Arcadia University is Philadelphia's global institution, renowned for our student centered focus. We are a top-ranked private university offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Students choose from among 65 fields of study. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top tier of regional universities in the North.

At the forefront of higher education for 160 years.

Arcadia University

Founded in 1853, our legacy reminds us of the importance of learning from each other and the value of kindness, wisdom, honesty, and transparency. 

In addition to the six colleges and schools in the United States, we have 10 centers and offices around the world. Every year, our faculty and staff enrich the lives of our 4,000 current students, 3,000 study abroad participants, and more than 26,000 alumni.

The Arcadia University Promise is to provide a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience for intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students in preparation for a life of scholarship, service, and professional contribution. 

A vibrant, engaged campus revolves around the historic Grey Towers Castle and the new Commons student center. Our time honored traditions build on our past to define the future of Arcadia University. View our Strategic Plan, and learn about efforts that will make a difference in the lives of new generations of Arcadia students.

Colleges and Schools

The College of Arts & Sciences   The largest college at Arcadia. offering programs for graduate and undergraduate students across the arts and sciences.
The College of Health Sciences   This college maintains nationally ranked graduate programs that prepare students for careers in today’s rapidly changing health care professions.
The College of Global Studies   A history of more than 67 years of leadership in international education and provides undergraduates access to more than 140 programs worldwide.
The School of Continuing Studies   This unit provides flexible, innovative programs to professional and adult learners.
The School of Education   This school works with educators and communities to create inclusive educational environments that facilitate learning.
The School of Global Business   Quality business programs that help students develop the skills they need to be successful and effective professionals with a global perspective.

University Administration

Academic Affairs - works to enhance the university's excellence in instruction; research; outreach and public service; and student affairs; and is responsible for academic planning and budgeting, faculty development and promotion, and academic initiatives.
Institutional Diversity works with faculty, staff, student clubs and organizations, and outside sources to provide services to students that help them explore and learn about themselves, other persons, cultures and traditions, and the world around them. 
Enrollment Management – works seamlessly to support students from recruitment to graduation, identifying, at the earliest possible junctures, the needs of our students so that we can design and deliver the support services necessary to help students achieve their academic and career goals. This unit manages admissions and orientation, financial aid and scholarships, housing, student services, and career education.
Student Affairs
SA ensures that each student has the support and is engaged in the community. This office provides a comprehensive program of co-curricular activities that assist student transition to college life by working closely with students, faculty, and staff.
Finance and Administration provides services and offices that enable the university provides its educational mission. This offices oversees Budget Office, Controller’s Office, Purchasing, Capital Planning, Public Safety, Facilities, Human Resources, Information Technology, and General Counsel.
University Advancement and Alumni builds meaningful relationships between the University community and the alumni, foundations, corporations, and friends who support it. Alumni engagement and philanthropy are integral to the fulfillment of Arcadia’s promise of a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience.
University Relations manages, protects, and furthers the brand and mission of Arcadia University across the region, nation, and world. This unit collaborates across campus community members, news and media, government relations, and general public to effectively form connections, engage in communities, and deliver messaging that effectively builds awareness.
Offices and Facilities Learn about the people and offices that keep Arcadia operating efficiently around the world, around the clock. 
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Our Values, Policies, and Guildelines

The members of the Arcadia University Community encourage all individuals and groups to behave with civility. A community upholding civility respects the rights of individuals and groups. It is characterized by understanding and considerations of the differences among members of the community. Our community policies, guidlines, and services provide guidance for fair and consistent treatment of everyone within the Arcadia community. 

Core Values
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Rankings and Excellence

Arcadia University receives critical acclaim from renowned sources in higher education.


A Top Universities in the North

Arcadia received high marks in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges.


in Study Abroad

for the past five years. Ranking is by IIE's Open Doors Report for percentage of undergraduate students participating in a study abroad.


Best Northeastern Colleges

one of the outstanding colleges and universities in the Northeast recommended by The Princeton Review.