LA Salle University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

About La Salle University

La Salle University is a private, not-for-profit school with values shaped by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and Saint John the Baptist de La Salle. The university was founded in 1863, and its main campus is located about six miles from Center City Philadelphia. The school also has campuses in Bucks and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked La Salle University #41 on its list of best regional universities in the North.


La Salle University is home to about 4,500 undergraduate and 2,100 graduate students. More than 40 majors are available to students throughout the four schools at La Salle, which include the School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies. The most popular undergraduate majors include health professions, business or marketing, and communications or journalism. The core curriculum is designed to provide students with spiritual as well as intellectual resources, which they can employ during their studies and after they graduate.


La Salle University has rolling admissions, so there is no concrete deadline for applications. However, the university does recommend that students apply before January 15th to be considered for financial aid and scholarships. La Salle does not have early admissions, but if a student applies before November 15th, he or she will be notified of acceptance no later than December 15th. Along with an application, students must submit SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts, a letter of recommendation, and an essay. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities and maintain a solid B+ average in high school to be considered for admission.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of 2012, the annual cost to attend La Salle University was $48,360, including room and board, fees, and tuition. The average financial aid package per student was about $15,000; this might include loans, work study, and grant money. La Salle also offers four kinds of scholarships. The Christian Brothers Scholarship is awarded to students of high academic merit. To be considered, students must apply through the university no later than January 15th. The Community Service Scholarship is awarded to students who are involved in their high school communities and also demonstrate academic ability. Students must also apply for this scholarship no later than January 15th. The Founders Scholarship ranges from $9,000 to $18,000; all applicants are considered for this scholarship. Athletic scholarships are also awarded to student athletes, who must contact the coaches at La Salle for consideration.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit***
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees**
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic**
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Large city***
Student Body 4,543 undergraduates, 2,142 graduates (as of Fall 2011)***
Student Housing Options include 12 residence halls, two apartment complexes, and a townhouse complex; approximately 70% of full-time undergraduate students live on campus*
Schools and Programs 4 schools; more than 40 undergraduate majors, 15 graduate programs, and nearly 40 certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) Bachelor's: Health professions and related programs (269), business/management/marketing (174), communications/journalism (80)***
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 67% in six years**
Admission Rate 73% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 957 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 81% in 2011**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students SAT score: 1080-1100, ACT score: 23*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Decision Notification Date Notifications begin Dec. 15**
Tuition (2012) $48,360 per year, including tuition, fees, room, and board**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) Grant or scholarship aid (81%), Pell grants (34%), federal student loans (67%)***
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 89% in 2012**

Sources: *La Salle University, **College Board, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: La Salle University, Office of Undergraduate Admission, 1900 West Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141
  • Phone: (215) 951-1500
  • Website:

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