AT A GLANCE
graduating within four years (national average: 35%)
freshman-to-sophomore retention rate (national average: 82%)
female Engineering students (national average: 21%)
graduating with internship, research, or military experiences
successful placement rate
Become a Grand Challenges Scholar
The National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges Scholars Program at Villanova University College of Engineering prepares students to address the critical challenges facing the planet, from access to clean water to engineering better medicines. This extracurricular program offers self-directed students the opportunity to develop globally relevant perspectives and skills.
Villanova Engineers Study Abroad
At Villanova, 23% of Engineering majors study abroad (compared to 5% nationally) for a summer, a semester, or an entire academic year in popular destinations like Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, and Spain.
Many schools graduate engineers who solve problems. We graduate engineers who ignite change.
In the classroom
From day one, you’ll learn to think like an engineer in small classes led by faculty members for whom teaching is the top priority. You’ll benefit from the expertise of those who bring engineering to life through hands-on instruction that bridges theory and practice.
Entrepreneurially minded learning experiences inside and outside the classroom will help you realize your creative and innovative potential. You’ll collaborate—not compete—with your classmates to help each other succeed.
In the laboratory
Work alongside faculty on their latest research. Collaborate with industry professionals on real-world challenges in the Multidisciplinary Design Lab. Pursue innovative solutions to unmet societal and technological needs through INNOVATE: The L3Harris Summer Program. Through these experiences, you’ll develop leadership and team-building skills and learn best practices for laboratory research and technical communication.
In the global community
With service learning (humanitarian engineering) built into the curriculum, there are countless opportunities for Villanova engineers to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to some of the world’s most complexchallenges in places like Panama, Ghana, Madagascar, and Cambodia. Grounded in our Augustinian values, Villanovans don’t just learn what to do as engineers—they learn how to do it in a way that benefits humanity and builds a sustainable future.
In the workplace
Villanova engineers distinguish themselves in the workplace thanks to Career Compass, the College’s one-of-a-kind professional development program that develops broad-based innovation, leadership, and management skills. In collaboration with the University’s Career Center, undergraduates develop their résumés, build networking skills, prepare for interviews, and secure internships. During their sophomore year, students are paired with alumni mentors to help provide direction and feedback for paving their career paths.
With passion, curiosity, engagement, and vision, Villanova engineers become society’s future innovators and technical leaders, committed to serving the greater good and solving complex global challenges by following habits of the heart and mind. We invite you to become part of Nova Nation!
“I chose Villanova because there is no other place like it. With the incredible community here, there is a home for everyone, and with the vast opportunities provided, every student has the chance to—in the words of St. Augustine—‘become what you are not yet.’”
— Daniella Tagliaferri, Civil Engineering