Immaculata University is a Catholic university located in Chester County, Pennsylvania founded by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The university sets its academic on three main pillars: rigor, in academics and research, ethical treatment, towards oneself and others, and Catholic values that are imparted to each student. What each student gets out of Immaculata is a sense of identity that will propel them through their studies and life thereafter. Immaculata focuses on the development of the whole person, spiritually, academically, and ethically.
With over 4,000 students enrolled at community college and one faculty member for every 11 students, Immaculata has developed a reputation for personalized study and individual attention towards each student. Immaculata has led its way into the twenty first century with a campus fully updated in technology, academics, and programs to adapt to a changing world of technology. The university offers over 60 different majors, minors, areas of study, and certifications in professional programs designed to seamlessly deliver students into the workforce.
Roots can be traced back to 1910 when its founders had purchased the grounds the university stands on today and had completed a four year construction program to erect a stone-walled university. Since then, Immaculata has experienced steady, gradual growth in enrollment and faculty. By 1977, the college had installed associate degrees, baccalaureate programs, and then a master’s degree program to attract graduate students and extend the education of its four-year students. Just 30 years later, the school began conferring doctorate degrees.
The university does have distance learning available. One of the programs offered by IU Online is in Clinical Research Monitoring and Coordination. The function of this course is to certify students to work in the drug trial process of clinical research. Other programs are available, but are not published on the site. Further information can be obtained by contacting Immaculata directly.
The most popular field of study, fitting for the common Catholic tradition of helping the less fortunate, is Nursing/Registered Nurse which can earn an Associate of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or a Master of Science in Nursing. Other popular fields of study are Business Administration & Management, Educational Leadership & Management, Human Resources Management & Services, and Counseling Psychology.
Tuition for students enrolling full-time at the university costs $24,575 per year, and part-time students pay $400 per credit hour. All but 2% of students are receiving financial aid in some form. Almost all students are receiving financial aid made available by Immaculata in the form of institutional grants, mainly merit-based scholarships, but also from external sources and alumni.
Immaculata not only carries out the traditions of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Catholic Church, but also provides an education that is never compromised, not for one single student. To that end, the university will always provide the necessary resources and an education that, they believe, will better the student and, vicariously, the world.