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DeSales really is different. There’s a positive spirit and vibe here that’s difficult to describe, but easy to appreciate.

Yes, we have a gorgeous, lush campus with modern buildings. Yes, our faculty are extremely accomplished, experienced, and dedicated. Yes, we have some of the best labs, learning technology, and facilities around. And yes, everyone is warm and welcoming. We’re the kind of people who hold open doors for each other—literally and metaphorically.

It’s all of that…but more. Thanks to our Salesian identity, our campus is infused with a positive, upbeat attitude and a belief that big results come from small actions. This is not a place where you can remain anonymous. Here, you’re a valued member of a community that truly knows you and cares about your success.

It’s a place where we encourage and prepare everyone—our students, faculty, staff and visitors—to quote our patron saint: “To be who you are and be that well.”

It's hard to fit everything that makes DeSales University so special into a 30-second spot. Because each day, from sunrise to sundown, there’s a positive, contagious spirit here that makes DeSales very different from other schools.
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Facts & Figures
We are a medium-sized, four-year Catholic University with a Salesian mission. We’re ranked as one of the best regional universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report.
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DeSales is administered by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Students are exposed to Catholic teachings, Catholic teachings enrich our community, but are also afforded the luxury of exploring and learning here happens in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom.
Locations & Directions
We’re conveniently located in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley — a short drive from the Philly and NY metro areas. The best way to get to know us is to visit.


Rooted in the Salesian spiritual values of St. Francis de Sales, we welcome students of all faiths and foster a community of open intellectual inquiry. Everyone is treated with the dignity of the human person that they deserve.

Explore Our Catholic Identity & Heritage
Jim Greenfield gives graduation speech
As DeSales' new president, I am excited to lead a growing community where innovative teachers and curious learners ask important questions to construct new ideas.
Fr. Jim Greenfield OSFS, President

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