Arcadia University request information


Arcadia University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Arcadia University offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Arcadia University

Known as 'Beaver College' until 2001, Arcadia University is a private, not-for-profit school established in Glendale, Pennsylvania, in 1853. Over the years, the school transformed from a female seminary to a small liberal arts school to its current state as a four-year comprehensive university. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school number 33 of the best regional universities in the north. Arcadia is largely known for its study abroad programs, which, in 2010, were rated first in the nation among all universities by the Institute of International Education.


Arcadia offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs through six colleges and departments: the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Sciences, College of Global Studies, Department of Education, School of Global Business and School of Continuing Studies. Arcadia's students can choose to pursue a bachelor's degree in 75 fields of study, a master's degree in 15 fields of study, dual degree options or certificate programs that can be completed in the classroom or online. The school's physical therapy doctoral program, which is offered through the College of Health Sciences, was ranked 14th in the country by U.S. News and World Report in 2012. In 2011, the program awarded 19 degrees.

The study abroad program at Arcadia is one the most respected in the country. It serves students from more than 300 universities throughout the United States. Programs geared towards freshmen students, students pursuing majors with an international focus and majors built around studying internationally are all components of the school's study abroad program.

The school's average class size is 16 students, and 77% of classes have fewer than 20 students. The student-to-faculty ration is 13 to 1 and the retention rate for first-time students 76% for full-time and 50% for part-time students.


Students who apply to Arcadia by the January 15 priority deadline are automatically considered for scholarships, accelerated degree programs, honors program and the first year study abroad experience. The application and financial aid deadline for all students is March 15. All freshman applicants are required to submit a common application, official high school transcripts and either SAT or ACT test scores.

The criteria for admission to any of the graduate programs varies by degree. However, all programs require submission of transcripts, letters of recommendation and a deposit.

In 2011, the school received 7,600 applications, of which it accepted 54%. Of those admitted, 12% enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for full-time undergraduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year was $34,960. Additional costs include $660 in fees, $12,150 in room and board (for 14 meals per week) and $1,400 for books. During that same time, the cost for students participating in the study abroad program was $22,150 per semester; this cost does not include airfare or passport costs.

Graduate and doctoral degree program tuition costs vary depending on the program. These costs range from $23,100 to $36,720 per year.

In 2011, 99% of all Arcadia students received some form of financial aid. Arcadia offers scholarships, work-study opportunities and accepts federal and state grants. All enrolled students are eligible for financial aid.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, mater's and doctoral degrees, post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester***
School Setting Suburban***
Student Body 2,228 undergraduate and 1,850 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Guaranteed housing for all undergraduate students who submit a deposit; 77% of undergraduates live on campus**
Schools and Programs Six schools and colleges offering more than 80 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: visual and performing arts (62)*
Master's: education (231)*
Doctoral: health professions and related programs (91)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 53% in four years*
61% in six years*
61% in eight years*
Admission Rate 54% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 644 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 76% for full-time and 50% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students In 2011:
Middle 50% SAT: 1040-1190 (old) and 1550-1780 (new)**
Middle 50% ACT: 22-27**
Application Due Date March 1**
Decision Notification Date Rolling basis*
Tuition (2012-2013) $34,960 for full-time undergraduates**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2011:
Grant or scholarship aid (99%)*
Federal grants (39%)*
Pell grants (37%)*
Other federal grants (38%)*
State/local government grant or scholarships (37%)*
Institutional grants or scholarships (99%)*
Student loan aid (85%)*
Federal student loans (85%)*
Other student loans (20%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 99% in 2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Education Center for Statistics, **Arcadia University, ***U.S. News and World Report, College Rankings.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
  • Phone: (215) 572-2910
  • Website:

Find Your Program:

Get Admission Info

Take the first step by getting admissions information directly from Arcadia University. Simply answer a few questions to get started.