Villanova University

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800 Lancaster Avenue

Villanova, PA 19085

Phone: (610) 519-4500
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 15
application deadline

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#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Villanova University is a private institution that was founded in 1842. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,100, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 260 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Villanova University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 1. Its tuition and fees are $44,580 (2013-14).

Villanova University, named for the Spanish Augustinian St. Thomas of Villanova, is still affiliated with the Augustinian Order. Located just 12 miles from Philadelphia in the suburb of Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, Villanova – often shortened to 'Nova – offers popular student organizations like the Blue Key Society, which gives admissions tours and hosts prospective student days, and Rays of Sunshine, the student community service office. A thriving Greek community at Villanova encompasses about two dozen fraternities and sororities. Athletics are also important, and the Villanova Wildcats – known for their successful men's basketball program – mainly compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. Incoming freshmen are guaranteed housing for their first three years in any of the 18 residence halls or eight apartment-style buildings.

Four of Villanova's five schools serve undergraduate and graduate students, and graduate programs include those in the Villanova School of Business and School of Law. Undergraduates can enter the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova School of Business, College of Engineering or College of Nursing. Perhaps due to their use as military hospitals during the Civil War and World War I, university myth has it that two on-campus buildings, Alumni Hall and Picotte Hall at Dundale, are haunted. Villanova is also home to the famous Liberty Bell's twin, known as the "Sister Bell."

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Villanova was founded in 1842 by the priests and brothers of the Order of St. Augustine and offers a wide variety of degree programs through four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing. The University is a comprehensive Roman Catholic institution that welcomes students of all faiths.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1842
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $357,022,093


When applying to Villanova University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at Villanova University is $80. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 45.6 percent and an early acceptance rate of 38.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 45.6%
Application deadline January 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Villanova University is 12:1, and the school has 43.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Villanova University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 94.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 85%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 33%
Health Professions and Related Programs 10%
Social Sciences 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Engineering 9%

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Student Life

Villanova University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,100, with a gender distribution of 49 percent male students and 51 percent female students. At this school, 70 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 30 percent of students live off campus. Villanova University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,626
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Villanova University offers a number of student services including health service and health insurance. Villanova University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Villanova University, 45 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Villanova University.

Students who have cars on campus 45%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Villanova University, 47.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $25,860.

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Tuition and fees $44,580 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,830 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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