Required Credentials for Entering Freshmen

Application Forms

Application forms can be obtained from the Arcadia University Office of Enrollment Management. Applications also can be downloaded from the Arcadia University Web site at where students have the option of applying electronically. Candidates should follow the instructions provided and submit the application with a non-refundable fee of $30 (the application fee is waived for applications submitted online or at an on campus event). Checks are to be made payable to Arcadia University.

Arcadia University is also a member of the Common Application group. Students can obtain copies of the Common Application form from their high school guidance counselors, transfer counselors or by contacting the Arcadia University Office of Enrollment Management toll-free at 1-877-ARCADIA (1-877-272-2342) or 215-572-2910, or by e-mailing Arcadia University also accepts electronically transmitted Common Applications, which can be downloaded from the Common Application Web site at

Applicants who are in high school at the time they apply are required to submit evaluations from a guidance counselor and a teacher of an academic subject. Evaluation forms for this purpose are attached to the application form, although letters of recommendation also are acceptable and welcome. 

While there is no deadline, applications should be submitted as early as possible. Applicants who want to be considered for financial aid should submit their applications by March 1. (See Financial Aid and Scholarships, page REM).


Freshman candidates are required to submit an official high school transcript. The transcript must be sent directly to the Arcadia University Office of Enrollment Management by the high school attended and should bear the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official. The high school record also should include a list of courses and grades in progress at the time the application is filed.

Some secondary schools prefer that their students submit college applications through their guidance offices. In these cases, the application, high school transcript and recommendations are sent to Arcadia University as a package. Either procedure is acceptable; however, it is the responsibility of the prospective student to ensure that the secondary school record or a certificate of General Educational Diploma (GED- please visit to locate a testing center near you) is sent to the Office of Enrollment Management. 

If a preliminary examination of credentials reveals the need for further information, prospective students will be notified. 

Students who graduated from high school five or more years ago need only submit an official high school transcript (from the latest school attended) or GED test results (please visit to locate a testing center near you). Generally, official transcripts should be received prior to the beginning of the student's first semester. However, if transcripts have not been received by that time, students may still enroll on a part-time, non-matriculated basis. 

Test Scores

Freshman applicants must submit results of the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) of the College Board ( or the American College Testing (ACT) Assessment Program (

Results included on the high school transcript will be accepted, but applicants are encouraged to code their test registration forms with the Arcadia University code, which is 2039 for SAT and 3524 for ACT. Scores are then sent directly to Arcadia University. 
For students who graduated from high school five or more years ago, SAT or ACT scores generally are not required. However, in some cases, these scores may be requested if it is felt they would be useful for advising purposes.

Portfolio Review

All students applying to Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree programs at Arcadia or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) programs in Scientific Illustration, Studio Art or Art Therapy must submit a portfolio of work before acceptance into the program is granted. The portfolio review deadline for freshmen seeking fall admission is June.

Portfolio review guidelines will be sent to appropriate candidates when their applications are received. These guidelines also may be requested from the Office of Enrollment Management.


All students applying for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Acting are required to audition for the program. Specific information will be sent to the appropriate candidates when their applications are received or may be requested from the Office of Enrollment Management.

Supplementary Materials

The Office of Enrollment Management is interested in knowing as much as possible about applicants as individuals with their own special capacities, interests and desires. Therefore, in addition to the required credentials, applicants are encouraged to submit whatever materials they believe will assist the admissions staff in assessing their talents and potential. Examples of such materials include visual arts, creative writing, research projects in the sciences or other subjects, programs and reviews in any of the performing arts in which students have participated, and evidence of achievement, leadership or community service.


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