Our Location and History

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An Ideal Location

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' ideal location, just 12 miles west of Philadelphia in the beautiful Main Line suburb of Villanova, combines a lovely suburban setting with access to the resources of America’s first national capital and fifth largest city. Philadelphia is a vibrant hub of unique historical sites, world-class museums, innovative theatres and galleries, a complete range of music from Mozart to jazz, acclaimed restaurants and farmers’ markets. Read more on why you should consider continuing your education in suburban Philadelphia!

Educational Diversity

All the graduate programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences strive to reach students from varied backgrounds, whose diverse beliefs and experiences enrich the educational experience for everyone. The ethnically diverse and cosmopolitan character of the Philadelphia region also provides an appealing environment for graduate students from across the United States and abroad. A quick look at the university’s profile will show you the breadth and diversity of educational activity that takes place on its beautiful campus. These are just a few reasons why Villanova has been chosen by both aspiring young scholars and working professionals for advanced graduate study for more than fifty years.

Augustinian Heritage

Catholic and Augustinian Heritage

Villanova University, founded in 1842, is a premier institution of higher education with five separate colleges and more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students. Its Catholic and Augustinian mission and heritage provide the foundation for the university’s strong commitment to inclusiveness and community. Guided by the Augustinian values of truth, unity, and love, Villanova welcomes and respects members of all faiths who share an enthusiasm for the challenge of responsible and productive citizenship in order to build a just, peaceful, and sustainable world.


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Graduate student life at Villanova

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Find Out For Your Self!

Please consider visiting Villanova University or viewing the Virtual Tour. Twice a year in the fall and spring we hold an Open House for prospective students, but faculty and program directors are also glad to meet with prospective students at any time. Each Open House is held on a weekday evening from 3:30 to 7:00 pm, and provides an opportunity to talk one-on-one with Villanova faculty and take a guided tour of the Villanova campus. We also offer seminars on topics ranging from financial aid and preparing for successful graduate admission and to career opportunities. Those who attend an Open House and apply to one of our graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences receive a waiver of the application fee!

We encourage you to contact the Office of Graduate Studies or individual departments for more information.