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DeSales University is a coeducational, private, Catholic university located in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was established in the year 1965. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse Course Topics. US News and World Report (2009 edition) of Best Colleges ranked DeSales University as 52nd in the ‘Universities-Master's (North)'category.

DeSales's athletics department sponsors more than 15 athletic teams. They compete in the NCAA Division III within the Freedom Conference of the Middle Atlantic Corporation. The sports teams participate in spots such as baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, cross country, golf, and track. The teams are nicknamed the Bulldogs. Notable alumni of the university include Steve Burns, former host of Blue's Clues on Nickelodeon; and Alexie Gilmore, actress.

Profile of DeSales University

DeSales is located in Center Valley, PA (a large suburb). The school is a Roman Catholic school. DeSales is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by the school is the Post-Master's certificate.

Course Topics

The range of program offerings available from DeSales is especially impressive compared to its number of students. The school is known for its programs in drama and performing arts and business and management.

DeSales Selectivity

DeSales does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 480. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 490 and 600. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

DeSales had 2, 898 enrolled students in 2007. The school has a large minority student population.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at DeSales. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. DeSales values student athletics, and belongs to the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation.

DeSales Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management227business management, accounting, marketing, financial services marketing, management information systems, human resources, electronic commerce
Education and Teaching105elementary school teaching, education courses, special education, computer teaching, math teaching, biology teaching, chemistry teaching, English teaching
Nursing and Emergency Medicine90registered nursing, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Drama and Performing Arts51drama, dance
Security and Law Enforcement42criminal justice and safety
Liberal Arts38English, general studies, history, political science, Spanish language
Medical Support and Technology34physician assistant
Therapy and Counselling25psychology
Computer Science and Engineering24computer and info science, information technology
Science23biology, chemistry, biochemistry
Photography and Commercial Art23film and photography
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy22sports and fitness management, exercise science
Media11communication and journalism
Medicine10health professions
Religion and Philosophy6theology, philosophy
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental science, environmental studies
Medical administration0health care administration

Contact: DeSales

DeSales University

2755 Station Avenue

Center Valley, PA 18034-9568

General Phone: (610) 282-1100


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