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Villanova Admissions Information

Villanova University
Villanova, Pennsylvania (map)


Founded in 1842 by the Order of St. Augustine, Villanova is known for its excellence in education and its Catholic foundation. Augustinian education is known for its strong core curriculum and liberal arts approach, which Villanova employs to this day. The campus offers a comfortable mix of urban and suburban life. In fact, Villanova is located just 12 miles outside of Philadelphia and offers a train stop located right on the campus itself. With convenient access to the downtown area, students participate in opportunities both on and off campus. In fact, more than 75% of students take part in an on-site service learning project during their time at Villanova. Dedication to service is a major part of the well-rounded approach that the university proudly upholds.

In addition to academic rigor and commitment to service, Villanova is known for its college spirit. The university features 24 Division I varsity sports comprised by more than 500 student athletes, in addition to 44 club and intramural sports. The campus is home to a 12,000 seat stadium and a 6,500-seat multipurpose facility and arena. For those students who are not as interested in athletics, the school’s extracurricular opportunities reflect upwards of 250 extracurricular groups and organizations, such as Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics.



Basic Info

Main Address: 800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1672
Phone Number: (610) 519-4500  
Website: www.villanova.edu  


Type of school: Private, Four-year  
Type of school: Roman Catholic- Augustinian  
Setting: Suburban setting, Large town; Residential campus  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 7,201  
Percent out-of-state: 79%  
Percent international: 2%  
Female to Male ratio: 51:49  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 11:1  
Most popular majors: Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Finance, General
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Distance Learning
Double Major
Dual Enrollment of High School Students
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Navy
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Women's Housing
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Men's Housing
Apartments For Single Students
Campus ministries
Concert band
Jazz band
Marching band
Music ensembles
Pep band
Student newspaper
Television station

Percent of women who join sororities: 25%
Other activities or organizations:
Choral groups
Film society
International students
Literary magazine
Model U.N.
Musical theater
Radio station
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Percent of men who join fraternities: 15%

Special Olympics, Amnesty International, Villanovans for Life, Black Cultural Society, Big Brother/Sister, Committee for the Homeless, Project Sunshine, Habitat for Humanity, Blue Key Society

Fun Facts

  • Villanova has produced nearly 60 Olympians, who have participated in every Summer Olympics since 1948.
  • Villanova School of Business: #20 Nationwide, Best Undergraduate Business Schools, Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Villanova is a member of the two most prestigious honors societies Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi.
  • #29 Nationwide, Best Values in Private Colleges, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Admissions Information

With an acceptance rate of 48%, Villanova is considered a selective university. Nearly 82% of accepted freshman applicants ranked in the top 10% of their high school class. According to the school's admissions website, the Admissions Committee prides itself on evaluating each application using a holistic and multifaceted approach. Some of the most important factors that the committee considers include academic performance in high school, rigor/strength of curriculum, standardized test scores, application essays, extracurricular activities and the guidance counselor recommendation.

In addition, Villanova offers a non-restrictive Early Action option for students who would like to submit their applications early and receive a decision by December 20. The early deadline also applies to students who are interested in applying for the Presidential Scholarship and to Health Affiliation Programs.

Admissions address: Admission Office
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1672
Phone number: (610) 519-4000  
Fax number: (610) 519-6450  
Admissions Website: https://www1.villanova.edu/main/admissions.html  
Email: gotovu@villanova.edu  
Contact Person: Michael Gaynor, Director of University Admission  
Number of first-year applications received: 14,361  
Percent of applicants admitted: 46%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 7  
Early decision/action deadline: November 1 (Early Action)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Completed Common Application with Villanova Supplement
Secondary School Report
Mid-year Report
Standardized Test Scores

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? SAT or ACT with Writing
International applicants: IELTS or TOEFL
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Considers highest section scores across test dates.  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 2959  
ACT code: 3744  
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University of Richmond   Brigham Young University   UVA   University of Pennsylvania   Cornell  

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