La Salle University

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1900 W. Olney Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199

Phone: (215) 951-1000
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#27 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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La Salle University is a private institution that was founded in 1863. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,516, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 133 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. La Salle University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 27. Its tuition and fees are $38,200 (2013-14).

La Salle University is a private, Christian institution located in Philadelphia. Undergraduates at La Salle can choose from more than 40 majors, and master’s students can study in about 15 graduate programs, including in the fields of business and health. Freshmen who come into La Salle undecided on a major can check out the Academic and Career Exploration Program, which helps them focus on their future through school mentoring, advising, and workshops. La Salle students can also expect small classes and will never be taught by a graduate teaching assistant.

Outside the classroom, students can get involved by joining more than 100 campus clubs or playing the many sports offered at the intramural, club, and varsity levels. The more than 20 La Salle Explorers intercollegiate sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic 10 Conference. Notable La Salle alumni include the late actor Peter Boyle, who starred in the television show Everybody Loves Raymond and the movie Young Frankenstein, and Tom Curley, president and CEO of The Associated Press.

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

La Salle University is inspired by St. John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of teachers, and shaped by Lasallian and Catholic values. The La Salle University experience prepares students for a lifetime of personal development, service and success. La Salle University provides excellence in teaching and learning, personal attention, a sense of community and a global perspective. La Salle University puts theory into practice by guiding each student's intellectual and spiritual development. Thanks to a creative and practical education, La Salle University graduates go on to make a difference for the greater good.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1863
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $71,684,681


When applying to La Salle University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at La Salle University is $35. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.1 percent and an early acceptance rate of 84.6 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 73.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at La Salle University is 12:1, and the school has 43.4 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at La Salle University include: Nursing Science; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Marketing; Psychology, General; and Accounting. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 58%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Nursing Science 28%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 9%
Marketing 8%
Psychology, General 6%
Accounting 5%

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Student Life

La Salle University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,516, with a gender distribution of 35.5 percent male students and 64.5 percent female students. At this school, 56 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 44 percent of students live off campus. La Salle University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,580
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 I

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Campus Info & Services

La Salle University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. La Salle 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 La Salle University, 34 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at La Salle University.

Students who have cars on campus 34%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At La Salle University, 81.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $21,083.

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Tuition and fees $38,200 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,060 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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