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Founded in 1842 by the Order of St. Augustine, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in Pennsylvania. St. Augustine (ah-GUST-in) believed in a commitment to community and in the connection between heart and mind.These beliefs guide Villanova’s educational approach, making the experience not just about outstanding academics but about each student’s growth as a whole person.
Villanova—a picturesque 260-acre campus located 12 miles west of Philadelphia—is home to students of all faiths. Villanova offers more than 60 rigorous academic programs through four undergraduate colleges: the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing. Interdisciplinary concentrations are offered in a variety of areas.
Full-time undergraduate enrollment at Villanova is 6,500, while total University enrollment—including graduate programs, continuing and part-time studies, and Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law—is 10,842. At Villanova, you will find proven scholars—not graduate assistants—at the head of your classes. With an average class size of 22 and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, you are ensured close interaction with your professors—90% of whom hold the highest degree in their fields.
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. The Honors program is a comprehensive four-year program that offers seminars, research opportunities, service projects, and cultural and social events designed to bring together highly motivated, talented students with dedicated faculty.
Villanova also offers a competitive Presidential Scholarship program as it seeks to attract young leaders from diverse intellectual, social, racial, and economic backgrounds, including those from families in which few or no members have attended college. This renewable scholarship covers tuition, general fees, room, board, and the cost of textbooks for eight consecutive semesters. It is awarded to students for their demonstrated academic achievements and active participation in their schools and broader civic communities.
In addition, first-year students are encouraged to join a themed Learning Community to live and learn among friends. Students in these communities live in the same residence halls, take the Augustine & Culture Seminar together, and participate in cocurricular programs such as lectures, plays, and trips.
Villanova is a close-knit and caring community. There are more than 265 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 guaranteed for three consecutive years, and 70% of the student population lives on campus. Villanova’s award-winning Dining Services offers a wide variety of options, with 18 eateries—three dining halls and 15 à-la-carte venues.
Athletic opportunities for Villanova students abound. Each year approximately 3,500 students participate in 13 intramural sports. In 2016 the men’s basketball team won the NCAA National Championship. In 2009 and 2010, the women’s cross-country team won back-to-back NCAA national championships. The University has also produced more than 60 Olympians in its history, and Villanovans have participated in every Summer Olympics since 1948.
The Villanova Center for Multicultural Affairs provides a welcoming atmosphere for students and exemplifies the University mission of respecting individual differences and adhering to the principle that mutual love and respect should animate every aspect of University life.
At Villanova, the Career Center and the Colleges collaborate to provide students with enriched course work and internship experiences. Innovative career and professional development concepts are integrated into the curriculum of all four Colleges starting as early as freshman year. Additionally, more than 10,000 job opportunities were posted on Villanova’s job boards; 96.5% of recent Villanova graduates become full-time employees or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation; and the average starting salary for Villanova graduates is $59,010.
Villanova At a Glance
Institutional Control: Private
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic, Augustinian
Overlap Schools: Boston College, Fordham University, Georgetown University, Northeastern University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia
Undergraduate Enrollment: 6,490
Underrepresented Minorities: More than 20%
Freshman Retention Rate: 95%
SAT Range (25th–75th Percentile): 1360–1480/1600
ACT Composite Range (25th–75th Percentile): 31–34
Top 10% of High School Class: 62%
Room and Board: $13,548
Books and Supplies: $1,100
Financial Aid: For the 2017–2018 freshman class, 70% of those who applied for aid received need-based aid; 81.6% of those eligible for need-based assistance received Villanova Grants. More than $21.6 million was originally awarded in Villanova Grants, with an average grant award of $30,605. The average assistance package for students with demonstrated financial need (combining grants, scholarships, federal loans, and student employment) was $39,598.
Multicultural Student Organizations
• African Students Association
• Arabic Cultural Society
• Asian Student Association
• Black Cultural Society
• Caribbean Student Association
• Chinese Club
• Chinese Student Association
• French Club
• German Club
• Hispanic Society
• Indian Student Association
• International Business Society
• Irish Cultural Society
• Italian Club
• Japanese Club
• Latino American Student Organization
• Multicultural Students League
• Muslim Student Association
• National Association of Black Accountants
• Native American Student Association
• South Asian Multicultural Organized Students Association
• Spanish Club