Ignite change. Go Nova.
Villanova University was founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. To this day, Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition is the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately, and succeed while serving others. Villanova prepares students to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.
The strength of the Villanova experience comes in part from the University’s welcoming community. Students and staff alike are bonded together by a shared responsibility to uphold the ideals of Saint Augustine and let the principles of truth, unity, and love guide their lives. The community at Villanova helps students grow intellectually, professionally, and spiritually and challenges them to reach their full potential.
The University’s rigorous academic experience, rooted in the liberal arts, creates an environment in which students and professors are partners in learning. The Villanova community is dedicated to providing a personalized experience that fosters every student’s unique intellectual and spiritual well-being. As part of their education, students are encouraged to enrich their lives by working for those in need. Through academic and service programs, students use their knowledge, skills, and compassion to better the world around them.
Villanova University is located in a suburban community 12 miles west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There are nearly 10,000 undergraduate, graduate, and Law students in the University’s six colleges—the Charles Widger School of Law, the College of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, and the School of Business. These Colleges are the setting for an educational experience that develops both the heart and mind and creates an atmosphere where students are called to ignite change.
Ranked among the top in the nation | U.S. News & World Report
Recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars | The Chronicle of Higher Education
College of Nursing designated as a “Center of Excellence in Nursing Education” | National League for Nursing
Villanovans come from many different backgrounds, statuses, and experiences and bring with them different viewpoints and bases of knowledge. Through a transformative, collaborative, and immersive educational experience called Intergroup Relations (IGR), we learn to listen, communicate, and ignite change on campus and around the world. IGR courses focus on social justice and build relationships of understanding among people from different social, economic, racial, and ethnic groups. In balanced classes of 12 students, participants can freely and safely interact with each other and with specially trained faculty and staff. The lessons learned here will inspire, challenge, and prepare you for an ever-changing, socially conscious world.
"At Villanova, you’re surrounded by people who want to see you succeed. Faculty and friends are consistently here to support you along the way."
"Every time I visited campus, everybody was so welcoming. The passion for Villanova from current students is palpable."
"I was looking for a school where students were really well rounded, and I found that at Villanova. Students are passionate about what they do in the classroom but also really into whatever they do outside the classroom."
"Villanova really prepares you for the next step."