Arcadia University in Glenside

Glenside, PA

(Rating 1.8 based on 5 reviews)
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Arcadia University offers 393-degree programs and 6 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 59%. The most popular test is SAT - 87% of students submitted it in comparison to 26% of students who submitted ACT. 28.5% are women, and 71.5% are men. 3% percents of international students. Arcadia University is a member of 5 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Arcadia University is 23588$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $43510 and $53500 per year. 60% of full-time Arcadia University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $42,900, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Arcadia University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Arcadia University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$20,326
$30,001 - $48,000$20,531
$48,001 - $75,000$23,738
$75,001 - $110,000$25,959

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:



    • Typical room charge for academic year: 9000

    • Typical board charge for academic year: -

    • Combined charge for room and board: -


    Percent of students with financial aid


    Types of financial aids


    2427 of Arcadia University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 94 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Arcadia University number 15 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Pennsylvania.

    Students at Arcadia University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

    Salary After Attending


    According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

    Students services


    Academic/career counseling service

    Employment services for students

    Living & meal

    Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

    Institution provide on-campus housing

    Institution provides board or meal plan

    Veteran Services Available

    Yellow Ribbon Program

    Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

    Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

    Disability services


    Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

    Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

    Alternative tuition plans

    Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

    Tuition payment plan

    Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

    Special learning opportunities

    Here are the learning opportunities available in Arcadia University.

    Study abroad

    Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

    Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

    Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

    Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

    Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

    Athletic associations

    • Member of National Athletic Association
    • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
    • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

    Graduation Rate


    Arcadia University graduation rate is above the national average.

    60% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Arcadia University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

    The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

    Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into consideration students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

    Applying information

    Average number of admissions to one applicant

    1 : 1

    Average number of applicants to one enrolled

    16 : 1

    Admission considerations


    • Secondary school record
    • Completion of college-preparatory program
    • Recommendations
    • Formal demonstration of competencies
    • Admission test scores
    • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


    • Secondary school GPA
    • Secondary school rank

    Neither required nor recommended:

      Acceptance Rate

      The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


      In comparison to National Average

      Arcadia University acceptance rate is below national average.

      In comparison to state Average

      Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 72%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 13%.


      In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

      Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 70%, so Arcadia University acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 11%.


      Admissions yield

      Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



      Full time


      Part time

      Retention rate

      Full-time retention rate


      Part-time retention rate


      The Arcadia University full-time retention rate is 79% and part-time retention rate is 100%.

      Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

      Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, pleasant student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

      SAT/ACT scores

      SAT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Arcadia University students submitting SAT scores


      Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
      1476 - 1790

      SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      Critical Reading: 498 - 600
      Math: 498 - 600
      Writing: 480 - 590

      SAT Test Score Range


      ACT scores

      Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Arcadia University students submitting ACT scores


      Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
      22 - 27

      ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
      English: 21 - 28
      Math: 21 - 26
      Writing: 0 - 0

      ACT Test Score Range


      SAT Score Converter

      The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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      For the High School Class of 2016:
      Most students in the Class of 2016 will take the old SAT, and most colleges will convert new SAT scores to old SAT scores.

      For the High School Class of 2017:
      Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

      Student Body

      The student-to-faculty ratio at Arcadia University is 10:1, that means that for every 10 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

      Student-to-faculty ratio



      Number of international students


      Percent of international students

      Race/ethnicity breakdown


      Students enrollment in distance education


      In Arcadia University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

      Distance education location breakdown


      Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Arcadia University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Pennsylvania.

      Campus Safety

      The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

      The campus located by 450 S Easton Rd address in Glenside, Pennsylvania.


      Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Arcadia University with 0.31% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and aggravated assault.

      Academic Programs

      Number of degree programs offered

      Arcadia University offers 393 programs in total: 240 are for Bachelor's degree, 129 - for Master's degree, 12 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 6 - for Doctor's degree-research/scholarship programs, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

      This is the highest number of programs in comparison with other 33 universities in Montgomery county, with one of the highest number of Bachelor's degree , Master's degree, Postbaccalaureate certificate and Post-master's certificate programs offered. Arcadia University is one of the few institutions in Montgomery that offers a Doctor's degree-research/scholarship program.


      Number of degree programs offered via distance education

      There are 6 distance education programs that are provided in the Arcadia University: 3 are for Bachelor's degree.

      Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So look carefully into each program to make sure you can commit.


      Total credit/contact hours

      Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Pennsylvania state average data to help you compare.


      Arcadia University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

      In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 2611 students with 78344 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 1182 with 28362 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 402 students.


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      Student Reviews and Ratings for Arcadia University

      Overall Rating:

      Overall Rating:

      I've heard terrible things about this place and the 5 star reviews don't seem like they are from students, maybe they are written by the administration to make it seem better, also there are a lot of no words 5 stars, very suspicious

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      They say school is diverse,or they are trying to make it that way.That is wonderful,unfortunately their is racism against white people that goes on,and school does nothing about it

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Wow. Honestly don't understand how Arcadia is a University people even think twice about coming to. SO many complaints. This school is a complete joke. It's not worth your time. It's not worth your money. Probably one of my worst mistakes. The only good part about it is Preview and Study Abroad. But other than that this is not a campus you want to come to. Visit a few times and actually get an idea of what it's like before coming. You'll be thankful if you do.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      This university is very safe and friendly environment. It feels like a home away from home and in the community aspect, you'll always have things to do, people to talk to and places to always find your favorite place to hang out at. Small population but very supportive faculty and students. 10/10

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Overall Rating:

      Prepped for a year to do well enough on the GRE, gain work experience, and crush my interview to gain admission into their physician assistant program...which I did. Even visited the campus before accepting their offer to get an impression of if it was right for me. Well, it was a classic bait and switch [in quality]. The castle ambiance is luring, but the administration and chairs are a soup-sandwich falling apart. Two professors were fine but the rest couldn't separate out their divorced unhappy lives from their duty to teach. Some had a strange understanding of pathophysiology that makes me chuckle 12 years later now that I know better. Plus, they tracked negative feedback on courses by seeing what time your evaluation populated off and when an unnamed new one populated there was no true anonymity. Luckily my academic advisor went to bat for me when I was threatened with expulsion if I ever gave another negative review. It prepared me but I am sure another university would have done so just as well with kinder and more just intent as well as better organization.

      Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

      Location & Website

      Address: 450 S Easton Rd


      Religious affiliation: Presbyterian Church (USA)

      Calendar system: Semester

      General Phone Number: +2155722900

      Institution is active in current year: 1

      Institution's internet website address:

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