Overview and Policies

Who are we?

Mission

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 founded 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, Md., becoming the first permanent Lasallian school in the United States. For more than 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. There, the small collegiate department developed for some 20 years in tandem with the high school department; the borders between the two, in fact, were at times indistinct. Because crowding continued during the 1870s, 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 1920s. 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 Colleen Hanycz, Ph.D., as the first permanent University President who was neither male nor a Brother of the Christian Schools. 

Anchored in Philadelphia, La Salle continues to provide an intellectual and spiritual space for students to blaze their 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 sixth-most populous 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, where numerous buildings containing various administrative offices, classrooms, and laboratories are located. The Connelly Library is also located here, as well as nearby residence halls.

West Campus: Home to the School of Business (in Founders’ Hall) and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences (in Benilde Tower), as well as offices for University Advancement.

South Campus: The Department of Communication is located here, as are several residence halls and the Tree Tops Café dining room, located adjacent to the St. Basil’s Court residence halls.

Satellite Campuses

  • 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 consistently is recognized for excellence and value. Recently, the University achieved the following citations:

  • ranked in Money Magazine’s Top 25 most transformative colleges, and listed in the best colleges for your money
  • named to the FORBES Best Value Colleges 2019 ranking
  • ranked 38th overall in the North Region in the 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guidebook
  • listed in the top 100 nationally for 4-Year graduation rates by the Chronicle of Higher Education

Also, notably, in a 2019 study issued by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, La Salle graduates are ranked in the top 4% nationally in 10-year earnings.

Read more information about La Salle’s rankings.

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
813.769.6500

Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market St., 12th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126
717.787.5041

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 610,
Washington, D.C. 20036
202.293.2450

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20036
202.872.4589

American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
800.374.2721

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, D.C. 20036
202.887.6791

Council on Social Work Education
1600 Duke St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.683.8080

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.

Undergraduate Admission

The La Salle University Undergraduate Admission Office gives careful consideration to all applicants to the University. Each applicant is treated as an individual and is therefore reviewed holistically using academic, extracurricular and standardized testing measures. A thorough review of the applicant writing sample and letters of recommendation are also considered.

Freshman Admission

Students can apply to La Salle any time after completing their junior year of high school as long as they fulfill the following admission requirements.
Freshman Admission Requirements High School Units
A student’s final high school record should show successful completion of at least 16 units of high school work, including the following:

  • English 4 units
  • Mathematics 3 units that must include at least 2 years of algebra
  • Foreign Language 2 units that must be of the same language
  • History 1 unit
  • Natural Science 2 units
    Total 12 units

The Committee on Admission will review only complete applications. All La Salle full-time, undergraduate applicants are given the option to choose either the Traditional or Test-Flexible Application Review as the path that best reflects a student’s abilities, skills, life experiences, and potential for success. Students who choose the Test-Flexible Application Review are not required to submit their standardized test scores.

All applicants must indicate their preference on either their La Salle Application for Admission, The Coalition for Access, Success, and Affordability Application or La Salle’s Common Application. Once the Test-Flexible Application Review is selected, the decision to not submit standardized test scores cannot be reversed.

If you are an International Student or if you are interested in Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Honors Program, Business Scholars Co-Op program, or a four-year BS/MBA in Accounting you must apply with the Traditional Application.

La Salle University Traditional Application Review

The following is required of all applicants to La Salle University applying via Traditional Application Review:

  • An official transcript showing three years of high school scholastic records
  • Your SAT or ACT scores
  • An academic letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, parent, or school administrator
  • Common Application, Coalition Application or La Salle Application Personal Statement/Essay

The required Common Application, Coalition Application or La Salle Application Essay is not graded. This essay is generally used to inform the Admissions Committee about the applicant’s interests and/or background.
La Salle University Test-Flexible Application Review
You may not apply through the Test-Flexible Application if you are an international student or if you are interested in Nursing, Communication Sciences and Disorders, The Honors Program, Business Scholars Co-Op program, or a four-year BS/MBA in Accounting.

The following is required of all applicants to La Salle University applying via Test-Flexible Application Review:

  • Application for admission
  • An official transcript showing three years of high school scholastic records
  • An academic letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, parent, or school administrator
  • Common Application, Coalition Application or La Salle Application Personal Statement/Essay

The required Common Application, Coalition Application or La Salle Application Essay is not graded. This essay is generally used to inform the Admissions Committee about the applicant’s interests and/or background.
Either an additional:

  • Test-Flexible Essay or
  • Test-Flexible Interview with either an admission counselor or alum

The Test-Flexible Essay and Interview are graded. Either the essay or interview will be evaluated by the La Salle Admissions Committee and used with the student’s official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and extracurricular activities to evaluate an applicant’s candidacy and academic scholarship.

La Salle reviews completed applications on a rolling basis. However, if a completed application is submitted on or before La Salle’s non-binding, Early Explorer deadline (November 1), a decision is guaranteed by early December. Applications received after the Early Explorer deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

In exceptional cases, students may be admitted after completion of the junior year, but only on the recommendation of their high school counselor and with evidence of superior academic achievement. In addition, early high school graduates are also required to complete an interview with a La Salle University Admission Counselor before a final admission decision can be made. All students who are accepted must graduate from an accredited high school with creditable grades, attendance, and disciplinary records.
Standardized Tests La Salle University reviews each application for admission individually; there is no single, inflexible set of standards—such as GPA, test score, or years of courses to determine admission eligibility. Instead, students will be asked to choose either the Traditional Application or Test-Flexible Application as the path that best reflects the students abilities, skills, life experiences, and potential for success at La Salle. There are however certain academic majors where submission of a standardized test score will continue to be necessary including but not limited to Nursing, Communication, Sciences and Disorders, The Honors Program, Business Scholars Co-Op program, or a four-year BS/MBA in Accounting. All applicants must indicate their preference whether to apply test flexible on their La Salle University Application for Admission. Test flexible admission candidates in lieu of their standardized test scores, must complete either a graded, written essay or an evaluative interview with either University staff member or alum. Once a prospective student indicates their interest to pursue La Salle University’s test optional admission, that decision not to submit standardized test scores cannot be reversed.

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.

Administration

Board of Trustees

The membership of the Board changes annually.

William W. Matthews III, Esq. (Acting Chair)

Stephen T. Zarrilli, Chair (Medical Leave)

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

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.

Anthony J. Nocella

Kevin F. O’Donnell

Michael O’Hern, F.S.C.

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

  1. Dennis O’Brien, Ph.D., Emeritus

Officers of The Corporation

William W. Matthews III, Esq. Acting Chair

Stephen T. Zarrilli, Chair (Medical Leave)

Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D., President

Margaret A. Kane, Vice Chair

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

Stephanie Pricken, Treasurer and Financial Adviser

Kevin E. Dolan, Esq., Secretary

President

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

Brian Baptiste, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation

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

Lynne Texter, Ph.D., Interim 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

Stephanie Pricken, CPA, Vice President of Finance & Administration

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.