Villanova University

Villanova University

Villanova, PA
location
Private
type
Suburban
setting
53%
47%
student ratio
6,966
total students
Tuition Cost $52,578 | $52,578
in-state | out-of-state
Average Financial Aid Package $36,683
January 15
fall application deadline
35%
acceptance rate
Very Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
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Reported
sat math
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sat reading
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sat writing
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act composite

Overview

A Top-Ranked National University

For more than 175 years, Villanova University has exemplified the Augustinian Catholic tradition of critical thinking, compassion, and service to others. Located in the Main Line suburb of Philadelphia, Villanova is nationally known and has been recognized by "U.S. News and World Report" as one of the nation’s top 50 universities. In addition, "Bloomberg Businessweek" ranks Villanova School of Business’ undergraduate business program #1 in the nation, and the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is designated as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.

The Villanova undergraduate community numbers almost 7,000 students who hail from across the U.S. and nearly 50 foreign countries. Students enjoy an average class size of just 22, with a student/faculty member ratio of 12:1.

The Academic Experience: More than Rigor, Vigor

As an academically curious community, Villanova is a place of opportunity that asks students to find their purpose and use their talents both individually and as participants in larger intellectual endeavors, drawing on knowledge and leaning on ethics learned in the classroom and in the field.

Our acclaimed faculty are dedicated to teaching in the classroom and exploring the world outside of it, and often invite undergraduate students to join in on research projects as early as their first year. Initiatives like the Villanova Match Research Program, the Falvey Scholars Award and the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows summer program provide support for study and investigation, and allow faculty and students to work together on significant investigations, groundbreaking discoveries and powerful innovations.

Students become part of a community of learners, committed to a deeply engaging approach to learning and discovery, through our four uniquely specialized, highly regarded undergraduate colleges:

  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • The College of Engineering
  • The M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
  • The Villanova School of Business

Each college offers challenging coursework rooted in liberal arts, along with intimate and innovative learning environments where students gain confidence amid a supportive network of peers. Renowned faculty prepare students for the real world, and a global network of highly engaged, well-connected alumni is a mainstay across the colleges.

The heart of the University’s academic mission is summed up on its seal: Veritas, Unitas, Caritas – Truth, Unity, Love. First-year students experience this in a two-semester Humanities course called Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS), in which they read, discuss and write about texts by Augustine and other great minds who pose challenging questions about what “the good life” is. Students explore answers outside the classroom, too, through shared learning experiences in residence halls and cultural events.

For those who are intellectually ambitious, Villanova’s prestigious Honors Program provides a distinctive path of growth and camaraderie through all four years of the undergraduate journey. Honors students stand out while fitting in – part of a community within a community. They take coursework alongside like-minded peers in the Honors Residence Hall, where innovative Honors Learning Cohorts bring together students with similar interests, but remain an integral part of the larger Villanova community, making friends across all academic disciplines, attending athletic and cultural events and experiencing all that being a Villanovan entails.

Through the Office of Education Abroad, hundreds of students travel each year to pursue academic endeavors that strengthen critical thinking and cultivate an appreciation for life-long learning and curiosity about the world.

Outside the classroom, Villanova’s campus culture teems with joy, pride and companionship. More than 260 student groups, on-campus organizations and activities give everyone a chance to find their niche.

Athletics: Stronger Together

Villanova is well-known for its varsity athletics, especially its powerhouse basketball team, which won the NCAA National Championship in 2016 and 2018. With 24 varsity sports and more than 500 student-athletes known as Wildcats, the university has won 21 NCAA team national championships and more than 100 conference championships. Villanova also offers a wide range of club and intramural sports, and the student sections of most sporting events are a sea of blue and white – in short, making it easy to become a lifelong member of the Nova Nation.

Service: Minding the Greater Good

At Villanova, service is more than a once-a-year activity; instead, it goes hand-in-hand with curriculum and research. Students use the skills they learn in the classroom to serve others at home and abroad, spending afternoons at local schools as tutors, traveling the country to provide medical screenings and health care, and going overseas to bring water to remote villages, creating eco-friendly businesses and improving society in ways big and small. From the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service and the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival, to Habitat for Humanity and Spring Break Experiences, Villanovans are always looking for ways to make the world a better place. 

Outcomes: Prepared to Succeed

Villanova graduates are well-rounded, compassionate problem solvers with strong critical-thinking skills. Six months after graduation, 96.3 percent of the Class of 2017 were employed, continuing their education or engaged in endeavors like military or volunteer service. The average 2017 graduate received an average starting salary of $59,235 – and backed by a Nova Network 123,000 alumni strong, their connections to top industries and companies mean the sky’s the limit as they continue their careers.

Suburban Campus with a Sustainability Focus

Villanova is situated on a 260-acre campus just 12 miles west of Center City Philadelphia and is conveniently served by public transportation, including three train stations located on campus.

The university is committed to sustainability on many levels, including academics and research, maintenance of buildings and grounds, recycling and other materials management. Dining services feature locally-sourced foods and supply used cooking oil for production of biodiesel on campus. The university also pursues LEED certification for all new construction and major renovations. These include Villanova’s current campus transformation projects, which will result in the construction of several new upper-class residence halls by 2019 and a state-of-the-art performing arts center by 2020.


Location & Contact

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
United States


Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Latin American Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Real Estate
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Mass Communication/Media
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Islamic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Astrophysics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

35% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied21,112
    • Accepted7,594
    • Acceptance Rate35%
    • Enrolled6,966
    • Female Applicants11,109
    • Females Accepted4,068
    • Female Acceptance Rate36%
    • Male Applicants10,003
    • Males Accepted3,526
    • Male Acceptance Rate35%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $80
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman4.09
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan November 1st December 20th --
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer June 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 620 710
    • SAT Math 630 730
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 30 33
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$52,578
    • Out-of-state tuition *$52,578
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$730
    • Room and board *$14,020
    • Room only *$7,470
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

    • Average Financial Aid Package:$36,683
    • Average Freshman Financial Aid Package:$38,853
    • Average International Student Financial Aid Package:$45,628
    • Average Loan Aid:$5,104
    • Average Grant Aid:$16,497
    • Average Scholarship and/or Grant Aid Awarded:$32,405
    • Percentage of Students with Need who Receive Financial Aid:96%
    • Average Percentage of Financial Need Met: 75%
    • Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met: 10%

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students6,966
    • Male Student Percentage47%
    • Female Student Percentage53%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino7.67%
    • Black or African American5.02%
    • White or Caucasian74.32%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.07%
    • Asian6.49%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more races2.54%
    • Unknown or International Student1.94%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.95% representing 44 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students79% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Female-only housing, Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 66%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station Yes
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Blue Key Society, New Student Orientation Counselor Program, Special Olympics, Campus Activities Team, Student Government Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Nova Alert: email, text messaging for emergency situations

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division 1 No
    • Crew Yes Division C No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports No No No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football Yes Division B Yes
    • Golf Yes Division 1 No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division C No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Rugby Yes No No
    • Sailing Yes Division C No
    • Skiing Yes Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
    • Water polo Yes Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division 1 No
    • Crew No Division 1 No
    • Cross-country running Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports Yes Division C No
    • Field hockey Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Football No No No
    • Golf Yes No No
    • Ice hockey Yes Division C No
    • Lacrosse Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Rugby No No No
    • Sailing Yes Division C No
    • Skiing Yes Division C No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo No Division 1 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty1,039
    • Full-time Percentage59%
    • Part-time Percentage41%
    • Female Percentage42%
    • Male Percentage58%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 6,672 students to 758 faculty


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