#21 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

DeSales University

Center Valley, Pennsylvania

 2 Reviews



DeSales University overview
Location Center Valley, Pennsylvania
Online desales.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
DeSales University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
Calculate your admission chances
Calculate your admission chances

DeSales University, located in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, offers a suburban learning environment nestled in the Lehigh Valley, with proximity to the major metropolitan area of Philadelphia. Established in 1964 and originally known as Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales, the institution was renamed DeSales University in 2001. The campus spans over 400 acres and features Georgian colonial-style architecture. DeSales University presents a moderately selective admissions process and provides undergraduate and graduate programs with notable emphasis on health and nursing, business, and criminal justice. The university's Division III athletic teams, known as the Bulldogs, compete primarily in the Middle Atlantic Conferences. Housing is available on campus, with a variety of options including traditional dormitories, suites, and apartments for its student body.

In the most recent statistical year 3,662 prospective students applied, and 2,826 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 509 enrolled in the school.  2,307 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 684 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $41,100 plus fees of $1,500. DeSales University is ranked 262 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












DeSales University is rated within the top 34% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


Rankings for DeSales University within the 2024 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

View the CollegeSimply ranking methodology.

Getting In

Admission Standards

DeSales University overview
SAT 1100/1280
ACT 23/29
GPA 3.39

Applications Accepted

DeSales University overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

Explore admissions requirements

Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for DeSales University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,468
Other Fees$1,500
Room and Board $13,500
Budget for Other Expenses$3,706
Total One Year Cost$61,274

Tuition and financial aid details


Average Salary After 10 Years

$51,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

69% within 6 years

Explore Post Graduation Outcomes

Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by DeSales University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 29%
Health Professions 19%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Biology 5%
Communication 5%

View All 33 Majors

Other Colleges to Consider 

Students considering DeSales University are frequently interested in these similar colleges.