Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University, founded in 1842, is a private, coeducational institution. Its 254-acre campus is located in Villanova, PA.

School Profiles: Undergrad Science & Engineering Diversity Catholic

Recognized as one of the “Top 50 National Universities” by U.S. News & World Report, Villanova University, located in suburban Philadelphia, is home to nearly 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. 


Founded: 1842

Institutional Control: Private

Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic, Augustinian

Location: Suburban

Overlap Schools: Boston College, Georgetown University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia

Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,917

Underrepresented Minorities: More than 25%

Male/Female: 47%/53%

In State/Out of State: 21%/79%

Freshman Retention Rate: 96%

Applicants: 22,880

Accepted: 29%

Enrolled: 25%

SAT Range (25th–75th Percentile): 1400–1500/1600

ACT Composite Range (25th–75th Percentile): 32–34/36

Top 10% of High School Class: 72%

Tuition: $54,440

Room and Board: $14,440

Books and Supplies: $1,100

Financial Aid: For the 2018–2019 freshman class, 97.2% of those who applied for aid received need-based aid; 83.4% of those eligible for need-based assistance received Villanova Grants. More than $23.5 million was originally awarded in Villanova Grants, with an average grant award of $34,210. The average assistance package for students with demonstrated financial need (combining grants, scholarships, federal loans, and student employment) was $42,315.

Villanova was founded in 1842 by the Order of St. Augustine, making it the oldest and largest Catholic university in Pennsylvania. St. Augustine believed in a commitment to community and the connection between heart and mind. These beliefs guide Villanova’s educational approach, making the experience not just about outstanding academics but each student’s growth as a person. 

Located on a picturesque 260-acre campus, Villanova attracts high-achieving students of all faiths who are dedicated to social responsibility and volunteerism. Villanova offers more than 60 rigorous academic programs through four undergraduate colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. Interdisciplinary concentrations are offered in a variety of areas. 

Academic excellence
A love of learning flows through the campus, and the joy of ideas, discourse, and discovery are shared widely. Here, students find proven scholars—not graduate assistants—at the head of their classes. With an average class size of 23 and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, students are ensured close interaction with their professors. 

Across all the Colleges, research plays a critical role in bringing Villanova close to industries where partnerships and collaborations become an exciting dimension of how the University expands opportunities for faculty and students to work together on significant investigations, groundbreaking discoveries, and powerful innovations. Undergraduate students are encouraged to join research projects with faculty starting their first year, fortified by programs like the Villanova Match Research Program, the Falvey Scholars Award, and the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows summer program, which provide funding and support for study and investigation. 

First-year students are also encouraged to join themed Learning Communities, where they live and learn among friends. Students in these communities live in the same residence halls, take the Augustine and Culture Seminar together, and participate in cocurricular programs like lectures, plays, and trips. 

Villanova has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Since the 2015 academic year, more than 150 Villanovans have earned competitive fellowships, including Goldwater, Marshall, and Fulbright. 

Study abroad
More than 37% of the most recent senior class spent at least a summer abroad, and more than 800 students studied in 38 different countries and 79 different cities all over the world.

Student life 
Villanova is a close-knit and caring community. There are more than 260 student organizations and 36 national honor societies at Villanova. Service to others through volunteerism and service learning projects is a fundamental part of the Villanova experience, and Villanovans provide more than 250,000 hours of community service each year. 

Semiannual service breaks enable students to choose projects of special, personal significance (Habitat for Humanity is especially popular), and Villanova’s Special Olympics Fall Festival is the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world. In addition, the annual Day of Service matches thousands of Villanova volunteers with service sites across Greater Philadelphia.

Housing on campus is currently guaranteed for three consecutive years, and 66% of the student population lives on campus. Villanova’s award-winning Dining Services offers a wide variety of options with 19 eateries. 

The Nova Nation fan base is as loyal as it is competitive, and once you’re a Wildcat, you’re always a Wildcat. Nearly 20% of the student body participates in 24 varsity teams and 30 club sports, and approximately 3,200 students participate in 10 intramural sports each year. In 2016 and 2018, the men’s Division I basketball team won the NCAA national championship. The University has also produced more than 60 Olympians in its history, and Villanovans have participated in every Summer Olympics since 1948.

Career services
At Villanova, the Career Center and the Colleges collaborate to provide students with enriched coursework and internship experiences. Innovative career and professional development concepts are integrated into the curriculum of all four Colleges starting as early as the first year. Additionally, more than 35,000 job opportunities are posted on Villanova’s job boards; 97% of recent Villanova graduates become full-time employees or enroll in graduate school within six months of graduation; and the average starting salary for Villanova graduates is $59,500.

Honors at Villanova
For those who are intellectually ambitious, Villanova’s prestigious Honors Program divines a distinctive path of growth and camaraderie through all four years of their undergraduate journey. Incoming students with a strong record of academic achievement and cocurricular leadership are invited to apply to the Honors Program upon their acceptance to the University. A community within a community, the Honors Program allows students to take coursework alongside like-minded peers in the Honors Residence Hall, while innovative Honors Learning Cohorts bring together students with similar interests in small seminar-style classes that afford them ample opportunity for discourse and debate with peers and dedicated faculty members.