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Campus & Student Life at DeSales University

Home to about 2,398 undergraduates in 2020, DeSales is a small, private university located in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Students who enjoy the peace and quiet of country life may thrive in this rural setting. Should you tire of the campus however, DeSales offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by DeSales can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our DeSales Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

DeSales University is Affiliated With the Roman Catholic Faith.

Some, but not all, schools with a religious affiliation may require a statement of faith or religious studies component. Contact the school to see what their requirements are. If an affinity with the Roman Catholic faith interests you, check out our ranking of The Best Roman Catholic Colleges and Universities.

DeSales Has a Disability Services Site

Individuals with disabilities make up 11.0% of the student population at DeSales. For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit DeSales Disability Services.

DeSales for the Military

While not a "service academy", DeSales does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs and there is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit DeSales Veteran Services . For more information, check out our DeSales for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at DeSales University

DeSales offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at DeSales University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at DeSales University

DeSales has a comparatively small, student body. There were 2,398 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 1,930 (80.5%). Part-time attendance was 468 (19.5%).


DeSales University is Ranked #1,419 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, DeSales is about average in terms of overall diversity. We rank DeSales #1419 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at DeSales University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at DeSales by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the DeSales Diversity Guide.

DeSales University Competes in the NCAA

DeSales has a total of 323 student athletes, 189 men and 134 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$1,938,862
Total Expenses (all teams)$1,820,774

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to DeSales University Athletics

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