About Arcadia University

Founded in 1853, Arcadia University is a top-ranked private University in Greater Philadelphia that keeps students at the center of all its efforts. The Institute of International Education has ranked Arcadia first nationally in study abroad for 10 of the last 12 years, and the University’s Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs are nationally ranked in their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report, which cites Arcadia for being among the “most innovative” and “best value” colleges. 

Arcadia University provides a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience for intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students in preparation for a life of scholarship, service, and professional contribution.

Mission, Vision, and Values

"Arcadia is uniquely positioned to become an agile and nimble organization that can grow and develop from disruption, not simply remain resilient. This is the kind of foundation required to dream big."

President Ajay Nair

Arcadians approach every endeavor with an open mind and heart, instilling a commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all we do. 

Social Impact

Arcadians are driven to seek, experience, and understand broad and varied perspectives, preparing them to thrive in an interconnected world.

Global Mindset

Rankings and Excellence

Arcadia University receives critical acclaim from renowned sources in higher education.


Top Regional Universities in the North

Arcadia University ranks among the top Regional Universities in the North category and as a Top Performer in Social Mobility.


Ranked Best in the Northeast

The Princeton Review has named Arcadia among the "Best in the Northeast" for seven consecutive years.


Nationally Ranked in Study Abroad

For percentage of students participating in study abroad in recent years.

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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Undergraduate and graduate students benefit from scholarship programs available at Arcadia University. Learn from our students the importance of giving to their education. 

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