Arcadia University

Glenside, PA

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.

School Profiles: Undergrad Transfer

Arcadia University

Glenside, PA

Transferring to Arcadia is easy.
Set on a beautiful campus centered around the historic landmark Grey Towers Castle, Arcadia is a top-ranked, private comprehensive university in Greater Philadelphia offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Just under 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students choose from 65+ fields of study.


Undergraduate Fields of Study
• Accounting*
- Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing
• Acting
- Musical Theater
• Actuarial Science
• Art
- Art Education Certification, Art Therapy, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Illustration, Metals and Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
• Art History*
• Art Therapy
• Biology*
- Biomedical, Conservation, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
• Business Administration*
- Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing
• Chemistry*
- Biochemistry, Chemical Professions, Forensic Science, Health Professions
• Computer Science*
• Computing Technology
- Design
• Criminal Justice*
- Law Enforcement, Social Justice
• Cultural Anthropology*
• Education
- Early Elementary Education (PreK-4), Education with Dual Certification in PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-12
• Education Studies*
• Engineering
(3+2, 4+2 with University of Pittsburgh or Washington University in St. Louis)
• English*
Creative Writing*
• Forensic Science (3+2, 4+2)
• French and Francophone Cultural Studies (MAP)
• Global Media (MAP)
- Cultural Studies, Digital Gaming Studies, Digital Media, Fashion Studies, Film Production, Media Industries, Media Production, New Media Journalism, Sound and Music, Visual Cultures, Visual Journalism, World Cinema

• Healthcare Administration*
- Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing
• History*
• International Business and Culture
- Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing

• International Peace and Conflict Resolution (3+2, 4+2)
• International Relations and Diplomacy
(3+2, 4+2)
• International Studies*
- Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Europe and the Mediterranean, Global Health and Human Rights, the Social Life of Globalization, Sustainable Development
• Italian Cultural Studies (MAP)
• Law
(3+3 with Drexel University)
• Mathematics*
• Media and Communication*
- Multimedia Publishing, Public Relations, Screen Media, Individualized
• Occupational Therapy (4+2 with Salus University)
• Optometry
(3+4 with Salus University)
• Physical Therapy (4+DPT)
• Physician Assistant (4+2)
• Politics, Government, and Law
- Global Legal Studies, International Relations, Law and Public Policy, Political Science
• Pre-dentistry
• Pre-medicine
• Pre-veterinary
• Psychology*
- Pre-art Therapy, Individualized Options
• Public Health
• Scientific Illustration*
• Sociology*
• Spanish*
• Spanish Cultural Studies (MAP)
• Sport Management*
- Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing
• Theater Arts*

* Also available as a minor
  Three-year degree option

(MAP) Majors Abroad Program, where students spend a full academic year     studying in a foreign country

Additional Minors
• Anthropology
• Arts Entrepreneurship and Curatorial Studies
• Bioinformatics
• Cinema Studies
• Economics
• Elementary Mathematics Education
• French
• Gender and Sexuality Studies
• Global Public Health
• Italian
• Jewish Studies
• Law and Public Policy
• Linguistics
• Music
• Neuroscience
• Pan-African Studies
• Physics
• Professional Writing
• Psychology (Human Resources)
• Religion
• Secondary Education (7-12)
Biology, Chemistry, English, General Science, Mathematics, Social Studies
• Statistics
• Studio Art
• World Cinema

1 of 5 schools in Pennsylvania to offer a Peace Corps Prep Certificate

The Arcadia promise
Arcadia University provides students with a dis tinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares them for postgraduate success in a diverse and global world. With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1 and an average class size of 14, Arcadia students learn in a tight-knit community that inspires and encourages interaction, collaboration, and discussion. 

Transfer friendly
Typically 15%–20% of the incoming class are transfer students. Arcadia will accept up to 75 credits from regionally accredited two-year colleges and up to 90 credits from regionally accredited four-year colleges. All incoming transfer students are reviewed for merit scholarships of up to $18,000.

A future you can count on
According to the Class of 2018 postgraduate outcomes survey, 94.5% of respondents are employed, in military service, in graduate school, or employed and in graduate school.

A competitive edge you can afford
At Arcadia, scholarships, grants, and loans make a nationally recognized education affordable. Approximately 99% of full-time undergraduates receive merit scholarships and/or need-based grants through the University. Distinguished Scholarships and Achievement Awards recognize academic excellence, leadership, service, and exceptional participation in school and community activities. For more information, visit

Preview week abroad
Each year, all new, full-time undergraduate students are offered the opportunity to participate in Preview, a week-long academic experience during spring break. Students sample the culture, history, and famous attractions of some of the world’s most distinctive countries while earning two academic credits. Locations for 2019 included China, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, France, Ireland, Italy, Oman, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. 

Grab your passport!
Arcadia has been a leader in international academic experiences for nearly 70 years. It’s no surprise, then, that the University has been ranked #1 in study abroad participation for the past nine years.? Graduates from the Class of 2019 earned credits in 37 countries. 

? Ranking by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report