La Salle University is a private, Roman Catholic university that was founded in 1863 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school was founded by the Institute of the Brothers of Christian Schools who named La Salle University after St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle. The University is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The school began as an all-male school until 1970 when women were admitted into regular classes. In 1984, La Salle was granted University status after its expansion of academic buildings. Over the years, the school has moved several times due to financial struggles, but has finally settled down on Belfield, the estate of famous Revolutionary War patriot and painter of George Washington, Charles Willson Peale. Peale’s home is the current office of the University’s president and is the oldest building currently used by any university in the nation.
La Salle University offers over 40 undergraduate programs, 15 minors, 15 graduate programs, and 37 certificate programs. The most popular majors by enrollment are nursing, communication, education, accounting, and psychology. The top three graduate programs by enrollment are Business Administration, Clinical Counseling Psychology, and Nursing. The curriculum is very strict, reflecting the strong commitment for students to learn both intellectually and spiritually. Course objectives that are demonstrated in curriculum consist of the Powers, Frameworks of Scientific Understanding, and Patterns of Meaning. “Powers” refers to the competencies that enable students to learn, think and communicate through reading, writing, oral communication, and mathematics. “Frameworks of Scientific Understanding” refer to concepts taught in natural and social science courses. “Patterns of Meaning” refer to moral, aesthetic, and spiritual significance of certain events. Class sizes average at 20 students to ensure that students are getting individualized help when needed.
To apply for admission to La Salle University, a student must pay the $35 application fee, have their high school diploma or GED, their high school transcript, completion of a college-preparatory program, have recommendations, and turn in admission test scores (SAT/ACT, TOEFL).
La Salle University currently has 7,331 students enrolled with 2,658 graduate/doctoral students, 3,359 full-time undergraduates, and 1,314 part-time undergraduates. These students come from 45 states and 35 foreign countries. The gender ratio is almost equal with 64% of students being female and 36% of students being male. About half (55%) of students are White with the remainder being Black (18%), Race Unknown (11%), Hispanic (10%), and Asian (4%). Most students (78%) are 24 years old or younger while 22% of students are 25 years old or older. There are 234 faculty members that teach full-time and 333 faculty members that teach part-time for a total of 567 faculty members. The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is high at 81%, indicating student satisfaction. The overall graduation rate is 66%.
Almost every student (99%) who applies for financial aid will receive some sort of financial aid, whether it is a grant, scholarship, or a student loan.
Special learning opportunities that are available for La Salle University students include: ROTC, teacher certification, distance learning opportunities, study abroad, and weekend/evening college. 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 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.
Many activities are available for students, including: a student-run radio station, a student-run weekly newspaper, Greek Life, service programs and over 100 intramurals, clubs, and NCAA division I sports. Twenty varsity sports teams exist at La Salle University that compete in NCAA’s Division I and are a member of the Atlantic Ten Conference. Remedial tutoring, academic and career counseling, employment services, placement services, and on-campus day care are also available to students. Masses and prayer services are held throughout the school year at both De La Salle Chapel and St. Basil's Court lounge.
On-campus housing is available in several student housing complexes: The North Residence Halls, Sts. Edward and Francis Residence Halls, St. Miguel Townhouses, St. Teresa Court Apartments, La Salle Apartments, and the South Campus Residence Halls (St. Basil Court and St. John Neumann). Two dining halls are available on campus, where students can purchase food with a meal plan, Food Account Money, or cash. One other Aramark dining area is available, The Union Food Court, which does not accept meal plans.
La Salle University’s graduates have proven to be very successful with 60 graduates being named Fulbright Scholars and teaching graduates who have won a sum of nine Emmy awards. Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Honor Society at La Salle, was named the “Most Outstanding Chapter in the World” in 2004 by Beta Gamma Sigma in addition to winning the Gold Chapter Award in 2011.
La Salle University has started expanding and adding a new Science and Technology Building, a new athletic arena, a student recreation center, additional student housing, additional dining halls, a chapel, a new Fine Arts and Theater Building, a parking garage, and additional commercial activity. In the fall of 2005, this project began with the first phase, the $26 million construction of Tree Tops Café (dining hall) and St. Basil Court (residence hall). In 2006, the $2.5 million athletic field renovation was completed. In May of 2007, the university acquired 24 acres from the Germantown Hospital acquisition to increase campus size by 25%. In the fall of 2008, a $15 million shopping center and supermarket complex was completed and in Fall 2009 phase two began with the completion of the New Science and Technology building.
La Salle University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Different majors are accredited separately by different associations.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:2,741
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