Arcadia University Admissions Policies

Arcadia University Admitted and Enrolling Student Expectations

Arcadia University is committed to bringing together a student community that reflects the mission, vision, and lived values of our institution. Our holistic application review process allows us to offer admission to students that have demonstrated those values and are a welcomed addition to the continually growing Arcadia community. We expect all individuals applying and admitted to the University to complete any ongoing academic coursework at a level consistent with what that student achieved in order to earn admission, and to behave in accordance with high standards of honesty, integrity, and character. As such, Arcadia reserves the right to rescind admission for, but not limited to, the following reasons: falsification of application information; unsatisfactory completion of any school or coursework now in progress; and/or failure to uphold high standards of honesty, integrity, and character, including, but not limited to, disciplinary issues or engaging in conduct inconsistent with the expectations stated in our Code of Conduct. Moreover, we expect all members of the University community to be good citizens online. This means ensuring that you treat other members of the University community, and society in general, with respect in your online activities. This decision is never one that is taken lightly and is made after thorough review by the Office of Enrollment Management. 

Disclosure Policy

A disciplinary matter or criminal conviction, occurring prior to the time of application (whether or not disclosed on the application), while the application is under review, or after the admission decision has been made, may affect decisions regarding admission and Arcadia University reserves the right to revoke admission in such circumstances. Also, because offers of admission and enrollment are based upon a record of academic achievement, Arcadia reserves the right to revoke admission upon receipt of a final high school transcript (or most recent college transcript) reflecting a significant decline in academic performance. Additionally, if an application misrepresents any information, for any reason, admission or enrollment may be revoked at the University’s discretion. Finally, admission to the University does not guarantee placement in campus housing or participation in student teaching placements, internships, or clinical rotations, which may be subject to additional policies or practices.

Mandated Reporter Policy

Under the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law (23 Pa.C.S.6301 et seq)., Enrollment Management staff, as school employees, are mandated reporters.  As such, staff are required to make a report of suspected child abuse if they have reasonable cause to suspect that a child is a victim of child abuse. 

Equal Opportunity Policy

Our Commitment

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, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, military or military veteran status, disability, medical or genetic information, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law 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.  Discriminatory conduct and harassment, including sexual harassment, violates the dignity of individuals, impedes the realization of the University’s educational mission, and will not be tolerated.

The Director of the Office of Equity and Civil Rights (OECR) and Title IX Coordinator oversees the University's centralized review, investigation, and resolution of reports of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, harassment, and bias incidents. The Director of the OECR and Title IX Coordinator can be contacted by telephone or email.  The contact information for the Director of the OECR and Title IX Coordinator, Nora Nelle, is: 777 Limekiln Pike, Suite 112, 215-517-2659,  For further information, including the University's relevant policies and grievance procedures and processes, please visit Arcadia's Office of Equity and Civil Rights