Public Safety FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Campus Safety Procedures

What steps has Arcadia taken to prevent crime?

Arcadia University is situated in a safe, residential suburb of Glenside, PA, near Philadelphia. Arcadia is ranked as a low crime area by the local Cheltenham Township Police Department. Call boxes are strategically placed throughout campus and the University is well lit. Public Safety Officers patrol on campus and off campus properties 24 hours per day.

Am I able to park on campus?

All motor vehicles parked on Campus property by students, faculty, staff members must be registered with the One Stop Shop. Visitors to the campus can obtain a temporary parking permit from the Public Safety Office. Note: First-year resident students are not permitted to have a vehicle on campus for any period of time without written permission from the Department of Public Safety.

There are 14 designated parking areas on campus. Each area is posted, indicating what type of permit is required.

Is public transportation available?

Students without cars will find the public transportation systems easily accessible. The SEPTA (South Eastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) bus #22 stops on the corner of campus and the Glenside train station is within walking distance of campus. In less than 25 minutes via train students can reach Center City Philadelphia. Visit SEPTA's website for more information and schedules.

Do I need an ID card? What happens if I lose my card?

KnightCards are issued by the Office of Student Accounts to full-time and part-time students, faculty and employees. KnightCards identify the individual's affiliation with Arcadia University. KnightCards are needed to enter residence halls, use in dining hall with a “meal plan”, borrow books from the Landman Library, and to use the facilities and equipment in the Kuch Recreation Center.

To report a lost or stolen KnightCard, call 215-517-2339 or email In the future, you can also log in to your GET account and freeze your card. If someone returns your KnightCard, simply bring a picture ID with you to the Office of Student Accounts to retrieve your card.