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DeSales University
Center Valley, PA
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.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,388
   Women 1,434 (60.1%)
   Men 954 (39.9%)
Graduate Students 921
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 76% of 2,861 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.25
SAT Math 525 average
460-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 531 average
480-590 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite Not reported
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance $50,760
  Tuition and Fees $34,850
  Room and Board $12,400
Average Percent of Need Met 73%
Average Freshman Award $26,214
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 125
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 28% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Center Valley Population  8,486
Nearest Metropolitan Area Philadelphia, PA
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 81% of freshmen, 60% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Bulldogs
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.4% Asian
3.7% Black/African-American
12.1% Hispanic/Latino
2.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
72.0% White
6.7% Unknown
International Students 0.5% from 9 countries
First-Year Students Returning 81.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 58.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported