• Address: 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, Pennsylvania 18034-9568

  • Phone Number: (610) 282-1100

  • Website: http://www.desales.edu/

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About DeSales University

DeSales University is a private not-for-profit institution established in 1964 and has a Roman Catholic religious affiliation pertaining to Salesian spirit. The university emphasizes intellectual freedom and openness that is important for personal development in a personal, spiritual and societal manner. The institution is located at Centre Valley in Pennsylvania.

  • The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  • There are 3,309 students in total at the university which includes 2,264 full-time students and 1,045 part-time enrolments.

  • DeSales University acceptance rate is 76% and a total graduation rate of 68%.

  • There are 126 full-time faculty members and the student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

  • DeSales University address is 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, Pennsylvania 18034-9568.


DeSales University Online

The university provides 19 online programs. These programs are pertaining to 3 disciplines namely Business Management, Criminal Justice and Education.

  • The university offers the ACCESS online training method which is designed for busy professionals wishing to cultivate academic skills.

  • The online programs are flexible with no constraints of the traditional semester class system. The students can learn at their own pace and comfort.

  • Students are required to log in to the 'MyDSU' online portal to access information on academic proceedings, results and other university-related programs and statistics.


DeSales University Tuition and Degrees

The university provides Masters and Certificate online degrees. The online degrees available at the university include Master of Arts, Master of Education and Master of Business Administration among others. The average tuition fee for the degree is mentioned below. 

Degree Type Average Total Tuition
Masters $22,504
Certificate $16,132

DeSales University Programs

Some of the online programs offered by the university are mentioned below. 

Certificate in Teacher Intern Program Certificate in ESL Program Specialist
Certificate in Instructional Technology Specialist  Master of Education in Online Instruction
Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Master of Education in Integrative STEM
Master of Business Administration Master of Education in TESOL

DeSales University Majors

The university provides online majors in 3 fields.


DeSales University Financial Aid

The university gives financial support to students who require them. The eligibility criteria for the various schemes vary and ranges from academic performance and project submissions to citizenship and nationality.

The various financial aids are given in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study option.

Eligible students who wish to avail of these services are required to fill in the FAFSA form with federal school code 003986. The financial assistance thus obtained can be used for the payment of fees or to meet other academic and university-related needs. The various financial aids provided by the university are mentioned below.

  • Federal Aids such as Pell grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Direct PLUS Loans, and Federal Work-Study option are provided.

  • Pennsylvania State Grant is provided as State Aid.

  • Institutional Aids include Catholic Schools Grant, Tuition Incentive Program, Presidential Scholarships, The Moriello Scholarship for DeSales University Business Student, Trustee Scholarships and the Leadership Scholarship.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill is provided as Military Aid.  


DeSales University Rankings and Reviews

  • According to the US News, the university ranks 55th in 'Regional Universities-North'.

  • The university also ranks 43rd in 'Best Value Schools' according to US News.

Some reviews by the students about the university are given below

  • The university has a scenic campus and informative academics. The community is very welcoming and everyone feels like they are part of a large family.

  • The professors are willing to assist the students and mold the best out of them. The dorms are spacious and clean.

  • Every member in the community puts great emphasis on involvement and thus provides as a support system for whatever your interests may be.

  • The professors are extremely qualified and very helpful. They are ready to walk that extra mile to help the students who find it difficult grasping the syllabus. The non-teaching staffs are also very considerate to guide the freshers through their campus life.


DeSales University Campus Life

Student life at the university is very engaging and exciting. There are over a hundred student clubs and organizations pertaining to various fields and interests one can enroll in. Athletics is also given a prime spot at the university. 'DeSales Bulldogs' is the official DeSales University athletics team.

  • Some of the student clubs and organizations at the university are Anime Club, Accounting and Finance Club, Chess Club, Club Tennis, Commy Hall, Creative Writing Club, Dance Team, DeSales IT, Earth2DeSales, Gaming Society, Improv Club, LIFT, Math Club, Model UN, Psychology Club, Spanish Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club, University Villages, and XTE Dance Honor Society among many others.     

  • The sports trained, coached and played at the university are Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Field Hockey, and various track and field activities.

  • Sports facilities offered at the university are world class. Some of them are Billera Hall Gymnasium, Turf Fields, Soccer Fields, Track and Field, Tennis Court, Compardo Fitness Center, Alumni Courts, Butz Field which is the DeSales University baseball field, Softball Field, and a Cross Country Course.      

DeSales University Bookstore

The university bookstore facilitates book rentals, price match, and online adoptions. It also provides apparels and accessories like t-shirts, sports equipment, electronics and other gifts and collectibles including college merchandisers and school logo products.

DeSales University Library

  • The university is home to the Trexler Library. The library operates under the motive to serve the educational and scholarly needs of the student, faculty, and staff.

  • The library has over 150,000 print volumes and access to a vast collection of electronic reserves.

  • Other services at the library include study cubicles, computers, study rooms, books, periodicals and DVDs along with The McFadden Room with Salesian collections.

DeSales University Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private Not-For-Profit
Also see:
For-Profit vs Not-For-Profit

Headquartered at

Center Valley, Pennsylvania

FAFSA/Federal School Code

003986
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What is FAFSA school code?
How to fill FAFSA application?

Institutional Accreditation

MSCHE
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What is Accreditation in Colleges and Universities?

Religious Affiliation

Roman Catholic
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What are Religious Affiliated Colleges and Universities?

Historically Black College or University

No

Facilities

eLibrary , Financial Aid, Veterans Friendly , Military Friendly, Yellow Ribbon Program

Data Source: http://www.desales.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

DeSales University Statistics

Key Statistics
Acceptance Rate 76 %
Student Faculty Ratio 13: 1
Total Population 3,309
Student Population Full Time: 2,264 Part Time: 1,045
Gender Division Male: 39 % Female: 61 %
Admission Statistics Male Female
Total Applicants - 2,861 1,065 1,796
Total Applicants Admitted - 2,181 794 1,387
Applicants Enrolled - 501 205 296
Full time Applicants Enrolled - 501 205 296

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 67 %

The College Monk

Female: 68 %

Total Graduation Rate: 68 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

DeSales University Majors and Online Programs

DeSales University Admissions and Application Requirement

Admission Requirements
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Application Fee
Graduate Application Fee $50

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.

Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)
Number of students submitting SAT scores 411
Number of students submitting ACT scores 95
Percent of students submitting SAT scores 82%
Percent of students submitting ACT scores 19%
SAT Math 520 average 450 - 590 range
SAT Critical Reading 515 average 440 - 590 range
SAT Writing 515 average 450 - 580 range
ACT Composite 24 average 21 - 28 range

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2015-2016.


DeSales University Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $4,619 Undergraduate Student, U, S Citizen or an Eligible Non- Citizen. June 30th, 2019
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) $1,500 Undergraduate student,Eligible for Federal Pell Grant,Enrolled atleast half-time. June 30th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work Study Varies U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen. Maintain satisfactory academic progress. June 30th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,505 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds. June 30th, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized Loan $5,505 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds. June 30th, 2019
Direct PLUS Loan $18,181 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for Direct Loan Program funds June 30th, 2019

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Aid

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pennsylvania State Grant $3,562 Completed FAFSA form. Pennsylvania resident. May 1st, 2019

Data Source: http://www.desales.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Institutional Aid

Institutional Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Catholic Schools Grant $3,000 Graduates of Catholic high schools who are entering DeSales in the Fall Varies
Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Tuition Incentive Program $5,000 Graduates of Allentown Diocesan schools and Oblate high schools who are entering DeSales in the Fall Varies
Presidential Scholarships $22,000 Top-ranking applicants based on GPA, ACTor SAT scores. Varies
The Moriello Scholarship for DeSales University Business Student $6,250 GPA of 3.0. Varies
Trustee Scholarships Varies Top-ranking applicants based on GPA, ACTor SAT scores. Varies
Leadership Scholarship $18,853 Students who have shown outstanding leadership in their high school careers. Essay in 500 words or less. Varies

Data Source: http://www.desales.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military Aid

Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Post 9/11 GI Bill $14,030 Individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001. Honorably discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. Varies

Data Source: http://www.desales.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $19,054
$30,001 - $48,000 $19,938
$48,001 - $75,000 $23,168
$75,001 - $110,000 $25,970
Over $110,000 $28,148

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 26% $3,640
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 99% $20,721
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 24% $4,890
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 99% $18,420
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 73% $10,209
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 72% $5,682
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 25,549
Military Aid
Tuition Policies for Veterans and Military https://www.desales.edu/home/admissions-financial-aid/costs-financial-aid/graduate/funding-your-education/military-benefits
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 75 $11,002
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 51 $10,767
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 24 $11,500

Data Source: http://www.desales.edu/, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

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