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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    D+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    D+
  11. Student Life
    C-
  12. Safety
    B-
Arcadia is a private, Christian university located in Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,266 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Arcadia acceptance rate is 63%. Popular majors include Biology, Psychology, and International Business. Graduating 61% of students, Arcadia alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,200.
About Arcadia University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences
Address
450 S Easton Rd
Glenside, PA 19038
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Arcadia University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
63%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1000-1210
ACT Range
23-28
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$27,471/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $21,108/ year
  • $30-48k
    $24,522/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,950/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,842/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,059/ year
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.61 responses
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.71 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.71 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,266Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Open-minded
    32%
  • Eccentric
    19%
  • Weird
    17%
  • Eclectic
    9%
  • Rich and lazy
    9%
  • Tired
    9%
  • Easy
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
94%
of students say they don't have Greek life.82 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.111 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 46 responses
Report
  • International
    28%
  • Cozy
    20%
  • Global
    20%
  • Different
    17%
  • Boring
    7%
  • Involved
    4%
  • Colorful
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
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Arcadia is known for its wonderful study abroad opportunities! I spent an entire semester in the UK during my freshman year. The professors at Arcadia truly value each student, and are willing to go out of their way to help cultivate the educational growth of each student. There are always engaging campus activities. For off-campus activities, the city of Philadelphia is just 10 minutes away by train. There are also apartments within a 5 minute walk of campus where students can live for an affordable price. There aren't many food options, so it's best not to buy the meal plan. Lots of scholarship money available for financial aid. Overall, Arcadia is pretty great.
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Arcadia is an oddly magical place. Like any college, there are things to complain about for each individual but overall it isn't a bad school, in fact it's quite good! One, the campus is beautiful, well kept. The housing and a few other buildings could use renovation and expansion but it's still quite nice. Academics is pretty impressive but not all the professors deserve the same critique. Athletics are probably one of the few weak points at Arcadia but the teams are still loved and celebrated properly by the student body and faculty. Campus food is undoubtedly the weakest link, enough said. Safety regulations and security could be better. The party scene is weak if you don't know the right people. Diversity is very impressive, probably due to Arcadia's intense focus on international education but nonetheless impressive. Girls are the dominant gender here though, by far, but to be fair it used to be an all girls private school. Ultimately, an amazing experience and beautiful school.
Arcadia has historically been a great liberal arts school, but recently they’ve been trying to shift focus to stem to compete with other universities in the area, and it’s killing a lot of the potential they had and the campus culture they are known for. The campus has really become a commuter college situation, with most people going away on weekends, and glenside does not cater at all to college students. Despite the direct area not being college friendly, there is mediocre access to public transit into Philly, and unlike most universities in the area they offer no discount agreement with septa, so going to the city costs around 10 dollars per trip. While arcadias academics are alright, the college experience is almost nonexistent otherwise.