Student Life and Services

Staying connected outside of the classroom is essential to your Arcadia experience. We are designing new opportunities for you to engage and socialize virtually. Regardless of where you are, we are committed to helping you get involved.

Housing and Dining

An announcement on Nov. 2 stated that we are expanding our phased reopening of campus. We are opening single bedroom occupancy units for undergraduate students to live on campus. For example, students housed in a traditional residence hall will have a single room; those housed in Oak Summit will have your own bedroom while sharing an apartment. 

The cost of Housing for the semester is $5,000. For the Spring 2021 semester there is one rate, regardless of your housing assignment.

All students living in University Housing (including Oak Summit) are required to select a meal plan. Meal plans are necessary to facilitate a safe environment for everyone and to help provide the services needed for students. Students who are required to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19 will have food delivered to their quarantine space.  

Students have two meal plan options: a $850 or $1,350 point meal plan plus a $150 quarantine deposit. All food will be offered a la carte through either the Chat in the Commons or the new Global Cafe in Oak Summit. Our food service provider will also include grocery items for purchase to stock your apartments or rooms. The $150 deposit will offset the costs of meals and delivery to your room if you are required to quarantine or isolate. Any unused portion of the $150 deposit will be credited to your account at the end of the semester. Students may add additional points to their plan throughout the semester. Please note this is a points-only plan for the Spring term, and no meal swipes or service in the Dining Hall will be offered.

All residents approved to live on campus will be required to sign up for a move-in time.

For more information, visit our Housing FAQs.

Social Engagement

It's easy to get involved and stimulate your personal growth through our unique campus programs, student organizations, and leadership and service opportunities. We are developing ways to congregate virtually and planning interactive online events.

Throughout the Spring 2021 in-person supplemental programming activities are planned for on campus. You must be an on-campus resident or an approved commuter to participate in these activities. Please note that in-person capacity for All-Modes classes and Supplementary Programming is limited due to social distancing requirements and the list of in-person opportunities may change over time.

Check out student organizations and events through the free KnightLife app. Each week, you’ll also receive a “This Week in KnightLife” email that outlines campus events.

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Athletics and Recreation

Athletics will continue to follow regulations and guidelines from the NCAA and related sports organizations, as well as state and regional public health organizations. The Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Presidents met on November 30 and affirmed tentative plans for winter sports. 

Information about a tentative plan for basketball and swimming seasons can be found on the Arcadia Athletics website. While the MAC Indoor Track & Field Championship has been canceled, institutional autonomy will allow each institution to schedule outside competition at its discretion.

Athletics will continue to communicate directly with student-athletes and their families regarding intercollegiate athletics. No formal decisions have been made about spring sports or the possibility of fall sports in the spring at this time. 

For the Spring 2021 semester, access to the Kuch Center and related athletic facilities will be limited to student-athletes (resident or commuter), residential students, and commuter students that are approved for campus access. Faculty and staff outside of Athletics will not be permitted to use the workout facilities though their access might change as the semester progresses. Student usage is being prioritized at the start of the calendar year.

Health, Wellness, and Student Safety Services

Our mission is to assist you through personal challenges that may interfere with academic success. No matter where you are, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that is respectful to the diversity of our students.

  • Student Health Services — Self care is important, especially during stressful or uncertain times. Student Health Services is committed to helping you through online appointments.
  • Counseling Services remains open and is able to connect with students through phone consultation, telehealth using Zoom or a phone call, and virtual support groups. We provide confidential, free mental health services for all full-time undergraduate and graduate students to identify problem areas and find creative solutions.
    • Counseling Services and the Alcohol and Other Drug Program also provide educational programs, consultation, and outreach to the larger campus community regarding prevention and overall emotional health and wellness.
  • Title IX Office — Maintaining a learning and working environment free from sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment remains a top priority.