Arcadia University

Glenside, Pennsylvania
4-year Private university


Arcadia University is a private institution established in 1853 with suburban setting located at Glenside. It is ranked 48 in Regional Universities North 2018 edition of Best Colleges . It practices semester-based academic calendar.

#48 in Regional Universities North
Location Glenside, Pennsylvania
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1853
Selectivity Low
Size Small
2,390 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Business and Marketing
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
    Program offered through an exclusively distance-education program
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • Health Professions And Related Programs
  • History
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Library Science
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $43,580
Outstate Tuition Fee $43,580
Room and Board Fees $13,800
$42,500 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


63% (Low Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$30 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
3.65 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Not Required
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Not Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal

For International Students

71 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, ITEP Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

SAT or ACT given.

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Regular Decision Deadline
Rolling Admission
Priority Application Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$30,074 Average Financial Aid

Need-based Aid

$27,991 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $58,880
--% Students with need received Financial Aid
83% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application --
Forms to be submitted FAFSA

Merit Scholarships

The Arcadia University President's Scholarship
Total Worth full tuition scholarship
Eligibility first year, full time students
Minimum Criteria based on their grades, class rank, SAT and/or ACT scores, and leadership in school and the community
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
The Arcadia University Distinguished Scholarship
Total Worth $24,000 annually
Eligibility first year students
Minimum Criteria basis of their grades, SAT/ACT scores, types of coursework taken, high school rank and involvement
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A
The Arcadia University Achievement Award
Total Worth up to $4,000 per year
Eligibility first year students
Minimum Criteria merit-based scholarship that recognizes exceptional achievements
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed No
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Alumni Legacy Grant
Total Worth $2,000 per year
Details Awarded to the dependent children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren of Arcadia University (formerly Beaver College) alumni.The student must enroll as a full-time undergraduate student at Arcadia University and be "dependent" according to federal guidelines.
Arcadia University Grant
Total Worth Varies
Details A need-based grant awarded to qualified full-time undergraduate students.Students are evaluated based on the information provided on the FAFSA form and must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be considered for this award.


2,390 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
78% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
66% Students graduate within 6 years