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Villanova at a Glance

University Overview

Villanova University, a premier Catholic institution of higher learning, was founded in 1842 by the Order of St. Augustine. Villanova provides education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to serving others and the common good.

Villanova is located in a suburban community 12 miles west of Philadelphia and is easily accessible by public transportation. The 254-acre campus features 69 buildings, including a library with more than a million items, and state-of-the-art academic facilities. Villanova has 572 full-time faculty, nearly 90% of whom hold the highest degree in their fields.

Led by the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, O.S.A., Villanova's 32nd president, recent University initiatives have focused on enriching the academic environment as well as the enhancement of the physical campus space, developing a master plan and embracing environmentally friendly practices. Villanova has more than 107,000 alumni living worldwide.


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Villanova School of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Nursing
  • Villanova University School of Law

Enrollment (Fall 2009)

  • Undergraduate full-time: 6,342
  • Graduate: 2,228
  • Law School: 946 (includes traditional and joint Ph.D., M.B.A. and Tax enrollments)
  • Part-time and others: 656
  • Total enrollment: 10,172

Undergraduate Profile (Fall 2009)

  • 51% female, 49% male
  • Students from 45 states; Washington, D.C.; Virgin Islands; Puerto Rico; Guam and 53 foreign countries
  • Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Average class size: 22
  • Average tuition: $37,725; room and board: $10,340
  • 51.4% of full-time undergraduate students receive University aid totaling more than $67 million
  • Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 94%
  • Graduation rate: 89%

Undergraduate Admission Statistics (Class of 2014)

  • 14,370 applications
  • 1,630 enrolled students
  • Mid 50% SAT scores of the recently admitted class: 1330-1440/1600, ACT: 30-33
  • GPA range: 3.80-4.20 on a weighted 4.0 scale

Outcomes (Class of 2009)

  • 97% employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation
  • $51,000 median starting salary among those employed
  • Nearly 60% participated in internships

Select Rankings

Academic Quality

  • #1 University (Master's, North Region), U.S.News & World Report
  • Top U.S. Producer of Fulbright Students (Master's Institutions), The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Villanova is a member of the two most prestigious honors societies-Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi
  • Villanova School of Business: #20 Nationwide, Best Undergraduate Business Schools, Bloomberg Businessweek
  • College of Engineering: #9 Nationwide, Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (Bachelor's/Master's Category), U.S.News & World Report
  • College of Nursing: Designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing
  • Value
  • #1 Great Schools, Great Prices (Master's, North Region), U.S.News & World Report
  • #25 Nationwide, Top Undergraduate Return on Investment, Bloomberg Businessweek
  • #29 Nationwide, Best Values in Private Colleges, Kiplinger's Personal Finance


  • #15 Nationwide, America's Top Wired Colleges, The Princeton Review and PC Magazine

International Experiences

  • #5 Nationwide, Number of Study Abroad Students (Master's Category) and #10 Nationwide, Term Duration of Study Abroad (Master's Category), Institute of International Education, Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange


  • 2009 Inductee, Special Olympics Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, Chairman's Choice Award, Special Olympics Pennsylvania

Student Life

  • 75% of undergraduates volunteer or participate in serving learning projects
  • 36 honors societies
  • 26 undergraduate residence halls ranging in size from 30 to 540 students
  • Award-winning dining services
  • More than 250 extracurricular groups and activities
  • 44 club and intramural sports
  • Villanova plans to achieve net climate neutrality by 2050

Varsity Athletics

  • 24 varsity sports and more than 500 student-athletes
  • Competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Big East Conference in all sports with the exception of Football (FCS-CAA) and Water Polo (MAAC)
  • 12,000-seat stadium; 6,500-seat multipurpose recreational facility and arena
  • 18 NCAA team national championships and 77 conference championships
  • Villanova has produced nearly 60 Olympians, who have participated in every Summer Olympics since 1948
  • Student-athletes have earned an average GPA of 3.0 or greater for 13 straight semesters