Overview and Policies

Who are we?


La Salle University is a Catholic university in the tradition of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.  To a diverse community of learners, La Salle University offers a rigorous curriculum and co-curricular experiences designed to help students gain theoretical and practical knowledge, deepen their ethical sensibilities, and prepare for a lifetime of continuous learning, professional success, and dedicated service.

As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts tradition, La Salle challenges students to contemplate life’s ultimate questions as they develop their faith, engage in a free search for truth, and explore their full human potential.  As a Lasallian university, named for St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, La Salle promotes excellence in teaching and scholarship, demonstrates respect for each person, nurtures mentoring relationships, and encourages authentic community. As an urban university, La Salle invites students to enhance their academic experience by immersing themselves in the rich resources of Philadelphia and the region.  All members of our community are called to maintain a heightened sensitivity to those marginalized within society as they practice civic engagement, provide leadership with a global perspective, and contribute to the common good.

Read more about our Mission and Core Values

The Lasallian Tradition

Following in the footsteps of founder Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the first De La Salle Christian Brothers first arrived in North America in the early 1800s and established the first permanent Lasallian school in Montreal, Canada, in 1837. In 1842, John McMullin became the first American De La Salle Brother.  He founded Calvert Hall College in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1845, which became the first permanent Lasallian school in the United States.  For more than a century-and-a-half, the Lasallian educational mission has spread throughout the United States and Canada with the establishment of schools, ministries, and services that have adapted to the changing needs of the times over the years as it continues to provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor.

The college that was to become La Salle University was founded in Philadelphia in 1863.  The incorporators were a group of Christian Brothers, priests, and laymen, a cooperative group unusual among boards of American Catholic colleges.  Two of the group were the co-founders of the College, Bishop James Wood, fifth bishop of Philadelphia, and Brother Teliow, a German immigrant who had joined the Brothers in America.  Brother Teliow was at the time principal of the Brothers’ Academy in St. Michael’s parish (at 2nd and Jefferson Streets).  Four years after its foundation at St. Michael’s, the college moved to Filbert Street, opposite what was to become Philadelphia’s new City Hall. Here the small collegiate department developed for some twenty years in tandem with the high school department; the borders between the two, in fact, were at times indistinct.  Because crowding continued during the 1870’s, the trustees sought more commodious space “uptown” at 1240 North Broad Street.  The College was finally moved there in July, 1886, where it would remain until 1929.

After the end of World War I, the College looked forward to further expansion in the ’20’s.  For this purpose, the trustees purchased a part of the historic Belfield Farm, home from 1810 to 1821 of the American painter and Renaissance man, Charles Willson Peale.  No sooner was work on the new buildings completed, however, than the country plunged into its worst depression.  Only belt-tight economy and persistence by Presidents Alfred and Anselm and help from other Brothers’ schools got the College through its mortgage crisis and World War II, when enrollment dropped from 400 to 80 students.  But a new dawn came soon thereafter.

In 1946, La Salle College was faced with a wave of returning war veterans and began a period of expansion which has continued to the present.  New buildings mushroomed and an increasingly lay faculty kept pace with a student body that soon numbered thousands.  Since then the University (as of 1984) has expanded physically through acquisition of adjacent properties (basically reuniting Peale’s “Belfield”), constructing (and in some cases renovating) various campus buildings, and expanding the number of academic programs on both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels, including three doctoral degrees.

La Salle describes itself today as an urban comprehensive university, and it is clear that it has achieved important success over the last century and a half, combining the old and the new of American higher learning with the enduring values of Catholic tradition.

The Campus

Learning occurs both in and out of the classroom. As a La Salle student, you’ll find yourself in the fifth-largest city in the U.S., a city of neighborhoods rich with unique historical, educational, social, and cultural opportunities. Classes are regularly complemented by city-based activities and the University enjoys fruitful partnerships with a variety of organizations in and around the city that provide excellent experiential opportunities for students. North, south, east and west — this city has it all. 

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Main Campus: the heart of the University, numerous buildings are located here, containing various administrative offices, classrooms, and laboratories.  The Connelly Library is also located here, as well as nearby residence halls.

West Campus: is home to the School of Business (in Founders’ Hall) and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (in Benilde Tower).  Offices for University Advancement are also located in Benilde.

South Campus: the Department of Communication is located here, as are several residence halls and the “Tree Tops” dining room, located adjacent to the St. Basil’ residence hall(s?).

Satellite Campuses: La Salle University maintains three separate locations away from the main campus:

  • Bucks County (La Salle University-Newtown, 33 University Dr., Newtown, PA 18940):
  • Plymouth Meeting (Victory Office Park, 220 West Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462): a variety of Graduate and Undergraduate programs are offered at this site, among which are: Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Business Administration, and Master’s in Professional Clinical Counseling.
  • Allentown (St. Paul School, 219 W. Susquehanna St. 2nd Floor, Allentown, PA 18103): the site for the BUSCA [Bilingual Undergraduate Studies for Collegiate Advancement]-Lehigh Valley program.

Nationally Recognized

La Salle University has consistently been recognized for excellence and value. Recently, the University achieved the following citations:

  • named to the FORBES Top Colleges 2017 ranking
  • ranked 34th overall in the North Region in the 2018 edition of S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook
  • earned a place on Forbes’s “America’s Best Value College” list
  • named by The Economist as a “Top 100 School in the U.S. for Value”
  • ranked fifth by Money magazine’s 2016 list of “50 Colleges That Add the Most Value”

Also, notably, in a study issued by The New York Times, La Salle graduates were in the top six percent for median income by age 34 ($58,700).  And, according to a new data study from U.S. News and World Report, the School of Business’s MBA program has the fourth highest employment rate in the nation; it was named to The Princeton Review’s Best 294 Business Schools 2017; and its Part-Time Hybrid MBA was included in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of “Best Graduate Schools.”

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Accreditations and Memberships – The Mark of Excellence

La Salle University was chartered in 1863 by the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is empowered by that authority to grant academic degrees.

LaSalle is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267.284.5000.  The Commission on Higher Education is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (Candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including distance education and correspondence education programs offered at those institutions.  MSCHE is also recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit degree-granting institutions which offer one or more post-secondary educational programs of at least one academic year in length in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other geographic areas in which the Commission conducts accrediting activities.

La Salle is also accredited by:

AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
777 South Harbor Island Blvd., Suite 750
Tampa, FL 33602-5730

Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market St., 12th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126

Regents of the University of the State of New York
Albany, NY 12234
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 610,
Washington, D.C. 20036

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036

American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE,
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530,
Washington, D.C. 20036

Council on Social Work Education
1600 Duke St.,
Alexandria, VA 22314

The Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at La Salle University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of The American Dietetic Association, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312.899.0040 (La Salle University’s Didactic Program in Nutrition is currently granted approval and the Coordinated Program in Dietetics is currently granted developmental accreditation.)

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs accredited the Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia at Montgomery Hospital/LaSalle University Nurse Anesthesia Program.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Education’s Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification approved the School Nurse Certificate and the Certificate for Speech and Language Disabilities.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program at LaSalle University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), 112 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 838-9808.

By affirming that a program is meeting or exceeding established benchmarks of excellence and quality, accreditation is one of the most sought-after and highly-regarded achievement a program can earn. The BSN, MSN, DNP, and APRN Post-master’s Certificate programs at La Salle University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Member of: Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, American Council on Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, National Collegiate Honors Council, College Entrance Examination Board, American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Association of College Admissions Counselors, National Catholic Educational Association, College and University Council of Pennsylvania, Association of Liberal Arts Colleges of Pennsylvania for the Advancement of Teaching, Pennsylvania Catholic Education Association, American Library Association, Urban Studies Association, National Commission on Accrediting, American Catholic Historical Society, Educational Conference of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, National Association for Foreign Student Affairs, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Association of College and University Housing Officers, and National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Policies, Rights, Responsibilities

Nondiscrimination Policy

La Salle University is a diverse community dedicated in the tradition of the Christian Brothers, and is concerned for both ultimate values and for the individual values of its faculty, employees, and students. Accordingly, in support of this values-driven mission, the University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment or any student or appli­cant for admission based upon race, color, religion, sex, age (40 years and older), disability, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, sexual preference or orientation, marital, parental, family, and pregnancy status, gender identity, military or veteran status, genetic informa­tion, or any prohibited basis, unless there is a bona fide occupation­al qualification which justifies a differentiation. This commitment applies to all aspects of the employment relationship, including hir­ing, promotion, compensation, discipline, discharge, and any term or condition of employment and extends to participation in all edu­cational programs and activities of La Salle University. Employment is based upon an applicant’s ability to meet the established require­ments for employment. All employment and admissions decisions will be made in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local antidiscrimination laws.

In addition, La Salle University will make reasonable accommoda­tion for qualified individuals with disabilities that are known to the University. The University will also make reasonable accommoda­tions to the religious beliefs and practices of which it is aware. The University, however, need not make any accommodation that would cause it an undue hardship.

Further, La Salle University firmly believes in providing a learning environment that is free from all forms of harassment and will not tolerate any form of impermissible harassment. Such harassment disregards individual values and impedes the Lasallian mission of providing an educational community that fosters both intellectual and spiritual development. Included in this prohibition are sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, and sexual violence, racial harass­ment, national origin harassment, and harassment based upon ancestry, color, religion, age, disability, citizenship, marital status, gender identity, military or veteran status, sexual preference or ori­entation, genetic information, or any basis prohibited under appli­cable non-discrimination laws.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Rights And Privacy Act Provisions

Each year, La Salle University informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 . This act was intended to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to pro­vide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings.

To fulfill basic requirements for compliance with the act, each insti­tution must inform each student of his or her right to prevent dis­closure of personally identifiable information. Although La Salle does not publish a public directory, the Office of the Registrar, at its discretion, does disclose the following information: name, address, dates of attendance, class, major field of study, degree(s) conferred (including dates), and e-mail address.

Under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Priva­cy Act, currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of such information. To prevent disclosure, written notification must be received by the Office of the Registrar by October 1 in the fall semester and February 15 in the spring semester. The University will honor each request to withhold any of the categories of infor­mation listed above but cannot assume responsibility to contact a student for subsequent permission to release them. Decisions about withholding any information should be made very carefully. Should a student decide to inform the institution not to release any infor­mation, any future requests for such information from non-institu­tional persons or organizations will be refused.

La Salle University assumes that failure to request the withholding of “directory information” indicates approval for disclosure.

Jeanne Clery Act and The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Act 73/College and University Security Information Act

To comply fully with the provisions of the Jeanne Clery Act and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Act 73, the College and University Security Information Act of 1988, La Salle University has available its Crime Statistics Report for the most recent three years, as well as a publication entitled “Safety and Security at La Salle University.” Copies of either document may be requested without charge in writ­ing from the Office of Safety and Security, La Salle University, Phil­adelphia, PA 19141 or can be accessed at on the Office of Safety and Security website.

Federal Consumer Information Regulations

To comply with Federal Consumer Information Regulations, La Salle University provides specific consumer information about the school to prospective and currently enrolled students and, in some cases, employees. Please visit the Student Consumer Information website for more information.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

A student’s matriculation at La Salle University is a voluntary decision that involves acceptance of the responsibility to perform academically and to behave socially in ways consistent with the goals and objectives of the University. When registering at La Salle, students accept University rules and regulations and the authority of the University to exercise disciplinary powers, including suspension and dismissal. The Student Guide to Resources, Rights, and Responsibilities is available on the University’s web site. All students are expected to follow the policies contained in the guide.


Board of Trustees

The membership of the Board changes annually.

Stephen T. Zarrilli, Chair
Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., President
Reginald M. Browne
Frank G. Byrne, F.S.C.
Diego F. Calderin
Jack Curran, F.S.C.
Hannah C. Datz
Stephen K. Degnan
Peter M. DiBattiste, M.D.
James T. Durkin
Edward J. Fierko
Philip W. J. Fisher
Daniel K. Fitzpatrick
AmyLynn V. Flood, CPA
James F. Gaffney, F.S.C.
John S. Grady Jr.
John R. Greed
Elmer F. Hansen III
Brian Henderson, F.S.C.
John Kane, F.S.C.
Margaret A. Kane
Mark A. Lafond
Dennis Lee, F.S.C.
Thomas A. Leonard
Jerome S. Lezynski II
Robert W. Liptak
JoAnn Magnatta
Denise D’Antonio Malecki
Bernadette M. Mangan
William W. Matthews III, Esq.
Ralph J. Mauro, Esq.
James V. Morris
Anthony J. Nocella
Kevin F. O’Donnell
Frank C. Palopoli
Daniel S. Robins, Ph.D.
William R. Sasso, Esq.
John T. Shannon Jr.
Gregory J. Webster
Joseph A. Gallagher, Emeritus
G. Dennis O’Brien, Ph.D., Emeritus

Officers of The Corporation

Stephen T. Zarrilli, Chair
Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., President
Edward J. Fierko, Vice Chair
William W. Matthews III, Esq., Vice Chair
Edward J. Sheehy, F.S.C., Ph.D., Vice President
Stephanie Pricken, Treasurer and Financial Adviser
Kevin E. Dolan, Esq., Secretary


Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.

President’s Cabinet

Vice President and General Counsel
Kevin E. Dolan, Esq.

Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Government Affairs and Community Affairs
Joseph Meade

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation
William Bradshaw

Vice President, Office of Mission
Ernest Miller, F.S.C.

Provost and Vice  President of Academic Affairs
Brian Goldstein, PhD

Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs
Dawn Soufleris, PhD

Vice President of Advancement
Kathleen Pasons-Nicolic

Vice President, Enrollment Services

University Offices and Services

View the complete listing of University Offices and Services online.

Academic Calendar

The Academic Calendar for the next year is usually published in the preceding Fall semester.  It is accompanied by a less-detailed schema for the next five years.