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.

We want to do our best to set our new Knights up for success. We require new students to complete Placement Exams so we can correctly place you into the proper courses. Placement exams for incoming fall 2020 students are now available. You must complete your placement exams before you participate in summer orientation. Please view individual placement exam information and access to practice exams.

4. Take placement exams.

5. Prepare Course Selections for Summer Orientation

You may review Fall 2020 first-year seminar courses and Fall 2020 Introductory Major Courses now.
You may also review the Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum.


6. Participate in Summer Orientation.

We are so excited to safely welcome our new Knights into the Arcadia family! We are offering both live and on demand content to provide an engaging and accessible orientation experience for new students and their family and friends. Learn more about summer orientation and to register for your Advising Session.

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. Forms must be uploaded to the Student Health Services’ Patient Portal prior to Saturday, August 1. 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.

If you require testing accommodations due to a disability, you must request accommodations through Disability Support Services prior to taking the exam. Accommodations will not be provided retroactively. Please contact Jessica Holdren, Disability Specialist, at holdrenj@arcadia.edu and visit DSS’s webpage for next steps for requesting accommodations.

Log on to MyArcadia to complete your:
Emergency Contact/Health Insurance Verification Form
- Emergency Notification System Form

8. Fill out Additional forms.

Be sure to finish reading this year's Common Read prior to Fall Orientation. During fall 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.

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. Participate in Fall Orientation, August 26-30*.

Our priority is to provide a safe, helpful, and engaging fall orientation experience for new students and their family and friends. If we have normal fall operations, Fall Orientation will kick off on Wednesday, Aug. 26 with resident move-in and a University welcome for all new students, family, and friends. New students will meet classmates, start to adjust to campus life, and have a chance to explore the amazing city of Philadelphia. 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. We are in the process of assessing fall orientation in light of COVID-19. Please check back for changes. New students will receive information at their Arcadia email address.


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)