Arcadia University

Arcadia University

Arcadia University is a coeducational, private university of liberal arts located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, United States. It was established in 1853 as Beaver College. It adopted its present name in 2001. The university campus sits upon an area of more than 75 acres. The university offers more than 60 areas of study and over 7 academic departments. It grants several graduate and undergraduate degrees and various international programs.

Arcadia University's athletics department sponsors many men's and women's sport teams. The university is a member of the NCAA Division III and competes in the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic Corporation (MAC). Their sports teams are nicknamed the Knights. The Knights participate in several sports including baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, field hockey, softball, and volleyball.

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Arcadia University
450 S Easton Rd
Glenside , PA 19038-3295
General Phone: (215) 572-2900

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Arcadia Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching297educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, art education, English teaching, health teaching, ...
Liberal Arts130Italian studies, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, library science courses, peace and conflict resolution, ...
Business and Management115business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, international business, MIS, actuarial science, marketing
Therapy and Counseling106psychology, counseling psychology, psychobiology, art therapy, physical therapy
Medical Support and Technology60physician assistant
Science54biology, human genetics, chemistry
Media38communication studies
Security and Law Enforcement26forensic science, criminology
Photography and Commercial Art19commercial art, photography, printmaking
Drama and Performing Arts18drama
Computer Science and Engineering13computer and info science
Fine Arts12art history and criticism, painting, ceramics, metal and jewelry
Medical Administration10health care administration, health care facilities management, medical illustrator
Design10interior design, illustration
Medicine9public health
Art Studies7art studies
Religion and Philosophy1general philosophy

Number of programs and degrees for Arcadia in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44545
Postbaccalaureate certificate11
Master's degree42928
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship562

Arcadia Student Body

In 2007-2008, Arcadia had a total enrollment of 3,592 students (3,364 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 27%
Women 73%
Full-Time 98%
Part-Time 2%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 50%
Graduate 50%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 64%
Black 8%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 22%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 22%
20-21 22%
22-24 17%
25-29 14%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey24%
New York7%
(International Students)2%
New Hampshire1%
Rhode Island1%

Arcadia Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 78 %
Part-Time 50 %

Arcadia Room and Board (2007)

Arcadia offers campus housing for 1,235 of its 3,364 (full-time) students.

The school offers students a meal plan with 14 meals per week.

Arcadia Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480618
SAT Math480578
SAT Writing478610
ACT Verbal2027
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite2026

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT94%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT13%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Arcadia Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 29,700
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 29,700
Room and board $ 10,280
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 900

Financial Aid:
Arcadia participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 323500)

Arcadia Faculty

Arcadia has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year4$84,9247$75,387
All faculty totalcalendar year6$94,8897$75,387

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year13$93,3548$89,703
Associate professoracademic year19$74,04810$69,578
Assistant professoracademic year20$62,34639$55,647
Instructoracademic year2*1*
All faculty totalacademic year54$73,21758$62,729

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Arcadia Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Baseball Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Track Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation

Arcadia Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Psychology Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Metal and Jewelry Arts

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Italian Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator

Medical Support And Technology
Physician Assistant

Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Human/Medical Genetics

Security And Law Enforcement
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Art Therapy/Therapist
Counseling Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General

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What Sets Arcadia Apart:

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% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 10%Arcadia % of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 10%Arcadia % of freshmen enrolled part-time
Female % of student body
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Top 10%Arcadia Female % of student body
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 12%Arcadia % of degrees in therapy and counseling
% of degrees in drama and performing arts
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Top 13%Arcadia % of degrees in drama and performing arts
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Top 14%Arcadia Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 18%Arcadia Salaries of full-time faculty
% of degrees in photography and commercial art
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Top 19%Arcadia % of degrees in photography and commercial art
Number of students
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Top 20%Arcadia Number of students

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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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