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August 26, 2022

Move-in Day, Convocation Kicks off Fall 2022 Semester at Arcadia University

by John DeRosier Beginning on Aug. 24, Arcadia University welcomed more than 550 first-year and transfer students to campus for the start of their experiences as Knights. The Class of 2026, many of whom moved into residence halls and participated in icebreaker and educational events throughout the...

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August 22, 2022

President's August 2022 Update

Welcome Back, Arcadia! We are eager to start our fall semester with a campus that is vibrant, in person, and thriving with new opportunities. Students are at the center of everything we do, coming to Arcadia with boundless potential and enthusiasm for what they will accomplish. Whether on Arcadia's...

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August 22, 2022

With $1 Million Gift, Michael F. Young Establishes the Sue Ellen Young ’63 Endowed Scholarship to Provide Aid for Single Parent Students

Arcadia University is proud to announce a generational gift from Michael F. Young, the husband of the late Sue E. Young ’63. With a $1 million gift, Michael has established the Sue Ellen Young ’63 Endowed Scholarship, which will provide financial aid for students who are single parents. “On behalf...

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June 1, 2022

Arcadia University Commemorates Juneteenth

Dear Arcadia Community, Last year, the passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act established Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Arcadia University will observe this holiday, which falls this year on Sunday, June 19, by closing offices, where possible, on Monday, June 20. Offices and...

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May 24, 2022

Arcadia Celebrates Class of 2022 at Commencement, Challenges Graduates for New Ideas, Visions

At Arcadia University’s Commencement ceremonies on May 19 and 20, more than 850 students earned doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees and certificates, celebrating alongside community members, families, and friends. In Commencement addresses, honorary degree recipient Sonia Sanchez and Arcadia...

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February 28, 2022

Arcadia Supports Its Global Community and Ukraine

Dear Arcadia University Community, At Arcadia University, we are deeply troubled by the news and images coming from Ukraine. As a global institution, our hearts are with our students, scholars, faculty, staff, and partners, as well as all those affected by these events in the region and around the...

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February 8, 2022

Arcadia University, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Announce Agreement of Sale for Former Bishop McDevitt High School Property

Arcadia University and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announce an agreement of sale for Arcadia to purchase the former Bishop McDevitt High School property in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. The property includes a total of 18.21 acres, a four-story structure totaling 95,746 square feet,...

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November 9, 2021

Arcadia's ABRI Efforts Featured in Nov. 9 Chronicle of Higher Education

Arcadia University is the feature of the Chronicle of Higher Education's Nov. 9 Race on Campus newsletter. The Chronicle spoke with President Ajay Nair, Provost Jeff Rutenbeck, and Assistant Vice President for Access, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Angela McNeil, who are all quoted in the article...

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October 4, 2021

Arcadia University Receives $2.25 Million Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant

Arcadia University is proud to announce that it is the recipient of a U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions Program Grant for the amount of $2.25 million over five years for work designed to increase student achievement, persistence, and retention. Advancing Retention...

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July 30, 2021

Arcadia University Presented with $1 Million RACP Grant

Pennsylvania State Senator Art Haywood presented Arcadia University with a $1 million grant from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for construction, renovation, and other related costs for a multi-purpose center on July 28. “The higher education community and our local community...

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July 16, 2021

Celebrating 20 Years as Arcadia University

“Our resident assistant (RA) told us that we needed to meet in the chat—now room 107 in the Dining Hall—at midnight,” Assistant Dean of Student Success Bre Donnelly ’04 recalls about the night of Nov. 20, 2000. “It had long been rumored that there was going to be a name change. It was a very unique...

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January 5, 2021

Message from the President: Happy New Year and Welcome Back

Dear Arcadia Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, and Friends, Happy New Year! As we prepare for a limited campus opening in Glenside, our community remains strong. Arcadia has updated its Health and Safety Plan , and community members will help minimize risk on campus by wearing masks, social...

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October 20, 2020

Presidential Announcement: Update on Spring 2021 Semester

Dear Arcadia Community, This fall, we made a difficult decision to begin the 2020-21 academic year fully online to protect the Arcadia community’s health and safety. Since the fall semester began, we have made significant progress with the early phases of our campus reopening plan, including having...

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September 9, 2020

President Nair on Chronicle of Higher Ed Panel

The Chronicle of Higher Education has tapped President Ajay Nair to serve on an industry panel on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. President Nair will be a panelist for the Chronicle of Higher Education ’s “What It Takes to Be a Student-Centered Institution Now.” The panel also includes Allison Calhoun...

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August 25, 2020

President Nair Named Minority Business Leader by Philadelphia Business Journal

Arcadia University President Ajay Nair has been named a 2020 Minority Business Leader by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The award recognizes the Philadelphia region's top minority business leaders based on demonstrated business success over the past 12 to 18 months. Dr. Nair is the first person...

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August 18, 2020

SI2 Reflects on 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote

After decades of fighting for women’s suffrage, the 19th Amendment was ratified on Aug. 18, 1920, granting women the right to vote. A committee of social justice-minded citizens, which included Helen Keller and Jane Addams, founded the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to protect freedom of...

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June 19, 2020

Innovate to Thrive Challenge Selects Four Ideas from Community Submissions

Four ideas were selected as finalists to move to the next stage of the Innovate to Thrive Challenge, which will include different steps for each of the ideas. Congratulations to Helene Klein , assistant dean for Honors and Accelerated Programs, who submitted two finalist ideas; Jan Finn , associate...

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May 27, 2020

Arcadia Celebrates 2020 Grad-AWAY-tion

The Arcadia community gathered on the ‘virtual’ Green to recognize the Class of 2020 to acknowledge each member and confer degrees in a grad-AWAY-tion celebration on Friday, May 15. On the Arcadia 2020 Commencement website , graduates and their friends and family could hear from Provost...

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December 11, 2019

President Nair Honored at Sixers Game during Indian American Heritage Night

Arcadia University President Ajay Nair was honored by the Philadelphia 76ers during a pregame ceremony on Dec. 7 as part of the team’s sixth annual Indian American Heritage Night. With his wife, Paayal Nair , and their children, Krishna and Rani Nair , Dr. Nair was presented with a personalized...

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October 17, 2019

Chronicle of Higher Education Highlights Dr. Nair’s Dedication to Diversity

President Ajay Nair was featured in the Oct. 6 Chronicle of Higher Education for his dedication to diversifying higher education. Following his op-ed in The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chronicle spotlighted the University’s recent increase in racial and gender diversity in its administration...

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October 16, 2019

At Common Read Event, David Hogg Urges Civic Engagement, Activism

At this year’s Common Read on Oct. 14, 19-year-old David Hogg, March for Our Lives co-founder, gun control advocate, and survivor of last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., urged students to be civically engaged this election season and vote for...

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