Next Steps for New Students

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 outline below.

MyArcadia and Email

Log onto my.arcadia.edu with the username and password you received in your Welcome to Arcadia letter. 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 helpdesk@arcadia.edu (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 and Other Forms

Make an appointment with your primary health care practitioner to complete the Health Record Form. You will receive the form in the mail, or it can be downloaded below. 

Every full-time undergraduate student is required to have health insurance. If a student does not have health insurance, the cost of the insurance premium will be billed to their account. Watch for your mail for additional information regarding health insurance.

Forms

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 arcadia.edu/courses

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 finaid@arcadia.edu.

File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at fafsa.gov. 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 arcadia.edu/finaidforms2016

Contact your financial aid counselor if youhave 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. Instructions and access to the exam are located on the New Student tab on MyArcadia. 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 arcadia.edu/what2bring 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 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 orientation@arcadia.edu.