President’s Welcome

President Colleen Hanycz taking a photo with students.

On campus, you can experience it. In our academic spaces, you can see it. In the community, you can witness it.

The delivery of a practical and holistic education has been the benchmark of La Salle University for nearly 160 years. Since our founding in 1863, La Salle has prepared students to lead in and out of the classroom, seek diversity of thought, serve the underserved, and pursue the common good.

That unwavering mission is our way of preserving the legacy of our namesake—Saint John Baptist de La Salle. Like all Lasallian Catholic universities, we are true to the traditions of the Brothers of the Christian Brothers and remain rooted in faith, service and community.

This is an exciting time to be affiliated with La Salle University.

La Salle provides a high-impact education of the mind, body, and spirit. We are home to talented and resilient students who crave engagement with the world around them, as well as faculty and staff who know their students on a first-name basis. With Philadelphia serving as our educational backdrop, we are a big-city university that provides a personalized touch.

The value proposition of a La Salle degree is recognized by several leading ranking services and media publications like Forbes, Money Magazine, and U.S. News & World Report. A recent study by Georgetown University’s Center for Education and the Workforce ranked the return on investment of a La Salle degree over a graduate’s lifespan in the top-6 percent nationwide. Consider a La Salle education a piece of stock that continues to appreciate in value.

Explorers are never lost. On our campus, and within the community, you will find your way. If you need help, today’s Explorers have the backing of a robust alumni network that exceeds 50,000 graduates globally. That connection does not cease here in Philadelphia. Three-hundred years after St. La Salle’s passing into eternal life, the Lasallian network encompasses 3,500 Christian Brothers, and more than 90,000 Lasallian partners; educators who lead more than 1,000 schools, universities and centers of education serving in excess of 1 million students in 80 countries on six continents.

We hope you will join our community of diverse learners as a La Salle Explorer, and become the very best version of yourself. I promise that we will journey beside you every step of the way, on campus and far beyond.


Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.
La Salle University