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.

Check the email address you listed on your application for login instructions. 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 helpdesk@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. You will also have to take a math and English placement exam. More details will be shared about this process shortly.

4. Take placement exams.

5. Prepare Course Selections for Summer Orientation

Fall 2020 first-year courses will not be available until May. You can review Fall 2019 courses in the meantime.


Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum


6. Attend Summer Orientation.

During Arcadia's required Summer Orientation, you'll get a taste of campus life through opportunities to meet new students, connect with upperclass students, review possible courses, complete placement exams, learn strategies that will set you up for academic excellence, and participate in activities that introduce you to the University community.

First-Year Summer Orientation

First-year students are required to participate in an overnight experience during Summer Orientation. 

Thursday, 6/18 - Friday, 6/19   
Monday, 6/22 - Tuesday, 6/23   
Friday, 6/26 - Saturday, 6/27   
Tuesday, 7/7 - Wednesday, 7/8  
Friday, 7/17 - Saturday, 7/18 

Transfer Summer Orientation

There is no overnight experience in the transfer Summer Orientation program.

Friday, 6/05
Monday, 7/13

Check back soon to register!

Every full-time student at Arcadia University is required to submit personal health information to be in compliance with University Policy. Click the "forms" link below to access the required paperwork. Once completed, upload forms to Student Health Services’ Patient Portal. For more information, visit Student Health Services. Student health records must be submitted prior to Fall Orientation. Every full-time student must have health insurance. Enroll or waive Arcadia University's student insurance coverage (available Monday, July 6).

7. Submit health information.

Be sure to finish reading this year's Common Read selection before you arrive in August for the five-day Fall Orientation. During orientation, you'll discuss the book with your First-Year Seminar class in preparation for the semester. New transfer students are also encouraged to read the book. This year’s Common Read selection will be announced soon!

9. Finish your summer reading.

Arcadia University has partnered with Everfi to provide two mandatory online courses: AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU). In July, you will receive an email with login details for these interactive modules, which will help you make informed choices and protect yourself when dealing with drinking and inappropriate sexual conduct, if it occurs around you.

Part 1 of AlcoholEdu and SAPU are due by Monday, Aug. 31. A link for Part 2 will be sent out 45 days after you complete Part 1. You must submit both for the courses to be considered complete. If you have technical issues, please email Everfi or Mary Alice Difilippo.

10. Complete AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates.

11. Fall Orientation, August 26-30

Fall Orientation kicks off on Wednesday, Aug. 26 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 Friday, Aug. 28.


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)