History & Mission
Founded in 1863, La Salle University is a comprehensive Catholic and Lasallian university in the tradition of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and St. John Baptist de La Salle, the patron saint of teachers. La Salle is known for excellence in teaching and scholarship, and embraces deep respect for each person. For 158 years, the Christian Brothers of La Salle have made a high quality education accessible to students as professors, administrators, staff members, advisers, and mentors, working and teaching alongside fellow members of the La Salle community.
La Salle University's total Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral enrollment is 4,620 students. The average Undergraduate class size is 18 students with a 12:1 student to faculty ratio. Over 85% of our full-time faculty have their Ph.D.'s or the highest degree in their field. 100% of our courses are taught by faculty. No courses are taught by teaching assistants. The University features 44 undergraduate majors, more than 120 student organizations and 19 varsity athletic teams.
Academics & Outcomes
Whether you enroll in our nationally-renowned Honors Program, one of our 44 undergraduate majors, or our Summit Program that provides personalized and focused academic learning support for first-year students, you’ll be joining a diverse community of learners working toward a common goal-a meaningful education and a better world.
La Salle is consistently cited for value and outcomes by organizations such as U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Money magazine, and Forbes. We are proud to say that year after year, our graduates move on to be impactful teachers, transformational CEOs, caring health care providers, Fulbright Scholars, and above all, exceptional human beings.
As the sixth-largest city in the U.S., Philadelphia is brimming with global corporations, nonprofit organizations, leading media outlets, historic landmarks, and professional sports teams. How much of a role the city plays in your La Salle experience is entirely up to you. Whether you are enjoying an authentic cheesesteak, running up the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, or catching an Eagles game, Philly will be your classroom and playground.
At La Salle University you will have the ability to make a meaningful difference in the world. Through our outreach programs, tutoring and mentoring experiences, and advocacy groups, you’ll play an active role in supporting our local community. Driven by our unwavering commitment to helping the underserved, you’ll find countless ways to fight for social justice—locally and globally—creating a better tomorrow for us all.
Office of Admissions
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Financial aid forms and applications may seem overwhelming at times, but we will help you navigate the process. Learn about the different types of financial aid and scholarships available by visiting, https://www.lasalle.edu/financialaid/. We strongly encourage you to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov (our FAFSA code is 003287). Our financial aid counselors are there for you every step of the way. Our 2021-22 tuition rate is $32,000 and room and board (depending upon your meal plan) is approximately $15,000.
La Salle University recognizes that every student is unique and we are committed to reviewing each application individually. The University seeks students who are academically motivated, intellectually curious, and socially active with a strong desire to serve others. All La Salle full-time, undergraduate applicants are given the option to choose either the Traditional or Test-Optional Application review as the path that best reflects a student’s abilities, skills, life experiences, and potential for success.
What You Need to Apply
For Traditional and Test-Optional Application Review:
- Application for Admission
- Official high school transcripts
- Essay or personal statement
- A recommendation letter
- Official SAT or ACT results*
*not required for Test-Optional candidates
Dates to Remember
Oct. 1—Financial Aid Form Available. Students wishing to apply for need-based financial aid can access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Nov. 1—Early Action Program Deadline. Students who submit completed application packages by Nov. 1 will receive an admission decision by mid-November. After Nov. 1, admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis.
Jan. 15- Community Service and Christian Brothers Scholarships deadline.
May 1— Candidate’s Reply Date. Students admitted prior to May 1 must submit a $200 confirmation deposit and $300 housing deposit (resident students only) to receive priority housing and course selection.