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Immaculata University

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Immaculata University (IU) is a co-ed Catholic college deeply rooted in the integration of faith and education. It offers a comprehensive list of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The school welcomed its first class of both men and women in 2005 and currently offers extensive athletic and social programs for both genders.


Immaculata University was founded in 1920 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It began as the Villa Maria College, the first Catholic college for women in the vicinity of Philadelphia. Its name was changed to Immaculata College in 1929.

The original campus was 198 acres with only two dormitory/classroom buildings. Over the past 90 years the school has expanded significantly and now occupies more than 370 acres of land with a multi-million dollar academic complex of 13 buildings. It has also increased its academic offerings, adding evening classes, a continuing education office, and a graduate program in collaboration with nearby Marywood College from 1960 to 1980. In 1983, the graduate program took a more defined shape with three new master’s degree tracks in psychology, nutrition education, and educational leadership and administration. The first doctoral program was added in 1994 for clinical psychology. In 2000, the University restructured its academic offerings into the Women’s College, the College of Graduate Studies, and the College of LifeLong Learning. The school became coeducational in 2005 and the Women’s College was renamed the College of Undergraduate Studies.

Today, IU serves more than 4,500 men and women with over 60 majors, minors, and certificate programs. The campus offers undergraduate through doctoral degrees in a variety of subjects, as well as non-credit programs and certificate programs. It continues to expand, so students will find that the academic programs and course offerings are constantly being updated and redeveloped to meet the needs of modern students.


Immaculata offers more than 60 majors, minors, and certificate programs across three Colleges: the College of Undergraduate Studies, the College of Graduate Studies, and the College of LifeLong Learning. Students enjoy an individualized, hands-on learning experience with small classes and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. More than 90% of classes have 30 students or fewer. Students also have the opportunity to gain real-world education and skills through the department-based internship programs, which connect students to businesses throughout Philadelphia and let them earn college credit for internship work.

Undergraduates have the opportunity to explore more than 15 departments, each with a number of specialized majors and minors. Topics range from music to nursing to business, accounting, and economics. Within a department, students can work with their department heads or professors to develop a strong curriculum, regardless of whether they are pursuing a degree or a certificate. Degree students have the option of expanding their educational profile and specializing their major with a minor in a different or related subject.

Honors Program

Exceptional students may qualify for IU’s Honors Program, which gives talented learners the opportunity to be challenged and motivated by strenuous classes. Honors students enroll in a 21-credit curriculum developed specifically for completion over three levels of coursework. Eligible freshmen are invited to join if they have two of these three qualifications: an SAT score of at least 1650, a high school GPA of at least a 3.5, or a ranking in the top 20% of their graduating class.

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Admissions at Immaculata are competitive, which means that not every applicant is guaranteed acceptance. Students can apply online through either the IU application process or with the Common Application. The Common Application may be a good choice for students who are applying to a number of colleges and universities because it is one form that can be submitted to multiple institutions at once. Students will need to submit the application form along with their official high school transcripts, two letters of recommendation, SAT or ACT test scores, and an essay of at least 250 words on a specific topic.

IU reviews applications on a rolling basis, so students will usually receive a decision within three to four weeks of submitting all application materials.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should begin by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available online at fafsa.gov. This form determines eligibility for a variety of federal aid programs, including grants, loans, and work-study opportunities. It is also required as a supplementary document for many third-party scholarship and loan applications.

Further aid is available through third party scholarships and grants as well as certain scholarships sponsored by IU itself. Interested students should visit the Financial Aid Office for resources, guidance, and assistance.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1539th for the average student loan amount.
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IU is home to more than 1,000 traditional age and 2,000 adult undergraduate students, as well as more than 1,200 graduate and doctoral students. Many of these students live on campus in one of the university’s residences. Living on campus makes it easy to socialize with friends, meet new people, walk to classes, or study in the library or student lounges.

Students can also get involved by joining student clubs and organizations. There are dozens of academic, social, political, cultural, and departmental clubs, each with different groups of students and different interests. There are also Greek fraternities and sororities and student leadership organizations. If you still can’t find the right group for you, don’t worry – it’s very easy to start a new club!

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


IU is considered the birthplace of modern women’s college basketball. In 1972, 1973, and 1974, the Mighty Macs won the first three national women’s college basketball championships. Basketball continues to be a strong program at IU, but the long-standing history of the women’s basketball team has earned national respect. The Mighty Macs have recently become movie stars with production of the 2011 feature film The Mighty Macs, which tells the story of the famous team.

Today, the Mighty Macs compete in Division III of the NCAA. They belong to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) and offer men’s and women’s varsity teams in 19 different sports. Students who don’t wish to participate in the varsity program can play at the intramural level for good-spirited fun with classmates and friends.


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Ranks 76th in Pennsylvania and 908th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.05
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Immaculata, PA 19345-0702
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population581 (581 urban / N/A rural)
HouseholdsN/A (N/A people per house)
Median Household IncomeN/A
FamiliesN/A (N/A people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District4206

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 283rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $29,115 $29,115 $29,115
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $500 $500 $500
FT Graduate Tuition $11,520 $11,520 $11,520
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $640 $640 $640
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $49,130 $49,130 $49,130
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $49,576 $49,576 $49,576
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $37,316 $37,316 $37,316

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $28,850 $29,000 $28,850 $29,000 $28,850 $29,000
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,755 $1,790
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,460 $11,740
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,965 $4,048
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,460 $11,740
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,375 $4,468
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,375 $4,468

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,650 (425 male / 1,225 female)
Admitted 1,314 (314 male / 1,000 female)
Admission rate 80%
First-time Enrollment 247 (62 male / 185 female)
FT Enrollment 243 (59 male / 184 female)
PT Enrollment 4 (3 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment3,675

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Southern Athletic Association
NCAA Baseball Conference Southern Athletic Association
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southern Athletic Association

ACT Test Admission

1266th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 17%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 21

SAT Test Admission

1068th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 97%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 520
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 840 / 1050

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity583
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$6,560
Board Fee$5,700

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 26 62 16 15 419 313 852
Accounting 5 1 6
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 1 1 1 3
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 1 1
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 8 6 16
Business Administration and Management, General 3 3 3 1 40 17 67
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 9 2 11
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 1 1 2
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist 4 4 8
Clinical Psychology 5 5
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 1 5 1 7
Counseling Psychology 3 1 3 18 18 43
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 1 4 1 7
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
Dietetics/Dietitian 7 2 10
Economics, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 1 37 28 67
English Language and Literature, General 1 5 1 7
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 4 2 6
Fashion Merchandising 1 1 1 4 7
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 2 5 6 13
Finance, General 1 2 3
French Language and Literature
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 5 1 7 7 21
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 1 1
History, General 3 1 4
Human Resources Management and Services, Other 1 1 13 6 21
Information Science/Studies 6 6
Institutional Food Workers
International Relations and Affairs 1 1 2
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 20 1 22
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 1 5 7
Management Information Systems, General 7 1 8
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 2 5 3 10
Mathematics and Computer Science 1 1 2
Mathematics, General 3 1 4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1
Music Performance, General 4 4
Music Teacher Education 3 1 4
Music Therapy/Therapist 9 2 11
Music, General 5 1 6
Nursing Administration 1 11 12 24
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Psychology, General 1 5 2 11 5 24
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 6 6
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 18 34 2 9 122 158 343
Religious/Sacred Music
Sociology 1 4 1 6
Spanish Language and Literature 1 1
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 18 6 24
Theology/Theological Studies 1 1

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2126th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,556 ($66,971 male / $61,184 female)
Number of FT Faculty 85 (25 male / 60 female)
Number of PT Faculty 384
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $4,629,845

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