Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 690
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 710
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 700
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 31


Early Action
November 1

January 15

Other Admission Factors


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

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Finance, General
  • Human Resources Development
  • International Business
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Real Estate
  • Taxation

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Secondary Education and Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Practice
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
  • International/Global Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Islamic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Human Services, General
  • Public Administration

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

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.


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary

Median Mid-Career Salary

Alumni with High Job Meaning

Return on Education (ROE) rating

Students Say

The Villanova Career Center hosts career fairs in the spring and?fall to help hook students up with internships and jobs, and there are smaller, industry-based fairs held for students interested in nursing and teaching throughout the year. There is a “great presence of recruiters on campus,” and potential employers?collect student résumés and conduct on-campus interviews via Career Services. Hundreds of alumni also take part in the Career Connections Advisor Program, and Villanova “does an impeccable job coordinating volunteer opportunities for students.” Forty-five percent of Villanova graduates who visited Payscale.com reported feeling that their job had a meaningful impact on the world, and the average starting salary was $52,600.

Colleges that Create Futures

Practical Experience

Villanova comes in at number nine on The Princeton Review’s 2015 ranking list for Best Schools for Internships, reported in the 2015 edition of our book Colleges That Pay You Back. And options abound in each of the Colleges, regardless of major. In the School of Business, for instance, the Spring Accounting Internship Program gives junior accounting majors the chance to work full-time at accounting firm during tax season. Students who intern through the program can then stay on track to graduate in four years by taking courses in the summer. In the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, rising juniors should check out an internship placement (for credit!) with the Catholic Relief Services. The office is a mere ten minutes from campus and the perfect place to solidify your commitment to peace and global justice. If law school is in your future, internships with Villanova’s Law School Clinical Program lets undergrads work with current Villanova law students, “who represent real clients with real legal issues.” Six law clinics run the gamut from Refugee and Emigrant Services to Juvenile Law. And in the College of Engineering, the Joseph DiGiacomo Internship with the Center for Advanced Communication is geared toward students interested in signal processing and wireless If you have your eye on the entertainment industry, then The Los Angeles Internship, offered in conjunction with Philadelphia’s Temple University, could be your induction into the field. A program in Vatican City lets students take courses in Rome while interning in the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Internet Office of the Holy See, and the Rome Bureau of the Catholic News Service. A longstanding relationship with The Washington Center links students to internships in the D.C. area. Plus, there are plenty of study abroad options in London, Ireland, Australia, South America, and Europe that incorporate internships into the travel experience.
Service Learning

Students can also choose a First-Year Learning Community, where freshman students live, study, and work together. Each learning community has a specific theme, and students are grouped together based on the themes they select, which include Arts and Culture, Creativity on the Page, Environmental Leadership, Global Citizenship, and Caritas: Service Learning. In addition to living together, students in each Learning Community come together for their Augustine and Culture Seminar, a course specially designed to address topics related to each Learning Community’s theme. They also take a one-credit workshop, called “4th Hours” that meets in their residence hall and explores their chosen theme through discussion and small group work. Students in these Learning Communities benefit from a collective college biography: Their shared experiences and class work helps bond them together and their common interests give them a sense of collective identity and purpose. And it helps that the ethos of the Villanova student body is “based on community, service, and friendship. Villanova is a school where everyone is kind, helpful, and dedicated to work as well as fun,” one student told us. The Learning Communities are a bit of both. Students get “special opportunities to attend plays, concerts, lectures, and dinners off campus, with their professors, classmates, and hall mates,” according to the university, and they benefit from increased attention from professors, who “seek to create meaningful educational experiences both in and out of class.”
Predictably, students hold the Service Learning Community in high regard. “The Service Learning Community is so popular you actually have to apply to be part of it,” one student said. In addition to the other benefits of the First-Year Learning Communities, students in Caritas make weekly trips to tutor students in a Philadelphia high school. Students love that “Villanova offers great service experiences” and look forward every week to “driving into Philly to play with kids and help them with their studies.”
The popularity of Caritas among first-years has spawned a sophomore level group, one that expands upon the activities of its freshman counterpart. Students in the sophomore Service Learning Community, or SLC, work with one of the group’s community partners—which provide services like adult literacy and youth education—for at least three hours a week while they continue to take the “4th Hour” class. In addition, these students undertake a Community Action Project at the community site where they work. Students are challenged with a problem or issue that is of vital concern to the organization’s efforts and then devise a plan to address it. These projects provide students with an opportunity to troubleshoot real-world problems and develop cooperative solutions while working in small groups. Past projects have included organizing and running a talent show to raise the self-esteem of elementary school students, developing a leadership camp at a nearby high school, creating a volunteer manual for the Graterford Prison Literacy Program, and translating adult literacy manuals into three languages.
In addition to other requirements, like attending certain lectures and completing a reading series, student in the SLC also are required to take one of the university’s Service Learning Classes, which cover a broad range of topics and academic fields. One example is Urban Education, a course that explores the social, political, and economic factors that shape urban education. Students work with high school seniors to “explore what it is that urban youth truly want and need in their educational experiences, and . . . deliberate collectively on the reform agenda best suited to meeting those needs and aspirations,” according to the university. Another example is a studio art class in mural painting, which gives students an idea of what a real commissioned gig feels like. In one such class, students were tasked with painting murals in a home for children with multiple disabilities. A current undergraduate told us, “Service is probably the largest highlight of what Villanova has to offer. What I have learned through the different service opportunities offered by Villanova truly has made me the person I am today.”
Alumni Network

Villanova alums are entrepreneurs and inventors, CEOs and nonprofit leaders, professors and Broadway producers. Notable Wildcats among their ranks are Madeline M. Bell, ’83 NSG, President and Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; John L. Hennessy, PhD ’73 ENG, President of Stanford University; and Alexander J. Martins ’86 VSB, Chief Executive Officer of the Orlando Magic. Current students can reach out to alumni for career advice and mentorship through Career Connections, a contacts database, or through their handy Alumni Student Mentoring LinkedIn page. A recent alumni posted a testimonial there: “After joining this LinkedIn subgroup, I posted a discussion asking for help making connections for my career, not exactly sure what to expect. Within one week, I have been contacted by over ten alumni with offers of advice, job leads, and connections to their companies and contacts.” Wildcats continue to grow together long after graduation.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



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

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.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

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.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

19% join a fraternity
41% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

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

Men's Sports (Wildcats)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Wildcats)
15 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo

Student Services

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


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

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

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

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

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

Campus Visits Contact

Matt Harris
Associate Director of Admission

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



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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies; Please check with Office of University Admission

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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