La Salle at a Glance
Founded in 1863, La Salle University was established through the legacy of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order, which De La Salle founded 300 years ago. La Salle is an educational community shaped by traditional Catholic and Lasallian values: a deep respect for each individual, a belief that intellectual and spiritual development go hand-in-hand, a passion for creative teaching and learning, and a conviction that education should be useful-for personal growth, professional advancement, and service to others.
La Salle offers more than 40 undergraduate majors, 15 minors, 15 graduate programs, including a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, and 37 certificate programs. Majors and certificates are organized into three schools, Arts and Sciences, Business, and Nursing and Health Sciences, and the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.
Michael J. McGinniss, F.S.C., Ph.D. – (bio)
Current Enrollment (2009-2010)
Total enrollment: 7,927
Main Campus, located on 130 acres in Northwest Philadelphia.
Bucks County Center, located in Newtown, Pa.
Montgomery County Center, located in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
La Salle competes at the Division I level in the Atlantic 10 Conference. It competes in 22 intercollegiate sports as well as in several club and intramural sports.
There is a 90 percent graduation rate for La Salle student-athletes who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility. The national graduation rate is 79 percent. The University had seven student-athletes earn Academic All-American honors in 2009-10.
Points of Distinction:
La Salle is once again listed among to the top 20 leading universities in the Master’s Universities (North) category of U.S. News and World Report.
La Salle’s School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). AACSB accreditation is considered the highest mark of a business school’s quality—fewer than five percent of business schools earn this distinction.
La Salle has graduated 60 students who have been named Fulbright Scholars.
For the past four years, graduates of the Speech-Language-Hearing Science Program achieved a higher than 97 percent pass rate on the national exam. The national average pass rate is 75 percent.
La Salle students volunteering in community service projects and in service-learning courses contributed 50,000 hours to the local community, which equals more than $1 million of in-kind support for the local community (according to the U.S. government rate to calculate the value of volunteer service in the community).
The Athletic Department’s Project Teamwork was honored for the eighth consecutive year by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports for its community service and youth outreach program.
90% of La Salle faculty hold the highest degree in their field.
La Salle is currently the only school in the country with two National Scholar-Athletes of the Year: Yves Mekongo, ’10 and Morgan Robertson, ’10.
La Salle graduated its largest Bilingual Undergraduate Studies for Collegiate Advancement (BUSCA) class in the program’s 17-year history; 30 students received their associate’s degrees.