DeSales University

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2755 Station Avenue

Center Valley, PA 18034-9568

Phone: (610) 282-1100
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#85 Overall Score: 45 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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DeSales University is a private institution that was founded in 1964. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,468, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 480 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. DeSales University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 85. Its tuition and fees are $31,250 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

DeSales University is a Catholic liberal arts institution located on a 480-acre campus in Center Valley, Pa., and offers 35 bachelor's degrees, six master degree programs and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Clinical Leadership. DeSales University offers courses in a wide range of disciplines in a friendly, suburban institution providing personal attention, small class sizes and a feeling of community. The University offers a supportive environment for academic and spiritual growth, and an activities schedule that includes intramural athletic competition as well as 14 intercollegiate teams competing in NCAA Division III. To get more information about DeSales University, call (610) 282-1100 or visit the website at

General Information

School type private
Year founded 1964
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $48,093,768


When applying to DeSales University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at DeSales University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.6%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at DeSales University is 14:1, and the school has 45.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at DeSales University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 54%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Health Professions and Related Programs 21%
Visual and Performing Arts 12%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 5%

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Student Life

DeSales University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,468, with a gender distribution of 39.2 percent male students and 60.8 percent female students. At this school, 67 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 33 percent of students live off campus. DeSales University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,245
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

DeSales University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. DeSales University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at DeSales University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At DeSales University, 78.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,572.

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Tuition and fees $31,250 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,420 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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