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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  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 1,951 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Arcadia acceptance rate is 64%. Popular majors include Biology, Psychology, and International Business. Graduating 71% of students, Arcadia alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,300.
450 S Easton Rd
Glenside, PA 19038
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences

Arcadia University Rankings

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

Arcadia Admissions

Acceptance Rate
64%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1050-1250
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$28,205/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$28,985/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
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.77 responses
49%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.77 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    18%
  • On Campus
    82%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,951Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
209
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 51 responses
Report
  • Open-minded
    33%
  • Eccentric
    22%
  • Weird
    16%
  • Rich and lazy
    10%
  • Eclectic
    8%
  • Tired
    8%
  • Easy
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
87%
Poll
94%
of students say they don't have Greek life.88 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.117 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • International
    29%
  • Global
    21%
  • Cozy
    17%
  • Different
    15%
  • Boring
    8%
  • Involved
    4%
  • Colorful
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.38 responses
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Arcadia University Reviews

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Arcadia University is a great school. The small environment helps with adjusting to college life. At Arcadia, you will never feel lonely. When you go to the chat or dining hall, you will always see someone you know, and be greeted with a smile!
In the classroom, teachers know your name and truly want to help you in any way possible. Arcadia University is truly a community that helps you reach your goals and create life-long memories.
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As someone who wanted an international experience, Arcadia was great! There's lots of opportunity and support for students who want to study abroad. Each department cares about the students they work with. While still in school, there were issues with administration, but it seems like improvements have been made while under new leadership.
Due to its smaller size, there is great opportunity for one-on-one learning in and outside the classroom; your curriculum is better tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, and most professors make themselves available for research, advice, recommendations, and so forth. If you are looking for a party school, Arcadia isn't for you, although we do have a range of activities running every weekend for students, including night showings of the latest box office successes. Arcadia is centered on learning through action and community service, and encourages students to explore broader horizons––which justifies its #1 rank nationally for study abroad participation.