International Undergraduate Freshman Admissions

Required Credentials

Below are the credentials that international students seeking an undergraduate degree must submit when applying to any major program at Arcadia University.

All credentials listed below must be translated into English by a licensed official translator when applicable.

  1. Submit the application.  Common Application  OR Coalition for College Application
  2. Transcripts. Official High School Transcripts (in English). 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. Test Scores. International students must submit either SAT/ACT or Proof of English language proficiency meeting the following requirements.
  • TOEFL minimum 79iBT (minimum section scores: Reading- 20, Listening- 19, Speaking- 22, Writing- 18). Our TOEFL School Code is 2039.
  • IELTS minimum 6.0 Band Score (no individual section below 5.0)
  • ITEP minimum 4.5 (no section below 4.0)
  • Duolingo minimum 100

Enrollment Management reserves the right to request proof of English Language proficiency of any student applying to the University.

For F-1 High School Students in the U.S.:

International students may also be required to submit, when applicable:

  • Official Secondary school leaving certificate or diploma
  • Official Comprehensive national examinations (such as GCE, SSSCE and CXC exams)
  1. One Letter of Recommendation. We require one letter of recommendation. The letter should be from an academic teacher (English, Math, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language) or your school counselor. You may submit additional letters from individuals who know you well (e.g., coaches, work supervisors, etc.), but they are not required. You may submit the letters directly to our office or your school counselor may submit them with your transcript. 
  2. Fine Arts and Acting applicants only: Portfolio Review and Acting Audition

If Accepted to Arcadia University

  • Declaration of Financial Support. International applicants requiring an F-1 Student visa for study will also eventually need to show a Bank Statement demonstrating the funds to cover the annual cost of tuition and estimated living expenses for 1 year.

How to Send Admissions Documents

All credentials, except the NACES College Transcript Evaluations can be scanned and e-mailed to for the preliminary admissions review to take place. The original hard copies will need to be mailed directly to Arcadia University at the following address:

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

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

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.