Arcadia University Top Rankings

Established in 1853, Arcadia University is a top liberal arts university located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, on the outskirts of Philadelphia (USA). It is consistently ranked as a top tier of university in the Northern Region of the United States.

The university offers more than 65 areas of study in eight academic departments. Programs offered include the B.A., B.F.A., B.S., M.A., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.S., M.P.H. and doctoral graduate degrees. Undergraduate Programs are offered in the fields of business administration and economics, humanities, computer science and mathematics, education, fine and performing arts, sciences and pre-health, and social sciences. The College of Global Studies at the university offers more than 100 programs around the world for Arcadia students.

It is a founding member of the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Internationalization Collaborative.

Ratings and Rankings:

- Rated No. 1 in the country for the percentage of undergraduate students studying abroad in the 2008 Open Doors report.

- Placed among the top 25 Master’s Universities in the North and as a Great School at a Great Price (U.S. News & World Report 2009). Master's universities offer a comprehensive array of bachelor's, master's and some doctoral degrees.

- Listed as one of the top Programs to Look For in the Study Abroad category (USNWR 2009).

- 22nd among the Best Universities in the North, and placed as one of the top 20 Programs to Look For in the Study Abroad category (USNWR 2007).

- Listed as one of the best colleges and universities in the Northeast, according to The Princeton Review 2007 edition of its book, The Best Northeastern Colleges (Random House/Princeton Review).

-  Recognized as a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s for the 13th straight year.

- The Philadelphia Business Journal has named Arcadia University as one of the Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia region.

- 7th in the nation among the best Physical Therapy Schools (U.S. News & World Report Graduate Schools ranking 2009).

- 57th among the Best Graduate Physician Assistant Programs (USNWR 2008 edition).


- The university is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

- The Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

- The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs has accredited the master’s degree Physician Assistant program.

- The M.S. in Genetic Counseling is accredited by the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

- The Forensic Science program has been granted full accreditation from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission.

- The undergraduate business program is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).