Online Learning for Fall 2020

The All-Modes Ready format enabled a seamless shift to a fully online semester for the health and safety of our community. 

Arcadia University’s academic services are available online to support students, similar to the experiences they have in-person.

Academic Services

It’s important to take care of yourself both emotionally and physically. Student services are available in a variety of formats.

Student Services

Class of 2024, we got you. Even as we remain socially distant, we want you to have the best experiences inside and outside the classroom.

For Incoming Students

No matter where you’re learning, Arcadia wants you to have the best Fall 2020 experience possible.

For Returning Students

All-Modes Ready


Stay up-to-date on the University’s approach to All-Modes Ready.

COVID-19 Update from Gov. Wolf's Office

According to Gov. Wolf's office, COVID-19 cases are high across Pennsylvania. It’s more important than ever to wear a mask, keep your distance, and download the COVID Alert PA app.

Recent Communications

Provost Rutenbeck's Nov. 20 message about the updated Spring 2021 academic calendar.

Provost Rutenbeck's Nov. 19 message about the Pass/Fail policy for the Fall 2020.

Provost Rutenbeck's Nov. 2 message about engagement in the spring 2021 semester.

President Nair's Oct. 20 message about the spring 2021 semester

President Nair's Oct. 5 message about phased reopening of campus spaces.

Other Communications

President Nair's Welcome Back Message

How to...

Uncertain about using Canvas? Need some help setting up your workspace? These brief tutorials can help you have a successful semester learning online.


Online Learning

This summer, Arcadia faculty and staff have developed engaging courses and labs delivered online.

In the Classroom

At the start of the semester, representatives from student clubs and organizations took over Arcadia's Instagram to recruit members and share plans for virtual activities this fall.

Fall 2020 Instagram Takeovers

Because Arcadia blogger Rikki Rosenthal '21 shares her top 10 ways she stays on task and engaged with her classes while learning online.

How to Succeed at Online Learning

Because Arcadia vlogger Jasmin Ramirez ’21 reflects on what it’s like to start senior year in an All-Modes Ready format.

Vlog: Dear Arcadia Seniors

The Class of 2024 might be starting college in an unconventional way, but we’re celebrating their start as Arcadia Knights.

Welcome, Class of 2024!

Fall 2020

Important Information for All Community Members

List of topics addressing academics, athletics, global learning, etc.

Health and Safety Guide

For faculty, staff, and graduate students who might need to visit campus, please consult the University’s Health and Safety Guide.

All-Modes Brand Identity

As we approach the fall semester, all units and departments are communicating plans and important information across the Arcadia University community. To keep content consistent and within the University brand, we have created an All-Modes Ready Identity Guide for use on any Arcadia publications and presentations.

Faculty and Staff

The Office of Human Resources provided an update on Sept. 11 for faculty and staff on workforce planning measures.

Arcadia released an update on Aug. 24 for faculty and staff on remote work, visiting campus, University equipment, and other pertinent information.

Academic Update

Our faculty and staff have worked all summer on All-Modes Ready preparation in case we needed to seamlessly transition to a fully online delivery. After the urgency of shifting courses in the spring, Arcadia invested in innovative course redesigns, operational shifts, and new technology applications to create a high-quality student experience in whatever modalities are available to us, including fully online. 

Arcadia Abroad

For the Spring 2021 semester, Arcadia is planning to offer study abroad opportunities in England, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Scotland, Spain, and Wales in addition to our Intern Philly program. Our Leadership and Crisis Management Teams are engaged in an ongoing extensive review of conditions in these locations as they relate to the pandemic and our ability to support students towards a safe and successful term abroad. We've decided to suspend on-site programming for the Spring 2021 semester in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa due to continuing travel restrictions and border closures.  For more information on these opportunities, contact Scott Terry and/or Ashley Knueppel in the Arcadia Office of Study Away.


Athletics will continue to follow regulations and guidelines from the NCAA and related sports organizations, as well as state and regional public health organizations. 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. 

The Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Presidents announced on Dec. 2 information about a tentative spring framework for the basketball, swimming, and indoor track seasons, which can be found on the Arcadia Athletics website. Athletics will continue to communicate with student-athletes and their families about changes and updates.

International Students

The Office of International Programs has maintained communications with all new international students who are residing in their home countries as they begin their Arcadia academic programs this semester. We are advising these undergraduate and graduate students about their visa applications, the opening of embassies/consulates, regulatory updates and AU student engagement activities. OIP continues to work closely with academic/administrative units and academic advisers who support this global population. Our iPALs are excited to engage new international students, whether abroad or in the U.S.  

Landman Library

Most resources and services remain fully accessible online, including one-on-one research consultationsinterlibrary loan, and all online databases and resourcesLibrary faculty are fully accessible online to provide research and instructional support. Beginning on Aug. 31, Landman Library will begin a new “curbside pickup” service, Books2Go. Community members can place requests for books through the online library catalog or interlibrary loan form and will receive notifications when items are ready for contactless pickup at Mail and Print Services. For more information or support, contact


To support a fully online modality, students will need a device (laptop or tablet) with a camera and microphone that can run applications such as Zoom and platforms such as Canvas (for in-class sessions, you will need earbuds with a built-in microphone). Students will also need regular access to a high-speed internet connection. If you don’t have the required technology or internet access, students can contact the Help Desk at to discuss options.

Contact Us

For more information on the institution-wide All-Modes ready strategy, please email

This page was last updated December 23, 2020