La Salle University

La Salle University

La Salle University is a private, co-educational, Roman Catholic university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The university is named after St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle. It was founded in 1863 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. La Salle offers degrees and programs in more than 50 academic areas. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Professional
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Nursing and Health Sciences

La Salle University sponsors more than 20 varsity sports teams, nicknamed the Explorers. They compete in the NCAA's Division I and are members of the Atlantic Ten Conference. The Explorers have won several championships, including the 1954 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship and the 1980 AIAW Field Hockey Championship.

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La Salle University
1900 W Olney Ave
Philadelphia , PA 19141-1199
General Phone: (215) 951-1000

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La Salle Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management383business, business management, logistics, accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, organizational behavior, international business, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine286registered nursing, adult health nursing, nurse anesthetist, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Therapy and Counseling182psychology, clinical psychology, psychology courses
Liberal Arts170American studies, Central/Middle Eastern studies, Hispanic-American studies, Russian language, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, Classical languages, ...
Media152communication studies, communication and journalism
Education and Teaching106secondary teaching, education courses
Medical Support and Technology62health service and sciences, audiology and speech pathology
Computer Science and Engineering45computer and info science, information science, computer support
Science40biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology
Security and Law Enforcement39criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work18public administration, social work
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy, religion, religious education, pastoral counseling
Design11design and visual communication
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy7nutrition sciences
Fine Arts3art history and criticism
Medical Administration2health care facilities management, public health education
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for La Salle in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree89047
Postbaccalaureate certificate639
Master's degree50622
Associate's degree401
Award of less than 1 academic year42
Doctor's degree181
Post-master's certificate165

La Salle Student Body

In 2007-2008, La Salle had a total enrollment of 5,994 students (4,966 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 93%
Part-Time 7%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 65%
Graduate 35%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 62%
Black 15%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 4%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
18-19 21%
20-21 23%
22-24 16%
25-29 15%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 8%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey25%
New York7%

La Salle Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 60 %

La Salle Room and Board (2007)

La Salle offers campus housing for 2,104 of its 4,966 (full-time) students.

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

The school offers students a meal plan with 17 meals per week.

La Salle Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460560
SAT Math450560
SAT Writing460570
ACT Verbal1824
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1924

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
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 ACT12%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

La Salle Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 31,200
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 31,200
Room and board $ 9,760
Room charge $ 5,520
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,520
Books and supplies $ 619
Other expenses $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
La Salle participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 328700)

La Salle Faculty

La Salle 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
Professoracademic year42$102,98713$94,542
Associate professoracademic year39$83,50031$79,393
Assistant professoracademic year37$66,97559$63,135
Instructoracademic year1*8$47,657
All faculty totalacademic year119$84,954111$70,239

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

La Salle Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Atlantic 10 Conference
Baseball Atlantic 10 Conference
Track Atlantic 10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports56103159

La Salle Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Design and Visual Communications, General

Education And Teaching
Education, Other
Secondary Education and Teaching

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
History, Other
International Economics
Italian Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other

Medical Administration
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management
Public Health Education and Promotion

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General


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

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Nutrition Sciences

Religion And Philosophy
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

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