Arcadia University

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Arcadia University
Arcadia University Logo.png
Type Private
Established 1853
Endowment $67.7 million (2014) [1]
President Nicolette DeVille Christensen
Administrative staff
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 (MAC Commonwealth 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. In 1924 Beaver College moved east to Jenkintown, Pennsylvania and changed its religious affiliation to Presbyterian. In 1928, the school acquired the Harrison estate in Glenside, including Grey Towers Castle, the location of the current campus. The college operated both the Jenkintown and Glenside campuses until 1962, when it consolidated all activities onto the Glenside campus. Some significant changes came in 1972, when the college launched its first graduate programs and began admitting men in the same year. In July 2001, upon attaining university status, Beaver College officially changed its name to Arcadia University. [5] Arcadia University is led by Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Ph.D., the University's 21st president, who announced her intention to retire at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. Christensen was appointed president on Oct. 11, 2013.[6] Recent years have seen significant turnover of the higher administration and trustees, apparently due to financial challenges.[7]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

Grey Towers castle at Arcadia University

The university offers more than 80 fields of study[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11]

The Doctor of Physical therapy program provides international opportunities for study abroad in London and Pro Bono opportunities in Jamaica, Guatemala, and Peru.[12] There are clinical sites offered across the country and internationally, though mainly in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S.[13]

International programs[edit]

The university is known for its study abroad programs. The 2014 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange, from the Institute of International Education, 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. This was the fifth time in six years the University enjoyed the top ranking,[14] and it has been in the top ten since 2004.[15] The 2012-13 data from Open Doors shows 799 undergraduates studying abroad in that year, which compared to a total of 435 graduating students yields an estimated 183.7% participation rate.[16] Two-thirds of first-year students participate in an overseas educational experience during Spring break.[17]

In addition to sending a high percentage of its own students abroad, the university runs a number of programs that are open to students of other universities. The College of Global Studies (TCGS), which was given the status of a college in 2009, runs over 100 programs, which serve students from over 300 universities yearly. TCGS programs operate in Australia, Chile, Cuba, England, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and Wales.[18] There are also 10 Arcadia Centers Abroad, which offer classroom space and administrative services in locations where Arcadia's study abroad programs run.[19]

Arcadia also offers degrees that can be completed abroad, in partnership with international institutions. In affiliation with the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD), the university offers a two-year master's program in International Relations and Diplomacy, accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and located in Paris.[20] The university also offers a one-year International MBA program in Paris, run in partnership with the American Graduate School of Business and Economics.[21] 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. Recently, Arcadia University and IICT offer 'Split Study Degree Programs' for under graduates.

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.[22][23]

Student life[edit]


Arcadia University teams compete in the NCAA Division III within the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic Conferences.[24] Men's sports teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and volleyball. Women's sports teams include basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.[25]

Student organizations[edit]

As of fall 2014, Arcadia University had more than 90 active governing, academic, sport, cultural, media, religious, and service clubs and organizations.[26]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of May 31, 2015. "990 federal tax form for 2014" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Carnegie Foundation Archive". Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Arcadia University Fact Book Arcadia University Fact Book Archived January 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ " America's Best Colleges 2009: Master's Universities (North) Rankings". 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  5. ^ ""Arcadia University Student Handbook: History of Arcadia University" at Arcadia University website (retrieved April 6, 2015)". 2013-08. Retrieved 2015-04-06.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen Named President of Arcadia University". The Bulletin. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Snyder, Susan (9 January 2017). "More leadership turnover at Arcadia: President to leave in June". The Inquirer Daily News. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Arcadia University - Rankings and Excellence". Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Academics at Arcadia". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Arcadia University - Bachelor's Degrees and Programs". Retrieved 20 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Master's Degree in Forensic Science". 
  12. ^ "International Experiential Learning Opportunities for DPT Students". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Clinical Education". Arcadia University. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "For Fifth Consecutive Year, Arcadia University Ranked First in U.S. in Study Abroad". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Arcadia University Ranks Among Top Leaders in Study Abroad 2011 Report". 
  16. ^ Institute of International Education. "Institutions by Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad, 2012/13". Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "A Leader in Study Abroad". 
  18. ^ "About Us: The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University". Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Centers Abroad". The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  20. ^ "AGS Partnerships". American Graduate School in Paris. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  21. ^ "One-Year International MBA". American Graduate School of Business and Economics. Retrieved 26 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "The History of IFSA-Butler". IFSA-Butler. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "The Bottle neck Effect: Looking at Study Abroad & Job Competitiveness". Professional Intern. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  24. ^ "Middle Atlantic Conference Members". Retrieved 2015-09-01. 
  25. ^ "Arcadia Athletics". Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  26. ^ "Undergraduate Fact Facts 2014-15". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  27. ^ Bolus, Kathleen (29 June 2014). "Midvalley resident rises in the ranks of FBI". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. 

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