Arcadia University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Arcadia University

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Arcadia University is a private university with an acceptance rate of 64%. Located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, Arcadia is 25 miles from Philadelphia. With one of the nation's strongest study abroad programs, nearly 95% 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 has a 13-to-1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 14. On the athletic front, the Arcadia Knights compete in the NCAA, within the Division III Commonwealth Conference. 

Considering applying to Arcadia University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Arcadia University had an acceptance rate of 64%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 64 students were admitted, making Arcadia's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 9,243
Percent Admitted 64%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 8%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Arcadia University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 87% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 540 640
Math 510 610
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Arcadia's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Arcadia scored between 540 and 640, while 25% scored below 540 and 25% scored above 640. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 510 and 610, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 610. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1250 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Arcadia.

Requirements

Arcadia does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Arcadia participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Arcadia University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 19% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 26
Math 19 25
Composite 21 27

This admissions data tells us that most of Arcadia's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Arcadia received a composite ACT score between 21 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Arcadia does nor require the ACT writing section. Note that Arcadia does not provide information about their superscore policy for the ACT.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Arcadia's incoming freshmen class was 3.7. This data suggests that most successful applicants to Arcadia University have primarily A grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Arcadia University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Arcadia University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Arcadia University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Arcadia University, which accepts nearly two-thirds of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, Arcadia has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. The admissions office is looking for applicants with strong letters of recommendation as well as those who participate in meaningful extracurricular activities. Applicants can also submit an optional application essay and resume to improve their chances of admission.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. You can see that the majority of admitted students had high school grades of "B" or better, combined SAT scores of about 1000 or higher (ERW + M), and ACT composite scores of 20 or better.

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