Arcadia University: Narrative Description

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450 South Easton Rd.
Glenside, PA 19038-3295
Tel: (215)572-2900; 877-ARCADIA; Admissions: (215)572-2910; Fax: (215)572-4049; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed, affiliated with Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1853. Setting: 60-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $27 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $6990 per student. Total enrollment: 3,417. Faculty: 332 (97 full-time, 235 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 2,691 applied, 75% were admitted. 19% from top 10% of their high school class, 52% from top quarter, 86% from top half. Full-time: 1,570 students, 74% women, 26% men. Part-time: 270 students, 71% women, 29% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 10 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 11% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 29% 25 or older, 68% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 83% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Pennsylvania, Gratz College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: portfolio. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/1 for early decision. Notification: continuous until 9/1, 12/1 for early decision.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $30. Comprehensive fee: $31,680 includes full-time tuition ($22,440), mandatory fees ($280), and college room and board ($8960). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, degree level, and program. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $400 per credit.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 32 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Program Board, Residence Hall Council, student government, Arcadia Christian Fellowship, Student Alumni Association. Major annual events: Mr. Beaver Contest, Woodstock, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Landman Library with 139,903 books, 251,507 microform titles, 798 serials, 2,861 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $854,000. 110 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 8,704. Glenside is a suburb of Philadelphia served by railroad, buses, and major highways. There are many churches in the immediate area as well as various civic and fraternal organizations. Local recreational facilities include golf courses, ice rinks, parks, and a swimming pool.