Arcadia University

Glenside, PA

Arcardia University (formerly Beaver College) is a liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Founded as the Beaver Female Seminary in 1853, it adopted coeducation in 1973. Its 55-acre campus is located in Glenside, 20 minutes from Philadelphia by train. The Castle,' a campus landmark, is fashioned after a medieval English manor.

Website: www.arcadia.edu

Private
Co-ed
2,390
Undergraduate
Students
(68.5%) 1,638 Women
(31.5%) 752 Men
1,421
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
62% of 8,931 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.63
SAT Math
520-610 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
584 average
540-630 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
24 average
22-27 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$57,380
Tuition and Fees
$43,580
Room and Board
$13,800
Average Percent of Need Met
86%
Average Freshman Award
$30,745
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
179
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 28% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
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Campus Life

Glenside Population
7,914
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students in College Housing
49% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.3% Asian
9.8% Black/African-American
9.1% Hispanic/Latino
4.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.5% White
4.5% Unknown
International Students
2.9% from 13 countries
First-Year Students Returning
78.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
39.8%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   3
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies   2
History   2
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Essay component required
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component required
ACT Writing Test Policy Not reported

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
450 South Easton Road
City, State, Zip
Glenside, PA 19038-3295
Phone
(215) 572-2910
Fax
(215) 572-4049
E-mail
admiss@arcadia.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$30
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins September 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 required for all freshmen
Other
Portfolio, audition recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
62% of 8,931 applicants were admitted
Women
64% of 6,168 applicants were admitted
Men
59% of 2,763 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
615 (11%) of 5,564 admitted students enrolled
Women
415 (11%) of 3,941 admitted students enrolled
Men
200 (12%) of 1,623 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.63
3.75 and Above
42%
3.50 - 3.74
25%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
7%
2.00 - 2.49
2%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
520-610 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
5%
Score of 600 - 700
29%
Score of 500 - 600
51%
Score of 400 - 500
14%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
584 average
540-630 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
5%
Score of 600 - 700
38%
Score of 500 - 600
46%
Score of 400 - 500
11%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
24 average
22-27 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
11%
Score of 24 - 29
49%
Score of 18 - 23
36%
Score of 12 - 17
4%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 24%
Top quarter: 55%
Top half: 89%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$57,380
Tuition and Fees
$43,580
Room and Board
$13,800
Books and Supplies
Not reported
Other Expenses
Not reported
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning November 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003235
Free

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
579 (96.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
569 (98.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
569 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
199 (35.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
86%
Average Award
$30,745
Need-Based Gift
Received by 569 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $28,059
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 439 (77.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,477
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 122 (21.4%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
117 (19.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,183

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,054 (88.6%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,863 (90.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,860 (99.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
558 (30.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
83%
Average Award
$30,072
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,859 (99.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $26,516
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,486 (79.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,468
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 339 (18.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
354 (15.3%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,060

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
78%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
17.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, Academic Competitiveness Grants, National SMART Grants, TEACH Grants
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
2,265
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership, Memberships
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation
Number of Awards
34
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Therapy/Therapist
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Studies
  • Graphic Design
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • Illustration
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International/Global Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Painting
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, Other
  • Public Health, General
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Biological/life sciences, Social sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, forensic science, international peace and conflict resolution
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Not reported

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Not reported
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
179
Part-Time Faculty
298
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
34%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 28% of classes
10-19 students: 46% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 2% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 30% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 52% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 13% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 5% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
 
Computer Ownership
Not reported
Computers Available on Campus
Not Reported
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts, Master of Science in Health Education, Master of Arts in Humanities

Master's Programs of Study

  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Health Education
  • Humanities

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Physical Therapy

Location and Setting


Glenside Population
7,914
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia
Campus Size
76 acres

Weather

Temperature
22.8 average low in January, 81.7 average high in September
Rain
117 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
15 mile(s) from campus in Philadelphia
Nearest Train Station
2 mile(s) from campus in Glenside

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
49% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are given priority consideration for housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
51%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
 
School Colors
Scarlet and gray

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Golf x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Volleyball x   x  
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Volleyball x  
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, equestrian sports, soccer, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, student program board, residence hall council, student government, arcadia christian fellowship, student alumni association
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,390
Women
1,638 (68.5%)
Men
752 (31.5%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
2,177
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.3% Asian
9.8% Black/African-American
9.1% Hispanic/Latino
4.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.5% White
4.5% Unknown
International Students.
2.9% from 13 countries
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
1,421

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
78.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.5%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
65.9%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
66.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
39.8%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 8%
Engineering 5%
Law 8%
Theology 2%
Arts and Sciences 20%
Medicine 5%
Veterinary Medicine 2%
Education 50%

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