Test Optional Admission to Arcadia University

Arcadia University joined more than 1,100 universities and colleges nationwide with a standardized-test optional admissions policy beginning with students applying for the Fall 2021 semester. Read the full press release.

Students will indicate during the application process if they are choosing to apply test optional.  Students applying test optional are not required to submit anything in lieu of test scores.  A completed application will include high school transcript(s) and one recommendation.  A student is welcome to submit any of the following information as a supplement to the application, but it is not required:

1. Essay

Answer the two questions below and submit your answers as a PDF with your application.

  • First question - Why do you want to attend Arcadia? (250 words or less)
  • Second question - Choose one of the following (500 words or less):
    • What is your greatest accomplishment or biggest success while in high school?
    • Why do you think you will be successful at Arcadia University in your major?
    • Reflect on a social justice issue that is important to you. 

2. Video

Submit a video that is 60 seconds or less, and insert the link when applying. Show us something about you that we wouldn’t have learned about you from your application. Be as creative or as formal as you choose.

3. Portfolio

A collection of documents that could include: documentation of growth during high school, analytical writing sample(s), an overview of a senior capstone project, a reflection of volunteer experiences, explanation of grades over time (improvement, areas of success, highlight interest), etc. Please include an introduction that describes all of the elements of the portfolio. Submit as a PDF with your application.  If you are applying to one of our Art and Design programs, you will need to submit an additional art specific portfolio. Please review the art portfolio guidelines for more information.

4. Interview

Participate in a 15 minute virtual zoom interview with a student interviewer.  The interviewer will ask questions designed to learn more about you and your interest in Arcadia University.  Interviews are reserved for students applying for Fall 2021.  Please contact your Admissions Counselor if you are interested in an interview.



  • Homeschool applicants (scores can be self-reported)
  • International applicants (must submit SAT or ACT if not submitting a TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo or iTep)
  • SAT or ACT scores are required to be considered for the full-tuition Presidential Scholarship