#38 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Arcadia University

Glenside, Pennsylvania

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Arcadia University overview
Location Glenside, Pennsylvania
Online arcadia.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Arcadia University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Arcadia University, established in 1853, is a private institution nested on a picturesque 76-acre campus in Glenside, Pennsylvania, less than 25 minutes from downtown Philadelphia. Renowned for its distinctive grey stone Castle, which is a National Historic Landmark, the campus offers a blend of historic Victorian architecture and modern facilities. Arcadia enrolls students in a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs, with a focus on global learning and study abroad opportunities. The university is characterized by a moderately selective admissions process. Popular majors include Business, Health Professions, and Social Sciences, among others. The university provides on-campus living options in traditional residence halls, suites, and apartment-style accommodations to foster an inclusive academic experience.

In the most recent statistical year 6,321 prospective students applied, and 4,903 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 489 enrolled in the school.  2,175 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 851 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $46,430 plus fees of $700. Arcadia is ranked 502 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Arcadia is rated within the top 46% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Arcadia University overview
SAT 1088/1320
ACT 24/29
GPA 3.42

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Arcadia University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$700
Room and Board $13,720
Budget for Other Expenses$1,100
Total One Year Cost$63,450

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

62% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Arcadia University students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 14%
Biology 12%
Business 12%
Social Sciences 9%
Psychology 8%

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