Special Programs and Experiential Learning

Academic Discovery Program (ADP)

The Academic Discovery Program (Pennsylvania ACT 101) is a specialized academic support program for students whose admissions applications indicate that they meet certain criteria for academic potential, financial need, and Philadelphia residence. Students are offered admission to the Academic Discovery Program after completing an extended application process including an in-person interview with program staff. Students accepted through ADP must complete an intensive academic summer bridge program involving courses in mathematics, writing, study skills, and critical thinking before the start of their first year. During the academic year, students take courses from the standard La Salle University curriculum, but they are assigned counselors, tutors, and an academic adviser to support their efforts ADP provides intensive support across each student’s academic career to help them develop and maintain effective study habits, establish and pursue clear career goals, and compete successfully in an accelerated academic setting. As much as possible, each student’s program is tailored to his or her individual needs.

View the Academic Discovery Program website for more information about the, including course descriptions and a breakdown of ADP requirements.

Additional questions or concerns may be addressed to:

Leonard Daniels
Director and Counselor

Chappelle Washington-Freer
Enrollment and Retention Specialist

Community-Engaged Learning, Service Learning, Explorer Connection

Service Learning, Community-Engaged Learning, and the Explorer Connection work together to provide enriched, robust learning experiences for students that take them beyond classroom walls. Community-Engaged Learning and Service Learning specialize in building relationships with the community both on- and off-campus.

Community-Engaged Learning

Such programs at La Salle exist to create and support meaningful educational experiences for students through direct engagement with the city, its resources, and its residents. Our programs invite students to experience the many cultural assets of our community, as well as to witness, critically reflect upon, and respond to its challenges. We aim to foster the kind of education that is at the heart of La Salle’s mission: one that empowers students to live fuller and more thoughtful lives, while working for the common good. Community-Based courses incorporate community engagement as a significant portion of the course’s work. One example: Inside Out courses, which are held in local prisons with a student population composed of half La Salle students and half incarcerated students.

Community-Engaged Learning also encourages students and faculty to make use of Philadelphia as a learning venue through both the City as Classroom program, in which faculty can apply for funding for course-related opportunities in Philadelphia and the Cultural Passport program, in which first-year students receive discounts to cultural institutions through Philadelphia. These community-based learning activities are tied to course goals, and can range from museum admission for an Art History course to theatre tickets for an English or Global Literature course to reimbursement for travel costs to take a Religion class to a local place of worship or a Public Health class to an underserved neighborhood or a Business class to a local factory.

View the Community Engaged Learning at La Salle website for more information or contact Heather McGee at 215.991.2877 or mcgeeh@lasalle.edu


Service Learning

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that provides students with the opportunity to practice, perform, and observe the theories and practical applications of academic course content through service in the community.  The service learning experience is processed through structured and on-going reflection through a mix of writing, reading, speaking, and listening, individually and in groups.  Service learning is most effective when there is a sustained commitment throughout the semester and when the service experience addresses community-identified needs. Service Learning involves faculty and students in courses that blend sustained service and they provide for reciprocal relationships with community partners.

The Explorer Connection

The Explorer Connection offers co-curricular opportunities for students, faculty and staff to engage with current events, social trends and justice issues through panel discussions, guest lectures, workshops and teach-ins. The Explorer Connection’s weekly Explorer Café event provides regular occasions for the campus community to engage each other in conversation on timely topics from the impact of social media on student health, to the ethics of open source coding, to the role of higher education in preparing students for professions, and more.

View the Service Learning or the Explorer Connection website for more information or contact Tara Carr-Lemke at 215.951.5120 or carrlemke@lasalle.edu

English Language Institute (ELI) Program

The English Language Institute (ELI) program is committed to providing the highest quality intensive English language instruction to international students and all non-native speakers of English, who are interested in improving their English language proficiency. Our full-time curriculum focuses on all aspects of language learning – listening, speaking, reading and writing, to assist in meeting individualized goals.

The ELI is a part of, and located on the campus of La Salle University, where ELI students will attend classes and enjoy life alongside other university students. ELI students are a part of the La Salle community, and are always encouraged to participate in campus-wide activities, clubs, and social events, as well as special events organized by the English Language Institute, which are designed to increase cultural awareness and provide informal opportunities to practice English. 

La Salle University is located in the metropolitan and historic city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, otherwise referred to as the “City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection”.  Philadelphia is located just a short train or car ride from winter skiing, the beautiful beaches of southern New Jersey, NYC, and Washington D.C. 

Students who successfully complete the ELI program and are otherwise academically acceptable will have TOEFL/IELTS scores waived as an admission requirement to La Salle University.  Conditional Admission to both undergraduate and graduate programs at La Salle University is possible for students also submitting official and translated copies of academic transcripts.

ELI Courses

  • ELI 005/006
    This course is designed for students with beginning level of English language proficiency. This course will develop students’ basic English listening/speaking skills, vocabulary, and grammatical structures so that they can successfully meet the learning outcomes. Also, students will develop literary, analytical, and critical thinking skills which will enable them to be successful in future courses.
  • ELI 010/011
    This course is designed for students with high-beginning to low-intermediate level of English language proficiency. This course will further develop students’ English skills upon what they have learned in Level 1 courses, including listening/speaking, vocabulary, grammatical structures, literary, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • ELI 015/016
    This course is designed for students with intermediate English language proficiency. This course will further develop students’ English skills upon what they learned in Level 2 courses, including listening/speaking, vocabulary, grammatical structures, literary, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
  • ELI 020/021
    This course will allow students to develop high-intermediate to low-advanced English reading/writing skills, vocabulary, and grammatical structures so that they can successfully meet the learning outcomes. Also, students will develop literary, analytical, critical thinking skills, as well as research skills, which will enable them to be successful in future courses.
  • ELI 025/026
    This course is designed for students with advanced English language proficiency. This course should meet your needs as prospective students, developing the research skills, as well as reading/writing strategies that are necessary for undergraduate studies at US universities. In the classroom, your active participation is invited and expected. You will also have the opportunity to peer-edit each other’s writing and engage in collaborative assignments.
  • ELI 030/031
    This course should meet your needs as prospective students, developing the research skills, as well as reading/writing strategies that are necessary for graduate studies at US universities. In the classroom, your active participation is invited and expected. You will also have the opportunity to peer-edit each other’s writing and engage in collaborative assignments.

View the English language Institute website for more information or call or e-mail 215.991.2600, ELI@lasalle.edu

International Year One (IYO) Program

The International Year One (IYO) program provides academically qualified international students still needing additional academic English training, full admission to La Salle University. This freshman year program offers specially designed core and elective courses to support international students with their academic achievement and social adjustment.  Students receive free one-on-one English and subject tutoring each week, along with group study sessions, academic advising, and meetings with the Director of the program.  All undergraduate first year international students are encouraged to enroll in this program.

FYS 130 In Pursuit of the “American Dream”: Your Multilingual and Multicultural Experiences in the USA

This course will explore several topics related to your experience of multilingual and multicultural identities in the USA. We will explore this theme by first focusing on the college campus, where many of you have had your first American experiences. We will discuss diverse perspectives on the relationship between American students and international students. We then move onto language issues in the broader U.S. contexts, studying the historical and contemporary perspectives of bilingual education programs and the English-only movement. We will conclude the course with a focus on the hotly debated immigration policies and arguments surrounding them.

View the International Year One program website for more information.

Higher Education Initiative at La Salle University

High school students attending partner high schools may be eligible to take dual-credit, or, college-credit only, coursework at La Salle University.  Dual-credit programs include the Community Scholar Program, the Diocesan Scholar Program, and the Transformation Scholar Program.  College-credit only programs include the Summer Scholars Program and the Travel Study Partners Program.

High school students in the above programs are advised by the Registrar’s office, in consultation with the Coordinator of Academic Partnerships.  Summer Scholars and Travel Study Partner students must pay all attendant registration and/or travel fees before attending classes.

High school students enrolled in college-level courses are subject to all policies regarding matriculated La Salle University students.  Students should refer to the Student Guide to Resources, Rights, and Responsibilities for policy details.

Grades earned by students in dual-credit courses become part of a student’s academic record at both La Salle University and the student’s high school, and, additionally, affect G.P.A. at both institutions.  Grades earned by high school students enrolled in college-credit only courses are not reported to high schools by La Salle University.  Both dual-credit and college-credit only develop college transcripts.  Transcripts do not indicate that students took courses as high school students.  La Salle University does not guarantee that courses will transfer to other institutions.  Official La Salle University transcripts can be requested through the Registrar’s office.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives students, parents and guardians certain rights and protections with respect to education records. FERPA-protects education records of minors in college credit or dual credit courses differently than High School courses.  La Salle University administrators may communicate with high school administrators regarding a student’s performance in a dual-credit course and the parents and guardians of minor students in a dual credit course may receive education records directly from the high school; however parents and guardians may not receive education records directly from La Salle unless the minor enrolled in the dual-credit or college-credit course gives express written permission.

View the Higher Education Initiative website for more information or call or e-mail 215-951-1160, langemak@lasalle.edu

Community Scholars Program

Junior and senior high school students with G.P.A.’s of at least 3.5 and no history of serious disciplinary violations are eligible for this program.  To apply, students must attend School District of Philadelphia high schools; students are selected through a District selection process.

Diocesan Scholar Program

Seniors attending Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Catholic private schools are eligible for this program.  Applications and selections are managed by The Archdiocese.

Transformation Scholar Program

Junior and senior high school students with G.P.A.’s of at least 3.5 and no history of serious disciplinary violations are eligible for this program.  To apply, students from any area partner high school are eligible to apply to this program; students are selected through a La Salle University selection process.

Summer Scholars Program

Junior and senior high school students with G.P.A.’s of at least 3.5 and no history of serious disciplinary violations are eligible to take summer courses at reduced cost.  Students may attend any high school; eligible students may register for available courses on a first-come, first-served basis.

Travel Study Partners Program

Junior and senior high school students with G.P.A.’s of at least 3.5 and no history of serious disciplinary violations are eligible for this program.  Students attend courses and travel in cohorts from partner high schools.

Honors Program


La Salle University emphasizes the need for a strong basis in the humanities and the development of specific skills for all undergraduates. For this reason, all students are required to complete a core curriculum which fulfills the University’s institutional learning objectives, along with intensive study in a specific discipline. The curricular structure of the University Honors Program follows the general University model, but with modifications that recognize the needs and abilities of the highly motivated and intellectually gifted student.

Professors teaching in the first-year Honors Program “triple” coordinate their courses so that, at any particular time during the academic year, the students will be viewing the same period of civilization through the perspective of three different disciplines–literature, history and philosophy. Classroom instruction in the first-year “triple” is complemented by activities such as attendance at area performing arts organizations and visits to other cultural venues and sites of particular interest.


Each year approximately 70 to 80 students are admitted to the Honors Program.   Invitations are extended to students who have been accepted for admission by the University, who have combined SAT Critical Reading and Math scores of approximately 1260 or a composite ACT score of 26 and who have high school GPAs of 3.5 or higher.


14 courses designed specifically for the Honors Program are required. Other requirements include:

  • The Honors triple each semester in the first year of studies  (history, literature, philosophy)
  • An ethical issues seminar
  • An independent project
  • A cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 overall and in Honors courses must be maintained

Students who complete all of the requirements of the Honors Program are graduated from

LaSalle with the special distinction of General University Honors. This distinction is noted on the official transcript, on the diploma, and in a special listing in the Commencement program.

The Honors Affiliate Program

The Honors Affiliate Program aims to attract talented students who have opted not to join the full Honors Program to Honors courses. It’s an opportunity for students to take advantage of the true spirit of a liberal arts education, and broaden their perspectives beyond their majors and minors.


In order to pursue the Honors Affiliate program, students must:

  • Have completed one full year of study at LaSalle,
  • Have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5, with no grade lower than a ‘B,’’
  • Complete the Honors Affiliate Scholars application,
  • Submit a recommendation from a member of LaSalle’s full-time faculty,
  • Receive a positive recommendation from an interview committee

Course of Study

To successfully complete this program and graduate as an Honors Affiliate Scholar, students will be required to:

  • Successfully complete two semesters of a university-level foreign language at the intermediate level,
  • Successfully complete one semester of undergraduate research,
  • Engage in two university service trips OR enroll in one LaSalle travel study course,
  • Successfully complete three Honors program elective courses.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0

Completion of the Program

Upon completion of the Honors Affiliate Program, students will receive an Honors Affiliate Scholar Certificate and a special designation on the transcript. In addition, students will receive an invitation to apply for the Fulbright Scholarship program and personal mentoring by Honors Program staff members to prepare the Fulbright application.

Contact Information

The University Honors Program office is located in College Hall 304. The Director of the Program is Brother Michael McGinniss, F.S.C., and Ph.D. For additional information, call 215.951.1360 or email honors@lasalle.edu.

Internships, Externships, Co-ops, and More

Students have ample opportunity to find work related to their majors or career goals while simultaneously earning academic credit and gaining real world experience. In addition to internships, externships and cooperative education, there are a variety of clinical, practicum, and field experiences also available.

Typically available to juniors and seniors from any major, internships may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid, and can range in length from three to six months. Students must be in good academic standing, having completed appropriate academic requirements.

Co-op programs are available through the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Business. They typically involve full-time, paid work experiences lasting from three to six months.

Nursing, Communication Science Disorders, Education and Social Work are among the departments that require students to participate in hands-on experiences such as clinicals, practica, and field experiences. These may range from one to three semesters of work or service and are integrated into the curricula. (Check your academic department requirements for details.)

Externships usually include full-time, paid summer employment and are most common in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences

It is highly recommended that students investigate and prepare for internships, co-ops, etc., before completing the sophomore year. Early academic planning is critical in order to stay on track for graduation. The La Salle University Career Center can help you identify and apply for these opportunities and also will assist you with resume writing and interviewing skills.

View the La Salle University Career Center website for more information or contact 215.951.1075 or careers@lasalle.edu



Students at La Salle can participate in Army Reserve Officers’ Train­ing Corps (ROTC) through a partnership agreement with Drexel Uni­versity. The program is open to both male and female students who desire to earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard upon gradua­tion.

Freshman and sophomore students take ROTC basic courses right on La Salle’s campus and incur no obligation (who are non-scholarship) to the U.S. Army by enrolling. Additionally, military science courses are applied toward graduation requirements.

Juniors and seniors enrolled in the Advanced Course take senior-lev­el military science courses at Drexel University.

The primary purpose of ROTC is to commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and motivate young people to be better citizens. Students enrolled in the ROTC program receive instruction in the fundamentals of leadership with emphasis on self-discipline, integrity, confidence, and responsibility. ROTC is the only college elective that teaches leadership and management skills that enhance your future success in either a military or civilian career.

ROTC scholarships worth up to full tuition and fees per year are available on a competitive basis. Advancing freshman and sopho­more students may compete for two and three-year scholarships. All junior and senior students with a scholarship can receive a stipend for books and education fees and a non-taxable subsistence allowance per month while attending classes.

For more information on the program, scholarships, and career opportunities, contact ROTC at Drexel University.

Air Force ROTC

The AFROTC program offered through Detachment 750 at Saint Joseph’s University offers college students a three- or four-year cur­riculum leading to a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Unit­ed States Air Force (USAF). In the four-year option, a student (cadet) takes General Military Course (GMC) classes during their freshmen and sophomore years, attends a 4-week summer training program between their sophomore and junior years, and then takes Profes­sional Officer Course (POC) classes during their junior and senior years. Cadets in the three-year option will be dual-enrolled in both GMC classes during their sophomore year, attend a summer train­ing program, and take POC classes during their junior and senior years. A cadet is under no contractual obligation with the USAF until entering the POC or accepting an AFROTC scholarship. The GMC curriculum focuses on the scope, structure, organization, and histo­ry of the USAF with an emphasis on the development of airpower and its relationship to current events. The POC curriculum concen­trates on the concepts and practices of leadership and management, and the role of national security forces in American society.

In addition to the academic portion of the curricula, each cadet par­ticipates in a two-hour Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) and two hours of Physical Training (PT) each week. Both LLAB and PT utilize the cadet organization designed for the practice of leadership and man­agement techniques.

For more information about the AFROTC program, contact ROTC at St. Joseph’s University located here.

Study Abroad

La Salle University offers semester and summer abroad experiences in Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Australia, England and Switzerland. In addition, La Salle is a member of the Lasallian International Programs Consortium, which includes programs in the following additional countries: Argentina, China, France, Germany, Spain, Japan and England. These programs are exclusively available to La Salle students and Lasallian consortium students. Students wishing to study abroad in the above countries are limited to only Lasallian programs; students may not study abroad through a non-La Salle program if La Salle already offers a program in the requested country.

La Salle University restricts study abroad experiences for its students to La Salle programs and programs through other U.S. universities on a pre-approved list. Students interested in a study abroad program should apply to the Director of Study Abroad Programs in the Multicultural and International Center, as well as directly to the sponsoring educational institution. Application deadlines are March 1st for the summer and fall semester(s) and early October for spring semester. Deadlines for pre-approved non-La Salle programs may be earlier than La Salle’s in-house deadline.

A student wishing to attend a university or study abroad program that is not currently affiliated with La  Salle, or is not currently on La  Salle’s list of approved programs, must petition to participate in a non-approved program. If permission is granted, the specific courses would then also need to be approved. A petition may only be used for students who have specific academic needs that cannot be met in any of the current La Salle affiliated/approved programs. The student must demonstrate how the program has an academic component that the already-approved programs do not.

For more information about Study Abroad, Travel Study, or Exchange Programs with Lasallian Schools, contact Melinda Massaro Ingersoll,  215.951.1948 or ingersoll@lasalle.edu or visit the Education Abroad website.


La Salle offers semester-long courses with travel components included to enhance the educational experience. Past courses have included: The Lasallian World: View from United States and Guatemala; Comparative Business Practices—Germany or France and the United States; Education to Globalization in India; Conflict Resolution: Ireland; Narrative Versions of the Vietnam War; International Film in Prague; and Globalization and Tradition in 21st-Century China; between Globalization and Tradition in 21st-Century India; and The Political Economy of Latin America.

EXCHANGE PROGRAMS WITH LASALLIAN SCHOOLS La Salle is part of the “One La Salle” program. This allows students to study at selective Lasallian universities worldwide as part of a special exchange study abroad program. Each select program will require students to not only apply through La Salle’s study abroad application process but also the Lasallian institution abroad.

For more information about Study Abroad, Travel Study, or Exchange Programs with Lasallian Schools, contact Melinda Massaro Ingersoll,  215.951.1948 or ingersoll@lasalle.edu or visit the Education Abroad website.

Summit Program

The Summit Program serves first-year students with high potential for academic success, although their admissions files may show one or more academic risk factors. Students accepted through the Summit Program receive structured support within a challenging academic setting, including a sequence of foundational courses, intensive academic advising, and weekly academic support (including but not limited to tutoring).

The Summit Program’s foundational courses are intended to introduce students to a college-level workload in support of their coursework elsewhere in the University. INST 101 is an academic success workshop taken as a weeklong summer bridge program before the regular semester begins. INST 105 and INST 106 emphasize critical reading, thinking, and writing, using deliberately difficult texts from multiple disciplines. Students in these courses are expected to analyze, critique, and evaluate readings both in class discussion and in writing.

Visit the Summit Program website for more information about the program, including course descriptions and a breakdown of Summit requirements.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact:

Kristina Greenwood, M.Ed.
Director, Summit Program

Shaena Moody, M.Ed.
Assistant Director and Academic Advisor, Summit Program

Undergraduate Student Research

Undergraduate Research is a program which provides opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research in all fields with La Salle faculty members who are actively investigating and publishing and eager to mentor undergraduates in research projects.  Students can engage in personalized and professionally rewarding research in the arts and social sciences, in business, in nursing, and in the physical sciences. Such work, intellectually valuable in itself, can lead to conference papers and publications, which provide distinctive credentials for job-hunting and for further professional study.  The research normally occurs over one semester and the student receives three credits once the research is completed.  In addition, the student’s work is disseminated through a public poster session on campus and through Digital Commons, an online repository managed through the Connelly Library.

Visit the Undergraduate Student Research website for more information or contact Dr. Judith Musser at musser@lasalle.edu