Bachelor Degree Admission Requirements 
for International Students

Transfer Requirements  |  Sending Documents  |  Deadlines

Below are the credentials that undergraduate international students must submit when applying to any major program at Arcadia University. All credentials listed below must be translated into English by an official public translator when applicable.

First Year Admission Requirements

  1. A completed application and 250-500 word essay. Click here to access our application: www.arcadia.edu/apply
     **Please use the Arcadia Online Application
     
  2. An original or certified true copy of the secondary school record with a literal translation in English performed by a licensed translator and signed in ink. The academic report should include a list of subjects studied, a qualitative rating on a course-by-course basis and an overall rating.
     
  3. Official copies of the secondary school leaving certificate or diploma earned and official results of any comprehensive national examinations such as GCE, SSSCE and CXC exams.
     
  4. Proof of English language proficiency for those for whom English is a second language. Undergraduate students must score a minimum of 530 on the paper-based TOEFL (no individual section below 50), 200 on the computer-based TOEFL (no individual section below 20), 71 on the Internet-based TOEFL (no individual section below a 17), a 6.0 on the IELTS (no individual section below 5.0), or a 4.5 on the ITEP (no section below 4.0). Arcadia University’s School TOEFL Code is 2039.
     
  5. Official SAT or ACT scores are required for students who have attended high school for at least one year within the U.S. and for students who are studying at Arcadia through an exchange program; for all other international students they are optional.
     
  6. Portfolio review or acting audition (for Fine Arts and Acting applicants only).

Transfer Admission Requirements

  1. A completed application and Personal Statement. Click here to access our application: www.arcadia.edu/apply
    **Please use the Arcadia Online Application
     
  2. Original or certified true copy of any college or university transcript with a literal translation in English performed by a licensed translator and signed in ink.
     
  3. Course-by-course evaluation of any university transcript by an independent service based in the United States. Acceptable evaluators can be found through the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at www.naces.org/members.htm.
     
  4. Proof of English language proficiency for those for whom English is a second language. Undergraduate students must score a minimum of 530 on the paper-based TOEFL (no individual section below 50), 200 on the computer-based TOEFL (no individual section below 20), 71 on the Internet-based TOEFL (no individual section below a 17), a 6.0 on the IELTS (no individual section below 5.0), or a 4.5 on the ITEP (no section below 4.0). Arcadia University’s School TOEFL Code is 2039.
     
  5. Portfolio review or acting audition (for Fine Arts and Acting applicants only).

If you have completed less than 30 Post-Secondary Level credits, the following credentials must also be submitted

  1. An original or certified true copy of the secondary school record with a literal translation in English performed by a licensed translator and signed in ink. The academic report should include a list of subjects studied, a qualitative rating on a course-by-course basis and an overall rating.
     
  2. Official copies of the secondary school leaving certificate or diploma earned and official results of any comprehensive national examinations such as GCE, SSSCE and CXC exams.
  1. Official SAT or ACT scores are required for students who have attended high school for at least one year within the U.S. and for students who are studying at Arcadia through an exchange program; for all other international students they are optional.

How to Send Your Admissions Documents

All credentials, except the NACES College Transcript Evaluations can be scanned and e-mailed to Marci Oster at osterm@arcadia.edu for the preliminary admissions review to take place. The original hard copies will need to be mailed as well, and they should be mailed directly to Arcadia University at the following address:

Arcadia University
Office of Enrollment Management
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038, USA

Applications for admission will not be reviewed until all required information has been received by Arcadia’s Office of Enrollment Management. The admission decision will be rendered approximately three to four weeks after the completed file has been received by the admission committee.

Application Deadlines

For most programs, applications are considered at any time during the year; however, to be assured of consideration, students should consult their program of choice for specific deadlines and otherwise use the following deadlines:

  • Fall semester—May 1
  • Spring semester—October 1

*For the Fall Semester, applications may be reviewed after May 1, but no later than June 1.

For more information about the admission process, and requirements, contact international@arcadia.edu or Marci Oster at osterm@arcadia.edu

Arcadia University is committed to ensuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, age, or disability in its educational programs, activities, admissions, or employment practices as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other applicable statutes. Inquiries concerning Title IX, Section 504 and ADA compliance and information regarding accessibility should be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038-3295; phone 215-572-2947. 

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