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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).
Named for the Spanish Augustinian St. Thomas of Villanova, Villanova University is still affiliated with the Augustinian Order. Located just 12 miles from Philadelphia in the suburb of Radnor Township, Pa., 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 15 percent of the student body. Athletics are also important, and the Villanova Wildcats—known for their successful men’s basketball program—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 the Villanova School of Business and School of Law. Undergraduates can enter either 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 Dundale Mansion, are haunted. Villanova is also home to the famous Liberty Bell’s twin, known as the "Sister Bell," which was originally ordered as a replacement after the Liberty Bell cracked on George Washington’s birthday in 1846.
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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.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Roman Catholic|
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.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||45.6%|
|Application deadline||January 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 15|
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.
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.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
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|
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.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$44,580 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$11,830 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data