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450 S Easton Rd
Glenside, PA 19038-3295
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Arcadia University

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Originally founded in 1853 as Beaver Female Seminary, the private co-ed institution now known as Arcadia University (AU) is located in Glenside, Pennsylvania. The comprehensive university owns a 76-acre campus, which is centered around the notable landmark Grey Towers Castle. The school offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees as well as a large study abroad program.


The university is comprised of the following colleges and schools:

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Health Sciences
  • The College of Global Studies
  • School of Continuing Studies
  • School of Education
  • School of Global Business

The university is home to a comprehensive undergraduate program conferring degrees in areas including accounting, acting, history, modern languages, music, nursing, and much more. Master’s degrees can be earned in diverse areas of study such as business administration, counseling psychology, creative writing, education, forensic science, genetic counseling, and health education are awarded to students who complete the program. Students can pursue doctorate degrees in educational leadership or physical therapy. Dual degrees as well as, numerous certificates in particular subjects can also be earned. Additionally, students have the option to design their own major with university approval.

AU Online:

The innovative online learning programs offer educational opportunities to students who are unable to attend regular college classes on campus. Currently online and blended accelerated degrees, courses and certificate programs are available. Some of the fully online programs include M.B.A. with a Global Perspective, M.Ed. in Special Education, Global Business Diplomacy (Business), and B.A. in Liberal Studies.

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More than 4000 students enroll each year. Freshmen students must apply for admission as early as possible. They must send their completed application, along with official transcripts and take either one of the following tests: Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT). Transfer students can easily apply for admission and must send all the official transcripts from previously attended institutes.

International students are encouraged to apply for admission Students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores as proof of English proficiency.

Financial Aid

There are a variety of need- and merit-based financial aid options for eligible students. All applicants seeking monetary assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Financial aid is offered through grants, scholarships and loans. Grants offered include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunities Grant (SEOG), the Federal TEACH Grant, and PHEAA Grants.

Scholarships include the President’s Scholarship, Alumni Legacy Grant, the Philadelphia Scholar Award, Scholarship Challenge Achievement Award, and the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship.

Loans are the type of financial aid that needs to be repaid with interest. Some of the loan programs offered to Arcadia students include Perkins Loans, Direct Stafford Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, and the Yellow Ribbon Program. Work study programs are also offered for students who wish to take up part-time jobs to pay for college.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 670th for the average student loan amount.
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The Student Government Organization (SGO) is the largest group on campus. It is responsible for representing and supporting the diverse student body. Students can also join several on-campus clubs and organizations, which include Association of College Health Executives (ACHE), Table Tennis Club, International Club, Arcadia Radio Club (ARC), and Photography Club.

The Commuter Life Program is designed for students who do not live on campus Facilities include a commuter lounge area with couches, a refrigerator, microwave, TV, stereo, work areas, a study room, and a locker room to store belongings.

Media and Publications:

The Tower is a student-operated newspaper representing the students, faculty member, staff and administration.

Gargoyle Literary Magazine is a publication showcasing the creative literary and visual works of the AU community.

The Enthymion is the student-run university yearbook, published annually each fall.

AUTV informs and entertains students, and offers training in the competitive field of communications. The Arcadia Radio Club is the student-operated radio station of the University.

Campus Facilities:

The Landman Library features high technology for education and access to learning. It houses a collection of books, journals, magazines, and reference materials. The library facility includes a reading room with comfortable seating and windows overlooking the beautiful campus, a technology enhanced study room, learning areas for group collaboration, a multimedia area, and silent carrels for private study.

Excellent housing options for the students are available in its well-equipped residence halls. Each of the halls feature modern facilities for the convenience of the students. There are also two apartment style housing – Manor Apartments and Oak Summit Apartments. The University offers residence life for the graduate students in Local Housing, Transitional Housing, and Delware Housing.

Amazing dining facilities for both resident and commuter students exist on the campus. The Chat, situated on the dining complex features continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and Late Nite meals. Parkhurst Dining Services offers healthy menu items for students, faculty and staff. Some of the on-campus eateries include Pepperazzi, Bravisimo, Pickles Deli, The Tower Grille, The Parkside Diner, Showcase Salads, and Brubaker Café.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The men’s and women’s teams, known as the Knights, compete in the NCAA Division III within the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic Corporation. They participate in sports such as baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, field hockey, swimming and tennis. Sports facilities on campus include New Field (Castle), Blankley Field, Weiss Courts, Kuch Center Gymnasium, Lenox Pool, and Enry Field.


Notable alumni include:

  • Julianne Boyd, Noted Theater Director
  • Jane Oswald, Member of The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame
  • Dorothy Germain Porter, Amateur Golf Champion
  • Anna Deavere Smith, Eminent Actress

Additional School Information

U.S. News & World Report cited Arcadia University as having the nation’s greatest travel study programs. It has won several awards for their many distinguishing study trips. The Society for the Advancement of Travel Study recently name this school for their prestigious Martin Luther King Jr award.

Information Summary

Ranks 42nd in Pennsylvania and 574th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.08
Robbery 1 0.03
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.18
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 2 0.05

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Glenside, PA 19038-3295
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population32,019 (32,019 urban / N/A rural)
Households11,907 (2.56 people per house)
Median Household Income$62,822
Families8,323 (3.11 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationPresbyterian Church (USA)
Congressional District4213

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 214th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $36,150 $36,150 $36,150
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $660 $660 $660
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $595 $595 $595
FT Graduate Tuition $30,933 $30,933 $30,933
FT Graduate Required Fees $130 $130 $130
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $788 $788 $788
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $51,970 $51,970 $51,970
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $57,896 $57,896 $57,896
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $42,160 $42,160 $42,160

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $34,150 $35,620 $34,150 $35,620 $34,150 $35,620
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,400(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,640 $12,150
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $17,820 $18,480
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,100(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,850(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$30
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 9,608 (3,054 male / 6,554 female)
Admitted 5,735 (1,801 male / 3,934 female)
Admission rate 60%
First-time Enrollment 597 (178 male / 419 female)
FT Enrollment 597 (178 male / 419 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment3,905

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
NCAA Baseball Conference Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
NCAA Track & Field Conference Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation

ACT Test Admission

396th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 17%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27

SAT Test Admission

542nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 92%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 578
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1000 / 1178

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,358
Meals per Week14
Room Fee$8,980
Board Fee$3,580

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 916th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $76,244 ($82,185 male / $64,921 female)
Number of FT Faculty 151 (65 male / 86 female)
Number of PT Faculty 469
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $5,570,000

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