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Arcadia was founded in 1853 in Beaver, Pennsylvania, a small town on what was then the frontier. It began as Beaver Female Seminary under the direction of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Students at the school learned ancient history, rhetoric, logic and analogy. In 1872, the small school on the Beaver and Ohio Rivers became Beaver College and men were admitted. However, the school made the decision to return to an all-female school in 1907. As the population dwindled in Beaver, the school made the decision to move to Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, in 1925 in order to grow enrollment.
The school was such a success they soon outgrew their location in Jenkintown and purchased an estate in nearby Glenside, Grey Towers Castle, which was owned by the Harrison family. The school operated two campuses until the 1962 when they combined all activities on the Grey Towers campus. Although initially founded by the Methodist Episcopal Church and continuing a relationship with the Presbyterian Church, they remained independent. Students were not required to be members of either church in order to attend.
In 1975, the school again began admitting men. When the school earned university status, they made the decision to change the name to Arcadia University. Today, the school is known as a pioneer in international education. The school has six colleges and schools as well as ten centers around the world. There are 4,000 students enrolled and 3,000 study-abroad participants. Arcadia is one of the top regional universities in the North and it is the number one study abroad university in the country.
Arcadia University Accreditation Details
Arcadia is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Regional accreditation means that the university meets standards established by the commission. This means that parents, students and future employers can be sure that, upon graduation, graduates are well-prepared for the career path they have chosen. In addition, programs at Arcadia are accredited by the following organizations or associations:
- Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
- Accreditation Council of Genetic Counseling
- Accreditation Review Commission of Education for the Physician Assistant
- American Chemical Society
- American Psychological Association
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
- Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology
- Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission
- Global Health Education Consortium
- Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design
- National Board for Certified Counselors
- Physician Assistant Education Association
Arcadia University Application Details
Freshmen at Arcadia are those who have not completed college courses after high school graduation. Students must complete an application and submit official high school transcripts as well as ACT or SAT scores. Either the Common Application or the Arcadia application is accepted. There is no application fee if the student applies online but there is a fee for submitting paper applications. Students must provide one letter of recommendation from an academic teacher or school counselor. Students may submit an essay and list of activities although these are optional. Some programs may require auditions or portfolio submission as well.
Students who have earned college credit after graduation from high school may apply as transfer students. The student must be in good standing at the last college they attended, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and be able to demonstrate the ability to do college-level work. Students must complete the Common Application or Arcadia application. Students must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Students who have earned 29 or fewer credits must also submit high school transcripts as well as ACT or SAT scores. Students may transfer up to 75 credits.
Graduate admission policies and applications vary depending on the program the student wishes to enter. Students should contact an admissions counselor for more information.
Arcadia Tuition and Financial Aid
Full-time tuition for undergraduate students is $41,630 per year while part-time students pay $700 per credit hour. Graduate tuition is as follows:
- Ed.D in Leadership - $17,440 per year
- Forensic Science - $30,600 per year
- Genetic Counseling - $33,250 per year
- International Peace & Conflict Resolution - $29,580 per year
- Master of Business Administration - $7,380 per semester
- Master of Public Health - $735 per credit hour
- Physical Therapy Doctorate - $15,625 per semester
- Physician Assistant - $42,450 per year
Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for assistance. Approximately 99 percent of all undergraduate students receive financial aid and 80 percent of undergraduate students receive academic or merit scholarships.
Arcadia Degree Program(s) Available
Education Bachelor/Master's Five-Year Program
The dual Bachelor and Master's degree program at Arcadia allows students to earn their Master's in teaching in conjunction with their Master's degree. Students are able to hone their teaching skills through mentored practice and are able to explore global learning through the school's study abroad program. Students apply for the dual program in their junior year and are required to complete 125 undergraduate credits as well as graduate courses that qualify them for a Master's degree. Students may concentrate their studies in:
- Individual Concentration
- Literary Studies: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
- Secondary Education
- Special Education
Students must have a GPA of 3.0 in order to apply. Credits in the undergraduate program do not "double count" toward the Master's degree. Students must discuss their options and their course selection with an advisor. Upon graduation, students are qualified for leadership roles in the education field. The program allows them to achieve their Master's degree in less time than if they took the two programs separately.
Arcadia has been offering programs that demonstrate excellence in education for more than a century. Programs are designed to help students move into a new career or advance in a current career. Arcadia University also offers flexible schedules that allow working adults who may have obligations that prevent them from attending traditional classes to achieve their higher education goals.