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Arcadia University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Glenside, Pennsylvania. The suburban atmosphere of Glenside makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

11 Undergraduate Degrees
118 Graduate Degrees
$38,576 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
62% Acceptance Rate

Where Is Arcadia University?

Location of Arcadia University

Contact details for Arcadia are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 450 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038-3295
Phone: 215-572-2900

How Do I Get Into Arcadia?

You can apply to Arcadia online at:

Admission Requirements for Arcadia

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Arcadia?

62% Acceptance Rate
71% Of Accepted Are Women
78% Submit SAT Scores
Arcadia has an acceptance rate of 62%, which means it is fairly selective. Take that into account when you are working on your application and gathering requested materials. Do what you can to stand out among other applicants.

Approximately 29% of accepted students are men and 71% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 64%.

Average Test Scores

About 78% of students accepted to Arcadia submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Arcadia University  ( 530 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Arcadia University  ( 520 to 610 )
Arcadia received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 27. Math scores were between 21 and 26. Composite scores were between 22 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Arcadia University  ( 21 to 27 )
ACT Math Scores for Arcadia University  ( 21 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Arcadia University  ( 22 to 27 )

Can I Afford Arcadia University?

$38,576 Net Price
84% Take Out Loans
3.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Arcadia is $38,576. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Arcadia, approximately 84% of students took out student loans averaging $10,062 a year. That adds up to $40,248 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Arcadia is 3.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Arcadia University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,929 Full-Time Undergraduates
67% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,149 undergraduate students at Arcadia, with 1,929 being full-time and 220 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Arcadia

There are also 1,314 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,929 full-time undergraduates at Arcadia, 33% are male and 67% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Arcadia

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Arcadia University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Arcadia Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 94
Black or African American 183
Hispanic or Latino 206
White 1,225
International Students 55
Other Races/Ethnicities 166

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Arcadia University. At this time, 31 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 25 countries are represented at Arcadia. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Arcadia University

637 Took All Classes Online
1,145 Took At Least One Class Online
29.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,145 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Arcadia has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of Arcadia

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Arcadia University was 29.3%. This is the #443 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Arcadia regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Arcadia University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Early Childhood Education 0 32 0 32
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 10 7 17
General Education 0 16 0 16
Secondary Education 0 16 0 16
General Special Education 0 14 1 15
Reading Teacher Education 0 11 0 11
Other Education 9 0 0 9
English & Language Arts Education 0 3 0 3
Science Education 0 3 0 3
Health Education 0 2 0 2
Teacher Education 2 0 0 2
Agricultural Teacher Education 0 1 0 1
Art Education 0 1 0 1
Mathematics Education 0 1 0 1
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0
History Education 0 0 0 0
Modern Language Education 0 0 0 0
Music Education 0 0 0 0
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 0 0 0 0
Elementary Education 0 0 0 0
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 11 110 8 129


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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