Parents Association
  1. Where should I mail a card to my student and how can I send them a package?
  2. How is the safety on campus maintained?
  3. Do all students have to participate in a University meal plan?
  4. How much do books cost and how much spending money is needed?
  5. My son or daughter is living off-campus and will be a commuter. How can he or she get involved?
  6. Do I need to bring a computer to La Salle?
  7. Do all students have Academic Advisors?
  8. What resources are available for my son or daughter if they need extra help or tutoring in a class?
  9. How many students go to La Salle? What percentage live on campus versus commuting?
  10. What is the average class size at La Salle?
  11. Do many students receive financial aid and scholarships? How do I apply for financial aid?

Where should I mail a card to my student and how can I send them a package?

  • If your student is living on North Campus (Sts. Albert, Bernard, Cassian, Dennis, George, Hilary, Jerome, or Katherine and La Salle Apartments),please address their mail or package to:
    • Student’s Name 1900 W. Olney Ave. North Halls Complex P.O. Box 5150 Room/Apartment Number Philadelphia, PA 19141
  • If your student is living on West Campus (Sts. Edward and Francis, St. Miguel Townhouses or St. Theresa Court Apartments), please address their mail or package to:
    • Student’s Name 1900 W. Olney Ave. West Halls Complex P.O. Box 20902 Room/Apartment Number Philadelphia, PA 19141
  • If your student is living on South Campus (St. Neumann Hall or St. Basil Court), please address their mail or package to:
    • Student’s Name 1900 W. Olney Ave. Treetops Mailroom P.O. Box 20902 Room Number
  • How is the safety on campus maintained?
  • La Salle Security Office operates twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year.
  • University security officers patrol campus on foot, on bicycles, and in marked vehicles.
  • Shuttle service runs daily (until 3:00 a.m. on weekdays and 4:00 a.m. on weekends) throughout the campus and can even take students up to the subway and bus stations at Broad and Olney. When the shuttle is not in service, students can utilize the University’s escort service.
  • A team of Security Desk Receptionists, under the Division of Student Affairs, staff the residential security booths at the North Halls Complex, Saints Edward and Francis Halls, the Saint Miguel Complex, and Saint Neumann Hall. These are operated twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week when classes are in session.
  • For more information on safety and security, please click here www.lasalle.edu/admin/businessaffairs/security.

Do all students have to participate in a University meal plan?

  • All students living in the University residence halls must participate in a meal plan unless the University approves their withdrawal.
  • Upper class students that live in the apartments or townhouses do not have to participate in a meal plan because they have the facilities to cook. However, they are welcome to participate in the program.
  • There is a special meal plan (5 meal plan) for those upperclassmen, commuter, and off-campus students if they would like to participate.
  • For more detailed meal plan information, please click here www.lasalle.edu/admin/businessaffairs/food.

How much do books cost and how much spending money is needed?

  • Depending on the program, an average student spends approximately $300 per semester on books. The amount of other expenses depends on the student’s lifestyle.
  • Students can set up a Gold Card Account at the Bursar’s Office. A Gold Card is similar to a debit card. For example, you can deposit $500 at the beginning of the semester which students can use to pay for books, food, Union Market, and some vending machines, and copy machines on campus.

My son or daughter is living off-campus and will be a commuter. How can he or she get involved?

  • Commuter and Off-Campus Association (CAOS) is a student organization who plans social and educational activities for commuters and off-campus students so they may become involved, meet one another, and be connected to campus.
  • The Br. Augustine Center located at 5632 Uber St. is a common place for commuter and off-campus students to gather. The center offers information and resources to address the specific needs of commuter and off-campus students.
  • There is a list serve of Off-Campus and Commuter students which is a great communication tool for students who do not live on campus. Off-Campus and Commuter students may submit their names and email addresses to the Coordinator for Off-Campus and Commuter Students.
  • The University holds an Activities Fair at the beginning of the year for students during a common free period to see and learn more about the many student organizations on campus.
  • Students can also stop in the Programming Center located on the 3rd Floor of the Student Union Building to get a list of all student organizations and contact information.

Do I need to bring a computer to La Salle?

  • While La Salle students use computers rather extensively, we do not require students to purchase a personal computer for their use in our academic programs. Beginning in Fall 2007, incoming full-time first year students will be required to purchase a La Salle notebook PC.
  • The University computer lab is located on the lower level of Wister Hall. There are also computer labs in College Hall, Communication Center, Holroyd Hall, and Olney Hall for student use during posted hours when classes are not in session. Wireless network connections are available in most common areas and every classroom as well.
  • However, for the first time, La Salle University is selling discounted notebook PCs to members of the university community at our cost. The Toshiba Tecra A8 notebook is a brand new high-end model with features like: a 15.4' wide screen; fingerprint reader security; built-in smart card slot for transferring camera card data; and a three year warranty. It can be serviced right on campus, since La Salle's IT department is certified as a Toshiba repair facility. Please visit http://www.lasalle.edu/IT/notebook on how to order a computer.

Do all students have Academic Advisors?

  • Every La Salle student is assigned an advisor who provides academic information and advice. Academic advisors help students work out programs of study and select courses, and they provide information about registration, electives, schedule revision, changing majors, and graduation requirements. Prior to registration, students are required to meet with their advisors. It is the student’s responsibility to learn what his or her options are and to develop and follow a plan of study that will satisfy the requirements of the degree he or she is seeking. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to make use of their academic advisors, and the many other resources on campus.
  • If a student is not sure who there advisor is, they should stop by the Dean’s Office of the school which they are enrolled (e.g. a marketing major would go to the School of Business Dean’s Office, etc.).

What resources are available for my son or daughter if they need extra help or tutoring in a class?

  • The first thing a student should do is to schedule an appointment during their professor’s office hours after class to see if the professor can provide extra support and answer any questions.
  • If a student still needs help, La Salle provides a variety of programs and resources to help students increase their chances of academic success at the University.
    • Tutoring services are provided in all subject areas by students with at least 3.0 overall GPA and 3.0 GPA in their major (some programs have stricter requirements). Tutors generally work Monday-Friday and work with students to arrange a schedule to meet. For more information, you can contact the Learning Support Coordinator, Teri Cerraso at 215-951-1807 or ceraso@lasalle.edu.
    • The Sheekey Writing Center provides both peer and professional tutoring to assist students with their college writing. The Center also runs study skills workshops and offers helpful handouts with writing guidelines. Located in Olney Hall, room 203, the Center offers both day and evening hours - appointments are not required, but are strongly recommended. The Center's services are available to all La Salle students; arrangements can be made to assist students studying at one of our satellite campuses. For more information, you can contact Mary Robertson at 215.951.1299 or via email at robertso@lasalle.edu.
  • The Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes Office is designed to assist student-athletes throughout their studies at La Salle University. Initially, the primary goal is to assist student-athletes in their transition to the collegiate environment and to help them better understand the academic and athletic demands they will encounter. Through educational programming, advising, counseling and other support services, La Salle student-athletes are encouraged and supported in their pursuit of personal, academic, career, and athletic goals. La Salle student-athletes are encouraged to be actively involved in their educational process as the balance of academic and athletic achievement is fostered. For more information, you can contact Brother John Kane at 215.951.1861 or Christine Cahill at 215.951.1696 or via email at kanej@lasalle.edu or cahillc@lasalle.edu.
  • For more information on Academic Resources, please check out the Learning Support webpage at www.lasalle.edu/services/tlc.

How many students go to La Salle? What percentage live on campus versus commuting?

  • La Salle has a total of over 6,000 students. Approximately 3,200 represent full-time undergrad day students and approximately 2,800 full and part-time Evening and Graduate students.
  • Approximately 70% of full time undergrad day students live on campus.

What is the average class size at La Salle?

  • The average class size at La Salle is 20.

Do many students receive financial aid and scholarships? How do I apply for financial aid?

  • Over 90% of students receive some form (grants, loans, or scholarships) of financial aid. Financial aid is need-based and is awarded based on the estimated family contribution.
  • In order to apply for financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form by February 15.
  • Please check out the Student Financial Services website (www.lasalle.edu/admiss/fin/home)for more information.

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