Arcadia University

450 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038-3295

School Details

Arcadia University, located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, began in 1853 as a small Methodist college known as Beaver Female Seminary. The school accepted only women until 1872, when the school became coeducational. From 1907 to 1972, the school went back to limited male enrollment. In 1925, the institution moved from the town of Beaver to Jenkintown and opened its Glenside campus in 1928. Both the Jenkintown and Glenside campuses were consolidated into the Glenside campus in the 1960s. Beaver Female Seminary grew to be called Beaver College and eventually, in 2001, when the institution had acquired university status, became known as Arcadia University. Today, the private university serves nearly 4,000 female and male students and offers more than 80 programs of study.

Demographics at Arcadia University are as follows:
•Around 3,900 students enrolled (2,468 undergraduate and 1,424 graduate students).
•Student to faculty ratio of 14:1
•Average class size of 15
• Approximately 82 percent of freshman students live on-campus.
•About 66 percent of students are female.

The university offers about 60 bachelor’s degrees, 16 masters and doctorate degrees, 20 graduate certificates and various online learning courses. Arcadia offers 19 fully online programs of study. These include: Masters of Education in Instructional Technology, Masters of Education in Special Education, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Arcadia offers 13 online certificate programs that cover subjects ranging from Autism to Entrepreneurship to Digital Literacy and Leadership. Online students will use Blackboard to access all virtual classroom information, activities, and materials. Online classes take form in online, hybrid, and accelerated formats.

Arcadia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Some of Arcadia’s programs are also accredited by independent institutions and organizations. This includes, but is not limited to: the National Association of Schools of Art and Design accrediting the Art and Design programs; the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) accredits the Physical Therapy programs; and the Council on Education for Public health accredits the Public Health programs.

Students participate in more than 90 student clubs and organizations on campus. These clubs and organizations range from cultural to media to service and special interest to academic and governing groups In addition, Arcadia is a member of the NCAA Division III Middle Atlantic Conferences and competes in the MAC’s Commonwealth Conference. Athletic teams include: men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, women’s field hockey, men’s golf, men and women’s lacrosse, men and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men and women’s swimming, men and women’s tennis, and women’s volleyball. More than 140 study abroad programs are available to students, including destinations such as Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Great Britain, Ireland, Latin America, and Turkey. Special programs include summer study abroad sessions, global internships, and service learning. Study abroad courses cost $22,895 per semester, which includes tuition, fees, and housing charges. Meal plans, airfare, and passport costs are an additional charge.

Costs for a full-time Arcadia student are as follows:
•Tuition and Fees: $36,150 per year
•Room and Board: $12,560 per year
•Fees: $660 per year
•Estimated cost of Books: $1,500 per year

Every full-time, undergraduate student that submits a housing deposit is guaranteed a space within Arcadia University’s housing system. Residence halls are staffed with professionals who create activities for students as well as an effective studying area. Two dining areas are available to students: The Chat and The Dining Hall. Flexible options for meal plans are provided to all students.

In the 2012-2013 academic year, more than 9,000 students applied to Arcadia University and a little more than 599 students enrolled. The average GPA of admitted students is a 3.63 and the average SAT score is 1652. To be considered for the Honors Program, applicants must be in the top 10% of their graduating class and must earn a minimum score of 1870 on the SAT.

After a student has been accepted into Arcadia University, students are encouraged to submit a completed FAFSA application (use school code 003235) and a separate school form to the Financial Aid Office. Typically, the deadline for financial aid applications is March 1st. About 98 percent of students receive grant and scholarship aid with the average financial aid award being about $29,500. Upon admission to the University, all students are considered for merit scholarships, which range up to full tuition.




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  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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