University of the Arts Philadelphia will close as of Friday June 7, 2024

Monday, June 3, 2024
University of the Arts Philadelphia will close as of Friday June 7, 2024

The Board of Trustees formally voted on June 1 to approve the closure.

Under extraordinary circumstances, the University assessed the urgent crisis presented and pathways to keep the institution open. Despite all efforts, the University could not ultimately identify a viable path for the institution to remain open and in the service of its mission.

"With the priority of addressing the impact that our decision will have on the UArts community, as well as our home in the City of Philadelphia, we are committed to supporting our students, faculty, and staff through this heartbreaking transition.”

The statement reads :

Dear Members of the UArts Community:  

Today is a heartbreaking day.  

University of the Arts will close as of Friday June 7, 2024. We would have shared this news with you directly, but the Middle States Commission on Higher Education elected to withdraw UArts’ accreditation and announce before we could communicate with you. We know that this makes hearing the news of UArts’ abrupt closure even worse. 

The closure means that we will be canceling our summer courses, we will not enroll a new class in the fall, and we will support our continuing students in their progress to degree by developing seamless transfer pathways to our partners: Temple University, Drexel University, and Moore College of Art and Design, among others.  

We know that the news of UArts’ closure comes as a shock. Like you, we are struggling to make sense of the present moment. But like many institutions of higher learning, UArts has been in a fragile financial state, with many years of declining enrollments, declining revenues, and increasing expenses. We have worked hard this year alongside many of you to take steps that would secure the University’s sustainability. The progress we made together has been impressive. 

Unfortunately, however, we could not overcome the ultimate challenge we faced: with a cash position that has steadily weakened, we could not cover significant, unanticipated expenses. The situation came to light very suddenly. Despite swift action, we were unable to bridge the necessary gaps.  

On Monday, June 3, 2024, we will host separate town hall meetings for students, faculty, and staff; we will send times and details for those town halls over the coming weekend. We are committed to providing a space for your questions and concerns.  

We have done everything in our power to address this crisis and avoid the worst possible outcome: an abrupt closure. Yet we have reached this deeply painful outcome, which we know affects our entire community. We are grateful for all you’re doing to support one another during this most difficult time. 

Judson Aaron, Chair of the Board of Trustees 
Kerry Walk, President 

Stephanie Cime

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