Facts & Figures

A quick look at DeSales University

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 freshman undergrads for 2017-2018

Direct Costs Resident Commuter Off-Campus
Tuition 34,500 34,500 34,500
Room and Board 12,800 -- --
Mandatory Fees 
1,600 1,400 1,400
TOTAL $48,900 $35,900 $35,900

Indirect Costs

Books 1,134 1,134 1,134
Personal Expenses 2,506 2,506 2,506
Transportation Costs -- 2,214 2,214
Living Expenses -- -- 6,518

Undergraduate Course Fees (pdf)

Financial Aid

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


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.

3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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.



1,681 full-time undergraduate day students

  • 64% of whom live on campus. 

  • 11.9% of our undergraduate students are Hispanic

  • 8.9% are American minorities

  • are from 25 states and  7 other countries

3,254 total enrollment for traditional, graduate, and evening (ACCESS) students



126  full-time faculty members

86% have the highest degree attainable in their field.


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.


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.