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Arcadia University

Glenside, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate56%

Arcadia University Admissions

Arcadia University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Arcadia University is 56%. Out of 6,321 applications received in 2023, 3,563 students were offered admission.

If you want to apply to Arcadia University, the fee for the application costs $30.

Arcadia University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Arcadia University's admissions stats.

Arcadia University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 21.5%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3.7%
Waitlist Yes

Arcadia University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Arcadia University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Considering Applying Early to Arcadia University?

Arcadia University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

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Is Arcadia University Challenging To Get Into?

Getting into Arcadia University is moderately difficult. Arcadia University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Arcadia University accepted 56% of all applicants, around 3,563 from 6,321 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Arcadia University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to evening college is program not competitive.

Transferring to Arcadia University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Arcadia University

Arcadia University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Arcadia University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Arcadia University

What does Arcadia University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Class Rank Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Arcadia University for more information on admission factors.

Arcadia University Application Requirements

To apply to Arcadia University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Arcadia University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Other Requirements portfolio, audition
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Arcadia University?

Students admitted to Arcadia University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Arcadia University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2017, 21.5% of Arcadia University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3.7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Arcadia University?

To be competitive with other Arcadia University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1100 and 1300 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Arcadia University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1300 and 25% of scored lower than 1100, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Arcadia University students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 558 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Arcadia University students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 558 or higher.

To be most competitive at Arcadia University, you should strive to earn between 24 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Arcadia University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Arcadia University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

More Information on Transferring to Arcadia University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Arcadia University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Arcadia University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Arcadia University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Arcadia University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Arcadia University.

Does Arcadia University accept transfer credits?

✅ Arcadia University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Arcadia University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Arcadia University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Arcadia University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Arcadia University?

❌ No, Arcadia University is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Arcadia University's acceptance rate?

✅ Arcadia University's acceptance rate is 56%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Arcadia University?

❌ Arcadia University does not offer early decision.

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Arcadia University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Arcadia University? Arcadia University is a somewhat selective institution. The Arcadia University acceptance rate is 56%. This means that the institution accepts 56 out of every 100 applicants.


Arcadia University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Arcadia University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Arcadia University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Arcadia University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1100 - 1300


Math SAT Range

530 - 640


Reading SAT Range

558 - 680

Arcadia University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Arcadia University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.44. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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