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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    D+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  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 2,177 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Arcadia acceptance rate is 62%. Popular majors include Biology, Psychology, and International Business. Graduating 66% of students, Arcadia alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $34,300.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences
Address
450 S Easton Rd
Glenside, PA 19038

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
62%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1050-1240
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$27,567/ 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
$28,365/ 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
11:1
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.74 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.74 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,177Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
213
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 50 responses
Report
  • Open-minded
    30%
  • Eccentric
    20%
  • Weird
    16%
  • Rich and lazy
    10%
  • Eclectic
    8%
  • Tired
    8%
  • Diverse
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
94%
of students say they don't have Greek life.85 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.114 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 49 responses
Report
  • International
    27%
  • Global
    22%
  • Cozy
    18%
  • Different
    16%
  • Boring
    8%
  • Involved
    4%
  • Colorful
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
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 is a small university that provides their students with a lot of opportunities to be involved. The university has 50+ student organizations and students have the opportunity to become a part of university committees and become an Arcadia Ambassador. Arcadia is huge in study abroad as they currently offer programs like FYSAE (first year study abroad experience), where students can study abroad for a semester during their first year, a spring Preview experience where first year and transfer students are able to travel to various places around the world over spring break, a Global Field Study Experience that is similar to Preview, semester, summer, and academic years abroad, as well as a study away experience in Washington D.C.. Some of the buildings on campus, including dorms are in need of updates, but overall, I am satisfied with my experience at Arcadia University.
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Arcadia has a beautiful campus (yes, there is castle and yes if you're freshman, you can apply to live in it), and some wonderful, experienced professors, and staff members who are very intelligent, and extremely helpful, and a large LGBTQIA+ community. However, the school is extremely expensive, and diversity on campus is almost nonexistent. Some of the classes, course material, and even study abroad programs are extremely eurocentric, and there have been some pretty disturbing instances of racism on campus, (a student was recorded using racial slurs and students using racial slurs in the dorms, and common areas).
While Arcadia is a beautiful suburban campus right outside of Philadelphia that has some wonderful staff, and faculty members, the university as a whole needs to be improved. Housing needs to be updated and renovated, there needs to be more diversity in courses, course material, study abroad programs, and professors.
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.