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. Other aspects are tasks, like completing your housing registration, setting up your courses, and filling out required forms.

Log In to MyArcadia

MyArcadia is where you’ll do everything from accessing your email to completing required forms (under the New Students tab). It will become your gateway to Blackboard, Self-Service and the library website, as well as your source for campus news, events and announcements.

To log in: After you send your deposit, you’ll receive a Welcome to Arcadia letter with a username and instructions. Use that information to log in. You’ll set your password when you log in for the first time.

Need help? Contact helpdesk@arcadia.edu (available 24/7) or call the Office of Enrollment Management at 215-572-2910.

Housing

Complete Your Housing Registration. Housing placements are based on many factors, including the date of your deposit and the date you complete your Housing Application. Completion deadlines are listed on the Housing Portal. Keep an eye on your Arcadia email for your housing assignment in June or July! 

Go to the Housing Portal to register.

Course Selections

First-Year Students

First-Year Seminars topics are typically posted in April on www.arcadia.edu/firstyearseminar and placement is determined on a first-come, first-serve basis at your Summer Orientation Day.  Students should review the available seminars before your Summer Orientation.

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. View the list of course options. 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 www.arcadia.edu/courses

Summer Orientation

Watch a short Summer Orientation Video:  First year Students | Transfer Students

Summer Orientation is the first part of Arcadia’s New Student Orientation. It combines academic milestones, such as course selection and, if necessary, placement exams, with activities to integrate you into Arcadia community. More info.

Select a Summer Orientation Day by completing the Summer Orientation Registration Form. Dates fill quickly, so register early. 

Online Practice and Placement 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 practice placement exams. 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 placement exam.

Transfer students will be contacted in advance of their Summer Orientation date to discuss any required placement exams. 

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 on MyArcadia

Complete the Emergency Contact/Health Insurance Verification Form, which you will receive in the mail or can be downloaded on MyArcadia. Watch for additional mailings regarding health insurance. 

Complete the Emergency Notification System Form on MyArcadia

Complete the Disabilities Support Services Identification Form on MyArcadia, if applicable. If you need accommodations for Summer Orientation, please call 215-572-4086. Visit www.arcadia.edu/DSS for more information about required documentation. 

Fall Orientation, Aug. 28–Sept. 1

Save the date for Fall Orientation, which is required of all first-year students. Orientation kicks off on Aug. 28 with time for residential students to move in and a university welcome for students, family, and friends. More info.

Check your Arcadia email in May for information about the required summer reading assignment, which will be discussed during Fall Orientation. 

Transfer students have the option of attending the complete five-day Fall Orientation (Aug. 28-Sept. 1) or a condensed program (Sept. 1). Make sure to fill out the Transfer Orientation Preference Form on MyArcadia.

Visit www.arcadia.edu/what2bring for recommended items to bring for Move-In Day. Watch for more information on New Student Orientation in the mail and via email. 

Complete AlcoholEdu and Haven. These 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. 

Read This Summer's Book

Orientation to Arcadia University consists of many facets, including academic life. As a way of helping you become an active member of our academic community, it is our tradition to ask new students to read a book during the summer, with the expectation that you will be part of a small discussion group during fall orientation. The group discussions will be like many of your classroom experiences at Arcadia. This year's book is Not My Father's Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming. All first-year and transfer students taking part in the five-day fall orientation are expected to read the book. More information

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 www.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 www.arcadia.edu/finaidforms2015

Lastly, every student at Arcadia is assigned a personal financial aid counselor. If you have questions about your aid package or financial aid paperwork, feel free to contact your counselor directly.