Next Steps for New Students

Once you've deposited, wondering what comes next? Some of what you’ll be doing is fun, like getting acquainted with campus and learning key Arcadia lingo. Required tasks, like completing your housing registration, setting up your courses, and filling out health forms are outlined below.

Not deposited yet? Submit your admissions deposit and/or FYSAE fee.

MyArcadia and Email

Log onto with the username you received in your Welcome to Arcadia letter.  First, you will need to visit to activitate your account and set your password. MyArcadia is your gateway to email, Blackboard, Self-Service and the Library website, as well as your source for campus news, events and announcements. Need help? Contact (available 24/7) or call the Office of Enrollment Management at 215-572-2910.

Check your Arcadia email regularly. We will be communicating with you about summer and fall orientation, the summer reading for first-year students (and any transfer students participating in the 5-day fall orientation), and other new student activities through your Arcadia email account.

Housing Selection

Complete Your Housing RegistrationYour housing assignment will be based on many factors, including the date you deposited to Arcadia, the date you completed your Housing Application, and the information you provided us in the Housing Questionnaire. Students who complete their Housing Application by June 23, 2016 will be the first students who are given housing assignments. You will be notified in July or August of your housing assignment via your Arcadia email. View housing options.

Health Services Forms

Complete information on student health requirements, forms, Patient Portal access, and instructions are available at

  1. Make an appointment with your primary health care practitioner to complete the required Health Record Form.
  2. Log on to Arcadia’s Student Health Insurance Provider’s website to sign-up or waive coverage. Every full-time student must have health insurance. More information is provided at
  3. Upload your completed Health Record and health insurance information into Arcadia Student Health Services’ Patient Portal.

Additional Forms

  1. Complete the Emergency Contact/Health Insurance Verification FormNote: You must be logged into MyArcadia in order to complete the form.
  2. Complete the Emergency Notification System Form. Note: You must be logged into MyArcadia in order to complete the form.
  3. Complete the Disabilities Support Services Identification Form, if applicable. If you need accommodations for Summer Orientation, please call 215-572-4033 or fill out the Placement Exam Accommodations Request Form at least one week before your Orientation date. Visit for more information.

Course Selections

First-Year Students

Review First-Year Seminars for the upcoming year. Topics are posted in April. Registration for First-Year Seminars is on a first-come, first-served basis at Summer Orientation, though priority may be given to students with individual scheduling requirements.

Identify five courses you would like to take this fall. From those five courses, most students will enroll in two of them, in addition to the required first-year English composition course and a First-Year Seminar. You will indicate your course preferences at Summer Orientation and will receive your official schedule at Fall Orientation.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will meet with an academic adviser during Summer Orientation to select courses. In the meantime, the fall course schedule is available at

Financial Aid

If you’ve already filed the FAFSA and completed Arcadia’s Financial Aid Application, skip this section. If you do not plan to apply for financial aid, email

File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at Be sure to list Arcadia, school code 003235, on the form. Pennsylvania students are required to file the FAFSA by May 1 to receive state grant consideration.

Complete the Arcadia University Undergraduate Financial Aid Application and any additional financial paperwork required at

Contact your financial aid counselor if you have questions about your aid package or financial aid paperwork.

Summer Orientation

Register for Summer Orientation. Summer Orientation is the first part of Arcadia’s New Student Orientation program. You will select courses, complete placement exams if necessary, and take part in activities to welcome you into the Arcadia community.

Placement and Practice Exams

Complete the Language Placement Exam (Spanish, French, German, or Italian) online before your Summer Orientation date. Other languages can be discussed during Summer Orientation.

  1. On the MyArcadia home page, click on the Blackboard link on the Tool Bar
  2. Click on the "Courses" tab at the top of the page.
  3. Locate the link "Language Placement Exams" and click on it. This page contains the instructions needed to take your exam.

Review the Math Practice Placement Exam. Students take placement exams in math and writing at Summer Orientation. Students interested in a science major or a pre-professional program that requires chemistry also will take the Physical Science (Chemistry) Placement Exam

Transfer students will be contacted in advance of their Summer Orientation date to discuss any required placement exams.

Summer Reading

Check your Arcadia email in May for information about the required summer reading, which will be discussed during Fall Orientation.  

Fall Orientation, Aug. 26–30

Save the date for Fall Orientation, which is required of all first-year students. Orientation kicks off on Aug. 26 with time for residential students to move in and a university welcome for students, family, and friends.

Transfer students have the option of attending the complete five-day Fall Orientation (Aug. 26-30) or a condensed program (Aug. 30). Make sure to fill out the Transfer Orientation Preference Form.

Visit for recommended items to bring for Move-In Day.

Complete AlcoholEdu and Haven. See section below.

Submit the Day of Service Survey. New first-year students and transfer students participating in the 5-day fall orientation will take part in the Day of Service on Monday, August 29. Please submit the survey by August 15 so we can best match you with an activity and location.

AlcoholEdu and Haven

AlcoholEdu and Haven are interactive, online programs designed to help you learn skills to make informed choices, how to protect yourself, and how to deal with drinking and sexually inappropriate conduct if or when it occurs around you. PLEASE NOTE: The site will be available this summer.

Please follow these directions to move forward with AlcoholEdu and Haven:

  1. Click the button above to access AlcoholEdu & Haven. Troubleshooting tips
  2. You will be redirected to the EverFi "Get started today" page
  3. Enter your complete First name and Last name
  4. Select your student designation, either "First Year Student" or "Transfer Student" from both the AlcoholEdu and Haven Group/Class menus
  5. Select your age range
  6. Click the box next to "I agree to the terms of service"
  7. And then click Finish

We expect you to complete these courses by August 21, before arriving on campus for Fall Orientation. AlcoholEdu and Haven will take approximately two hours, but can be accomplished in segments. The courses are entirely confidential, however, we will check to see that you have completed them by the deadline. Please make it your priority to take these courses and come to Arcadia prepared to succeed, both inside and outside the classroom

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at