Admissions Requirements for
Transfer Students

Admissions Requirements  |  International Students

Transfer Basics

Academic Standing: Students interested in entering Arcadia University from other colleges or universities are welcome to apply for admission to either the fall or spring semester. Transfer applicants should be in good standing, have a grade point average of 2.5 or better, and have demonstrated the ability to do college-level work, in order to be considered for admission.

Eligibility: Eligibility for admission is based primarily on each candidate's previous college performance; however, students having completed fewer than 30 semester hours of college credit will be considered on the basis of their high school transcript, standardized test scores and whatever college study has been completed.

Transfer Personal Meetings: Transfer students are welcome to visit the University to meet with an Enrollment Management counselor for a personal one-on-one meeting and to take a student-guided campus tour. The personal meeting is a forum to discuss educational and career goals, transfer of credits, and how the Enrollment Management staff can facilitate the transition to Arcadia University. Click here for more information and to schedule of Personal Meeting

Scholarships and Financial Aid: Transfer students are reviewed for merit scholarships and achievement awards and are given the same financial aid consideration as freshmen. Potential transfer students who were eligible for Act 101 at their previous institution should inform the Office of Enrollment Management during the application process in order to evaluate their eligibility for the Arcadia University Act 101 program.

Articluation Agreements: Arcadia University has a number of admissions agreements with area community colleges. Contact the Office of Enrollment Management Office toll-free at 1-877-ARCADIA (877-272-2342) for more information.

Transfer Admissions Requirements

Application Forms

Transfer application forms can be obtained from the Arcadia University Office of Enrollment Management. Applications also can be downloaded from the Arcadia University Web site at where students have the option of applying electronically. Candidates should follow the instructions provided and submit the application with a non-refundable fee of $30 (the application fee is waived for applications submitted online or at an on campus event). Checks are to be made payable to Arcadia University.

Apply Online

Arcadia University is also a member of the Common Application group. Students can obtain copies of the Common Application form from their high school guidance counselors, transfer counselors or by contacting the Arcadia University Office of Enrollment Management toll-free at 1-877-ARCADIA (877-272-2342) or 215-572-2910, or by e-mailing Arcadia University also accepts electronically transmitted Common Applications, which can be downloaded from the Common Application Web site at

While there is no deadline, applications should be submitted as early as possible. The priority deadline for consideration for the honors program, Distinguished Scholarship and portfolio review is June 15 for fall admission.


Transfer candidates who have successfully completed the equivalent of two or more semesters of full-time college-level work (30 credits or more) are not required to submit secondary school transcripts. If, however, in the judgment of the Office of Enrollment Management, such records would lead to a more accurate assessment of a candidate's abilities, secondary school transcripts will be requested.

Transfer applicants must have official transcripts sent to the Office of Enrollment Management from each post-secondary school attended (regardless of whether they want to receive transfer credit from each institution). Transcripts must bear the appropriate seals and signatures to be considered official. Copies of catalogs from previous institutions with appropriate course descriptions may be required for evaluation of transfer credit.

Students with fewer than 30 college credits must submit both secondary school transcripts and college transcripts.

International students wishing to transfer to Arcadia University must have their undergraduate transcripts evaluated by an independent service based in the United States. The Office of Enrollment Management will provide recommendations if needed.

Test Scores

Transfer applicants who have successfully completed the equivalent of one or more years of full-time college-level study need not submit the results of the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) of the College Board or the American College Testing (ACT) Assessment Program. For students who graduated from high school five or more years ago, standardized test scores are generally not required. However, the Office of Enrollment Management reserves the right to request these test results if such testing would lead to a more accurate assessment of a candidate.

Portfolio Review

Students transferring into Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree programs at Arcadia or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs in Scientific Illustration, Studio Art or Art Therapy are required to submit a portfolio for review. The contents of the portfolio should reflect the student's abilities in the proposed concentration but also should contain work representing the student's overall abilities.

Portfolio review guidelines will be sent to appropriate candidates when their applications are received. These guidelines may be requested from the Office of Enrollment Management. The portfolio review deadline for fall semester transfer students is June 15. For spring semester transfer students, the portfolio review deadline is December 15.

Acting Audition

All students applying for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Acting are required to audition for the program. Specific information will be sent to the appropriate candidates when their applications are received or may be requested from the Office of Enrollment Management.

Supplementary Materials

Transfer students applying for admission to Education programs, including the Environmental Studies 3+2 program, should contact the Chair of Arcadia's Education Department to discuss credit evaluation and program requirements related to courses already taken.

Transfer students considering pursuing the 4+DPT program in Physical Therapy, the 4+2 program in Physician Assistant, or the 4+2 program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution should contact the transfer coordinator in the Office of Enrollment Management to receive guidance early in the admissions process.

Other applicants should submit whatever materials they believe will assist the admissions staff in assessing their talents and potential. Examples of such materials include a personal statement, recommendations and evidence of achievement, leadership, or community service.

Additional Requirements for International Transfer Students

International students planning to study at Arcadia University with student (F-1) visas are required to enroll on a full-time basis (12 or more credits). They must satisfy the appropriate admissions requirements and procedures, demonstrate proficiency in the English language, and provide an affidavit of financial responsibility. Academic records should include courses studied, grades earned, diplomas, certificates and results of comprehensive national examinations. A certified translation of previous education records is required if the records are in a language other than English.

Applicants whose native language is not English must submit their scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Information on the TOEFL can be found at, and information regarding the IELTS can be found at

Undergraduate students must achieve a minimum score of 530 on the paper-based TOEFL (with no sub-score below 50), 200 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 70 on the Web-based TOEFL. The minimum required band score for the IELTS is a 6.0. The minimum level completed in study at an ELS program is 112. Students who do not meet the minimum language requirement but who have strong academic records can receive a Conditional Letter of Acceptance (CLA). The CLA is valid for up to one year, allowing a student to study English and to reach the required TOEFL/IELTS score. Arcadia University offers a partnership with its English Language Institute for students to study the English language before enrollment.

Transfer and second degree candidates must submit a course-by-course evaluation conducted by an independent service based in the United States. World Education Services, a recommended evaluator, can be found at For more information, please contact the International Recruitment Coordinator in the Office of Enrollment Management at

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