About Arcadia University

Founded in 1853, Arcadia University is Philadelphia's global university and a pioneer in international education. It is a top-ranked private university offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. In addition to colleges and schools in the United States, we have centers and offices around the world. Every year, our faculty and staff enrich the lives of our 3,700 current students, 3,000 study abroad participants, and more than 26,000 alumni.

The Arcadia Promise affirms that students will have a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience.

The Arcadia Promise

Our Strategic Plan charts a course forward as a comprehensive private institution that is a nationally-ranked leader and pioneer in study abroad.

Mission & Vision

Trace the history from our founding as a small liberal arts college in 1853 to a comprehensive university serving more than 4,000 students.

Our History

The Arcadia community celebrated a new chapter in our history during the inauguration of our 22nd President, Dr. Ajay Nair on October 13.

President Ajay Nair

Rankings and Excellence

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


Top Regional Universities in the North

Arcadia received high marks in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Colleges.


Best Northeastern Colleges

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


Nationally Ranked in Study Abroad

For percentage of students participating in study abroad in recent years.

Grey Towers Castle

A National Historic Landmark, Grey Towers Castle is often cited by alumni as one of the most vivid memories from their time at Arcadia.

Completed in 1898, the building was the architectural centerpiece of an estate owned by William Welsh Harrison. In 1929, Arcadia University (then located in Jenkintown) purchased Grey Towers from Harrison's widow and son. Classes were held in Jenkintown and Glenside until 1962, when the University transferred completely to the Grey Towers property.

The building houses administrative offices of the President, provost and Enrollment Management. Its gorgeous first floor rooms are used for campus meetings and events. First-year students reside on the upper floor. 

Read the Story of Grey Towers Castle

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Build A Scholarship. Help Realize a Dream.

Undergraduate and graduate students benefit from scholarship programs available at Arcadia University. Learn from our students the importance of giving to their education. 

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