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Arcadia University is a coeducational, private university of liberal arts located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, United States. It was established in 1853 as Beaver College. It adopted its present name in 2001. The university campus sits upon an area of more than 75 acres. The university offers more than 60 Course Topics and over 7 academic departments. It grants several graduate and undergraduate degrees and various international programs.

Arcadia University's athletics department sponsors many men's and women's sport teams. The university is a member of the NCAA Division III and competes in the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic Corporation (MAC). Their sports teams are nicknamed the Knights. The Knights participate in several sports including baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, lacrosse, swimming, tennis, field hockey, softball, and volleyball.

Profile of Arcadia University

Arcadia is located in a large suburb, in Glenside, PA. The school is officially a Presbyterian Church (USA) school. Arcadia is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at the school top out at the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

The range of program offerings available from Arcadia is especially impressive compared to its number of students. Students at the school often study drama and performing arts, education and teaching, and therapy and Counselling.

Arcadia Selectivity

The admissions department at Arcadia does not accept all those who apply. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 500 to 610 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 590 or higher on the math SAT.


The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, the school tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

Arcadia offers classes to 3, 592 students (2, 843 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

The school has a large share of part-time students. Many students live in housing on or near campus. The school does offer meal plans to students. Students sports include formal participation in Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation competitions.

Arcadia Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching304elementary school teaching, special ed, secondary teaching, reading teaching, educational administration, English teaching, art education, early childhood education, . . .
Therapy and Counselling124physical therapy, psychology, Counselling psychology, psychobiology, art therapy, psychology courses, mental and social health services
Liberal Arts120English, sociology, peace and conflict resolution, political science, history, liberal arts and sciences, library science courses, humanities, . . .
Business and Management92international business, business management, accounting, marketing, finance, managerial economics, human resources, actuarial science, . . .
Medical Support and Technology53physician assistant
Science51biology, chemistry, human genetics, biological and physical sciences
Media37communication studies, communication and journalism, digital communications
Photography and Commercial Art24commercial art, photography, printmaking, drawing
Drama and Performing Arts22drama
Fine Arts19painting, ceramics, art history and criticism, metal and jewelry
Security and Law Enforcement18forensic science, criminology
Design12interior design, illustration
Medical administration11health care administration, medical illustrator
Medicine10public health
Computer Science and Engineering9computer and info science
Art Studies7art studies
Religion and Philosophy0general philosophy

Contact: Arcadia

Arcadia University

450 S Easton Rd

Glenside, PA 19038-3295

General Phone: (215) 572-2900


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