Arcadia University

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450 S. Easton Road

Glenside, PA 19038-3295

Phone: (215) 572-2900
2013-2014 Tuition
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#48 Overall Score: 52 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Arcadia University is a private institution that was founded in 1853. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,359, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 76 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Arcadia University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 48. Its tuition and fees are $36,810 (2013-14).

Arcadia University is a private school in eastern Pennsylvania, about 10 miles north of Philadelphia. Students at Arcadia can choose from more than 75 majors, including graduate programs in the fields of health and education. At Arcadia, the class sizes are small, and teaching assistants do not teach any courses. Arcadia encourages its students to explore the world and offers more than 100 study abroad programs, such as the Preview for Freshmen. More than half of first year students participate in this program, which allows them to travel extensively with their classmates during spring break to earn class credit.  

Students have much to explore on campus, too, including the Grey Towers Castles, which belong to the school and have been declared a National Historic Landmark. Arcadia students can also join more than 90 student organizations, play intramural sports, or try out for the many varsity athletic teams. The Arcadia University Knights compete in the NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic Conference and offer opportunities in more than 15 men’s and women’s sports.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. Arcadia is a coeducational, comprehensive private university in metropolitan Philadelphia offering undergraduate and graduate study to more than 4,000 students. Arcadia ranks 1st in the nation based on its percentage of undergraduate students studying abroad, according to the 2010 Open Doors Report. Approximately four out of five first year students use their passports and almost 80% of the graduating seniors in 2010 earned credits overseas. Arcadia's unique First Year Study Abroad Experience, and London/Scotland Preview programs have been recognized as among the most innovative international programs in the country.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1853
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $52,942,000


When applying to Arcadia University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due March 1. The application fee at Arcadia University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 56.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 56.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by March 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Arcadia University is 12:1, and the school has 72.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Arcadia University include: Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Psychology, General; International Business/Trade/Commerce; Elementary Education and Teaching; and International/Global Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 59%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 11%
Psychology, General 11%
International Business/Trade/Commerce 7%
Elementary Education and Teaching 5%
International/Global Studies 5%

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Student Life

Arcadia University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,359, with a gender distribution of 31.5 percent male students and 68.5 percent female students. At this school, 52 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 48 percent of students live off campus. Arcadia University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,027
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Arcadia University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Arcadia University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Arcadia University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Arcadia University.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Arcadia University, 83 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,581.

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Tuition and fees $36,810 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,560 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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