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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C
  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 1,959 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the DeSales acceptance rate is 79%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Accounting. Graduating 71% of students, DeSales alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,800.
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (without football)
Athletic Conference
Middle Atlantic Conferences

DeSales University Rankings

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DeSales Admissions

Acceptance Rate
79%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1010-1230
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$28,244/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$22,442/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.29 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.33 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.33 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
20
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
9
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
11
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    16%
  • On Campus
    71%
  • Online
    12%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,959Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
540
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Hard working
    29%
  • Diligent
    24%
  • Conservative Catholics
    19%
  • Sociable
    19%
  • Boring and stressed
    10%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
80%
Poll
87%
of students say they don't have Greek life.38 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.56 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Small, but "homey"
    30%
  • Family
    24%
  • Bonding through mutual frustration with the school
    9%
  • Excellence
    9%
  • Small school and very outgoing people
    9%
  • Lots of work but Love it
    6%
  • Confusing
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
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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I adored my four years at DeSales University! The professors I had the opportunity to interact with in the natural science department were both personable and extremely knowledgeable. I received the most valuable education within the classroom and outside the classroom. The focus on Christian Humanism and Salesian spirituality is one of the reasons I chose the university, and campus ministry did not disappoint! I will be forever grateful to DeSales for the education I received and the memories I made. I was sad to leave after graduation, but DeSales prepared me for life and anything that could lie ahead for me.
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I am transferring out of DeSales firstly because I did not feel challenged enough by the coursework there for my major in Computer Science.
In my major classes, they often felt very slow and worked much from the book.
However, all classes not in my major's focus, I loved with my whole heart.
And I wish I did not leave because the professors I had here are some of the best teachers, friends, and people in general I've met anywhere. I wish I could stay just for them.
I am transferring secondly just because there are a few very specific majors and course focuses that they don't offer which I'd like to explore.
Overall, it's an absolutely great place to be with the most amazing teachers, but I am looking for something more challenging.
I did not take any online classes.
Online utilization between professors varied, but the experience was always great in my experience.
We used Blackboard I think for class pages and information.
Pages always worked flawlessly.

Some professors never used it, some posted files or the class notes or recorded lectures online, whereas two gave online quizzes here and another had discussion boards.
Overall I though they worked very well.