Welcome Knights Fall 2021

Courses begin for Arcadia's Fall 2021 semester on Monday, Aug. 30. We will welcome our first-year students on Aug. 25 and 26 to start their Venture at Arcadia. Returning students moving into residence halls on Aug. 28 and 29. We look forward to campus coming to life with classes, activities, events, and social gatherings as we remain diligent in our COVID mitigation efforts. 

Most classes will be held in person with virtual options available for students approved for remote learning. Some classes that rely heavily on experiential learning or use of specialized equipment will be in-person only. A small number of classes will be fully online. Laboratory and studio classes will be available for in-person participation whenever possible. Visit the Academic Calendar page for important academic dates.

Excellent Academic Experience

Most classes will be held in person with virtual options available for students approved for remote learning. Some classes that rely heavily on experiential learning or use of specialized equipment will be in-person only. A small number of classes will be fully online. Laboratory and studio classes will be available for in-person participation whenever possible. Visit the Academic Calendar page for important academic dates.

Staying connected outside of the classroom is essential to your Arcadia experience. Connect with a Student Organization at the Activities Fair on Sept. 2 at 4 pm.  Events like Rock the Knight and Homecoming Weekend will help you engage and socialize with the campus community.

Campus Life

Staying connected outside of the classroom is essential to your Arcadia experience. Connect with a Student Organization at the Activities Fair on Sept. 2 at 4 pm.  Events like Rock the Knight and Homecoming Weekend will help you engage and socialize with the campus community.

Living on campus will provide you an opportunity to engage fully in the Arcadia experience.  Get involved and Contact housing@arcadia.edu or 215-572-4026 for more information.

Residential Living

Living on campus will provide you an opportunity to engage fully in the Arcadia experience.  Get involved and Contact housing@arcadia.edu or 215-572-4026 for more information.

Parents and Families

Arcadia Student Affairs staff are dedicated to sharing important campus information for this Fall 2021. Details will be shared with students and families regarding webinars and other information-sharing sessions. Families can sign up to receive the weekly Arcadia newsletter by emailing news@arcadia.edu.

Quick Updates for Community Members

Please see below for important information on campus life at Arcadia in fall 2021, including facilities usage, health and safety, academics, study abroad, and resources available for resident and commuter students, as well as faculty, staff, and families.

Campus will be open for classes, courses, events, and activities. The scope of usage will depend on the Operational Tier that Arcadia is in at any time. All events will have to adhere to the Health and Safety Plan and ensure any guests coming to campus are properly following mitigation measures.

Campus Usage

This guide documents Arcadia’s approach to safety protocols for the 2021-2022 academic year. This plan is subject to change at any time, and the University is prepared to remain flexible with any evolving situation on campus, across the nation, and around the world.

Health and Safety Plan

Commuter Lounge, Commons, Easton Café, and the new Global Cafe are just a few of the places commuter students can rest, hang out, and study between classes and feel integrated with the campus community.

Commuter Students

We have maintained a central point for all communities, students, and families to find all of our information on our website and COVID dashboard.

COVID Facts

Campus eateries including the Dining Hall, Chat, Easton Cafe, and the Global Cafe will be open; tables will be spread out to allow for social distancing. Students are encouraged to remain masked when not actively eating or drinking.

Dining Services

Campus eateries including the Dining Hall, Chat, Easton Cafe, and the Global Cafe will be open; tables will be spread out to allow for social distancing. Students are encouraged to remain masked when not actively eating or drinking.

Arcadia is planning for a full and complete athletics schedule for 2021-22 based on guidance provided by the NCAA and MAC. All protocols for varsity, intramural, and general use of athletic facilities will be posted on the athletics website. For a complete competition schedule, click here.

Athletics and Kuch Center

Arcadia is planning for a full and complete athletics schedule for 2021-22 based on guidance provided by the NCAA and MAC. All protocols for varsity, intramural, and general use of athletic facilities will be posted on the athletics website. For a complete competition schedule, click here.

Most courses will be available for students to attend in person; students approved for fully remote learning can also access these classes. Some classes have been approved for in-person only, particularly those with significant experiential learning or a need for specialized equipment, and a few classes will be fully online. Scientific laboratories, art studios, and theater experiences will have an in-person format with remote access available for some classes.

Labs and Lectures

Most courses will be available for students to attend in person; students approved for fully remote learning can also access these classes. Some classes have been approved for in-person only, particularly those with significant experiential learning or a need for specialized equipment, and a few classes will be fully online. Scientific laboratories, art studios, and theater experiences will have an in-person format with remote access available for some classes.

Applications for spring 2022 are open for study abroad programs in England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain, and Wales, and our global internship program in Philadelphia. Arcadia’s summer 2022 study abroad programs include research projects, and internships both in-person and online. Applications are open for various Arcadia Abroad programs, including our Intensive Front-end Coding program, STEM summer research projects, and in-country and virtual internships.

Study Abroad

Applications for spring 2022 are open for study abroad programs in England, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain, and Wales, and our global internship program in Philadelphia. Arcadia’s summer 2022 study abroad programs include research projects, and internships both in-person and online. Applications are open for various Arcadia Abroad programs, including our Intensive Front-end Coding program, STEM summer research projects, and in-country and virtual internships.

Guidelines for University Event Planning during COVID Tier One Status:

  1. As of Aug. 1, masks are required when indoors, regardless of whether you are vaccinated. 
  2. Operational status: If the University COVID Operational Tier status reaches Tier 2, Arcadia would more than likely move back to an event approval process.
  3. All events may have food, however, Social distancing is recommended for dining indoors and for large gatherings outdoors with food. (We recommend space out as much as possible.)
  4. Campus space usage is back to design capacity in Tier One status. 
  5. Guests are expected to follow the University guidelines. 
  6. Event managers are responsible for sharing Health and Safety guidelines with any visitors and guests expected to campus. 
  7. Supervisors and group planners planning large group functions should consider a virtual event when possible and when technically supportable. 
  8. The University expects the community to work together to protect our most vulnerable members.
  9. For events and activities held off-campus, please see the Arcadia Travel Guidelines for a framework. 
  10. View the FAQs on the COVID website.

Students Services

Arcadia is committed to creating an inclusive environment that is respectful and infused with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout our entire campus community. We want to ensure that all students have access to resources that reinforce their wellbeing. 

  • Student Health Services — Self-care is important, especially during stressful or uncertain times. Student Health Services is committed to helping all students at Arcadia.
  • 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.
  • Office of Equity and Civil Rights — Maintaining a learning and working environment free from sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment remains a top priority.
  • Office of Academic Development comprises the Learning Resource Network (LRN), the Writing Center (WC) and Disability Support Services (DSS)
    • LRN — The Learning Resource Network provides services and programming grounded in active and collaborative learning among peers. The LRN aims to support students through a flexible approach, addressing the needs and preferences of diverse learners by offering content specific tutoring and resources for academic strategies and skill-building. Peer tutors promote active learning through modeling questioning techniques, problem-solving strategies, and critical thinking.
    • DSS — Students with disabilities are accommodated on an individual basis to best meet their particular needs. We will discuss reasonable and appropriate accommodations with students and assist them with arranging those accommodations. All discussion between our staff and students is strictly confidential. Students are not required to reveal a disability unless they will need accommodations.
    • Writing Center — The Writing Center provides one-on-one, collaborative consultations for all students on any writing assignment or project. Students in all majors can work with peer writing consultants on any paper or project, at any stage of the writing process, even if the project hasn't yet been started. Through collaborative questioning, practice and discussion, students visiting the Writing Center not only develop plans for the specific project at hand, but also strategies for addressing questions about their future writing.
  • Office of Sexual and Gender-based Violence Prevention and Education — works to end sexual and gender-based violence on campus while supporting those currently impacted by it through intentional and systematic policy review and reform, campus community education and prevention programming and engaging community members from all levels and areas of campus as leaders in the work.

View all Campus Services

Questions About Fall 2021 Modalities

Undergraduate students with questions about fall modalities should email studentsuccess@arcadia.edu. For questions about possible accommodations in an individual course, please consult the course instructor.

Graduate students with questions about fall modalities should contact their graduate program director or email graduatesuccess@arcadia.edu.

COVID

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

Any health and safety related questions should be directed to COVIDCareTeam@arcadia.edu. For information on our All-Modes ready strategy, please email allmodes@arcadia.edu.

This page was last updated: August 13, 2021.