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Arcadia Admission Requirements

Glenside, Pennsylvania

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Chances of getting into Arcadia University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
74%
Admission Difficulty for Arcadia University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into Arcadia and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Arcadia is 74%.  It ranks #42 in Pennsylvania for lowest rate of acceptance. Arcadia is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 6,541 out of 8,884 applicants were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 52 percent (SAT 1030/1230 ACT 20/28). Arcadia University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.41. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 7% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Arcadia application fee is $30 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Arcadia University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 87% of students submitted SAT scores and 19% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Arcadia SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1030-1230
Applicants Submitting SAT 
87%
SAT Scores for Arcadia University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for Arcadia University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1230
Average SAT Score 1130

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

Arcadia University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 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 930. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1130 out of 1600. Arcadia ranks #24 in Pennsylvania for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 87 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Arcadia University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1230 and Above Good >84%
1130 to 1230 Avg + 74%-84%
1030 to 1130 Avg - 60%-74%
930 to 1030 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 930 Low <44%
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Arcadia ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
20-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
19%
ACT Scores for Arcadia University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Arcadia University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 28
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 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 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 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #22 in Pennsylvania for highest average ACT composite score. 19 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Arcadia University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Arcadia University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >84%
24 to 28 Avg + 74%-84%
20 to 24 Avg - 60%-74%
16 to 20 Reach 44%-60%
Less than 16 Low <44%
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Arcadia GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.41
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Arcadia University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Arcadia. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Arcadia University was 3.41 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #60 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 74% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted Arcadia University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 4.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 23.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 17.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 15.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 15.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 3.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 1.0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

82% of Arcadia University freshman were in the top half 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 22%
Top 25% of class 48%
Top 50% of class 82%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Arcadia University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,167 2,717 8,884
Accepted 4,652 1,889 6,541
Acceptance Rate 75% 70% 74%
Enrolled 320 158 478
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 7% 8% 7%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
91

Applicants have 91 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Arcadia University is $30.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Arcadia University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Arcadia University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not 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.

FAQs

Does Arcadia University prefer SAT or ACT?

87% of students submit their SAT scores to Arcadia. 19% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Arcadia University?

74% of those who apply are granted admission to Arcadia. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Arcadia University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1230. 87% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Arcadia University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 28. 19% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.