DeSales University

Center Valley, PA

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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.

Website: www.desales.edu/

Private
Co-ed
2,345
Undergraduate
Students
(61.1%) 1,433 Women
(38.9%) 912 Men
970
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
74% of 3,033 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.29
SAT Math
556 average
500-610 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
567 average
510-618 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
26 average
23-27 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$52,540
Tuition and Fees
$36,100
Room and Board
$12,800
Average Percent of Need Met
76%
Average Freshman Award
$27,969
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$42,536
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
126
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 28% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Center Valley Population
 8,486
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia, PA
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
46% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Bulldogs
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.6% Asian
4.6% Black/African-American
13.6% Hispanic/Latino
2.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
71.4% White
5.0% Unknown
International Students
0.1% from 3 countries
First-Year Students Returning
81.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2 4
Social Studies 3  
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required August 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
2755 Station Avenue
City, State, Zip
Center Valley, PA 18034-9568
Phone
(610) 282-4443
Fax
(610) 282-2254
E-mail
admiss@desales.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling, notification begins October 6
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
Required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
74% of 3,033 applicants were admitted
Women
75% of 1,915 applicants were admitted
Men
72% of 1,118 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
609 (27%) of 2,238 admitted students enrolled
Women
363 (25%) of 1,433 admitted students enrolled
Men
246 (31%) of 805 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.29
3.75 and Above
20%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
14%
2.50 - 2.99
21%
2.00 - 2.49
7%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
556 average
500-610 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
4%
Score of 600 - 700
26%
Score of 500 - 600
47%
Score of 400 - 500
21%
Score of 300 - 400
2%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
567 average
510-618 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
6%
Score of 600 - 700
31%
Score of 500 - 600
44%
Score of 400 - 500
18%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
26 average
23-27 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
10%
Score of 24 - 29
55%
Score of 18 - 23
30%
Score of 12 - 17
5%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 34%
Top quarter: 52%
Top half: 79%
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$52,540
Tuition and Fees
$36,100
Room and Board
$12,800
Books and Supplies
$1,134
Other Expenses
$2,506
Payment Plans
Installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline December 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003986
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
396 (94.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
349 (88.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
348 (99.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
86 (24.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
76%
Average Award
$27,969
Need-Based Gift
Received by 348 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $22,015
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 277 (79.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,125
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 329 (94.5%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
71 (16.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $16,972

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
1,550 (85.6%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
1,394 (89.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,387 (99.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
292 (21.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
72%
Average Award
$25,821
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,309 (94.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $20,163
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,144 (82.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,013
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 1,149 (82.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
347 (19.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $16,682

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
79%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$42,536
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
18.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
3.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Nursing loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Home Economics, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
1,630
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
168
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
311
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Ethnic Background, International Students, Siblings of Current Students, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
40
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,988
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business and Personal/Financial Services Marketing Operations
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication, General
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dance, General
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Family Systems
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • History, General
  • Information Technology
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems and Services, Other
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Mathematics, General
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management
  • Philosophy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Theology/Theological Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Visual and performing arts
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Medical studies/physician assistant studies
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
126
Part-Time Faculty
220
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
30%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 21% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 28% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 2% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 45% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 27% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 27% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Not reported
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
309,590
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
245
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Information Systems

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Education--General
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • English as a Second Language
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Finance and Banking
  • Forensic Sciences
  • Gerontology
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Human Resources Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Project Management
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Supply Chain Management

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Gerontology
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Project Management

Location and Setting


Boston Population
 8,486
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Philadelphia, PA
Campus Size
480 acres

Weather

Temperature
18.5 average low in January, 78.9 average high in September
Rain
153 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
7 mile(s) from campus in Allentown
Nearest Train Station
 

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
46% of all students
Housing Requirements
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
54%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Bulldogs
School Colors
Navy and red

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball     x  
Cross-Country Running     x  
Field Hockey x      
Golf     x  
Lacrosse     x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball    
Cross-Country Running    
Field Hockey x  
Golf    
Lacrosse    
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Golf x  
Lacrosse x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
 

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, college against cancer, outdoor adventure club, student nursing association, criminal justice association, natural science club
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
2,345
Women
1,433 (61.1%)
Men
912 (38.9%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,811
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.6% Asian
4.6% Black/African-American
13.6% Hispanic/Latino
2.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
71.4% White
5.0% Unknown
International Students.
0.1% from 3 countries
Average Age
24
All Graduate Students
970

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
81.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.5%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
69%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
70.1%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Medicine 2%
Other 20.4%

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