- Class: Junior
- Major: Communications
- Gender: F
- High School: John Jay High School
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing about Villanova is the atmosphere at this University. It's something you experience for the first time when you walk on campus, and something that becomes a part of your life once you attend. Walking around campus you will find that most of the population is happy to be at Villanova, especially in the springtime. There are few things better than being outside on this campus in the spring, and once the weather gets warm enough that's where you will be able to find pretty much everyone. The size of the school is ideal. At just under 7,000 students, the school is small enough that you will come to recognize just about everyone on campus, but big enough that if you don't want to see someone, you really can find a way around that. With that being said, coming from high school 7,000 really can seem like a big number, but not here. Classes are small, and there really aren't that many giant lecture halls on campus. While 7,000 might seem big when we're all at a basketball game, it doesn't seem so big in the class room. Speaking of basketball, if there is one thing to be said about Villanova, it's that everyone here lives for basketball. Nova Nation, as its called on campus, comes out in full swing every time the men's basketball team steps on the court. Even if you don't go to the game, you'll be able to tell if the team won or lost just by spending a minute on campus after the game. When Nova wins you will usually be able to see everyone on their way out to celebrate, and when we lose, you'll probably be able to hear the screams at the TV from all around campus. Even if you aren't a basketball fan, if you never seen a game, or don't even know what it is, Villanova will definitely turn you into one.
Villanova students seem to embody the idea of work hard, play hard. The University has been widely regarded for it rigorous academic program, but students here definitely has mastered the idea of balance. That being said, almost all of the majors here at Villanova have very demanding requirements. The Core Program has requirements for students in all of the colleges and ensures that each students get a well rounded education. What this means is that Engineers will be in your Theology or Philosophy class, or that Comm students will be in your Physics or Calculus class. No one is let off the hook, and you have to take a little bit of everything. The good news is, that really just lasts throughout most of freshman year. Class size at Villanova is not much different from being in a high school classroom setting. Teachers will learn your names, say hi if they see you on campus, and know your face if you send them an e-mail. There are larger lecture halls on campus for intro level science, business, and engineering classes, but once you really get into the majors those tend to disappear. Another great thing about Academics here at Villanova is that there is a strong Career Services program. As a student you are constantly getting e-mails about what's going on in Career Services and how they can help you find a job, internship, or work on a resume. Also, since Villanova has an excellent reputation, there are constantly big name companies coming to campus to recruit our students.
One of the most unique things about Villanova's student body is their dedication to serve others. While Villanova students, party hard and study hard, one of their passions is giving back to the community. Service Break Trips are one of the most popular things to do here on campus, and people come back from them saying it was the best thing they have done at college. Service is definitely a big part of what the students like to do here at Villanova. Most Villanova students are from New York, New Jersey, or Massachusetts. Those are definitely the top three responses that you will get from students here. For the most part people are from the Northeast, though there are people who come from all over the country. There is also a large Puerto Rican population at Villanova as the University does a lot of recruiting with international students. Villanova students for the most part are very preppy. Walking around campus can sometimes be like walking around a J-Crew or Ralph Lauren magazine, but not everyday. Fridays or any day when its cold or rainy, it usually looks like everyone rolled out of bed and just made it to class in time. There really isn't much in between on the campus, people either dress way up, or dress way down. While the preppy attire may lead one to thing the school is a bit snobbish, you'll mostly find that this isn't true. Students on the campus are for the most part very approachable and willing to help.
The Best Things
Living on campus surrounded by friends
The Worst Things
The winter weather