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Immaculata University
Motto "Believe in Immaculata."
Established 1920
Type Private liberal arts
President Sister R. Patricia Fadden
Location East Whiteland Twp, Chester Co, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Small Town
Colors Blue, White
Mascot The Mighty Macs

Immaculata University is a Catholic University on King Road in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.[1][2]



Immaculata was founded as Villa Maria College, a women's college in 1920. It was the first Catholic college for women in the Philadelphia area. The name was changed to Immaculata College in 1929.[3]

Founded by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Immaculata is part of the greater IHM community, which includes the neighboring House of Studies and an academy for girls. The University became coeducational in the fall of 2005.

The current location of Immaculata University is a tract of land in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on the Main Line near Malvern, purchased by the sisters in 1906. The original 198-acre (0.80 km2) plot has grown to 373 acres (1.51 km2) since that time.

In June 2002, Immaculata College received confirmation of university status from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Effective August 2002, the college is now known as Immaculata University.


The Immaculata Mighty Macs were crowned national champions at three consecutive AIAW basketball tournaments, from 1972 to 1974, a pivotal time in the history of women's collegiate sports.[4] The story of the Mighty Macs basketball team is currently being adapted into a movie, The Mighty Macs, which is due out in theaters in 2009.[5] The Mighty Macs, during the early 1970s, were featured on a SportsCenter special on March 23, 2008.


  1. ^ "East Whiteland township, Chester county, Pennsylvania." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 16, 2009.
  2. ^ Home page. Immaculata University. Retrieved on June 16, 2009.
  3. ^ History of Immaculata
  4. ^ Duke News
  5. ^

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Coordinates: 40°01′44″N 75°34′18″W / 40.02899°N 75.57169°W / 40.02899; -75.57169



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