DeSales University

2755 Station Ave, Center Valley, United States
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Overview of DeSales University

About this school

Desales is a church-affiliated, liberal arts university. Bachelor degree-granting classes began in 1965 and accreditation was granted in 1969. The 400-acre rural campus is in Center Valley, 50 miles from Philadelphia.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:2,345
    • Men:912 (38.9%)
    • Women:1,433 (61.1%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to DeSales University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
4
Science
2
3
Foreign Language
2
4
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
August 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
2755 Station Avenue
City, State, Zip
Center Valley, PA  18034-9568
Phone
(610) 282-4443
Fax
(610) 282-2254
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins October 6
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
Required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
74% of 3,033 applicants were admitted
Women
75% of 1,915 applicants were admitted
Men
72% of 1,118 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
609 (27%) of 2,238 admitted students enrolled
Women
363 (25%) of 1,433 admitted students enrolled
Men
246 (31%) of 805 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.29
375 And Above
20%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
21%
2.00 - 2.49
7%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
556 average |500-610 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
4%
• Score 600 - 700
26%
• Score 500 - 600
47%
• Score 400 - 500
21%
• Score 300 - 400
2%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
567 average |510-618 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
6%
• Score 600 - 700
31%
• Score 500 - 600
44%
• Score 400 - 500
18%
• Score 300 - 400
1%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
26 average |23-27 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
10%
• Score 24 - 29
55%
• Score 18 - 23
30%
• Score 12 - 17
5%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $36,100 (68.70955462504759%)
  • Room & Board: - $12,800 (24.362390559573658%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,134 (2.158355538637229%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,506 (4.76969927674153%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


DeSales University accepts installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline December 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning December 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003986
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
396 (94.1%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
349 (88.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
348 (99.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
86 (24.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
76%
Average Award
$27,969
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 348 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $22,015
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 277 (79.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,125
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 329 (94.5%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
71 (16.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $16,972

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,550 (85.6%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,394 (89.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,387 (99.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
292 (21.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
72%
Average Award
$25,821
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,309 (94.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $20,163
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,144 (82.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,013
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,149 (82.8%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
347 (19.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $16,682

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
79%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$42,536
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
18.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
3.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership
Special Characteristics
Ethnic Background, International Students, Siblings of Current Students, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,988

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


126

Part-Time Faculty


220

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


30%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 21% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 34% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 28% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 11% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 2% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 2% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 45% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 27% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 27% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Not reported

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
309,590

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
245
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


DeSales University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


81.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


62.5%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


69%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


70.1%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (43)


  • Accounting
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business and Personal/Financial Services Marketing Operations
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication, General
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dance, General
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Family Systems
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • History, General
  • Information Technology
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Mathematics, General
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management
  • Philosophy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Theology/Theological Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Visual and performing arts

Online Degrees


Medical studies/physician assistant studies

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Information Systems

Master's Programs of Study (23)


  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Education--General
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • English as a Second Language
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Finance and Banking
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Gerontology
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Project Management
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Supply Chain Management

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


8,486

Nearest Metropolitan Area


480 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Philadelphia, PA

Weather


Temperature
18.5 average low in January, 78.9 average high in September
Rain
153 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
65 mile(s) from campus in Philadelphia
Nearest Bus Station
7 mile(s) from campus in Allentown
Nearest Train Station
-

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


46% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


54%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Bulldogs
School Colors
Navy and red

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
-

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


DeSales University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, college against cancer, outdoor adventure club, student nursing association, criminal justice association, natural science club

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,811

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
2,345
Women
1,433
Men
912

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 2.6% Asian
  • 4.6% Black/African-American
  • 13.6% Hispanic/Latino
  • 2.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 71.4% White
  • 5.0% Unknown

International Students


0.1% from 3 countries

Average Age


24

Number of Graduate Students


970

Student Resources

Study resources