Students Say

Known for being a basketball powerhouse, Villanova University (located in Pennsylvania) has developed an equally impressive reputation for academics. The school’s admissions standards have continued to rise, and there is a “great support system” in place to help students achieve, between professors, advisors, tutors, research librarians, as well as a writing, math, and language learning center. Nova’s career center and internship offices focus on getting students into jobs after college, and “the opportunities outside of the classroom really complement your education.”

Overview

Applicants
15,705
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average HS GPA
3.87

GPA Breakdown

66%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
3%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 690
SAT Math
620 - 710
ACT Composite
28 - 31

Deadlines


Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Known for being a basketball powerhouse, Villanova University (located in Pennsylvania) has developed an equally impressive reputation for academics. The school’s admissions standards have continued to rise, and there is a “great support system” in place to help students achieve, between professors, advisors, tutors, research librarians, as well as a writing, math, and language learning center. Nova’s career center and internship offices focus on getting students into jobs after college, and “the opportunities outside of the classroom really complement your education.” “Villanova is full of resources for my success now, as a student, and will continue to be after I graduate as an alum,” says a student. There is a real sense of community here, “stemming from service, school spirit around the basketball team, and everyone actively pursuing their own area of academic interest.” The “passionate” professors are “true teachers and scholars,” and they “go above and beyond their office hours.” They are “easily accessible,” and though some will seek you out, “it is mostly up to you to take advantage of them as a resource.” “If you want to succeed, the community will do everything in its power to make sure you can do so,” says a student. In addition to superior classroom quality (the faculty gets “fired up about what they teach”), there are “a lot of projects across majors that have real-world applications and are designed to help students in the long run.” Classes are often a mixture of “lecture, discussion, individual/group projects, [and] fieldtrips.” Villanova’s “emphasis on service” is a point of praise for the student body, and everyone here embraces a sense of duty to make the world a better place. “We are the Nova Nation, built upon an unbreakable foundation of community,” says a student.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
1,011
with Terminal Degree
676

590
Men
421
Women
117
Minority
18
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
96%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
89%


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Robert McCarthy, 1975
Chief Operations Officer, Marriott International, Inc.

John L. Hennessy, III, 1973
President, Stanford University

Diana Sugg, 1987
Pulitzer Prize Recipient for Journalism, Freelance Journalist

Albert Jacobs, 1987
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Optimist, Life is Good, Inc.

Maria Bello, 1989
Golden Globe-Nominated Actress

Robert Moran, 1972
President and Chief Executive Officer, PetSmart

Madeline McCarthy Bell, 1983
President, Chief Operations Officer, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphi

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

It costs $45,376 in tuition to attend Villanova, and an additional $12,252 for room and board. Seventy percent of undergraduates receive some sort of financial aid, with an average of 81 percent of need being met and the average need-based financial aid package running $32,184.

Bang For Your Buck

Though the sticker price is high, the vast majority of Villanova students receive needor merit-based scholarships and grants to offset the price. Many scholarships are available. The merit-based Presidential Scholarship covers all tuition, room and board, books, and fees; twenty-eight are awarded each year, six of which go to historically underrepresented groups. Villanova Scholarships begin at $2,000 a year for academic achievers; students commuting from their families’ homes can receive partial tuition Commuter Scholarships; and the Villanova/Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship Program awards five partial scholarships per year to academically outstanding undergraduates who are the first in their families to attend college and have financial need.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,227

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,629

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,965

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$35,122

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
53%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$29,817

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,376
Required Fees
$590
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$950

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,770
Transportation for Commuters
$2,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

This “outstanding community” is built on “a lot of mutual respect.” People are “well-rounded,” “very friendly,” and “proud of Villanova,” and most everyone here “dresses well” and is “extremely affable, professional, and an achiever.” “Sometimes I think of Villanova as a school full of all the high school superstars,” says one student. Balance is a skill that all Villanovans possess, and most are involved in some sort of volunteer activity; many also “party on the weekends, and show up ready to all of their classes.” One can find a “very attractive student body” here, as well.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,118
Out of State
81%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
71

Demographics

7.37%
Asian
4.94%
African-American
7.56%
Hispanic
76.55%
Caucasian
1.16%
Unknown
1.84%
International

52% female
48% male
81% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Many buildings are new or have been recently renovated, and “most residence halls are really impressive and kept up very well.” Most of campus “has a focused atmosphere during the week,” but come Thursday afternoon, “you can feel campus relax and people are more likely to go out,” mainly off campus. During basketball season, “people get their work done early to flock to the [Pavillion] for games.” Almost everyone is involved in at least one (but probably more) extracurricular activities and clubs, and “a ton of students get involved with intramurals or club sports teams, as well.” The Campus Activity Team puts on different events over the weekend, including “a cinema that is always showing a movie,” and the school also offers great service experiences, whether “week-long service break experiences all over the world, cheering on the athletes at Special Olympics Fall Festival, or driving into Philly to play with kids and help them with their studies.” Formals are also “a big deal” on campus. For those who want to take a break from college life, the massive King of Prussia Mall is found nearby (with a free weekend shuttle), and it is “an easy short train ride to go to Philadelphia.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
70%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
96
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
90

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
265
Number of Honor Societies
36

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
15

19% join a fraternity
41% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

49% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Wildcats)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Wildcats)
15 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Widener University
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: St. Joseph's University

Sustainability

As a testament to its commitment to sustainability, Villanova University recently launched a master’s degree program in sustainable engineering to complement its robust offerings in environmental education, including undergraduate majors in environmental science and environmental studies, a sustainability minor, and a first-year Environmental Leadership Learning Community. In addition to its green-minded academic programs, the university also operates the Villanova Storm water Wetland Project, the Villanova Recycling Program, and has signed the ACUPCC. The university has dictated that all new construction and major renovation on campus achieve LEED Silver certification or better. Villanova’s new law school, featuring a white membrane roofing system, plenty of natural light, and a digitally-automated building management system to track both energy and water consumption in real time, has achieved LEED Gold. The nursing school is also LEED Gold-certified and features water reduction controls, optimized energy performance, daylight harvesting, and an enthalpy heat recovery system. In line with this, Villanova diverts approximately 90 percent of waste from all campus construction projects from ever entering a landfill. Dining Services isn’t left out of the loop when it comes to conservation either. A fair trade university, Villanova, in partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Villanova has instituted the Seafood Watch program, which requires members to only purchase and serve seafood that is “abundant, and caught or farmed in environmentally friendly ways.” Every resident dining hall on campus is trayless (serving to both reduce water consumption and food waste) and have complete vegetarian options available. The university’s dining services purchases 21 percent of its food from local and/or organic sources. Lastly, as part of its responsibility as a signatory of the ACUPCC, Villanova created a formal Climate Action Plan, which sets 2050 as the university’s target date for net climate neutrality.

Green Rating
95
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
22%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
25

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Villanova has partnerships with Dell and Apple. Villanova also provides students with outstanding technological learning resources including intelligent classroom design in locations across campus, the Villanova School of Business Applied Finance lab, the Advanced Simulated Patient Care and Safety System located in the College of Nursing. Villanova also has an agreement with AT&T to provide cellular coverage, products and discounted device pricing and coverage options to students, faculty, and staff. In addition, AT&T has placed 3 cell towers on campus for enhanced coverage. Villanova has a preferred vendor relationship with XSE and Canon for all printing and copier/print equipment. Villanova has a partnership with CBORD to beta test new campus card products and receives pricing discounts on products. Comcast provides a discount on premium cable services.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Matt Harris
Associate Director of Admission

Address
Office of University Admission
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1672

Phone
610-519-4000

Email
gotovu@villanova.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
St. Thomas of Villanova Church
Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness
Villanova University Shop
Connelly Center and Cinema
Bartley Hall Exchange

Most Popular Places Off Campus
King of Prussia Mall
Museum of Art (with Rocky statue!)
Constitution Center and Liberty Bell
South Street
Philly Cheesesteak Rivals Pat's & Geno's

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm
610-519-4000

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies; Please check with Office of University Admission

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
gotovu@villanova.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Philadelphia International Airport is approximately 20 miles from campus. Bennett’s Limousine Service is available for the ride from airport to campus; call from the courtesy phone at the airport or call in advance at 610-525-0513. Public train transportation is also available: Take the SEPTA shuttle train from the airport to 30th St. Station in Philadelphia; transfer to the Paoli/Thorndale train, which will take you to the Villanova station (and campus). Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve Philadelphia. Amtrak will bring you into 30th St. Station; from there, take the SEPTA Paoli/Thorndale Local train to Villanova. From the bus station, go to SEPTA's Market East station to take the Paoli/Thorndale train to Villanova.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the Pennsylvania Tpke., take Exit 326 (formerly 24A -- Midcountry Exchange Rte. 476 S.). After the tollbooths, take I-476 S. to Exit 13(Villanova, St. David's). Bear right to Rte. 30 E. (Lancaster Ave.). Take Rte. 30 E. through five traffic lights; at the fifth light, turn right on Ithan Ave. and proceed to the main entrance on the left.

Local Accommodations
The Villanova Conference Center; Radnor Hotel; Wayne Hotel; Courtyard - Devon; Marriott West - Conshohocken; Courtyard - Collegeville; Dolce - Valley Forge; Fairfield Inn - Valley Forge; Howard Johnson's - Springfield