New Student Spring Orientation

A one-day orientation program is held for full-time students entering Arcadia University at the beginning of the Spring semester.

New student orientation will focus on placement exams, registration for classes, and provide essential information about academic and campus life. Spring Orientation is an ideal opportunity to learn how to succeed at Arcadia University and to meet other new and current students.

Spring Orientation 2020: January 10

Orientation will begin with check-in at 8:15 a.m. in the University Commons. The end of the day will vary depending upon the number of placement exams a student must take. More information (check-in, parking, etc.) will be sent to you as the date approaches. Should you have any questions, please email or call 215-517-2481.

If you are unable to attend orientation on January 10, you must contact Darien Ryan, Transfer Admissions Counselor, immediately at 215-572-2836 to make alternative arrangements for course registration.  

Parents, Families, and Friends, we encourage you to attend Spring Orientation with your student. Planned programs are designed to answer questions concerning campus services, academic resources, residence and commuter life, and financial aid, among other topics.

Lunch will be provided to all new students and one (1) guest. Additional guest lunch tickets are available for purchase. Area hotel information

Register for Spring Orientation

Complete Your Housing Registration by January 2, 2018. Housing placements are based upon the date of receipt of your deposit, completion of the registration process, and the information provided by the student on the Housing Questionnaire. You will be notified of your housing assignment via your Arcadia email. View housing options.

Housing Selection

MyArcadia ( is your online portal to Arcadia University, including important forms, email, announcements, and upcoming events. It is also your gateway to Canvas, Self-Service and the Library website.

Check your Arcadia email regularly. We will be communicating with you about orientation and other new student activities through your Arcadia email account.


Health Forms and Insurance

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, please call 215-572-4033 at least one week before Spring Orientation. Visit for more information.

AlcoholEdu and SAPU

Access AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates (SAPU)

AlcoholEdu and SAPU 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 SAPU:

  1. Access AlcoholEdu & SAPU. Should you have any technology challenges, click HERE.
  2. You will be redirected to the EverFi "Education is Evolving" page
  3. Enter your complete First Name and Last Name
  4. Select your age range
  5. Select your student designation, "Student – Spring 2020", from both the AlcoholEdu and SAPU Group/Class menus
  6. Click the box next to "I agree to the terms of service"
  7. Click Next and then click the blue “Get Started” box for both SAPU and AlcoholEdu to begin each

We expect you to complete these courses before arriving on campus for the start of the Spring 2020 semester. AlcoholEdu and SAPU 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

Placement Exams and Course Selection

Review practice placement exams. Students take placement exams in math and writing at Spring Orientation. Students interested in a science major or a pre-professional program that requires chemistry may also take the physical science placement exam.

Course Selection. Students will meet with an academic adviser during Spring Orientation to select 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

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 HERE.