Arcadia University

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Arcadia University
Arcadia University Logo.png
Established 1853
Type Private
Endowment $52.9 million (2012) [1]
President Nicolette DeVille Christensen
Admin. staff 300
Students 4,000 (2,400 undergraduate)
Location Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA
40°05′31″N 75°09′56″W / 40.0920°N 75.1655°W / 40.0920; -75.1655Coordinates: 40°05′31″N 75°09′56″W / 40.0920°N 75.1655°W / 40.0920; -75.1655
Campus 76 acres (0.31 km²)
Athletics Knights
Division III (MASCAC Conference)
Colors Scarlet and Grey          
Mascot Knight (formally named Sir Castor)

Arcadia University is a private university located in Glenside, Pennsylvania, United States, on the outskirts of Philadelphia. A master's university by Carnegie Classification,[2] the university has a co-educational student population of approximately 4,000 (undergraduate and graduate).[3] The university was ranked 25th in the master's universities in the North category by U.S. News & World Report for the 2009 rankings.[4] The 76-acre (310,000 m2) campus features Grey Towers Castle, a National Historic Landmark.


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The school was founded in Beaver, Pennsylvania in 1853 as Beaver Female Seminary. By 1872, it had attained collegiate status, under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was named Beaver College. The school admitted men from 1872 to 1907, then again limited enrollment to women until 1972.[5] In 1925 Beaver College moved east to Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. In 1928, the school acquired the current campus in Glenside. The college operated both the Jenkintown and Glenside campuses into the mid-1960s, when it consolidated all activities onto the Glenside campus. In July 2001, upon attaining university status, Beaver College officially changed its name to Arcadia University. Arcadia University is led by Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Ph.D., the 21st president in the University's history. Christensen was appointed president on Oct. 11, 2013.

Undergraduate programs[edit]

Grey Towers castle at Arcadia University

The university offers more than 80 fields of study,[6] in its undergraduate programs. Undergraduate majors are offered in the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Health Sciences, School of Education, and the School of Global Business.[7] There is also an option for students to propose a self-designed major, which can consist of both courses offered in Glenside and available through study abroad.[8]

Graduate programs[edit]

Graduate and professional studies at Arcadia University range widely from the liberal arts to the primarily professional, from the doctoral level to workshops. Arcadia's international perspective is reflected in programs such as its accelerated part-time MBA with a Global Perspective, its Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and its new program in Paris, France. The master's program in Forensic Science is accredited by FEPAC.[9]

The Doctor of Physical therapy program provides international opportunities for study abroad in London and Pro Bono opportunities in Jamaica, Guatemala, and Peru.[citation needed][10] There are clinical sites offered across the country, though mainly in the tri-state area.[citation needed]

International programs[edit]

The university is known for its study abroad programs, as the Institute of International Education's 2013 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange has ranked Arcadia No. 1 in the nation for the percentage of undergraduate students participating in a study abroad experience at a master's level college or university, the fifth time in six years the University has enjoyed the top ranking. Nearly two-thirds of undergraduates at Arcadia study in another country at least once during their college careers.[citation needed] From 2011, Arcadia University is also offering their under graduation degree programs in Russia at International Institute of Computer Technologies (IICT) with the cooperation of L&C Language and Culture Co.Ltd. (Official website). Recently, Arcadia University and IICT offer 'Split Study Degree Programs' for under graduates. Open Doors 2010, the Institute of International Education's annual census, lists Arcadia University in first place—nationally—among all institutions, ranked by “undergraduate participation in study abroad”.[11]

In 2006 Arcadia won the 2006 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators[12]

Also in 2006, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education approved Arcadia’s proposal to establish an additional location in Paris and to extend its accreditation to cover the Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy offered in the French capital by the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD), an institution created in 1994 by a group of international lawyers, scholars and diplomats, in partnership with the University of Paris 11. In 2010, Arcadia announced the launch of its Asia expansion initiatives in collaboration with Aventis School of Management, a graduate school located in Singapore which offers Executive MBA, Master's degrees and graduate diploma programs for working professionals.

In 2005, Arcadia University allied with IFSA-Butler to form the Alliance for Global Education, partly inspired by the Lincoln Commission's call to send 1M students overseas by 2017. The Lincoln Commission died in committee, but the Alliance for Global Education is still a thriving organization, specializing in sending students to India, China, and other Asian countries.[13][14]

Student life[edit]


Arcadia University teams compete in the NCAA Division III within the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic Corporation.[15] Men's sports teams include baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, lacrosse, swimming and tennis. Women's sports teams include basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, equestrian and volleyball.[16]

Student organizations[edit]

As of Fall 2014, Arcadia University has more than 90 active governing, academic, sport, cultural, media, religious, and service clubs and organizations.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2012. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. 
  2. ^ Carnegie Classification
  3. ^ Arcadia University Fact Book Arcadia University Fact Book
  4. ^ " America's Best Colleges 2009: Master's Universities (North) Rankings". 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  5. ^ ""Student Guide to Just About Anything Arcadia: History of Arcadia University" at Arcadia University website (retrieved February 8, 2009)". 2001-07-16. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Academics at Arcadia". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ "Master's Degree in Forensic Science". 
  10. ^ "International Experiential Learning Opportunities for DPT Students". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Arcadia University Ranks Among Top Leaders in Study Abroad 2011 Report". Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  12. ^ Internationalizing the Campus 2006. Washington, DC USA: NAFSA: Association of International Educators. 2006. pp. 8–17. 
  13. ^ "The History of IFSA-Butler". IFSA-Butler. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Bottle neck Effect: Looking at Study Abroad & Job Competitiveness". Professional Intern. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "MASCAC Members". Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  16. ^ "Undergraduate Fast Facts 2014-15". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Undergraduate Fact Facts 2014-15". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 

18. Split Study Program (Russia & USA) - Reference

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