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 six colleges and schools in the United States, we have 10 centers and offices around the world. Every year, our faculty and staff enrich the lives of our 4,000 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

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 2015 edition of Best Colleges.


in Study Abroad

For percentage of students participating in study abroad during the past five years.


Best Northeastern Colleges

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

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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