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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:  3,905 (2,453 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
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 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty152317
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-30
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 year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$32,720$34,150$35,620$36,8103.3%
Books and supplies$1,100$1,400$1,400$1,5007.1%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,150$11,640$12,150$12,5603.4%
Off Campus
Room and board$18,060$17,820$18,480$18,4860.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$46,070$48,290$50,270$51,9703.4%
Off Campus$52,980$54,470$56,600$57,8962.3%
Off Campus with Family$37,670$39,400$40,870$42,1603.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
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 aid1678100%————
Grant or scholarship aid677100%$15,345,080$22,666
Federal grants24536%$1,118,226$4,564
Pell grants24336%$1,040,118$4,280
Other federal grants9013%$78,108$868
State/local government grant or scholarships22733%$766,069$3,375
Institutional grants or scholarships677100%$13,460,785$19,883
Student loan aid57785%$5,665,304$9,819
Federal student loans57785%$3,425,303$5,936
Other student loans14722%$2,240,001$15,238
  • 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 aid12,12690%$45,340,508$21,327
Pell grants79534%$3,150,586$3,963
Federal student loans1,83978%$13,064,671$7,104
  • 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$24,191$26,010$26,151
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$19,375$20,926$21,046
$30,001 – $48,000$21,300$19,301$21,223
$48,001 – $75,000$23,486$24,385$23,573
$75,001 – $110,000$24,741$26,071$26,540
$110,001 and more$28,209$25,165$27,357
  • 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 2013
Total enrollment3,905
Undergraduate enrollment2,453
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment116
Graduate enrollment1,452
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 32%
Female: 68%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 5%
Black or African American: 9%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 73%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%
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: 52%
Out-of-state: 46%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 40%
Part-time: 60%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 12%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 88%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 19%
Enrolled in some distance education: 10%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 70%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $30
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants9,6083,0546,554
Percent admitted60%59%60%
Percent admitted who enrolled10%10%11%
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 2013 (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 Math500578
SAT Writing490590
ACT Composite2227
ACT English2126
ACT Math2127
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: 85%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
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, 80 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 61%
(*) 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:
4-year: 54%
6-year: 62%
8-year: 63%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
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: 59%
Female: 61%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 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: 77%
Black or African American: 48%
Hispanic/Latino: 57%
White: 61%
Two or more races: 43%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 100%
Non-resident alien: 73%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
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 Studies0---
Italian Studies4---
Spanish and Iberian Studies1---
Category total5---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General68---
Human/Medical Genetics-13--
Category total6813--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Actuarial Science3---
Business Administration and Management, General0---
Business/Managerial Economics3---
Finance, General0---
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other0---
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General1---
International Business/Trade/Commerce29d108--
Management Information Systems, General1---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General4---
Small Business Administration/Management0---
Category total49d108--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other2---
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia6---
International and Intercultural Communication-1--
Organizational Communication, General1---
Speech Communication and Rhetoric19--0
Category total281-0
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General15---
Category total15---
Agricultural Teacher Education-1--
Art Teacher Education-4--
Computer Teacher Education-0--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-4--
Curriculum and Instruction-0--
Drama and Dance Teacher Education-2--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching-24--
Education, General-1--
Education, Other00--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-5--
Educational/Instructional Technology-9d--
Elementary Education and Teaching1715--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-3--
Health Teacher Education-4--
History Teacher Education-0--
Mathematics Teacher Education-8--
Music Teacher Education-1--
Psychology Teacher Education-0--
Reading Teacher Education-17--
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education10--
Secondary Education and Teaching-9--
Special Education and Teaching, General077d41d
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other15--
Category total19189d41d
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing0d11--
English Language and Literature, General1417--
Category total14d28--
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
French Language and Literature0---
Italian Language and Literature0---
Spanish Language and Literature3---
Category total3---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Art Therapy/Therapist0---
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General0---
Health/Health Care Administration/Management8---
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management0---
Medical Illustration/Medical Illustrator6---
Physical Therapy/Therapist--137d-
Physician Assistant-102--
Public Health, General-6--
Category total14108137d-
History, General21---
Category total21---
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Forensic Science and Technology-11--
Category total-11--
Legal Professions and Studies
International Law and Legal Studies1---
Category total1---
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies-5--
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other0---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies2d---
Category total2d5--
Library Science
Library Science, Other02--
Category total02--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General12---
Category total12---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences0---
International/Global Studies19---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other4--0
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution-18--
Category total2318-0
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies0---
Category total3---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General11---
Physics, Other0---
Category total11---
Applied Behavior Analysis-3--
Counseling Psychology-12--
Psychology, General63---
Psychology, Other2---
Category total6515--
Social Sciences
Cultural Anthropology1---
International Relations and Affairs0---
International Relations and National Security Studies, Other0---
Political Science and Government, General11---
Category total32---
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation3---
Art/Art Studies, General16---
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics1---
Commercial and Advertising Art4---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General12---
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other0---
Interior Design5---
Metal and Jewelry Arts3---
Music, General0---
Category total54---
Grand total4394981411
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III (without football) MenWomen
Field Hockey28
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 (PTA) - Professional programs for the physical therapist5/5/1999 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate programs offered outside schools of public health(!)6/6/2013 -  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
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2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations011
Liquor law violations210
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations011
Liquor law violations110
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible130
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault100
Motor vehicle theft001
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible130
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault100
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.
  • 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 Year20102009
Default rate7.0%4.8%
Number in default6744
Number in repayment956899
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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