FAQs

  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. Are there computer labs on-campus?
  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.

Are there computer labs on-campus?

  • 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, every classroom and in the residence halls.

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 through the Center for Academic Achievement (Lawrence Building, Suite 409, 215.951.1326).
    • Formally-trained La Salle students provide Subject Tutoring in nearly 100 undergraduate courses. The Center also provides group tutoring via Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Facilitated Study Groups for certain courses. Many students find SI particularly helpful as the tutors attend class, better allowing them to help students.
    • Friendly and formally-trained tutors provide information about the writing process and documentation styles, as well as assistance with idea development, organization, and issues of tone and voice. Regardless of one’s writing ability, an appointment with a writing tutor can help all writers. Individual writing support is available for all students, all years, all courses, and at all stages of the writing process.
    • Academic Coaching helps students become better organized, manage time more effectively, strengthen reading comprehension, study more strategically, and improve metacognition. Individual appointments (face-to-face and distance) and small-group workshops (live and online) are available to help students develop effective learning strategies and understand how to become a more successful student.
  • If your student is an athlete, the Academic Support 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. Contact Christine Cahill (215.951.1696, cahillc@lasalle.edu) or Katelyn Maher (215.951.1681, maher@lasalle.edu) for more information.
  • For more information on academic support, please check out the Academic Support Programs and Services website.

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.