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How Well Is Arcadia University Ranked?

2021 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 12 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

Arcadia landed the #595 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Arcadia is also ranked #50 out of 123 schools in Pennsylvania.

See all of the rankings for Arcadia University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Arcadia?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Arcadia University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 62%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 78% 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 530 and 630. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Arcadia University  ( 530 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Arcadia University  ( 520 to 610 )
Arcadia received ACT scores from 30% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Arcadia University  ( 22 to 27 )

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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 32%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  32 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Arcadia University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 78% 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  78 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Arcadia the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 49%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  49 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Arcadia

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,149 undergraduates at Arcadia with 1,929 being full-time and 220 being part-time.

Arcadia Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Arcadia is 71.51 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  71.51 out of 100
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How Much Does Arcadia University Cost?

The overall average net price of Arcadia is $24,659. 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 +
$20,884 $22,486 $24,086 $25,506 $28,032

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Arcadia, approximately 84% of students took out student loans averaging $10,062 a year. That adds up to $40,248 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Arcadia is 3.8%. 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

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

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Location of Arcadia University

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 61 majors graduated from Arcadia University. Of these students, 470 received undergraduate degrees and 672 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 65 $28,100
General Psychology 47 $28,800
Computer Information Systems 29 $46,700
International Studies 26 $22,900
Communication & Media Studies 22 $18,900
Criminology 22 $24,400
Health & Medical Administrative Services 21 $36,600
Fine & Studio Arts 20 NA
International Business 18 $39,500
Accounting 15 NA

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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 1,145 students took at least one online class at Arcadia University. This is an increase from the 673 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,145 637
2016-2017 673 315
2015-2016 787 372
2014-2015 600 211
2013-2014 771 392

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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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