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IPEDS ID: 211088
OPE ID: 00323500
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Arcadia University
450 S Easton Rd, Glenside, Pennsylvania 19038-3295
General information:  (215) 572-2900
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  3,939 (2,594 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  13 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus
Religious Affiliation
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty164360
Research and public service40
Total graduate assistants-124
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$35,620$36,810$38,160$39,5603.7%
Books and supplies$1,400$1,500$1,500$1,5000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$12,150$12,560$12,740$13,2003.6%
Off Campus
Room and board$18,480$18,486$18,296$18,150-0.8%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$50,270$51,970$53,500$55,3603.5%
Off Campus$56,600$57,896$59,056$60,3102.1%
Off Campus with Family$40,870$42,160$43,510$44,9103.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid1595100%————
Grant or scholarship aid595100%$14,602,733$24,542
Federal grants21436%$932,000$4,355
Pell grants21336%$863,740$4,055
Other federal grants8214%$68,260$832
State/local government grant or scholarships20134%$663,679$3,302
Institutional grants or scholarships595100%$13,007,054$21,861
Student loan aid49683%$4,960,377$10,001
Federal student loans49683%$2,953,721$5,955
Other student loans12721%$2,006,656$15,800
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,30894%$48,621,971$21,067
Pell grants85635%$3,492,087$4,080
Federal student loans1,94879%$13,695,979$7,031
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$26,010$26,151$26,337
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$20,926$21,046$20,326
$30,001 – $48,000$19,301$21,223$20,531
$48,001 – $75,000$24,385$23,573$23,738
$75,001 – $110,000$26,071$26,540$25,959
$110,001 and more$25,165$27,357$24,964
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment3,939
Undergraduate enrollment2,594
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment130
Graduate enrollment1,345
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 91%
Part-time: 9%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 31%
Female: 69%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 5%
Black or African American: 9%
Hispanic/Latino: 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 67%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 92%
25 and over: 8%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 57%
Out-of-state: 42%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 38%
Part-time: 62%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 3%
Enrolled in some distance education: 11%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 86%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 24%
Enrolled in some distance education: 7%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 69%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $30
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants9,6343,0586,576
Percent admitted59%56%60%
Percent admitted who enrolled12%10%13%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading500600
SAT Math500600
SAT Writing490600
ACT Composite2227
ACT English2027
ACT Math2226
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 82%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 76 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 60%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 59%
6-year: 65%
8-year: 65%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 50%
6-year: 60%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 54%
Female: 62%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 61%
Black or African American: 44%
Hispanic/Latino: 48%
White: 69%
Two or more races: 20%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 52%
Non-resident alien: 33%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
French Studies1---
Italian Studies2---
Spanish and Iberian Studies0---
Category total3---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General78---
Human/Medical Genetics-13--
Category total7813--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Actuarial Science4---
Business Administration and Management, General0---
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other0---
Business/Managerial Economics1---
Finance, General5---
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other0---
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General0---
International Business/Trade/Commerce42d58--
Management Information Systems, General0---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General4---
Small Business Administration/Management0---
Category total64d58--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other0---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other1---
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia9---
International and Intercultural Communication-2--
Organizational Communication, General2---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric14--0
Category total262-0
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General16---
Category total16---
Agricultural Teacher Education-1--
Art Teacher Education-7--
Computer Teacher Education-0--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-0--
Curriculum and Instruction-0--
Drama and Dance Teacher Education-0--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-17--
Education, General-1--
Education, Other00--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-126-
Educational/Instructional Technology-9--
Elementary Education and Teaching05--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-5--
Foreign Language Teacher Education-0--
Health Teacher Education-3--
History Teacher Education-4--
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching1---
Mathematics Teacher Education-4--
Music Teacher Education-1--
Psychology Teacher Education-0--
Reading Teacher Education-13--
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education02--
Secondary Education and Teaching-12--
Special Education and Teaching, General03330
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other252--
Category total2613190
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing714--
English Language and Literature, General199--
Writing, General00--
Category total2623--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature0---
Italian Language and Literature0---
Portuguese Language and Literature0---
Spanish Language and Literature7---
Category total7---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Art Therapy/Therapist0---
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General0--1
Health/Health Care Administration/Management22---
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management0---
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator2---
Physical Therapy/Therapist--130d-
Physician Assistant-93--
Public Health, General-15--
Category total24108130d1
History, General10---
Category total10---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Forensic Science and Technology-0--
Category total-0--
Legal Professions and Studies
International Law and Legal Studies3---
Category total3---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-4--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies6---
Category total64--
Library Science
Library Science, Other03--
Category total03--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General10---
Category total10---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences3--1
International/Global Studies22---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other4--0
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution116--
Category total3216-1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management1---
Category total1---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies0---
Category total2---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General10---
Physics, Other0---
Category total10---
Applied Behavior Analysis-17--
Community Psychology-0--
Counseling Psychology-10--
Psychology, General57---
Psychology, Other11--
School Psychology-3--
Category total5831--
Social Sciences
Cultural Anthropology4---
International Relations and Affairs0---
International Relations and National Security Studies, Other8---
Political Science and Government, General8---
Category total5124--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation2---
Art/Art Studies, General8---
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics1---
Commercial and Advertising Art10---
Design and Visual Communications, General0---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General10---
Fashion/Apparel Design0---
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other-0--
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0---
Interior Design2---
Metal and Jewelry Arts2---
Music, General0---
Category total430--
Grand total4964131392
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 36
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 19
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 1
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $16,803
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $11,342
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
Full-time students: 50%
Part-time students: 100%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (without football) MenWomen
Field Hockey24
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Middle States Commission on Higher Education(!)7/1/1946 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist5/5/1999 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health6/8/2013 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1970 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations121
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations101
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft100
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible00
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate4.7%4.9%7.0%
Number in default565967
Number in repayment1,1901,190956
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)