Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
zazzeraj@arcadia.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
For accepted students only in February and March

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By train: Take the SEPTA R5 or R2 lines to the Glenside Station. Use SEPTA #22 bus or taxicab or walk south along Easton Road to Arcadia University. By bus: Take the SEPTA # 22 to Arcadia University. Connect with the # 22 from Broad Street Subway and SEPTA bus routes C, # 18, and # 26 at SEPTA center at Broad Street and Olney Avenue. From Mt. Airy/ Cedarbrook take the SEPTA H bus and transfer to SEPTA # 22 at Cheltenham Avenue and Easton Road. From Philadelphia International Airport: Take Route 95 south to Route 476 North (Plymouth Meeting), to the PA Turnpike Interchange. At entrance, bear right, take the PA turnpike east toward NJ. Take the Fort Washington exit (#339, old #26). Proceed south on Route 309 approximately 5 miles to the second Easton Road exit (Glenside). Follow the exit ramp around onto Easton Road. Go under the Route 309 overpass and immediately bear left into the Arcadia campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Pennsylvania Turnpike: Take the Fort Washington exit (#339, old # 26). Proceed south on Route 309 approximately 5 miles to the second Easton Road exit (Glenside). Follow exit ramp around and immediately bear left into the Arcadia University campus. From I-95, the Tacony Palmyra Bridge or the Betsy Ross Bridge: Take Route 73 (Cottman Avenue) west to Arcadia University, located at the junction of 73 (which has then become Church Road) and Route 152 (Limekin Pike). From the Commodore Barry Bridge, Delaware or points south: Take I-95 north to 476 North (Plymouth Meeting). Take 276 East (the Pennsylvania Turnpike). Follow directions from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From southern New Jersey and the Walt Whitman Bridge: Follow signs from your area to the Walt Whitman Bridge. Cross bridge and follow signs for Route 76 West (Schuylkill Expressway). Follow to Lincoln Drive ((#340A, old #32); follow Lincoln Drive to Emlen Street. Turn left on Emlen (which changes to Cresheim Valley Drive) and follow until it dead-ends on Stenton Ave. Turn right on Stenten and move left immediately turning left at first light (Ivy Hill Road). Take Ivy Hill until it dead-ends and turn right on Cheltenham Ave. Turn left at first light, Easton Road. You will go through one light then pass the entrance to Route 309. Go under the Route 309 overpass amd immediately bear left into the Arcadia Campus. From northern New Jersey: Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the Pennsylvania Turnpike exit (#6). Go west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Follow directions from the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Local Accommodations
At Exit 339, old 26- PA Turnpike, Fort Washington, PA -Route 309 is the Holiday Inn (432 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Washington, PA, 800-465-4329), and Best Western (285 Commerce Drive, Fort Washington, PA/ 215-542-7930); Off exit 333, old 25- PA turnpike is the Doubletree Guest Suites (640 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA, 610-834-8300); At Exit 343, old 27 - PA turnpike is the Hampton Inn (1500 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA, 215-659-3535); Off Route 309- Montgomeryville, PA is located Comfort Inn (678 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA, 215-361-3600), and Joseph Ambler Inn (1005 Horsham Road-Route 463, North Wales, PA, 215-362-7500); and in Philadelphia is the Chestnut Hill Hotel (8229 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-5905).
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Key Stats

7,673
Applicants
2,211
Size
54%
Acceptance Rate
1110
SAT Scores

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