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Glenside, Pennsylvania

Arcadia Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Arcadia University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
62.3%
Admission Difficulty for Arcadia University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionLow

How hard is it to get into Arcadia and can I get accepted? The school has a 62% acceptance rate ranking it #29 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 5,563 out of 8,931 applicants were admitted making Arcadia a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 36 percent. Arcadia University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 10% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Arcadia SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1130-1310
Applicants Submitting SAT
78%
SAT Scores for Arcadia University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for Arcadia University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 630
SAT Composite 75th 1310
Average SAT Score 1220

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Arcadia University?

Arcadia University typically requires applicants to be in the top 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1040. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1220 out of 1600. The school ranks #23 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 78 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Arcadia University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1310 and Above Good >74%
1220 to 1310 Avg + 62%-74%
1130 to 1220 Avg - 49%-62%
1040 to 1130 Reach 36%-49%
Less than 1040 Low <36%
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Arcadia ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
22-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
30%
ACT Scores for Arcadia University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 22
ACT Scores for Arcadia University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Arcadia?

Admission data indicates that Arcadia regularly accepts students with ACT's of 22 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 37 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 20 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #23 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 30 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Arcadia University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Arcadia University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >76%
24 to 27 Avg + 62%-76%
22 to 24 Avg - 52%-62%
20 to 22 Reach 41%-52%
Less than 20 Low <41%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.65
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Arcadia University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Arcadia University was 3.65 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #13 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Arcadia accepts 62% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted Arcadia University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 44% Good
3.50 to 3.75 25% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 13% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 10% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 6% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 1% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

High School Class Rank

62% of Arcadia University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Arcadia University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 28%
Top 25% of class 62%
Top 50% of class 90%
Bottom 50% of class 9%
Bottom 25% of class 1%

Admission Statistics

Arcadia University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,168 2,763 8,931
Accepted 3,940 1,623 5,563
Acceptance Rate 64% 59% 62%
Enrolled 394 175 569
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 10% 11% 10%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
134

Applicants have 134 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Arcadia before the Apr 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
Mar 14 Mar 27
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24
Feb 8 Feb 19

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Arcadia University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Arcadia University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Required

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Arcadia University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=211088 IPEDS survey data for Arcadia University.