About La Salle University

La Salle University offers its diverse community of learners a rigorous curriculum designed to help students gain theoretical and practical knowledge, deepen their ethical sensibilities and prepare for a lifetime of continuous learning, professional success and dedicated service. As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts tradition, La Salle challenges students to contemplate life's ultimate questions as they develop their faith, engage in a free search for truth, and explore their full human potential.

As a Lasallian institution named for St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers, La Salle promotes excellence in teaching and scholarship, demonstrates respect for each person, nurtures mentoring relationships and encourages authentic community. All members of the community are called to maintain a heightened sensitivity to those marginalized within society as they practice civic engagement, provide leadership with a global perspective and contribute to the common good.

Today, La Salle offers a variety of fully online options for students interested in combining academic quality, flexibility and convenience. For students desiring to start or complete a degree, prepare for a new career, or enhance professional skills, La Salle can help achieve those goals within a collaborative online learning environment.


La Salle University defines itself in terms of its Lasallian heritage: an emphasis on excellence in teaching; an informal style of governing with a stress on personal relationships; direct service to the poor and a heightened sensitivity to their needs; opportunities for students to grow in their faith and to confront fundamental human, religious and ethical questions in which their obligation to society is understood.

These values, derived from Saint La Salle’s compassionate vision, characterize all Lasallian institutions. The La Salle University community has made them distinctive marks of this University and fundamental to the education of its students. They include:

  • Excellence in teaching
  • The importance of community
  • Service to the poor
  • Education that fosters faith development


Founded in 1863 in the Lower Kensington section of Philadelphia, La Salle University is the largest and second oldest Lasallian college/university in the United States. At its opening, it was Philadelphia's only Catholic college. Initially, the college was established to serve the sons of immigrant populations in a religiously divided city, providing them with a quality education that helped assimilate them into American society.

The University has conferred more than 60,000 degrees. La Salle became fully coeducational in 1970 and achieved university status in 1984. It remains fully committed to Philadelphia and the region with extensive community service and service learning initiatives.

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