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If you want to know more about DeSales University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is DeSales University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

DeSales University was awarded 9 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

DeSales landed the #553 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

Out of the 123 colleges in Pennsylvania, DeSales is ranked at #47.

See all of the rankings for DeSales University.

Is It Hard to Get Into DeSales?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at DeSales University is 74%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that DeSales is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 85% of students accepted to DeSales submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 620. Math scores were between 500 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for DeSales University  ( 510 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for DeSales University  ( 500 to 610 )
DeSales received ACT scores from 23% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 22 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for DeSales University  ( 22 to 27 )

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DeSales University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At DeSales University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at DeSales University is 37%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  37 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at DeSales University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 81% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like DeSales University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at DeSales for first-time, full-time students is 58%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  58 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at DeSales University.

Average Overall Diversity at DeSales

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,499 undergraduates at DeSales with 1,959 being full-time and 540 being part-time.

DeSales Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

DeSales scored 54.71 out of 100 for overall diversity. This is about average when compared to other colleges and universities in the United States.

Overall Diversity Score  54.71 out of 100
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How Much Does DeSales University Cost?

The overall average net price of DeSales is $26,971. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for DeSales

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,389 $21,872 $25,346 $27,801 $30,456

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of DeSales, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At DeSales, approximately 74% of students took out student loans averaging $10,130 a year. That adds up to $40,520 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at DeSales is 4.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do DeSales Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from DeSales make around $49,700 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future DeSales graduates since it is 25% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at DeSales University make the most money.

Location of DeSales University

DeSales University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. The rural area surrounding the school is great for students who prefer living in a country setting.

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Location of DeSales University

Contact details for DeSales are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034-9568
Phone: 610-282-1100

DeSales University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 47 majors graduated from DeSales University. Of these students, 621 received undergraduate degrees and 308 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 105 $64,200
Business Administration & Management 64 $41,900
Other Health Professions 49 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 41 $34,600
Accounting 40 $42,900
General Psychology 39 $25,600
General Biology 35 NA
Finance & Financial Management 26 $49,000
Health & Physical Education 22 $28,500
Computer Information Systems 22 $30,900

Learn more about the majors offered at DeSales University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at DeSales

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 1,086 students took at least one online class at DeSales University. This is an increase from the 822 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 1,086 602
2016-2017 822 592
2015-2016 742 500
2014-2015 943 453
2013-2014 740 376

Learn more about online learning at DeSales University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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