Overview and Policies

Who are we?


La Salle is a Lasallian Catholic university committed to the principle that all knowledge is practical and empowering, filled with the capacity to transform lives. Anchored in the living tradition of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and in association with a diverse and inclusive learning community, our mission is to educate the whole person by fostering a rigorous free search for truth. La Salle, in affirming the value of both liberal arts and professional studies, prepares students for the lifelong pursuit and exploration of wisdom, knowledge, and faith that lead to engaged and fulfilling lives marked by a commitment to the common good.

Read more about our Mission and Core Values

The Lasallian Tradition

Following in the footsteps of their founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the Brothers of the Christian Schools first permanent educational establishment in North America was in 1837, Montreal, Canada.  In 1842, John McMullin became the first De La Salle Brother from the United States.  He founded Calvert Hall College High School in 1845, in Baltimore, Maryland, becoming the first permanent Lasallian school in the United States.  For more than a 180 years, Lasallian education has spread throughout the United States and Canada with the establishment of schools, universities and other centers of education.  The mission of Lasallian education continually aims to adapt to emerging educational and spiritual needs of children, young people and adults, especially those who are economically poor.

Chartered in 1863 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, La Salle College’s incorporators were a group of De La Salle Brothers, a diocesan bishop, and laymen–a cooperative group unusual among boards of U.S. Catholic tertiary institutions.  The co-founders of the College were Bishop James Wood, fifth bishop of Philadelphia, and Brother Teliow Fackelday, FSC, a German immigrant who joined the Brothers in the United States.  Brother Teliow was the founding principal of Christian Brothers High School (later La Salle College High School) 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 Philadelphia’s 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.  La Salle relocated there in 1886, remaining in the former Bouvier Mansion until 1929, when the college and high school were established in the Belfield neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia.

After the end of World War I, the College looked forward to further expansion in the 1920’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, when the country plunged into the Great Depression.  Only belt-tight economy and persistence by Presidents Brother Alfred Kelly, FSC and Brother Anselm Murphy, FSC, and help from other Brothers’ schools got the College through its mortgage crisis and the Second World War, 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.  In 2015, the Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Colleen Hanycz as the first permanent University President who was not a Brother of the Christian Schools and a male. 

Anchored in the fifth-largest city in the United States, La Salle continues to provide an intellectual and spiritual space for students to blaze their own paths with the support of an experienced and caring faculty and staff. La Salle remains committed to the values of the Gospel and the founding story and vision of Saint De La Salle.  Those values remain integral to how we understand our Catholic identity and informs us in how we continue our mission of Lasallian education.

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 courses 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 2018 ranking
  • ranked 35th overall in the North Region in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook
  • cited in The Wall Street Journal’s 2019 Top 300 Colleges
  • noted by The New York Times as a University in the Top 8% in the nation for economic mobility

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.

And, according to a new data study from U.S. News and World Report, the School of Business’s MBA program has the sixth highest employment rate in the nation and was ranked among the top 130 Graduate programs.

Read more information about La Salle’s ranking.

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.

La Salle 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

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.  

La Salle University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has received approval from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Education (PDE), Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification for Educational Specialist for Speech-Language Pathology and for the Certificate for Speech and Language Disabilities. Either certificate is needed to work in the various school systems in Pennsylvania.

La Salle University’s Didactic Program in Nutrition and Coordinated Program in Dietetics are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, 312.899.0040, x5400.

The Frank J. Tornetta School of Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, 222 S. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, Ill. 60068-4001, 847-655-1160.

The BSN, MSN, DNP, and APRN Post-master’s Certificate programs at La Salle University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The undergraduate and graduate programs in Public Health are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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.

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

Kenneth Brewer Reginald M. Browne James Butler, F.S.C.

Robert Cottone

Jack Curran, F.S.C.

Stephen K. Degnan

Peter M. DiBattiste, M.D.

John K. Dugan, CPA

James T. Durkin

Edward J. Fierko

Philip W. J. Fisher

AmyLynn V. Flood, CPA

Timothy Froehlich, F.S.C.

Thomas Gerrow, F.S.C.

John S. Grady Jr.

Robert F. Graham

Michael Hallowell

Elmer F. Hansen III

John Kane, F.S.C.

Margaret A. Kane

Mark A. Lafond

Dennis Lee, F.S.C.

Thomas A. Leonard

Robert W. Liptak

JoAnn Magnatta

William Mann, F.S.C.

William W. Matthews III, Esq.

Anthony J. Nocella

Kevin F. O’Donnell

Michael O’Hern, F.S.C.

Frank C. Palopoli

Elaine Pang

Daniel S. Robins, Ph.D.

William R. Sasso, Esq.

Edward J. Sheehy, F.S.C., Ph.D.

Judith Spires

Elaine Thanner

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

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

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

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

William Bradshaw, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation

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

Brian Goldstein, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dawn Soufleris, Ph.D., Vice President, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Kathleen Pasons-Nicolic, Vice President of Advancement

Angela Polec, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Strategic Communications & Marketing

University Offices and Services

View the complete listing of Departments/Offices 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.