This prestigious list ranks Arcadia among nine schools in the greater Philadelphia area—and 50 in Pennsylvania—that are “academically outstanding and well worth consideration,” including University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Villanova University. In total, there are 224 schools listed in the “Best Northeastern” region, and 656 among the five United States zones.
The Princeton Review notes the University’s small classes and personalized attention as hallmarks of an Arcadia experience. A key highlight is research opportunities with faculty, with one Biology student remarking, "Opportunities are available to go beyond the typical classroom experience by working on individual projects or helping professors with research."
Additionally, the Princeton Review noted the University’s dedication to a global perspective with a diverse range of study abroad opportunities. They wrote, “Lots of colleges claim to give their students a ‘global perspective,’ but Arcadia really delivers.”
Selections are based on extensive research, including data collection from thousands of colleges nationwide, staff visits to schools, interviews with college counselors and advisers, and student surveys addressing issues such as professor receptivity and the quality of campus facilities. They regard these colleges as those “that we consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search.”
The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges, either overall or in various categories, but lists them alphabetically. The Princeton Review’s “Best Northeastern” consists of schools in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia.