Veteran Admissions

You served our country: now it's Arcadia's turn to serve you.  Complete your application in only two simple steps, then prepare for an integrative, global learning experience. 

Step One: Begin Your Application

 Common Application

Step Two: Submit Documents and Test Stores



If you have completed two or more semesters of full-time college-level work (12 credits/semester), you must submit official transcripts from each college you have attended, even if you do not plan to transfer credit from the institution. You are not required to submit high school transcripts, although we may request that you do in order to more accurately assess your application. If you have not completed two or more semesters of full-time college-level work (12 credits/semester), you must submit your high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores (only if you graduated high school in the past 5 years), and college transcript. Ask your high school to submit your official transcript to Arcadia University’s Office of Enrollment Management.


Standardized Test Scores (Optional)

SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) or ACT (American College Testing) scores are optional.


Credit for Prior Learning

Arcadia University awards limited credit for prior learning experiences and employment through programs such as The College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Advanced Placement Exams (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and military experience (JST).

* The Office of Enrollment Management reserves the right to waive any of the above listed credentials for students with strong academic records, as determined during the initial review of the admissions application.

Additional Materials

Essay (optional)

Use your personal essay to share further information not included in your application requirements.

List of Activities (optional)

Share a list of activities or resume to tell us more about you. We consider these details when making merit scholarship decisions. You may want to include leadership and community service, research projects, employment, and extracurricular activities.


Portfolio Review

Interested in applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree program or the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program in Scientific Illustration, Studio Art or Art Therapy? If so, you must submit an art portfolio prepared according to our portfolio guidelines. 

Acting Audition

Interested in applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Acting or Acting with a concentration in Musical Theater? If so, you must complete an acting audition.


We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Admission offers and scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, meaning that we make decisions as applications are received.

What Happens Next?

We will notify you of our admission decision within a few weeks of receiving your completed application, and contact you if further information is needed.

Admitted Students

We will send you information about paying a deposit ($400 for resident students, $200 for commuter students) to secure your place in the incoming class. You will need to let us know by May 1 if you will attend Arcadia.

Questions About Applying?

Enrollment Management
1-877-ARCADIA (1-877-272-2342)

Find Your Admissions Representative

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.

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.