Fall 2021

Arcadia University plans to be operational for as much in-person living and learning as possible starting this fall for the 2021-22 academic year.  The community’s commitments to physical distancing practices, wearing masks, and limiting group gatherings have supported a thriving experience. Based on that success and the increasing availability of vaccinations and testing, if current trajectories continue, we believe we will be able to offer full occupancy of campus residences and vastly expand in-person learning and co-curricular opportunities in the fall. 

COVID-19: University Updates and Information

The latest information on Arcadia University's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we are protecting our community.

Message from the Provost

The University COVID team of faculty, staff, public health experts, and peers continues to build a strong foundation of knowledge that has shaped our incremental reopening strategy. That work expanded this spring, with more students returning to residence halls, a significant increase in the number of students commuting to campus, and small groups of students engaging in highly controlled, in-person learning opportunities. 

In the coming weeks, the community will receive detailed information regarding plans for students and employees. In the meantime, here are some important considerations to keep in mind:

  • As we have from the first days of the pandemic, we will base decisions on the best thinking and practices to protect the health and safety of everyone in our community, especially the most vulnerable among us, while fulfilling our institutional mission. 
  • We will continue to offer appropriate remote All-Modes Ready options for those whose health and safety situations may prevent them from engaging in our in-person activities.
  • Arcadia is positioned as one of the first universities to offer Study Abroad opportunities in the summer 2021, fall 2021, and spring 2022 semesters. Interested students should connect with the Office of Study Away as the ability to travel, live, and study overseas reopens.
  • We will pay close attention to the University’s Operational Tier status for fall as we approach the summer sessions. Mitigation measures might still be necessary for the fall. There may be adjustments to testing schedules, in-person room capacities, co-curricular offerings, and academic schedules.

While there are some concerning trends about the persistence and variations of the virus, we are optimistic that vaccinations and the efficacy of public health measures are taking us in the right direction. We will continue to monitor county and state regulations closely. 

You will hear from particular offices and departments as plans progress and information sessions for students and families are scheduled. We encourage any Arcadia community member with questions or concerns before our next update to contact the appropriate department or office. 

Please stay tuned, and stay safe.

Announcement originally published from Provost Jeff Rutenbeck on February 25, 2021.

Fall 2021

Information for Community Members

The community, students, and families will be updated as we have more information and details in the coming weeks.

We’re ready for a fall semester complete with the on-campus experiences that define Arcadia—and we hope you join us.

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Arcadia's commitment to providing quality academic and social experiences for students will continue in Fall 2021. As we welcome more students to campus, we will continue to offer appropriate remote All-Modes Ready options for those whose health and safety situations may prevent them from engaging in our in-person activities.

All-Modes Ready Learning

These guidelines are an important part of establishing a common understanding of the University’s expectations for operating in the time of COVID-19 in a way that reduces risk. View the PDF.

Health and Safety Guidelines


Featured Stories

Arcadia responded to the disruptions of COVID-19 since early 2020 with initiatives that prioritized keeping students and families informed, supported, engaged, healthy, and prepared for academic success.

Arcadia’s Pandemic Response

Student Health Services helped transform the Great Room into a vaccine clinic on April 8, when 500 community members received the first of two Pfizer COVID vaccine shots administered by Rite Aid pharmacists.

Arcadia Distributes First Dose of COVID Vaccine to Community

Theresa Smith, certified registered nurse practitioner and director of Student Health Services, shares her response to the challenging question: How can you maintain a safe and healthy college campus during a pandemic as contagious as COVID?

Keeping Campus Healthy and Safe During COVID-19

“Being able to come back and see the campus again made me so happy since we all left so suddenly in March,” said Josephine Mueller '21. “As a senior, I want to make more memories, and I missed being able to come to campus.”

Arcadia Welcomes Students Back to Campus

Contact Us

For more information on the institution-wide All-Modes ready strategy, please email allmodes@arcadia.edu.

This page was last updated: Thursday, June 3, 2021.