About Arcadia University

Founded in 1853, Arcadia University. is a Private college. Located in Pennsylvania, which is a city setting in Pennsylvania, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 2,473 full time undergraduate students, and 1,312 full time graduate students.

The Arcadia University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 170 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Arcadia University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate63%
Application Deadline
Application Fee30
SAT Range1000-1210
ACT Range23-28

Admissions at are considered Selective, with ,29% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 7 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

91% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 64% were in the top quarter, and 32% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Arcadia University.

3%
“We”re apathetic”
29%
“We know about current events and vote”
40%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
29%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
6%
“We save it for the classroom”
29%
“Sometimes, but not often”
46%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
31%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
66%
“I feel extremely safe”
23%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
55%
“We bought the gear”
23%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
37%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
40%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
37%
“They keep regular office hours”
54%
“They”re always available”
86%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
11%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
12%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
53%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
35%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
14%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
46%
“There might be people who do”
40%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
3%
“We”re apathetic”
29%
“We know about current events and vote”
40%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
29%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
6%
“We save it for the classroom”
29%
“Sometimes, but not often”
46%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
20%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
3%
“I only go out in groups”
31%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
66%
“I feel extremely safe”
23%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
55%
“We bought the gear”
23%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
17%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
37%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
40%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
9%
“Available in class”
37%
“They keep regular office hours”
54%
“They”re always available”
86%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
11%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
12%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
53%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
35%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
14%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
46%
“There might be people who do”
40%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Arcadia University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    102 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    66 Students rated off-campus housing 3.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    106 Students rated campus food 2.7 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    108 Students rated campus facilities 3.8 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    108 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    108 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    109 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    109 Students rated academics 3.5 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Arcadia University?

43 Students rated Arcadia University

Annabelle - 09/17/2020

Arcadia University is my home away from home. It is a small enough campus to where you recognize everyone you pass on your way to class, but you might not know their name. You always find someone from your hometown, even if you didn't know them back home. Study Abroad is a must, because they make it so easy, affordable, and fun. Professors and classes are amazing. Professors are always available when you need them, and class sizes are super small which makes for engaging conversations and discussions, instead of crowded lectures. The food could be better, but it's definitely not the worst campus food I have ever eaten. Dorms are average, but the RA's are awesome! I am sad to be graduating this year, with my last goodbye to campus being hurriedly removing all my belongings from my dorm, but I know that I had the best college experience because of Arcadia. I made lifelong friends and learned more about myself through clubs and activities, then I ever would have expected. Arcadia is 10/10.

Delaney

I've overall enjoyed my time here at Arcadia. The professors not only know what they're talking about, but they're often kind and willing to work with you if you're having trouble with something. Class sizes are small, but it allows for interesting discussions. There's a lot of different clubs (slightly over 60, if I remember right), and people are very friendly. Like, if you're carrying a package out of the mail room, there's a good chance that someone entering is going to hold the door open for you. My only complaints are that my freshman dorm had mold in the A/C and my current on-campus apartment had mold grow over the summer when a pipe burst in the ceiling, but both times, it was fixed it within a day or two and didn't come back. So if you're a hard-working student looking for a comfortable place to go to college, I'd definitely recommend coming here.

Raquel

The Good: Arcadia is a school with amazing professors and opportunities that I have not seen at other schools. The faculty in my department are really dedicated to the students and push for them to succeed. They are always willing to meet with me after class to talk about assignments or to just chat about whatever and their office hours are really flexible so there is no need to worry about juggling a crazy schedule. On top of really amazing academics, Arcadia offers many study abroad programs which have been useful for my International Studies major. I started my schooling here by going to London for a full semester through their FYSAE (First Year Study Abroad) program. In my opinion, the program itself needed to have a few kinks worked out in terms of how they housed the students but other than that it was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never ever forget. In my spring semester, I was able to go to Vietnam for a week through the school's Preview program. I learned all about the southeast Asian culture while also having an awesome time in a country I would not have traveled to otherwise. The program is cheap at just $595 and included airfare! The Bad: The food at Arcadia is not too great. Sometimes it tastes weird or it is cooked wrong. Under cooked pasta, for example, is pretty common. Another issue I had had is the administration and their lack of caring for the adjunct professors. The school has hired many adjunct professors in order to curb costs (as many schools have been doing in recent years). The bright side of this is that many of our students have organized groups in order to vouch for the adjuncts so that they get fairly paid and recently, our school has made an agreement with the adjuncts so that they will receive better pay for all of the hard work that they do. The student activism at our school is extremely effective and has made many changes to the school during the few years I have been a student here. My Opinion: Arcadia is an amazing school with loads of opportunities for those who value global experiences and stellar academics. It has truly helped me blossom into the travel bug academic that I am today and has helped me gain a lot of insight in the world in which we live in today.

Dawn

My overall opinion is that the college has its drawbacks but overall is a great place. Drawbacks include the fact that some facilities aren't always the cleanest, and many people complain about the food and other amenities here, but I feel it has many perks such as the many opportunities to study abroad, small class sizes, and many chances to get involved.

Arcadia University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Arcadia University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Arcadia University is 63%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Dear Kiara- I know you are stressed about your future right now. Heck, you've always been stressed about your future and that's not a character trait that is likely to change. However, it might sooth you to know that you are making the right choices. Life is takng you where you need to be, even if the path is unexpected. I know that right now you are really only concerned with the 'Big Name' schools. They look good to employers, but are they what you need? You choice in education should not be based on a name. It should be based on the school that will give you the most it can. Yes, Big Name School X and Y can give you a pretty diploma with their names scrawelled in cursive next to their school seal, but believe it or not, Arcadia University will end up providing for you more than you can ever imagine. Stop thinking about schools based on how they will look to others and start thinking about what they can do for you. Besides, the big name schools cost a fortune anyways! Would you rather have debt or a school that helps you grow?

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Arcadia University is an intimate educational facility where teachers know their student's names without referring to their roll books.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The location, it is a bus ride away from the city, so there is always something to do and see.

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  5. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    I find the most frustrating thing about Arcadia being that there are not a lot of activites off campus in this area other than traveling to the city.

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  6. Describe the students at your school.

    Alot are very loud liberals who dont really know what they're talking about; theres alot of kids who havent really learned anything and just repeat things they've heard on tv; but there are some who are really great but its like any campus-theres good and bad students here.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Arcadia is a university that not only provides a diverse and caring community but it also provides the environment in order to grow. College gives young adults the chance to mature and adapt to the world and Arcadia is one of the best Universities for that with students from around the country as well as other countries. Not only will one acquire a valuable education at Arcadia but one will also acquire knowledge about other countries and the people who live there. Arcadia University is one of the best study abroad universities in the country and I love it.

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  8. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about Arcadia is the lack of communication with faculty, staff, departments, and students. Most of the time, departments, faculty/staff, and students keep to themselves. If there is an issue, it takes a while for issues to be addressed. Not to say that the employees and student don't do their work, because they do, it's the lack of communication from department to department that causes issues.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Something that my school does that many other Universities do not is give its students personal attention. All schools claim they provide this, but Arcadia truly holds itself to that promise. There are so few students and the classes are so small, that you actually get to know your teacher and to them you are more than just another face in a large lecture hall. Teachers, advisors and even President Tobey Oxholm himself takes a personal interest in you and helps guide you towards the path that will help you accomplish your life goals.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known how difficult it is to become social when you do not live on campus. All of the extra-curricular activities I wanted to be involved in have meetings at 10 or 11 o'clock at night, and when you're a commuter student, you do not want to drive all the way to campus that late at night for a mere 20 minute meeting, only to have to drive all the way back home and get to sleep soon enough for class the next day.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    The castle!

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  12. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    There is really no "type" of person that would not fit in here. There is a very diverse student body, and I am personally friends with many different kinds of people. My only concern would be for those looking for greek life. Arcadia does not tolerate any fraternities or sororities, and we do not have a football team. So if those are big determining factors Arcadia is not the best place for you.

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  13. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone that is looking for a small personal environment, both academically and socially. You will make friends easily here and we have a very diverse mixture of students, considering there is such a small population. You will also build very good one on one relationships with professors which is extremely beneficial when receiving a college education.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I's a great school for study abroad. For example a freshmen preview in various locations nationally and globally. I would change the whole social life of the campus. It is lacking immensely. Too small. Whenever ever I say I go to Arcadia people ask me "what?" or "where is that?" basically no one has heard of it, unless you're a PT major. I spend my times in the dorm or the library. There is much to go anyways. Administration is ok. Hardly any school pride. Most frequent complaints: boring, food sucks, sports suck.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    The classes are fairly easy at least for freshmen year. All the classes are small. They rarely exceed 25 students but it depends on the class and departments such as bio, chem etc. The teachers so far have been nice. They know their students names and they offer individual attention. Students study sort of but the majority study the most during finals. Not very competitive between students. Arcadia doesn't have too high of standards academic wise. Not too challenging. If you want a challenge and a good education go to a better well known school. The career development office is ok. Arcadia is more geared towards learning. You will have to work hard to get a job.

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  16. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Quddich Tournament.

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  17. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I think the stereotype for us is that we are not that social because we a so far away from other colleges, but that's not true. I think i heard we were geeky too since we had classes such as our harry potter class and graphic novels class.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Yup. It's boring as hell unless you're a partier or belong to a certain clique.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Boring, small, white middle-upper class. Mostly people from Pennsylvania, New Jersey.

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Student Body

Students

69%

female

31%

male

2,473

Total Undergrad Enrollment

1,312

Total Grad Students

49%

Out-Of-State

51%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

90

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

34%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
5%
% Black or African-American
9%
% Hispanic/Latino
8%
% White or Caucasian
65%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

98% of students attending Arcadia University receive some sort of financial aid. 38% were awarded federal grants. While 90% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$40,920

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,500

Books and Supplies

$13,500

Room and Board

55,920

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$21,108
$30 - $48K
$24,522
$48 - $75K
$24,950
$75 - $110K
$26,842
$110K & UP
$29,059

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