What is the status of Arcadia's Fall 2020 Semester?
After careful consideration, Arcadia has decided to move all courses this fall semester entirely online and suspend on-campus housing for our students for the fall semester. We will be offering some in-person experiences for a few graduate programs (primarily in our College of Health Sciences). Learn more here.
What if I need technical support to complete my coursework online?
The Information Technology website is updated regularly with guidelines and resources to help provide students, faculty, and staff with the best online learning experience possible. Visit their website to see vendor offerings of resources such as free wifi, software, etc. For technical issues, students can contact Helpdesk@arcadia.edu for additional needs.
How can I access various registration and academic forms?
Registrar forms are available online, If a form you need immediately is not electronically submittable, please email appropriate information to GUS@arcadia.edu.
Tuition and Fees
Is there a change in tuition and fees for the academic year?
Our entire campus community has been mobilized to provide high-quality student experiences and programs this coming academic year, regardless of the mode of delivery. Therefore, tuition and fees will remain the same for 2020-21, as academic credit, learning, and a wide range of non-academic services will be provided. We will review financial aid packages in light of the economic impact COVID-19 might be having on students and their families. Arcadia University works hard to meet the economic needs of its students through financial aid, and we remain committed to providing access and opportunity.
Will there be refunds of fall semester room and board fees for undergraduate students?
The University will process a credit for housing and meal plan fees. These credits will apply automatically to student accounts; any remaining credit will carry forward to the next academic semester, Spring 2021. For students who are graduating or transferring, these refunds will be processed automatically. Continuing students seeking a refund rather than a credit, or resident students with any financial concerns, should contact One-Stop Shop (215-517- 2339, firstname.lastname@example.org).
What's the status of Arcadia Athletics?
All Athletics facilities remain closed until further notice. When it is safe to resume on-campus operations, Athletics will inform the University community on its plans for reopening.
How will the Governor Wolf's plans to mitigate risk for Pennsylvania residents affect me?
On July 15, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf and Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed new orders for targeted mitigation efforts in response to the recent rise in COVID cases, primarily in southwest Pennsylvania, but also in other counties in the state, influencing the decision for statewide mitigation efforts for telework.
The University has extended alternative work arrangements to minimize the number of employees on campus. We will continue to provide updates as we receive guidance from state, county, and local officials.
Supervisors have provided additional information regarding longer-term alternative work assignments. Plans should be based on guidelines previously shared by HR, and should also embrace our University’s lived values. All of those in a supervisory position should engage their direct reports in daily check-ins and update departmental and unit continuity plans.
Employees can submit any questions to the Office of Human Resources through this online form.
What programs are available from Arcadia Abroad for Fall 2020?
In addition to our full offering of program choices for Spring 2021 and beyond, program choices specifically for Fall 2020 are:
Virtual Europe Internships: Virtual internship placements in Athens, Edinburgh, London, Dublin, or Rome, paired with a four-credit internship course to add to your fall plans, will help you gain professional experience in a global setting.
Intern Philly: Arcadia Abroad’s dynamic new domestic program will help you kickstart your professional life through internships that prepare you for your future career. For Fall 2020 you can choose to do your placement online or on-site in Philadelphia, completing the internship placement and course for four credits.
If I defer my Fall 2020 application to a future semester (i.e. Summer 2021), what happens to my program deposit?
If you have already paid your deposit and choose to defer your application to a future term, your deposit will be applied to that term.
If you decide to withdraw your deferred application by the following deadlines, Arcadia will refund your deposit (this only applies to deferred applications from canceled programs for Summer or Fall 2020).
September 1, 2020 for Spring 2021 Northern Hemisphere programs
November 1, 2020 for Spring 2021 Southern Hemisphere programs
February 1, 2021 for Summer 2021 programs
If my Fall 2020 program is canceled and I paid my deposit, will I get a refund?
If your program has been suspended or canceled on or before your program start date, and you have confirmed your participation:
You can choose to participate in another program in a different location or defer your program to a different term, same location. Your scholarships or grants will move with you.
If you decide not to change to another program and would prefer not to study abroad with us, your program fee, including your deposit, is fully refundable as outlined in our refund and withdrawal policies.
The common symptoms of COVID-19—which typically appear 2-14 days after exposure—are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The majority of cases are mild. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 80% of individuals infected with COVID-19 recover without needing any special treatment.
Individuals under 40 have been the least affected by the disease. Older people, especially those with chronic health conditions, are at higher risk of developing serious illnesses. More severe cases can cause pneumonia and even death.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through close contact and through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may also spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it if you touch your own face, nose, or eyes after exposure.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick or coughing.
When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect “high touch” surfaces and objects every day.
Carefully consider the risks associated with personal travel and the potential for spreading the virus.
Do not attempt to travel if you have a fever or are ill. Be prepared to alter plans on short notice. If you choose to proceed with personal travel, submit your plans to Arcadia.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
Are there testing locations near Arcadia?
These drive-through testing locations are available to the community:
A fever at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit AND respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath; or
A temperature at or above 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit AND 65 years of age or older; or
A first responder (law enforcement, fire, EMS, or dispatcher) AND concern for exposure to a patient with suspected COVID-19 OR respiratory symptoms; or
Health care workers providing direct patient care AND testing not available through employer AND concern for exposure to a patient with suspected COVID-19 OR respiratory symptoms.
The site is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment only, as testing supplies allow.
Visit www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 for more details, or check official Montgomery County government social media accounts. Individuals without access to the internet or who do not have an email address can call 610-631-3000 to register for a testing appointment.
These resources may be helpful for students and families who are anxious about this situation: