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Villanova University
“Established in 1842, Villanova is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic university located just outside...

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania

Villanova University was founded in 1842 by the Order of St. 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. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
6,977 undergraduate students
92% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
82% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
698 full-time faculty
401 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

70% of students living on campus.

School Location

The fifth largest city in the US is only minutes away. Philadelphia offers something for everyone: a world-class art museum, historic sites, a great restaurant scene, performing arts and a wide spectrum of colorful neighborhoods and scenic walks. Attend a Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, Flyers or Union game if you’re a sports fan, or enjoy live music at one of many Philadelphia-area concerts, including the Made in America Festival.

Retention Fall 2015

96% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

90% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Black or African American 5%
White 74%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 7%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


Big East Conference (Division I), Colonial Athletic Association (Division I-FCS), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Division I), 24 Varsity sports. Mascot: Wildcat  Colors: Blue and white

Villanova University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference. Villanova has competitive teams in 22 intercollegiate sports including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis and track & field; men’s baseball, football and golf, and women’s field hockey, rowing, softball, water polo and volleyball

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Arab and Islamic Studies, Art History, Classical Studies, Communication, Criminology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Geography, Global Interdisciplinary Studies, History, Humanities, Independently Designed Major, Italian, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish Studies, and Theology and Religious Studies. Bachelor of Science degree: Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive and Behaviorial Neuroscience,  Comprehensive Science, Computing Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics. Interdisciplinary Concentrations: Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Augustine in Dialogue with Faith and Culture, Biochemistry, Cognitive Science, Ethics, Irish Studies, Peace and Justice, Russian Area Studies, Teacher Certification, Writing and Rhetoric. Bachelor of Business Administration: Accountancy, Economics, Finance, International Business (Co-Majors), Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Real Estate (Co-Majors). Bachelor of Science Degree: Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Bachelor of Science Degree: Nursing.

More Distinctions

  • Academic Quality

    • #1 University (Regional Universities—North), U.S.News & World Report
    • Top U.S. Producer of Fulbright Students (Master’s Institutions), The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Chapter of the prestigious liberal arts and sciences honor society—Phi Beta Kappa
    • Villanova School of Business: #15 Nationwide, Best Undergraduate Business Schools, Bloomberg Businessweek
    • College of Engineering: #11 Nationwide, Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (Bachelor’s/Master’s Category), U.S.News & World Report
    • College of Nursing: Designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing
    • #3 University, "Best Undergraduate Teaching," U.S. News & World Report
  • Value

    • #1 Great Schools, Great Prices (Regional Universities—North), U.S. News & World Report
    • #38 Nationwide, Best Values in Private Colleges, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • International Experiences

    • #4 Nationwide (Master’s Category): Leading Institutions by Total Number of Study Abroad Students
    • #7 Nationwide (Master’s Category): Leading Institutions by Mid-Length and Short-Term Duration of Study Abroad, Institute of International Education, Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange
  • Service

    • 2009 Inductee, Special Olympics Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, Chairman’s Choice Award, Special Olympics Pennsylvania

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is alive and well at Villanova. For many years now, the university has excelled at research, with many works going on to be published or presented. Many like to believe that research is limited to the laboratory. This is simply not true. Each and every discipline has opportunities to engage in research, and Villanova encourages all of its students to take part.

There are incredible benefits to research. Students that participate gain valuable skills in inquiry, citation, critical thinking, and higher level conceptualization. Externally, undergraduate research looks impressive to both graduate schools and employers.

Falvey Scholars

The Falvey Scholars program awards superior work in undergraduate research. Each year, a group of students is nominated for their exceptional work. A committee then selects the recipients from the group of nominated students. Awards are given in five areas: Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Business. Selected students are given the opportunity to share their findings with the campus community.

Villanova Match Research Program for Freshman

The Match Research Program gives bright, highly motivated freshman the opportunity to participate in research during their spring semester. Selected students work as assistants to faculty that are conducting research. Students work 10 hours a week for 10 weeks, and receive a stipend of $1000. This is an incredible opportunity for students interested in research. Not only does the program provide a solid introduction to practices and methodologies, but students have the chance to learn directly from experienced faculty.

Education Abroad

Study abroad is a unique experience for each student. No two adventures are the same, but that’s what makes the journey so exciting! Villanova recognizes study abroad as a highly beneficial part of the undergraduate experience. Students that go abroad gain skills in cross-cultural communication, independence, and global citizenship and engagement. The Office of Education Abroad is responsible for guiding students through the selection and return process. And because every student has different needs and goals, the office is equipped to assist individuals one-on-one.

Villanova Semester Abroad
Villanova currently has five abroad programs, established through the Office of Education Abroad. These programs range from semester to year-long and are offered to all Villanova students. The unique component of these programs is that one of the classes students take is only offered to Villanova students. This allows the Villanova experience to extend beyond the campus and into destinations around the world. Students that choose to enroll in one of the five programs are expected to assume a higher level of independence, as many of these programs focus on immersion. The five programs are:

  1. Spanish Language and Culture in Càdiz
  2. French Language and Culture in Lille
  3. Italian Language and Culture in Urbino
  4. Irish Studies in Galway
  5. Australian Studies in Melbourne


Villanova Semester Cohort Programs
Cohort programs are only available to specific majors. Below are the available programs:

Villanova School of Business
1. Business and Culture in the Italian Context
2. Global Citizens Program

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
1. Literary Experience in London
2. ESPOL Certificate in European Politics in Lille, France
3. International Center for Development Studies in San Jose, Costa Rica
4. Semester Vatican Internship for Communication and Computer Science majors

College of Nursing
1. Sophomore year Nursing Program at the University of Manchester

Honors Program

Villanova’s honors program is designed to meet the needs and further challenge the academically inclined. Honors students take part in small seminar courses that promote class discussion and foster personal attention. The program also provides members with several opportunities to act as leaders around campus. Villanova’s honors program takes a holistic approach to its students, addressing more than academic development. Honors students are considered for their spirit, body, and mind and are given an environment to grow as strong individuals.


LEVEL is a unique campus initiative aimed at closing the gap between the abled and disabled. With inclusivity being the focal point of the mission, Villanova strives to bring light to a situation that is often misunderstood. The disabled are often regarded in a negative way, and thus given less opportunity to succeed in life. LEVEL works very hard to disband these myths and provides the disabled community with chances to get involved. The name LEVEL comes from the idea of leveling the playing field between the able and the disabled, so that everyone is regarded as an equal.


Villanova is just a stone’s throw away from Philadelphia, the fifth largest city in the U.S.. Philadelphia is a hub for higher education, with over 90 colleges and universities. The city also offers an array of cultural events and recreational activities. Villanova students are highly encouraged to explore the city and take advantage of all its amenities. Philadelphia is also a great career resource, with many students securing internships and full- time jobs in the city.

The Career Center

The Career Center is the go-to resource for all things career related. Students are welcome to stop by and utilize the many services offered at the center. Career counselors are available to guide decisions regarding major selection and career trajectory. Counselors are also available to conduct mock interviews in order to prepare students for their first post-graduate interview experience. Finally, Villanova hosts a series of workshops and career fairs, allowing students to learn valuable skills and network.


Admissions Fall 2015

16,206 Total Applicants 
7,761 Total Admissions 
1,700 Total Freshman Enrollment

47.89% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 590 690
SAT Math 610 710
SAT Writing 590 690
ACT Composite 29 32
ACT Math 27 32
ACT English 29 34
ACT Writing    


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Tuition $46,966
Fees $650
Total $47,616
Room and Board (on campus) $12,707
Room Only $6,737
Board Only $5,970
Estimated Total On Campus $60,323


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

64% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
47% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$28,855 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$7,837 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates