DeSales University

DeSales University

DeSales University is a coeducational, private, Catholic university located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was established in the year 1965. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. US News & World Report (2009 edition) of Best Colleges ranked DeSales University as 52nd in the 'Universities-Master's (North)' category.

DeSales's athletics department sponsors more than 15 athletic teams. They compete in the NCAA Division III within the Freedom Conference of the Middle Atlantic Corporation. The sports teams participate in spots such as baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, cross country, golf, and track. The teams are nicknamed the Bulldogs. Notable alumni of the university include Steve Burns, former host of Blue's Clues on Nickelodeon; and Alexie Gilmore, actress.

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DeSales University
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley , PA 18034-9568
General Phone: (610) 282-1100

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DeSales Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management191business management, electronic commerce, accounting, human resources, international business, management information systems, marketing, financial services marketing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine91registered nursing, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Education and Teaching91special education, elementary school teaching, English teaching, math teaching, computer teaching, biology teaching, chemistry teaching, education courses
Security and Law Enforcement47criminal justice and safety
Medical Support and Technology43physician assistant
Liberal Arts30Spanish language, English, general studies, political science, history
Drama and Performing Arts26dance, drama
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy26sports and fitness management, exercise science
Science25biology, biochemistry, chemistry
Medicine21health professions
Photography and Commercial Art17film and photography
Computer Science and Engineering14computer and info science, information technology
Therapy and Counseling13psychology
Religion and Philosophy12philosophy, theology
Media9communication and journalism
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science
Medical Administration0health care administration

Number of programs and degrees for DeSales in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree42034
Postbaccalaureate certificate06
Master's degree24213
Post-master's certificate02

DeSales Student Body

In 2007-2008, DeSales had a total enrollment of 2,898 students (2,623 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 69%
Graduate 31%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 43%
Black 1%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 54%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
18-19 19%
20-21 24%
22-24 12%
25-29 13%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 11%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

DeSales Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 79 %

DeSales Room and Board (2007)

DeSales offers campus housing for 1,089 of its 2,623 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Allentown, Pennsylvania for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Pennsylvania Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

DeSales Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490600
SAT Math490600
SAT Writing480590
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1624
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT4%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

DeSales Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 25,800
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 25,800
Room and board $ 9,330
Room charge $ 4,630
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,700
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 3,000

Financial Aid:
DeSales participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 398600)

DeSales Faculty

DeSales has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*3$73,933
All faculty totalcalendar year2*4$82,684

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year7$78,0971*
Associate professoracademic year21$69,59511$65,966
Assistant professoracademic year13$60,18522$55,165
Instructoracademic year10$48,9949$56,933
All faculty totalacademic year51$64,32443$59,354

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

DeSales Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Baseball Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation
Track Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation

DeSales Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business and Personal/Financial Services Marketing Operations
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems and Services, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Education, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, Other

Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Physician Assistant

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets DeSales Apart:

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Dorm rooms per full-time student
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% of degrees in business and management
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Top 15%DeSales % of degrees in business and management
Minority % of student body
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Top 16%DeSales Minority % of student body
% of degrees in photography and commercial art
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Top 18%DeSales % of degrees in photography and commercial art

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checked Remedial classes for students
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