Arcadia University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, & More

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The majority of students applying to Arcadia submit scores from the SAT; test scores are a required part of the application, and both the SAT and ACT can be submitted. With an acceptance rate of 63 percent, Arcadia is a fairly open school; accepted students generally have high grades and good test scores. Arcadia uses holistic admissions, meaning that they take into account a student's extracurricular activities, work and volunteer experience, and other skills/experience when making a decision about his/her application. Applicants are encouraged to submit a personal statement, resumes of activities and interests, and, if interested in the art program, a portfolio.

Located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, Arcadia University is a mere 25 minutes from Center City Philadelphia (see all Philadelphia area colleges). Arcadia University has one of the strongest study abroad programs in the country. Nearly 95 percent of Arcadia undergraduates study in one of the school's programs in Australia, China, England, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Korea, Spain or Wales. The university is also proud of its 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio and its average class size of 16. Arcadia grads are a loyal group, and the university ranks in the top 10 percent of colleges for alumni giving. On the athletic front, the Arcadia Knights compete in the NCAA, within the Division III Commonwealth Conference. 

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Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 3,785 (2,473 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 31% Male / 69% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $40,920
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,500
  • Other Expenses: $1,100
  • Total Cost: $57,020

Arcadia University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 90%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $26,718
    • Loans: $9,245

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 77%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 31%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 57%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, Swimming, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Golf

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics 

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