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Villanova University
Villanova, PA
Villanova University, founded in 1842, is a private, church-affiliated, comprehensive university. In the Roman Catholic Augustinian tradition, Villanova emphasizes the disciplines of philosophy and theology, seeking to influence the search for world peace and justice. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Commerce and Finance, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Nursing. Through academic programs and the pastoral ministry, the university provides for its faculty, students and staff the opportunities for public service to the community. Ultimately, all of the programs and support offered in this arena are seen as a means of developing the total person intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, socially and physically. Its 254-acre campus is located in Villanova, 12 miles west of Philadelphia.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 6,999
   Women 3,726 (53.2%)
   Men 3,273 (46.8%)
Graduate Students 3,843
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 44% of 17,272 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 4.02 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math 620-720 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 600-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 30-32 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $65,923
  Tuition and Fees $49,430
  Room and Board $13,093
Average Percent of Need Met 81%
Average Freshman Award $35,801
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 622
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 9% of classes
10-19 students: 34% of classes
20-29 students: 33% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Villanova Population 5,900
Nearest Metropolitan Area Philadelphia
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 99% of freshmen, 69% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Wildcat
Sororities 43% of women participate
Fraternities 21% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.1% Asian
5.2% Black/African-American
7.5% Hispanic/Latino
2.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.7% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students 1.6% from 49 countries
First-Year Students Returning 94.8%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 86.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 17.5%