Facts & Figures

A quick look at DeSales University

Affiliation
A private, four-year Catholic university for men and women administered by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales.

Student Faculty Ratio 14:1

DeSales' average class size is 20

Cost of attendance for undergraduates for 2016-2017

Direct Costs Resident Commuter Off-Campus
Tuition 33,500 33,500 33,500
Room and Board 12,412 -- --
Mandatory Fees 
1,550 1,350 1,350
TOTAL $47,462 $34,850 $34,850

Indirect Costs

     
Books 1,144 1,144 1,144
Personal Expenses 2,366 2,366 2,366
Transportation Costs -- 2,210 2,210
Living Expenses -- -- 6,632
TOTAL COSTS $50,972
$40,570
$47,202

Financial Aid

More than 95% of undergraduate, full-time day students receive some form of financial aid.

Accreditations

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

DeSales University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.

MSCHE
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
267.284.5000

Individual programs are accredited by specific accrediting bodies. Learn more »

How we get our alumni data:
Information on our alums comes from various sources. Alums are surveyed upon graduation and again approximately 6 months after graduation. At that time we ask them for their employment information, family information, and post-graduation plans.

The alumni office sends out a monthly e-newsletter which has a link for alums to update their information, and the The DeSales Magazine asks for updated information, as well. Once every five years we contract with a company who publishes an alumni directory and contacts alums to have them update their information. We also receive emails and updates from the alums directly, and have begun to gather public information from social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.  

When we report alumni numbers, we aren’t using a sample size, but are using real numbers in comparison to the number of active alumni we have in our database. For example, when we report the percentage of graduate and evening alumni who live or work in the Lehigh Valley area, we take the total number of graduate and ACCESS alums we have in the database who are living or working in the Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks or Montgomery counties and divide that by the total number of active alums (non-deceased, mailable alums, in US). 

# of graduate & ACCESS alums living/working in LV area = 5,069

# of active graduate & ACCESS alums in database =  6,617

% graduate & ACCESS alums living/working in LV area = %76.6

If you have any questions about our alumni data, please contact Lori.Glass@desales.edu.

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Enrollment 

1,597 full-time undergraduate day students

  • 64% of whom live on campus. 

  • 11.5% of our undergraduate students are Hispanic

  • 6.9% are American minorities

  • are from 28 states and 5 other countries

3,136 total enrollment for traditional, graduate, and evening (ACCESS) students

 

Faculty

125  full-time faculty members

84% have the highest degree attainable in their field.


Associations  

DeSales is a member of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges, which offers cross-registration and interlibrary loan with Cedar Crest, Lafayette, Moravian, and Muhlenberg Colleges, and Lehigh University.

Athletics

Nineteen teams compete in the NCAA  Division III Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference (MAC) and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC). Learn more about DeSales Athletics »
  • Men's: basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, cross country, golf, tennis, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field. 
  • Women's: basketball, volleyball, cross country, soccer, softball, field hockey, tennis, lacrosse, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field.