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Lots of colleges claim to give their students a "global perspective," but Arcadia really delivers. It has a phenomenal study abroad program with "many pathways" for international study and travel. Students "tend to get addicted to it," and many go aboard two or more times during their college career. Arcadia has lots of popular and well-respected majors, including physical therapy, art, theater, and the sciences. Its "faculty and administrative staff are exceptional." Professors are "unbelievably talented" and "accessible." They're "always willing to give a helping hand in any project brought to their attention." A biology student says, "Opportunities are available to go beyond the typical classroom experience by working on individual projects or helping professors with research." Classes are small, and there are many chances for "one-on-one attention from professors." Students at Arcadia receive "a global and integrative learning experience with lots of personal attention," among people who share their "love of learning."

Student Body

Many students go to Arcadia because of its stellar study abroad program, and it attracts people who are "independent, creative," "adventurous, and [those who] have a bit of a craziness about them." A chemistry student says, "There are a lot of weird people at Arcadia, but that's…why I feel comfortable there." Many students commute or are from the area, and lots go home on the weekends, but students are "very involved in clubs and community service" during the week. The population is predominantly female, but it's "diverse" and has a lot of international students as well as "a pretty decent gay population." There is a small divide between "athletes and art freaks," but most people think the school isn't very cliquey. What's great is, "there are always new people coming and going," so "You never feel trapped and your friend base expands every semester."

Campus Life

The focal point of Arcadia's campus is the "stunning" Grey Towers Castle, which some students are lucky enough to "dorm" in. Arcadia has a large commuter population, and because so many of its students are often abroad, "there's not much to do" on campus, and it can "get very dull at times." There are, however, "weekend programs run by RAs and Student Life" that are "very fun and exciting." Luckily, Philadelphia and its excellent cultural and social options are only 20 minutes away. Some think that "the student facilities are very poor," but there is a nice "commuter lounge, which is a pretty popular place for commuters to chill and to get to know one another." Everyone agrees that "Arcadia is definitely not a party school." "Students still party," but "they simply find their own scene." "People…have their own styles," at Arcadia, and "that's a part of what makes Arcadia great." An English and secondary education major sums Arcadia up best by saying, "What really brings people here is the study abroad program. What keeps them here are the people."

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Enrollment Management
450 South Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Commons
Grey Towers Castle
Kuch Center
The Chat
Walk of Pride

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Center City Philadelphia
Manayunk- section of Philadelphia
King of Prussia Mall
Penn's Landing/ Delaware Waterfront
Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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For accepted students only in February and March


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
By train: SEPTA's Regional Rail system is a convenient and easy way to reach campus. The closest station to campus is the Glenside Station. The Lansdale/Doylestown, Warminster and Airport rail lines stop at the Glenside Station. Trains to Glenside are available from many stations in the area, including the Philadelphia Airport, Suburban, Jefferson (formerly Market East) and 30th Street Stations in Center City Philadelphia. Use the SEPTA Trip Planner to plan your route. Campus is a short 15-minute walk from Glenside Station. After getting off of the train, walk down the stairs to Easton Road and turn right, towards Glenside Avenue. Continue along Easton Road for one mile and you will arrive on campus. By bus: SEPTA bus routes #22 and #77 stop on Easton Road directly in front of campus. From Philadelphia International Airport: Take Route 95 south to Route 476 North (Plymouth Meeting), to the PA Turnpike Interchange. At entrance, bear right, take the PA turnpike east toward NJ. Take the Fort Washington exit (#339, old #26). Proceed south on Route 309 approximately 5 miles to the second Easton Road exit (Glenside). Follow the exit ramp around onto Easton Road. Go under the Route 309 overpass and immediately bear left into the Arcadia campus.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Pennsylvania Turnpike: Take the Fort Washington exit (#339, old # 26). Proceed south on Route 309 approximately 5 miles to the second Easton Road exit (Glenside). Follow exit ramp around and immediately bear left into the Arcadia University campus. From I-95, the Tacony Palmyra Bridge or the Betsy Ross Bridge: Take Route 73 (Cottman Avenue) west to Arcadia University, located at the junction of 73 (which has then become Church Road) and Route 152 (Limekin Pike). From the Commodore Barry Bridge, Delaware or points south: Take I-95 north to 476 North (Plymouth Meeting). Take 276 East (the Pennsylvania Turnpike). Follow directions from the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From southern New Jersey and the Walt Whitman Bridge: Follow signs from your area to the Walt Whitman Bridge. Cross bridge and follow signs for Route 76 West (Schuylkill Expressway). Follow to Lincoln Drive ((#340A, old #32); follow Lincoln Drive to Emlen Street. Turn left on Emlen (which changes to Cresheim Valley Drive) and follow until it dead-ends on Stenton Ave. Turn right on Stenten and move left immediately turning left at first light (Ivy Hill Road). Take Ivy Hill until it dead-ends and turn right on Cheltenham Ave. Turn left at first light, Easton Road. You will go through one light then pass the entrance to Route 309. Go under the Route 309 overpass amd immediately bear left into the Arcadia Campus. From northern New Jersey: Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the Pennsylvania Turnpike exit (#6). Go west on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Follow directions from the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Local Accommodations
At Exit 339, old 26- PA Turnpike, Fort Washington, PA -Route 309 is the Holiday Inn (432 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Washington, PA, 800-465-4329), and Best Western (285 Commerce Drive, Fort Washington, PA/ 215-542-7930); Off exit 333, old 25- PA turnpike is the Doubletree Guest Suites (640 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA, 610-834-8300); At Exit 343, old 27 - PA turnpike is the Hampton Inn (1500 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA, 215-659-3535); Off Route 309- Montgomeryville, PA is located Comfort Inn (678 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA, 215-361-3600), and Joseph Ambler Inn (1005 Horsham Road-Route 463, North Wales, PA, 215-362-7500); and in Philadelphia is the Chestnut Hill Hotel (8229 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-5905).


Applicants: 9,243
Acceptance Rate: 64%
Average HS GPA: 3.68



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