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Study at La Salle University

La Salle University is a private, co-educational, Roman Catholic university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The university is named after St. Jean-Baptiste de la Salle. It was founded in 1863 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. La Salle offers degrees and programs in more than 50 academic areas. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Professional
  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Nursing and Health Sciences
La Salle University sponsors more than 20 varsity sports teams, nicknamed the Explorers. They compete in the NCAA's Division I and are members of the Atlantic Ten Conference. The Explorers have won several championships, including the 1954 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship and the 1980 AIAW Field Hockey Championship.

Profile of La Salle University

The campus of La Salle is in Philadelphia, PA, which is a large city. Its Roman Catholic nature is one of the defining aspects of the school. La Salle is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school include, at the school's highest level, the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

La Salle has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in media, business and management, and nursing and emergency medicine.

La Salle Selectivity

Admission at La Salle is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 480. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 470 and 580.


La Salle has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, La Salle had 5, 994 students enrolled (4, 495 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. La Salle offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Atlantic 10 Conference and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

La Salle Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management429finance, business management, accounting, marketing, business, organizational behavior, MIS, international business, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine298registered nursing, various nursing, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist
Liberal Arts154liberal arts and sciences, English, interdisciplinary studies, history, political science, Hispanic-American studies, economics, Central/Middle Eastern studies, . . .
Therapy and Counselling152psychology courses, psychology, clinical psychology
Media149communication studies, communication and journalism
Education and Teaching113secondary teaching, education courses
Computer Science and Engineering47information science, computer support, computer and info science
Science44biology, chemistry, geology, biochemistry
Medical Support and Technology38audiology and speech pathology, health service and sciences
Security and Law Enforcement32criminal justice and safety
Religion and Philosophy30religious education, philosophy, religion, pastoral Counselling
Family and Social Work20social work, public administration
Design16design and visual communication
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy12nutrition sciences
Medical administration5public health education, health care facilities management
Conservation and Resource Management4environmental science
Fine Arts3art history and criticism

Contact: La Salle

La Salle University

1900 W Olney Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199

General Phone: (215) 951-1000


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