Considered to be the birthplace of modern college women’s basketball, Immaculata is home to the Mighty Macs, who won the first three national women’s college basketball championships in 1972, 1973, and 1974. The team is now the subject of the feature film The Mighty Macs, which opened nationwide in 2011.
In September 1977, Immaculata initiated a master's degree program in bicultural/bilingual studies in cooperation with Marywood College. In July 1983, three graduate programs were inaugurated, addressing the need for graduate education among adult students interested in part-time or full-time study in psychology, nutrition education, and educational leadership and administration.
In 1991, the bilingual/bicultural master's program was integrated into the Immaculata Graduate Division, together with the addition of music therapy on the master's level, and doctoral programs in clinical psychology and educational leadership and administration.
Immaculata received final approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1994 and, in 1997, for the doctoral program in educational leadership.
In 1995, an accelerated undergraduate degree program was established as a model for an innovative mode of delivery for working adults. Following the success of the first accelerated program, additional accelerated programs were gradually introduced.
As a result of its unprecedented growth, Immaculata reshaped its internal structure. In July 2000, Immaculata adopted a three-college organizational structure, composed of the Women's College, the College of LifeLong Learning, and the College of Graduate Studies. In June 2002, Immaculata College received confirmation of university status and, in August of that year, the college became known as Immaculata University.
In October 2003, after in-depth studies, Immaculata University decided to welcome men into its traditional undergraduate college, beginning fall 2005. The University's three-college structure now includes the College of Undergraduate Studies along with the College of LifeLong Learning and the College of Graduate Studies. Today, Immaculata University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degree programs, and its distinguished faculty serves a population of more than 4,500 students.