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DeSales University is a medium-sized, Catholic liberal arts university for men and women administered by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

Founded in 1964, DeSales University is a Catholic liberal arts university that offers courses in a wide range of disciplines. DeSales provides personal attention, small class size, and a feeling of community. The University uses a holistic approach to help students develop a "sense of self," enabling all students to reach their personal and academic potential. This student-centered philosophy is conveyed by an enthusiastic, accessible faculty.

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Overview

Applicants
2,979
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average HS GPA
3.29

GPA Breakdown

17%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
9%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 618
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 610
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 27

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

Deadlines

Regular — August 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
346
with Terminal Degree

176
Women
170
Men

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Finance and Financial Management Services, Other.
  • Finance, General.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other.
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other.
  • Health Communication.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • History Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Homeland Security.

  • LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES.

  • Pre-Law Studies.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Theology/Theological Studies.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Dance, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


John Weiland
Group President C.R. Bard, Inc.

Tim Nolan
Executive VP, Government Programs at Coventry Health Care, Inc.

Joe Sodroski
Harvard Medical School

Alexie Gilmore
Actress

Judith Martin Merritt
Doctor/Drama Therapy

Dee Roscioli
Broadway Star

Paul Meiklejohn
Property Law Litigator

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
62%
Graduate in 5 years
69%
Graduate in 6 years
70%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,015

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,163

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,671

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
79%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$42,536

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,721

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,286
Foreign Countries Represented
5

Demographics

2.53%
Asian
3.59%
African-American
13.25%
Hispanic
72.49%
Caucasian
4.77%
Unknown

111% female
-11% male
24% are out of state
141% are full time
-41% are part time

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Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
46%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
76%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Kathryn Buschan

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
60
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

23% participate in intramural sports
25% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bulldogs)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bulldogs)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups: www.desales.edu/default.aspx?pageid=4225

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Lehigh University

Sustainability

73/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell H-P

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Mrs. Mary Birkhead
Dean of Enrollment Management

Address
Office of Enrollment Management
2755 Station Ave
Center Valley, PA 180349568

Phone
6102824443

Email
admiss@desales.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Billera Athletics and Recreation Center
Hurd Science Center
Gambet Center for Business & Healthcare
University Center
Labuda Center for the Performing Arts
Summer brings the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival to campus at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Promenade Shops
Historic Bethlehem
Coca Cola Park Home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Baseball team
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Skiing at nearby Pocono Mountain Resorts

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Summer and select Saturdays and Holidays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admiss@desales.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Offered every spring to Accepted Student

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
LVI- Lehigh Valley International Airport

Local Accommodations
Bethlehem:Comfort Suites www.comfortsuites.com, Hotel Bethlehem www.hotelbethlehem.com, Allentown: The Wingate www.wingateinns.com,and Quakertown: The Hampton Inn www.hamptoninn.com


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