Arcadia University

Glenside, PA

Arcadia University

Glenside, PA

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Undergrad

Tuition & Fees

$44,440

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

33%

male

67%

female

1

teacher

12

students

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Moderately Selective

65%

acceptance rate

Accepted 6,709
Declined 3,507
Total Received 10,216
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Private

2,151

undergraduate students

1,314

graduate students

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School Facts

Arcadia University, founded in 1853 as Beaver Female Seminary, is a coeducational, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Its 76-acre campus is located in Glenside, 20 minutes from Philadelphia by train.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 3,465
Established in 1853
Coeducational Coeducational

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76-acre, suburban campus in Glenside (population: 8,384), 20 miles from downtown Philadelphia. Served by train; major airport and bus serve Philadelphia.

  • Metropolitan area: Philadelphia
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Philadelphia International

Arcadia University
450 South Easton Road
Glenside
19038-3295

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
51%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Freshman priority housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Women only housing

Top Organizations

  • Student Program Board
  • Residence Hall Council
  • Student Government
  • Arcadia Christian Fellowship
  • Student Alumni Association

Top Events

  • Mr. Beaver Contest
  • Woodstock
  • Spring Fling

Fun Facts

  • Each fall, Arcadia University holds its Mr. Beaver pageant, where the young men on campus compete in a traditional beauty contest—including wearing beautiful gowns. Judging is based on swimsuit, talent, and question portions.
  • Arcadia University was founded as Beaver College, a women's seminary.
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Choral groups

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Student patrols
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
22%
Top 1/4
47%
Top 1/2
82%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
8%
600-699
36%
500-599
42%
400-499
13%
300-399
1%
700-800
5%
600-699
27%
500-599
49%
400-499
18%
300-399
1%
30-36
14%
24-29
45%
18-23
37%
12-17
3%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $30
Application deadline March 1
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.69

Moderately Selective

65%

acceptance rate

Accepted 6,709
Declined 3,507
Total Received 10,216

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
recommendation(s)
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Important

extracurricular activities
application essay
class rank

Considered

alumni/ae relation
level of applicant's interest
character/personal qualities
interview
talent/ability
volunteer work
work experience

Not Considered

first generation
geographical residence
racial/ethnic status
religious affiliation/commitment
state residency

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate no
Offers English as a second language yes
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Financial Facts

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Installment payment plan yes
Tuition waiver for employees (and children) yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-country running
Field hockey
Golf
Ice hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming and diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball

Intramural Sports Men

Equestrian sports

Intramural Sports Women

Equestrian sports

Club Sports Men

Cheerleading

Club Sports Women

Cheerleading

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Division 3

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Acting
Actuarial Science
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art Therapy/Therapist
Art/Art Studies, General
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Chemistry, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Creative Writing
Criminology
Cultural Anthropology
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
French Studies
Graphic Design
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
History, General
Illustration
International Business/Trade/Commerce
International/Global Studies
Italian Studies
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Mathematics, General
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator
Metal and Jewelry Arts
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Painting
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Philosophy
Photography
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Law Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Nursing Studies
Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
Printmaking
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other
Public Health, General
Secondary Education and Teaching
Sociology
Spanish Language and Literature
Spanish and Iberian Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Accelerated degree
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Off campus study
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

3,465

total students

63%

in-state

37%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

62%

2,151
students

Female
67%
1,441

Male
33%
708

38%

1,316
students

Female
76%
996

Male
24%
320

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

89%

1,929
students

Female
68%
1,295

Male
32%
634

11%

220
students

Female
67%
146

Male
33%
74

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 80%
Student 4 year graduation rate 61%
Student 5 year graduation rate 4%
Student 6 year graduation rate 1%

Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
9%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Hispanic/Latino
63%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

79

Transfer students enrolled

2%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment no
Accepts CLEP subject tests no
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions no
Accepts DSST/DANTES no
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred no

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: June 15

Transfer difficulty

Moderately difficult

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Counseling services

  • Group career
  • Individual career
  • Learning disability
  • Personal/Psychological

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni Network
  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health clinic
  • Library reserved study rooms

Special programs for physically disabled students

Not Reported

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