Application Essay

In addition to the essay included with the Common Application and as part of Villanova's Member Section of the Common Application, Villanova requires that you submit one Villanova Essay (of approximately one type-written page) from the two choices below. This essay is an important part of your application as it provides us with an opportunity to gain more insights into your candidacy. We thought that it would be helpful to provide you with some guidance on writing an effective, thoughtful and well-crafted writing sample.

Villanova Essay Question-Choice One:

One of the core values of Villanova, as an Augustinian university founded on the teachings of St. Augustine, is that student and faculty learn from each other. As you imagine yourself as a member of the Villanova community, what is one lesson that you have learned in your life that you will want to share with others?

Villanova Essay Question-Choice Two:

Emblazoned on our University Seal is a flaming heart which symbolizes St. Augustine’s passionate search to know God and love others.  What sets your heart on fire?

Common Application Essay:

Please also submit the essay of your choice from the Common Application.

Please note: the Villanova Essay should have a separate and distinctive response to that of the Common Application Essay.

Tips For Writing Your Essay

  • Be Yourself. Through the essay, the Admission Committee is hoping to get to know you better. You are so much more than just your grades and test scores. Your essay provides a view into your thoughts, opinions, hopes, and dreams.
  • Proof Read. A well-crafted essay usually has many revisions. Please review your content and edit your work before you submit it for consideration. 
  • Answer the question posed. Please answer the question that we pose. It may be tempting to send a general or personal statement, especially if time is ticking; however, it is important for you to respond to our specific question. 
  • There is not a correct or incorrect answer to the question. The Admission Committee is not necessarily looking for what you say, but rather how you say it. We want to see you make a thesis statement and defend it. We want to see you use good grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall, we want to see a thoughtful and well-written essay. It should be clear to us that the candidate has put significant effort into the composition of the essay. 

Remember, your essay can really enhance your application. We look forward to reading your essay!

Why Villanova?

"Villanova faculty and staff foster individual growth in every student. I had the opportunity to work with Special Olympics as early as my freshman year. I'm so grateful that Villanova encourages students to give back to the community."

Jennifer Park
Pasadena, California


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