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B-
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  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 1,811 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the DeSales acceptance rate is 74%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Biology. Graduating 70% of students, DeSales alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,800.
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
74%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
1010-1230
ACT Range
22-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$27,977/ 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
$20,975/ 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
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.30 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.30 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,811Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
534
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Hard working
    32%
  • Diligent
    26%
  • Sociable
    21%
  • Conservative Catholics
    16%
  • Boring and stressed
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
80%
Poll
86%
of students say they don't have Greek life.35 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.53 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Small, but "homey"
    30%
  • Family
    27%
  • 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
$49,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
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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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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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.
Upon entering my freshmen year, I was very hopeful for what awaited me at DeSales University. However, throughout the year, I found it to be lackluster and average. One of the primary reasons I chose DeSales was for it being a Catholic university, but to my disappointment the university seemed to stray from that,for there was little religious aspects to the school, aside from daily mass. Overall, the hefty tuition does not match the quality of education and experience a student receives there.