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 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. Students who submit their housing application by June 22 will be the first notified.

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. 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. First-year students must be prepared to discuss five classes they’d like to take; new transfer students will meet with an academic adviser to select courses. Most first-year students will enroll in two of their preferred classes, an English composition course, and a First-Year Seminar.




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 9). Every full-time student must have health insurance. Upload completed forms to Student Health Services’ Patient Portal.

6. 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.

8. Finish your summer reading.

Arcadia's interactive training programs are designed to help you protect yourself if faced with inappropriate conduct. The online courses cover alcohol awareness, sexual assault, and bystander intervention training.

9. Complete safety courses.

10. Fall Orientation, August 24–28

Fall Orientation kicks off on Friday, Aug. 24 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. 28.


Orientation Questions

Engagement and New Student Programs

Housing Inquiries

Residence and Commuter Life

Student Health Inquiries

Student Health Services

General Questions

Enrollment Management
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