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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    A+
DeSales is a private, Catholic university located in Upper Saucon Township, Pennsylvania in the Allentown Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,854 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the DeSales acceptance rate is 76%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business Administration and Management, and Biology. Graduating 68% of students, DeSales alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $38,800.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences
Address
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034
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DeSales University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
76%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
940-1180
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$25,549/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $19,054/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,938/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,168/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,970/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,148/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.29 responses
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.29 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.29 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,854Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
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  • Hard working
    33%
  • Diligent
    28%
  • Conservative Catholics
    17%
  • Sociable
    17%
  • Boring and stressed
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
77%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.34 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.52 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Family
    28%
  • Small, but "homey"
    28%
  • Excellence
    10%
  • Small school and very outgoing people
    10%
  • Bonding through mutual frustration with the school
    7%
  • Lots of work but Love it
    7%
  • Confusing
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.22 responses
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DeSales University Reviews

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Beautiful campus, wonderful people, and great academics. DeSales is the perfect college for all those interested in attending a small Catholic College. The students are very welcoming and by the time you leave you feel like part of a large family. The professors are very willing to work with on if you have any questions or concerns. In addition, if you are a student-athlete the professors are very considerate and will work extra time if you miss class. The dorms are very spacious and even as a freshman you only have to share a bathroom with three other people! There is also in-house cleaning that comes once a month to make sure your dorm is nice and clean. I would recommend the school to anyone.
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The staff talked about all the events planned for students, all the benefits that students would receive, and all the help students could ask for. When I attended the school with the hopes of all that I was told, I found out that nothing really happens on campus. I was not given the help and benefits that were promised to me. The school is boring and not worth going to unless in a specific program of study.
I absolutely love it here. The student body is incredibly friendly and the professors are (mostly) above average. They have a really big emphasis on getting involved, so everyone has a really awesome support system. Orientation was one of the best weekends of my life. The sports games here (however few) are really fun to attend. It's a relatively small campus here, so most of us mind our own business, it's never really a judgement zone. The most popular majors here are nursing and theatre (or so I've gathered). The only downsides that I can see are that it gets REALLY windy here in the winters, and if you don't have a car on campus be prepared with gloves and hats and coats, etc. The food is also okay, it's usually hit or miss some days. We're really close to a shopping center and a movie theatre and a bowling alley, and there are frequent trips to nearby cities and events, and sometimes beaches when it gets warmer. So you're never bored. I absolutely love it here.