The DeSales Experience

Four years of character development, leadership, service, academics and much, much more …

DeSales is on the vanguard of student development. The DeSales Experience in Character and Leadership allows you to explore areas of character development, leadership, service, academics and much more. Opportunities and programs that aid your personal development and growth help prepare you for the world outside of DeSales, and can be a wonderful addition to your resume, as well.

Upon completion of the DeSales Experience in Character and Leadership, you'll have this accomplishment placed on your co-curricular transcript, receive a plaque of recognition, and will be recognized at a closing banquet with faculty and staff to celebrate your achievements. 


  • Completion of Character U, the first-year experience at DeSales University

  • Leadership experience

  • 40 hours of community service

  • Completion of a career development experience

  • Completion of four separate academic courses

  • Completion of the Senior Success Series

  • Good student conduct record upon graduation

Want to learn more?

Chad Serfass, M.Ed.
Director of DeSales Experience
Dr. Gregg Amore, Ed.D.
Dean of Students for Student Development

“As students at DeSales, we don’t simply get an education. Being a part of the DeSales Experience is an opportunity to get involved in activities outside the classroom and learn important skills for the future.” 

- Emilee Rutherford ’13

Character U