Arcadia University
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Endowment$67.7 million (2015)
PresidentAjay Nair
Admin. staff300
Students4,000 (2,400 undergraduate)
LocationGlenside, Pennsylvania, United States
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Campus76 acres (0.31 km²)</td></tr>
Division III (MAC Commonwealth conference)</td></tr>
ColorsScarlet and Grey          </td></tr>
MascotKnight (formally named Sir Castor)</td></tr></td></tr>

</table> Arcadia University is a private university in Glenside, Pennsylvania. A master's university by Carnegie Classification,[1] the university has a co-educational student population of approximately 4,000 (undergraduate and graduate).[2] The university was ranked 42nd in the Regional Universities North category by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.[3] The Script error campus features Grey Towers Castle, a National Historic Landmark.


Arcadia University was founded in Beaver, Pennsylvania in 1853 as Beaver Female Seminary. By 1872, it had attained collegiate status, under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was named Beaver College. The school admitted men from 1872 to 1907, then limited enrollment to women until 1972. In 1925, Beaver College moved east to Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and changed its religious affiliation to Presbyterian Church (USA). In 1928, the school acquired the Harrison estate in Glenside, including Grey Towers Castle, the location of the current campus. The college operated both the Jenkintown and Glenside campuses until 1962, when it consolidated all activities to the Glenside campus. Some significant changes came in 1973, when the college launched its first graduate programs and began admitting men again. The rise of the internet, with systems designed to filter out sexually explicit material, repeatedly blocked access to the college's website. A research found that because of its name, the institution appealed to 30% fewer prospective students. In June 2001, trustees voted to apply for university status and to change the name.[1] In July 2001, upon attaining university status, Beaver College officially changed its name to Arcadia University.[2]

Today, Arcadia University operates on the main Glenside campus, at academic centers and offices around the world, and in Christiana, Delaware, where the university's Department of Medical Science opened a campus in 2006.[3] From 2013 to 2017, the university was led by Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Ph.D., who was appointed as the university's 21st president on Oct. 11, 2013.[4] After Christiansen's departure Hank Brown was named interim president of the university in June 2017.[5] In January 2018 the university announced Dr. Ajay Nair as its incoming president.[6]


Undergraduate programsEdit

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The university offers more than 80 fields of study[7] in its undergraduate programs. Undergraduate majors are offered in the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Health Sciences, School of Education, and School of Global Business.[8] There is also an option for students to propose self-designed majors, which may consist of courses offered in Glenside and through study abroad.[9]

Graduate programsEdit

Graduate and professional studies at Arcadia University range widely, from liberal arts to primarily professional, doctoral level to workshops. Arcadia's international perspective is reflected in programs such as its accelerated part-time MBA with a Global Perspective, its Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and its Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program, ranked second in Pennsylvania and 20th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2016,[10] provides international opportunities for pro bono work in locations such as England, Jamaica, Guatemala, and Peru.[11] Additionally, there are clinical sites offered across the country, mainly in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.[12]

Arcadia's Master's program in Forensic Science is accredited by FEPAC, and faculty are certified by the American Board of Criminalistics and the American Board of Forensic Toxicology.[13]

International programsEdit

The university is known for its study abroad programs. In its 2016 Open Doors report, the Institute of International Education ranked Arcadia No. 1 in the nation for the percentage of undergraduate students participating in study abroad experiences at a master's level college or university. This was the seventh year the university earned this top ranking,[14] and it has been in the top ten since 2004.[15] The 2014-15 data from Open Doors shows 800 undergraduates studying abroad in that year, which—compared to a total of 482 graduating students—yields an estimated 166% participation rate.[16] Additionally, 60 percent of first-year students participate in an overseas educational experience during Spring break.[17]

In addition to sending a high percentage of its own students abroad, the university runs a number of programs that are open to students of other universities. The College of Global Studies (TCGS), which was given the status of a college in 2009, runs over 130 programs, which serve students from over 300 universities yearly. TCGS programs operate in Australia, Chile, Cuba, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and Wales.[18]

As of 2016, The College also offers classroom space and administrative services in Arcadia Centers Abroad, located in 9 sites: Athens, Barcelona, Cape Town, Dublin, Edinburgh, Granada, London, Melbourne, and Rome.[19]

In 2014, Arcadia University entered into a strategic academic alliance with Global Pathways Institute (GPI) in Mumbai, India.[20] The alliance provides a pathway for students in India to begin their college career in India and finish it at Arcadia University, or at other universities in the U.S.

In affiliation with the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD), Arcadia University also offers a two-year Master's program in International Relations and Diplomacy, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and located in Paris.[21]

In 2005, Arcadia University allied with IFSA-Butler to form the Alliance for Global Education. The Alliance for Global Education is still a thriving organization, specializing in sending students to India, China, and other Asian countries.[22]

Student lifeEdit


Arcadia University teams compete in the NCAA Division III within the MAC Commonwealth of the Middle Atlantic Conferences.[23] Men's sports teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Women's sports teams include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.[24]

Student organizationsEdit

As of spring 2018, Arcadia University has more than 60 active governing, academic, sport, cultural, media, religious, and service clubs and organizations.[25]

Notable peopleEdit

Faculty and administration
  • Hank Brown, U.S. Senator from Colorado and interim President of Arcadia University
  • Cynthia S. Burnett (1840-1932), educator, lecturer, temperance reformer, and newspaper editor

See alsoEdit


  1. "Beaver College to change its name". BBC. November 2000. Retrieved 2018-07-30.
  2. "Arcadia University Student Handbook: History of Arcadia University". Arcadia University. August 2013. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  3. "Physician Assistant Campuses". Arcadia University.
  4. "Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen Named President of Arcadia University". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  5. Snyder, Susan. "Arcadia Names Interim President - Philly." Philly.Com, June 8, 2017.
  6. Retter, Jen. "Dr. Ajay Nair Named 22nd President of Arcadia University | Arcadia University." Arcadia University, January 16, 2018.
  7. "Arcadia University - Rankings and Excellence". Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  8. "Academics at Arcadia". Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  9. "Arcadia University - Bachelor's Degrees and Programs". Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  10. "Best Physical Therapy Programs 2016". U.S. News & World Report.
  11. "International Experiential Learning Opportunities for DPT Students". Retrieved 20 November 2014.
  12. "Physical Therapy- Arcadia University". Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  13. "Master's Degree in Forensic Science".
  14. "For Fifth Consecutive Year, Arcadia University Ranked First in U.S. in Study Abroad". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  15. "Arcadia University Ranks Among Top Leaders in Study Abroad 2011 Report".
  16. Institute of International Education. "Institutions by Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad, 2012/13". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  17. "A Leader in Study Abroad".
  18. "About Us: The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University". Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  19. "Arcadia Centers Abroad". The College of Global Studies | Arcadia University.
  20. "Global Pathways Institute | Arcadia University". Arcadia University.
  21. "AGS Partnerships". Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  22. "The History of IFSA-Butler". IFSA-Butler. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  23. "Middle Atlantic Conference Members". Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  24. "Arcadia Athletics". Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  25. "Fast Facts About Arcadia | Arcadia University". Arcadia University. Retrieved 31 January 2017.

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