University of the Arts in Philadelphia abruptly closes

Philadelphia’s University of the Arts will close its doors at the end of the week, the school announced, abruptly ending programs for its about 1,100 students and 700 faculty and staff amid financial trouble.

Many students and faculty first got word of the closure via the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday, with an official explanation from the school being released later that day and confirmed Sunday.

The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by: Robert Knopes/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
“With deepest sadness, we must confirm that University of the Arts will close on June 7, 2024,” university leadership said Sunday. “Under extraordinary circumstances, we diligently assessed the urgent crisis presented and pathways to keep the institution open. Despite our best efforts, we could not ultimately identify a viable path for the institution to remain open and in the service of its mission.”

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