What's Next?

What's Next?

Next Steps for New Students

After you deposit, your next steps include acclimating to Arcadia’s campus and community, completing new student forms, selecting courses, and more. Follow the guide below to prepare for your first semester at Arcadia.

Log in using the username you received in your Welcome Kit, and reset your password. MyArcadia gives you access to email, academic resources, and campus news. Be sure to check your Arcadia email for information about orientation, summer reading, and new student activities.

Need help? Contact it.works@arcadia.edu

1. Activate MyArcadia.

File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and list Arcadia, school code 003235, by May 1. Next, complete Arcadia’s Undergraduate Financial Aid Application. If you do not plan to apply for financial aid, email finaid@arcadia.edu.

Questions? Contact your financial aid counselor.

2. Apply for financial aid.

Your housing assignment will be based on many factors, including the date you deposited, the date you completed your housing application, and your questionnaire answers. You will receive your housing assignment via Arcadia email in July or August. New Students will be able to begin their housing application after April 1.

3. Register for housing.

Complete the Spanish, French, German, or Italian Language Placement Exam online before Summer Orientation. Select the “Courses” tab on Canvas, click “All Courses,” and select “Language Placement Exams.” Other languages can be discussed during Summer Orientation, where you will also take math and writing placement exams. It's a good idea to practice beforehand.

4. Take placement exams.

5. Prepare Course Selections for Summer Orientation

Prior to attending Summer Orientation, first-year students must review the First-Year Seminar and First-Year Course options. Students must be prepared to select and rank their top five First-Year Seminars and top five course options, knowing that they will enroll in one seminar and two courses in the fall. Some majors— such as Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, Business, etcetera— are very prescribed with respect to courses in the first year, which means that fall courses have already been determined based on major requirements. New transfer students will meet with an academic adviser to select courses.


Fall 2019 First-Year Courses


Choose Your First-Year Seminar


6. Attend Summer Orientation.

During Arcadia's required Summer Orientation, you’ll select courses, complete placement exams, and participate in activities that introduce you to the University community.




Visit your primary health care practitioner to complete the Health Record Form, and sign up for or waive Arcadia’s Student Health Insurance coverage (available Monday, July 8). Every full-time student must have health insurance. Upload completed forms to Student Health Services’ Patient Portal.

7. Submit health information.

The required summer reading selection will be available for purchase in the Templeton Campus Store and discussed during Fall Orientation. New transfer students are also encouraged to read the book, as those attending the five-day Fall Orientation will have the opportunity to attend a small, transfer-only discussion.

9. Finish your summer reading.

AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates are interactive educational programs designed to help you protect yourself and others. The courses are confidential, take approximately two hours to complete, and can be completed in segments. Access will be available in late-July, and you must complete the courses by Monday, August 26.

10. Complete AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates.

11. Fall Orientation, August 23-27

Fall Orientation kicks off on Friday, Aug. 23 with a University welcome for students, family, and friends. Members of the Arcadia community will help you move in, meet classmates, adjust to campus life, and explore the city. You'll also participate in Day of Service, an opportunity to learn about and give back to the community. Transfer students can attend the five-day Fall Orientation or a condensed program on Tuesday, Aug. 27.


Orientation Questions

Engagement and New Student Programs

Housing Inquiries

Residence and Commuter Life

Student Health Inquiries

Student Health Services

General Questions

Enrollment Management
1-877-ARCADIA (1-877-272-2342)