Arcadia University

Arcadia University


The Arcadia Promise affirms that students will have a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares them to contribute to and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. The Arcadia Promise sums up the collective experiences of generations of alumni and provides a distinguished learning environment. Arcadia students are challenged to recognize their ability and responsibility to make choices that affect the future. Whether they pursue an undergraduate, graduate or further education path, they are part of a mutually supportive community. Through interactions with faculty, staff and peers representing a diversity of cultural backgrounds, they gain self-confidence and respect for others, learn by using the latest technologies, and acquire essential skills and knowledge that prepare them for a rich and meaningful life.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Meet the MAC

Meet the MAC is a series of programs sponsored by a consortium of Pennsylvania colleges and universities that share common bonds in providing academic excellence. The members of this consortium will sponsor programs which give students who have historically been underrepresented in higher education the opportunity to interact with admissions professionals dedicated to increasing awareness of the opportunities available at small liberal arts institutions. Learn more about Meet the MAC

Special Admissions Policy Gateway to Success Program

Through the Gateway to Success Program, the Office of Enrollment Management identifies and offers admission to certain students who they deem as having the potential to succeed at Arcadia University despite some modest elements in their credentials. The program then provides a variety of services designed to help develop the levels of academic proficiency and social and leadership skills necessary for achieving academic success.

Academic Advising & Support Act 101

The ACT 101 Program is intended for economically and educationally disadvantaged first generation college students who are residents of Pennsylvania. The program offers tutoring, mentoring, counseling, curricular innovation and cultural enrichment activities to support these students.

Student Life & Support Common Cent$

Common Cent$: Turning Financial Stress Into Success Common Cent$ is a Financial Literacy Program designed for Arcadia students! Common Cent$ offers students a series of workshops and seminars throughout the year on topics such as: • Budgeting • Dealing With Debt • Credit (Protecting Your Credit and Dealing With Credit Cards) • Money Potholes: 10 Things to Avoid! • Getting Ahead on the Job • Budgeting for Life After College • Avoiding Identify Theft

Student Life & Support Office of Institutional Diversity

The Office of Institutional Diversity provides outreach, supplemental academic advisory support services and direct mentoring and advocacy for students identifying as being of African American, Latino, Asian or Native American descent (ALANA), and/or Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender or Queer. Learn more about Office of Institutional Diversity

Student Diversity

  • 2,473
  • 31/69
  • 28%
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 5%
  • 9%
    Black or African American
  • 8%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 65%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 4%

Student Success

  • 77%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 60%
    Six-year graduation
  • 50%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 83%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 51%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 177
    Full-time faculty
  • 26
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 10:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Biology, Education, Business, Fine Arts, Psychology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Arcadia Hindu Cultural Society, AU Muslim Student Association (AUMSA), Asian Students in American ASIA), Black Awareness Society, Hillel (Jewish Student Organization), International Club, Latino Association, PRIDE Gay and Straight Alliance, Puro Ritmo


Cost of Attendance

  • $40,260
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $660
    Required Fees
  • $13,500
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $51,811,828
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $31,065
    Average aid package
  • $42,895
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 34%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 83%
    Students with financial need
  • 83%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 87%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 43%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 8,883
    # of applicants
  • 59%
  • 3.63
    Average HS GPA
  • 25
    ACT Composite
  • 500—600
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 500—600
    SAT Math
  • 490—600
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • rolling
    Regular application closing date
  • $30
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • n/a
    Early decision plan
  • n/a
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date