How to Apply

Applying to Arcadia as an Undergraduate Student

Choosing a university can be complicated. Applying to one doesn’t have to be.

At Arcadia, there are essentially two key things you need to do to apply as an undergraduate student:

  1. Complete an application
  2. Submit documents and test scores

If you are a transfer, international or homeschooled applicant, follow the steps described on this How to Apply page as well as the instructions on the linked pages.

Please contact the Office of Enrollment Management with any questions about the application process. We look forward to reviewing your application and getting to know you. 

Start and Complete Your Application

The first step in the application process is to fill out an application form. You may apply using an Arcadia-specific application or the Common Application. 

Arcadia Application

Apply Online

Common Application

Common Application

Note: You do not need to submit the Arcadia application if you submit the Common Application.

  • There is no application fee when you apply online.
  • Printed applications are available from the Office of Enrollment Management ($30 application fee; waived if submitted at an on-campus event)

Gather and Submit Documents and Test Scores

The following documents are required for your application. Please note the special portfolio requirement for arts-related majors and audition for acting and musical theater students.

Depending on your high school’s policy, your school counselor may submit your application, transcript, and recommendation as a package. It is your responsibility, however, to make sure we receive it.


We advise you to ask your high school to submit your official high school transcript directly to Arcadia University Office of Enrollment Management. If your counselor mails us a paper copy, the official transcript must be signed and sealed. If you are currently taking courses, you should submit the list of courses and grades in progress.

Standardized Test Scores

SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) or ACT (American College Testing) results are required to complete your application. If you have been out of high school for five or more years, this requirement is waived.

  • SAT Arcadia Code 2039
  • ACT Arcadia Code 3524

We also accept official SAT or ACT results that are included in your transcript. More information about the SAT or ACT.

For 2018 applicants, Arcadia will accept both the new, redesigned SAT and the old SAT.  Arcadia does not require the writing section of the new SAT.


We require one recommendation. The recommendation should be from either an academic subject teacher (English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language) or from your school counselor. You may submit additional recommendations from individuals who know you well (such as coaches, work supervisors, etc.), but this is not required.

The recommendation may be submitted electronically via Naviance or through our online application portal.  As an alternative, your recommender may choose to use the form below or submit a personal letter of recommendation.  If choosing the form or letter, please have it sent directly to our office by email:

Recommendation Form   

* The Office of Enrollment Management reserves the right to waive any of the above listed credentials for students with strong academic records, as determined during the initial review of the admissions application.

Additional Materials

Essay (optional)

The personal essay will tell us about you. We want to know something that your other application materials do not already tell us.

List of Activities (optional)

We recommend a list of activities or a resume to complete your application because it tells us more about you as a person. This is important when we are making merit scholarship decisions. You may want to include leadership and community service, research projects, employment, performing arts programs, etc.

Portfolio Review

Interested in applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree program or the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in Scientific Illustration, Studio Art or Art Therapy? If so, you must submit an art portfolio prepared according to our portfolio guidelines

Acting Audition

Interested in applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Acting or Acting with a concentration in Musical Theater? If so, you must complete an acting audition.


We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. We accept students on a rolling basis, meaning that we make admissions decisions as we receive applications.  Scholarships are also awarded on a rolling basis along with admission offers.

What Happens Next?

We will notify you of your admission decision within several weeks from when we receive your completed application. If a preliminary examination of your application reveals the need for further information, we will contact you.

If You Are Admitted

We will send you information about paying a deposit to secure your place in the incoming class. In recent years, deposits have been $400 for students planning to live on campus and $200 for commuter students. Your acceptance letter will also let you know the deadline (May 1) to tell us if you will be attending Arcadia.

If you are a high school student at the time of your acceptance, we expect that you will maintain the same level of academic achievement through the remainder of your senior year. If your work falls below a satisfactory level, we may rescind your offer of admission.