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Immaculata University

IMMACULATA, Pennsylvania

Immaculata University is a Catholic, coeducational institution of higher education sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Its programs are rooted in academic rigor, ethical integrity, and Christian core values—encouraging students to pursue lives full of learning and professional excellence. With a belief in the dignity and potential of all, Immaculata integrates its students into a community of service that empowers them to assume meaningful roles in this diverse and changing world. Contributing to the development of the whole self, Immaculata affirms a liberal education as an integrative process in the formation of a truly educated person.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,694 undergraduate students
60% of undergrad students are full time
31% male — 69% female
34% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
71 full-time faculty
218 part-time faculty
8.9 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
83% of first year students live on campus
25% of all students live on campus

School Location

Immaculata University is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 20 miles west of Philadelphia, between Paoli and Exton.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

83% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2015

70.4% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Black or African American 14%
White 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 2%


Immaculata competes in the NCAA Division III and the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). There are nine varsity sports for women and eight for men. Immaculata is home to the legendary Mighty Macs, three-time national women’s basketball champions and inspiration for the Sony feature film The Mighty Macs.

Other Information

Founded in 1920 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), Immaculata University has 375-acres of land that overlooks the Chester Valley. Right at the start of their college careers, Immaculata students are exposed to off-campus service projects and class trips. Dozens of times each month, guests speakers, special lectures, concerts, and campus activities help students learn beyond the classroom.

Academic Programs

Immaculata currently awards the following degrees: Psy.D., Ed.D., M.A., M.S.N., B.A., B.S., B.Mus., B.S.N., A.A., and A.S.

Undergraduate Programs: Art, Biology, Business and Accounting, Chemistry, Education, English/Communication, Family and Consumer Sciences, Fashion Merchandising, Global Languages and Cultures, Health Sciences and Services, History/Political Science/International Relations, Human Movement Science, Mathematics/Computing Sciences/Physics, Music, Music Therapy, Nursing, Nutrition and Dietetics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology/Criminology, Theology.

Learning Communities

Students can participate in Special Interest Learning Communities, groups of students who connect with peers like-minded peers to assess a topic of their choosing. Members enjoy guests speakers, off-campus trips, and community events. The Campus Ministry Office also offers several extremely popular volunteer service trips each year.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  

Small Classes

Many Immaculata professors begin their career in-industry. The school’s small class sizes help teachers provide individual attention to each of their students.

Guidance and Tutoring

The “Pathways to Success” program ensures that students receive help and guidance throughout their college careers. Math and Writing centers are available for students who need extra help with assignments.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 157 261 56 7 4 1 0 486

Student Activities

With over 50 clubs and organizations to choose from, Immaculata students are always active and engaged. Students are constantly forming new groups, expanding options for activities on a yearly basis. They can also get involved in 19 NCAA Division III sports and intramurals/club sports.

Guest Speakers

The campus community benefits from several guest speakers. Events include the Edith Stein Lecture Series, the Spirituality Under the Dome, and Spirituality Days, each of which is offered each year. Additionally, Immaculata has invited keynote speakers to present a wide-array of topics, including cyber security, social media and businesses, and Black History Month.

The Arts

The Immaculata Symphony, a university-community organization, offers six concerts each year. Performances are also given by special ensembles and the Music Department’s faculty/student groups.

Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates

Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

Proud Students

Students’ hard work is recognized by several annual poster presentations that are open to the entire campus community. Internships are a huge component of the educational experience, and many students have the opportunity to present what they learned to their classmates and the campus community.

Career Services

Students can utilize the services of the Career and Professional Development staff to get access to resume-building assistance, interview tips, and job-search resources.

The Career Services Department ensures that students have the opportunity to shadow professionals in their chosen career fields. They also conduct mock interviews and host the annual “Etiquette Dinner,” a unique opportunity for seniors to prepare for the business world.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,586 Total Applicants
1,250 Total Admissions
187 Total Freshmen Enrollment

78.81% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA

Class rank
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
First generation

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
Religious affiliation/commitment
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 440 530
SAT Math 420 550
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 23
ACT Math    
ACT English    
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator 


Tuition $34,410
Fees $800
Total $35,210
Room and Board (on campus) $12,500
Estimated Total On Campus $47,710

Average Financial Aid Packages 2016-2017 Estimated

$17,492 First year students
$3,645 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2016-2017 estimated

7.6 % on average, the percentage of need that was met
37% of financial need students that had need fully met

$3,645 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,244 Average need-based loan