Holy Family University

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9801 Frankford Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19114-2009

Phone: (215) 637-7700
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#109 Overall Score: 38 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Holy Family University is a private institution that was founded in 1954. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,139, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 47 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Holy Family University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 109. Its tuition and fees are $27,100 (2013-14).

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

Holy Family University, a ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, offers education in the liberal arts and professions through graduate, undergraduate, and non-degree programs. As a Catholic University, Holy Family seeks direction and inspiration from the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, affirms the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and witnesses to the dignity of each person and the oneness of the human family. Holy Family University educates students to assume lifelong responsibilities towards God, society, and self. The following core values inform the University as it seeks to carry out its mission. FAMILY: Holy Family University welcomes and cares for students, faculty, and staff as members of a diverse but interconnected family. A community united by a common mission, the University promotes an atmosphere of mutual concern and attention to the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of all those whom it serves. RESPECT: Holy Family University affirms the dignity of the human person through openness to multiple points of view, personalized attention, and collaborative dialogue in the learning process and in the interaction among members of the University community. The University seeks to instill appreciation of and respect for differences so that its graduates can function successfully in multicultural contexts. INTEGRITY: Intent upon forming persons of integrity who recognize the importance of lifelong learning, Holy Family University advocates free and conscientious pursuit of truth and the responsible use of knowledge. It bases education upon a foundation in the liberal arts that highlights the humanities and the natural and social sciences. In keeping with the teachings of the Catholic Church, concern for moral values and social justice guides the University in designing programs and activities. SERVICE AND RESPONSIBILITY: Holy Family University incorporates its motto, teneor votis ("I am bound by my responsibilities"), into curricular, co-curricular, and extra curricular programs. Reflecting this motto, educational experiences at the University apply theory to practice and course content to serving human needs. The University educates individuals to become competent professionals and responsible citizens. LEARNING: Holy Family University seeks to instill in its students a passion for truth and a commitment to seeking wisdom. It promotes values-based education, creative scholarship, informed and imaginative use of research and technology, and practical learning opportunities such as cooperative-education and internship programs. The University seeks to strengthen ethical, logical, and creative thinking; to develop effective communication skills; to nurture an aesthetic sense; and to deepen global, social, and historical awareness. VISION: Holy Family University envisions learning as a dynamic and fruitful exchange between traditional sources of wisdom and contemporary developments in knowledge. Throughout the teaching and learning process the University seeks to embody Christian philosophical and theological perspectives. It offers an education grounded in a Judeo-Christian worldview that serves as a foundation upon which to address contemporary problems and to build a vision for the future.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1954
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $11,476,731


When applying to Holy Family University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at Holy Family University is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 67.1 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 67.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Holy Family University is 12:1, and the school has 71.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Holy Family University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; and Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 43%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 27%
Education 23%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Psychology 10%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 6%

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Student Life

Holy Family University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,139, with a gender distribution of 25.4 percent male students and 74.6 percent female students. At this school, 17 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 83 percent of students live off campus. Holy Family University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,094
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 II

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Campus Info & Services

Holy Family University offers a number of student services including placement service and health service. Holy Family 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). Of the students at Holy Family University, 76 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Holy Family University.

Students who have cars on campus 76%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Holy Family University, 84.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,994.

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Tuition and fees $27,100 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,930 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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