Arcadia University

Arcadia University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Arcadia University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Arcadia University was awarded 67 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health professions.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Arcadia is ranked #510 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Arcadia held the #595 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Arcadia also holds the #36 spot on the Best Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking.

See all of the rankings for Arcadia University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Arcadia?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Arcadia University is 74%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Arcadia is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 89% of students accepted to Arcadia submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 630. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Arcadia University  ( 520 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Arcadia University  ( 510 to 600 )
Arcadia received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 20 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for Arcadia University  ( 20 to 28 )

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Arcadia University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Arcadia is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Arcadia University is 26%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  26 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Arcadia University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 74% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Arcadia University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  74 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Arcadia for first-time, full-time students is 64%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  64 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Arcadia University.

Arcadia University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,014 undergraduates at Arcadia with 1,769 being full-time and 245 being part-time.

How Much Does Arcadia University Cost?

The overall average net price of Arcadia is $27,189. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Arcadia

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$22,224 $24,887 $24,336 $27,290 $34,407

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Arcadia, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Arcadia, approximately 86% of students took out student loans averaging $10,497 a year. That adds up to $41,988 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Arcadia is 3.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Arcadia Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Arcadia with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $44,100 in their early years. That's great news for Arcadia students since it is 11% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Arcadia University make the most money.

Location of Arcadia University

Located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, Arcadia University is a private not-for-profit institution. Glenside is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Contact details for Arcadia are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 450 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038-3295
Phone: 215-572-2900

Arcadia University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 54 majors graduated from Arcadia University. Of these students, 518 received undergraduate degrees and 622 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Biology 76 $27,222
General Psychology 54 $25,856
Computer Information Systems 33 $48,849
International Studies 27 $30,771
Communication & Media Studies 27 $23,456
Other Education 22 NA
Criminology 22 $31,851
International Business 20 $45,584
Fine & Studio Arts 20 $25,194
Writing Studies 18 $13,702

Learn more about the majors offered at Arcadia University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Arcadia

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2019-2020, 2,851 students took at least one online class at Arcadia University. This is an increase from the 1,006 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,851 2,170
2018-2019 1,006 578
2017-2018 1,145 637
2016-2017 673 315
2015-2016 787 372

Learn more about online learning at Arcadia University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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