Just the Facts


La Salle University

  • In 1863, La Salle University was established through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which De La Salle founded 300 years ago. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values: a deep respect for each individual, a belief that intellectual and spiritual development go hand-in-hand, a passion for creative teaching and learning, and a conviction that education should be useful-for personal growth, professional advancement, and service to others.

Locations and Facilities

  • La Salle’s main campus in Philadelphia-one of the nation’s largest, most historic, and most culturally rich cities-is an ideal place for students to pursue an education. The 130-acre park-like setting includes 54 buildings and is located approximately six miles from Center City Philadelphia. The University can accommodate 2,114 resident students in its 12 residence halls, two apartment complexes, and 75 townhouses.
  • The University continues to renovate its newest facilities on West Campus as more departments and offices relocate to the former Germantown Hospital building. West Campus is now home to University Advancement, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and several divisions of Business Affairs. In addition, many classes previously held in Holroyd Hall have been temporarily relocated to West Campus as Holroyd undergoes renovations and expansion.
  • By the summer of 2009, the 83,000-square-foot Holroyd Hall, featuring the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology will have expanded by 38,000 square feet to include laboratories, classrooms, and lounges with an environmentally friendly design.
  • There are 1,000 computer workstations for students on campus, as well as Bloomberg terminals. All classrooms, dining hall facilities, the food court, library, and many common areas have wireless Internet service.
  • Recreational facilities include a fitness center, 4,000-seat basketball arena, 6,000-seat lighted turf football/soccer stadium, swimming pool, tennis and squash courts, and an all-weather track.
  • In addition to Main Campus, the University offers degree programs on campuses at the Bucks County Center in Newtown, Pa., and the new Montgomery County Center at Metroplex Corporate Center in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

La Salle Today

  • The total University student body of 7,331 students includes 3,359 full-time undergraduates, 1,314 part-time undergraduates, and 2,658 graduate and doctoral students. Enrollment has grown 14 percent compared to 10 years ago.
  • Students come from 45 states and 35 foreign countries.
  • La Salle offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, 15 minors, 15 graduate programs, including a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, and 37 certificate programs. Majors and certificates are organized into three schools, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Nursing and Health Sciences, and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.
  • The largest majors by enrollment in the University are nursing, communication, education, accounting, and psychology.
  • The top three graduate programs by enrollment are Business Administration, Clinical Counseling Psychology, and Nursing.
  • Cutting-edge programs include Integrated Science, Business, and Technology, Digital Arts and Multimedia Design, Speech-Language-Hearing Science, and Information Technology.
  • La Salle’s average class size is 20 students. No classes are taught by graduate assistants.
  • La Salle offers a four-year BS/MBA Program in which high-ability students can meet the 150-hour requirement for CPA certification while earning a dual Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in accounting and Master of Business Administration (MBA).
  • La Salle offers a Master of Arts in Communication and Master’s program in Clinical-Counseling Psychology in Prague, Czech Republic, and Athens, Greece. The University also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in Basel, Switzerland.

Points of Distinction

  • La Salle has graduated 60 students who have been named Fulbright Scholars.
  • Approximately 96 percent of La Salle’s applicants to medical school who have been recommended by the pre-medical committee have been admitted to medical school.
  • The wide variety of service initiatives led by University Ministry and Service earned La Salle University a spot on the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
  • La Salle is named as one of the nation’s best regional universities by U.S. News and World Report.
  • La Salle University is listed as one of the Great Schools for education majors in the Princeton Review’s The Best 366 Colleges, 2008 Edition under the category of “Great Schools for 15 of the Most Popular Undergraduate Majors.”
  • The 2008 graduates of the Speech-Language-Hearing Science program achieved a passing rate of 100 percent for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Certification. The national average passing rate for the exam is 75 percent.
  • La Salle is one of only 15 colleges and universities nationwide that has been invited to participate in the Kemper Scholars Program.
  • More than 11 La Salle alumni have multiple EMMY awards.
  • La Salle is following one of the leading trends in business education today by combining experiential learning with traditional classroom experience through the Business Scholars Co-op Program. Students work in their chosen career field for 10 to 12 months, link it to classroom experience, and graduate in four years.
  • Fraud and Forensic Accounting, and Intelligence and Security Studies are just a few of the nearly 40 certificate programs offered at La Salle.
  • Approximately 160 internships and co-op educational experiences were made available to our students through the Career Services eXplorernet system, in addion to countless internships and co-ops offered through individual academic departments.

Other Distinctive Features

  • The University’s Honors Program is designed for gifted students who are capable of a more challenging course of study. The program has been recognized by the National Collegiate Honors Council. Its graduates have continued their studies at Harvard, Dartmouth, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Princeton, and Johns Hopkins, among others.
  • La Salle specializes in helping the undecided major. The Academic and Career Exploration program for freshmen is a special program that blends mentoring, workshops, and special academic advising for students uncertain of their major.
  • Explore U is a new five-stage career-exploration model that has been developed for undergraduate students at La Salle. The model will eventually provide all students with the resources needed to explore their values, interests, skills, and goals as related to their choice of majors and career paths.
  • Masses and prayer services are held throughout the school year at both De La Salle Chapel and St. Basil’s Court lounge.
  • The opportunity for study abroad is available at partner schools including the National University of Ireland at Galway, Ireland; the American University of Rome, Italy; and Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. La Salle also participates in a student exchange program with Lasallian Universities in Mexico.
  • La Salle offers numerous courses with travel components. Most recently, courses have visited China, Germany, France, Italy, England, Greece, Ireland, Austria, Guatelmala, Switzerland, and El Salvador.
  • A minor in Leadership and Global Understanding is offered to make undergraduates more engaged citizens in their local, national, and global communities. Students who enroll will understand, value, and accept their responsibility to become more active citizens in their community, become more sensitive to cultural diversity, and assume leadership roles.
  • The University’s Art Museum serves as a rich cultural resource for students as well as the surrounding community. It represents the only permanent display of paintings, drawings, and sculpture of the Western tradition offered by a university museum in the Philadelphia area.
  • Channel 56 is a cable-access television station available to 300,000 subscribers, with the majority of programming produced by University undergraduate students. Recently, the station upgraded to digital equipment that will provide higher quality and a stronger signal.
  • Through University Ministry and Service, community service groups provide more than 35,000 hours of service over the course of the year. That includes about 25,000 hours devoted to local service and 10,000 hours of preparation and service during four service trips.
  • WEXP, a student-run campus radio station, broadcasts worldwide through the Internet and locally on 1600 AM. Students deliver a variety of programming, including rock, rap, gospel, punk, sports, talk shows, politics, and more.
  • The campus includes the restored home and gardens of 18th-century American portrait painter Charles Willson Peale.
  • The Nonprofit Center offers year-round programs and workshops for the region’s nonprofit organizations.


  • The vitality of the faculty is central in the La Salle experience. From major research in disciplinary specialties, to presentations at national conferences, to the writing of textbooks and other scholarly work, La Salle faculty has proven itself in the academic arena. It is in the classroom, however, where the faculty shines brightest. Some 90 percent of La Salle’s 210 full-time faculty have earned the highest degree in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 14 to 1.


  • La Salle competes at the Division I level in the Atlantic 10 Conference. It competes in 22 intercollegiate sports as well as in several club and intramural sports.
  • There is a 93 percent graduation rate for La Salle student-athletes who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility. The University had six student-athletes earn Academic All-American honors in 2007-08.


  • La Salle University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • La Salle’s School of Business is internationally recognized for having earned AACSB International accreditation. AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, emphasizes academic excellence and a commitment to continuous improvement in business education. Less than 10 percent of business programs worldwide have earned this accreditation.
  • La Salle is licensed to conduct continuing professional education for Certified Public Accountants.
  • The University’s Elementary/Special Education combined program of study and its Secondary Education program are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • La Salle’s Chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society.
  • La Salle’s Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • La Salle University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has been granted approval by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society Board of Directors accredited the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Program.
  • The Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Montgomery Hospital/La Salle University Nurse Anesthesia Program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.
  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Education, Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification approved La Salle’s School Nurse Certificate and the Certificate for Speech and Language Disabilities program.
  • The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). ASHA is the national professional, credentialing, and scientific organization for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech-language-hearing scientists.
  • La Salle University’s Coordinated Program in Dietetics has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association.
  • La Salle’s Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
  • The Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program at La Salle has candidacy status with the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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