For Ninth Straight Year, Arcadia Ranks Best in Region with Princeton Review

By Dan DiPrinzio | August 22, 2023

Faculty, study abroad programs, academic majors cited as outstanding 

For the ninth straight year, Arcadia University has been named one of The Princeton Review’s Best regional schools. The designation, falling under the Mid-Atlantic Region in its “2024 Best Colleges: Region by Region” web feature, reflects the Princeton Review’s assessment of Arcadia as “academically outstanding and well worth consideration” for any prospective student. 

The Review evaluates universities and colleges on academics, admissions selectively, financial aid, safety, quality of life, environmental efforts, and the accessibility of faculty. It also considers data from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, information from staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of college counselors and advisors whose perspectives The Review solicits. Student ratings are factored in as well. 

In its assessment, The Review stated that “Arcadia has lots of popular and well-respected majors, including physical therapy, art, theater, and the sciences.”

It also praised the university’s study abroad program, saying: Lots of colleges claim to give their students a ‘global perspective,’ but Arcadia really delivers. It has a phenomenal study abroad program with ‘many pathways’ for international study and travel. Students ‘tend to get addicted to it,’ and many go abroad two or more times during their college career.” 

Arcadia students were quoted as saying:

  • “The faculty and administrative staff are exceptional. Professors are unbelievably talented and accessible. They’re always willing to give a helping hand in any project brought to their attention.”
  • “Opportunities are available to go beyond the typical classroom experience by working on individual projects or helping professors with research.
  • Classes are small, and there are many chances for one-on-one attention from professors.”
  • “Many students go to Arcadia because of its stellar study abroad program, and it attracts people who are independent, creative, adventurous, and [those who] have a bit of a craziness about them.”
  • “What really brings people here is the study abroad program. What keeps them here are the people.”

This is the ninth straight year that Arcadia has been named one of the best schools in the region by The Princeton Review. (Previously, the University was classified in the Northeast region, though this year it is included in the Mid-Atlantic region.) The Mid-Atlantic Region consists of schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia.