If your program requires a second deposit, it must be made by the deadline for a spot to be held (the first will not secure your place). Depositing does not officially ensure your spot in a graduate program without formal review and confirmation of receipt by Enrollment Management.
Deposits are credited against your charges for the following semester, but are not refundable should you not enter the University on the date for which you are accepted.
International Graduate Students
Deposit deadlines will be communicated to you by Enrollment Management. You can submit your deposit using one of the links above, by sending a U.S. check or money order, or by completing a wire transfer of funds. Upon receipt of your acceptance letter, please inform your counselor if you wish to attend and how you plan to deposit, and we’ll send you transaction requirements.
In some instances, an applicant who does not fulfill admissions requirements, or who has undergraduate deficiencies in the area of specialization for the degree, may be admitted conditionally. In such cases, the admissions committee determines the conditions to be fulfilled before the applicant may be reconsidered for admission. It is the responsibility of the applicant to notify Enrollment Management when the conditions have been met.
Conditional admission is not permitted for Physical Therapy, Forensic Science, or Physician Assistant candidates.
English Language Institute
You may be conditionally admitted by attending Arcadia’s English Language Institute (ELI). You’ll have three options:
- Maintain steady academic progress through each level of the Intensive English program and successfully complete the English-Plus Bridge with an average grade of at least a B, and with no course grade less than a C-.
- Receive an average grade of C or higher and earn the required scores for full admission through the iTEP exit exam at the end of the advanced level.
- Take either the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS and submit the official score reports. Arcadia must receive the reports at least four weeks before the start of the semester.
ITEP scores are used for ELI placements. If you feel you should skip a level of classes, you can talk to the ELI director and retake the iTEP. You can also choose to study on your own and earn the minimum required score on iTEP, IELTS, or TOEFL iBT for graduate admission.
Students at the 100 advanced level of English language classes may be eligible for the English-Plus Bridge Program, which would allow you to take one course while studying at the ELI, depending on your class schedule and the availability of courses. To be eligible, you must have earned at least a 4.0 on the iTEP or a B or higher in your ELI level 99 coursework.
You can only repeat a level at ELI once. If you do not get the score you want on the iTEP, you can take it one more time (after two weeks). When you fulfill the English requirements, you will be able to fully matriculate. It is your responsibility to notify Enrollment Management when the conditions have been met.
If your TOEFL iBT and IELTS scores are:
Predicted iTEP score:
Predicted ELI Entrance Level:
Predicted amount of time at ELI:
TOEFL iBT: 0.0-13
TOEFL iBT: 14-25
TOEFL iBT: 26-42
TOEFL iBT: 43-56
TOEFL iBT: 57-63
TOEFL iBT: 64-70
Declaration of Finances
Your Declaration of Finances will demonstrate that you have the funds to cover tuition and living expenses for one year (minus scholarships). Submit an official bank statement that includes:
- The bank’s official name and seal;
- Your full legal name (or your sponsor’s);
- Three consecutive months of transactions leading up to the date of the acceptance letter;
- The official currency of the statement.
If you have a sponsor, they must submit a Letter of Support that states:
- Their full legal name;
- Their relationship to you;
- The amount of support to be given;
- The duration of the financial support.
If you’re entering the Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, or Forensic Science program, you will be instructed to submit your Declaration of Finances after the receipt of your first deposit. All other master’s/doctorate candidates will be instructed to submit a Declaration of Finances upon receipt of an acceptance letter.
For conditional admission, to determine the amount to show on your statement:
One summer session
Students requiring an I-20 for the first time must present an I-20 or DS-2019 form—issued by Arcadia once your Declaration of Finances is reviewed and accepted—to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. You’ll receive your form via express mail, and must submit the I-20 mailing form to ensure timely delivery.
You should apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate. Call the office in your country to see what documentation is required for the application, and remember that you will need to schedule an interview as part of the process. Since many consular posts process applications by mail, you should allow plenty of time (the busiest months are June, July, and August). You should plan to have your Declaration of Finances submitted in early May, so the review process can begin as quickly as possible.
If you’re currently attending a U.S. school on an F-1 visa, transfer your I-20 record and submit a copy of your passport photo page, your F-1 visa, and your current I-20.
Next Steps for Enrolled Students
You may be responsible for registering for courses, or registration may be done by your academic department. If you are unsure, check in with your academic adviser, who can also help you assess and adjust your schedule. If you don’t have an assigned adviser, you can reach out to the chair of your department for assistance.
Register for classes and check your account balance, grades, and unofficial transcript through Self-Service. A week before classes start, you’ll find room assignments in Self-Service. Contact email@example.com (215-572-2898) if you have difficulties.
Access the academic calendar, graduate catalog, and forms and request transcripts through our Registrar.
If you’re taking at least nine credits/semester (or six credits in a summer session), you can apply for a Graduate Assistantship. GAs typically work four to eight hours per week (with a maximum of 32 hours/week). Your role will be determined by your supervisor.