La Salle University

1900 W Olney Ave - Philadelphia, PA 19141
  • Region: Mid Atlantic
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Size: Small

Inspired by St. John Baptist de La Salle, the Catholic patron saint of teachers, and guided by more than 350 years of the Christian Brothers’ academic tradition based on Lasallian and Catholic values, La Salle University prepares students for personal success, lifelong growth and professional achievement.

Founded in 1863, La Salle is an independent, coed institution with a 133-acre main campus in Northwest Philadelphia – a park-like setting that includes 56 buildings located approximately six miles from Center City – as well as satellite locations in suburban Bucks and Montgomery counties.

The University offers its 3,200 full-time undergraduates a major in 42 academic areas. The largest majors by enrollment are Nursing, Biology, Education, Accounting and Psychology. Cutting-edge programs include Integrated Science Business Technology, Digital Arts and Multimedia Design, Communications Science and Disorders, Accounting and a four-year BS/MBA program with a CPA certification option. The university boasts a 96% medical school admission rate.

La Salle competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 18 NCAA Division I sports; Explorer athletes boast a 89% graduation rate. Students contribute more than 60,000 hours of community service over the course of the year.

In addition to all of these offerings, La Salle allows students to explore new paths on the journey to success.  Please take a virtual tour of campus located, 

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About La Salle University

When the Brothers of the Christian Schools founded La Salle College in 1863, they looked to their founder and the universal patron saint of educators, for inspiration and guidance. Beginning with this act of faith, La Salle became the first institution of higher education in the world to bear the name of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Even as La Salle has grown into a university to meet the changing needs of our students and our times, our Lasallian Catholic heritage remains a constant, nurturing our institution into a community rooted in the Catholic intellectual and social teaching traditions. These traditions inspire us to integrate scholarship from across the various academic fields in an effort to understand the world around us in ways that bring people closer in relationship to the transcendent. Today, La Salle University remains committed to the values of the Gospel and the founding story and vision of St. La Salle. Those values remain integral to how we understand our Catholic identity and informs us in how we continue our Lasallian educational mission.

Mission Statement

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.