Villanova at a Glance

Villanova University was founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. To this day, Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition is the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. Villanova prepares students to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

The strength of the Villanova experience comes in part from the University’s welcoming community. All members are bonded together by a shared responsibility to uphold the ideals of Saint Augustine and let the principles of truth, unity and love guide their lives. The Villanova community helps students grow intellectually, professionally and spiritually, and challenges them to reach their full potential.

The University’s rigorous academic experience, rooted in the liberal arts, forms an environment in which students and professors are partners in learning. The Villanova community is dedicated to providing a personalized experience that fosters every student’s intellectual and spiritual well-being. As part of their education, students are encouraged to enrich their own lives by working for those in need. Through academic and service programs, students use their knowledge, skills and compassion to better the world around them.

There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. These colleges are the setting for an experience that develops both the heart and the mind, and creates the atmosphere where students are called to ignite change.

Villanova University is located in a suburban community 12 miles west of Philadelphia, Pa.


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

Enrollment (Fall 2014)

  • Undergraduate full-time: 6,554
  • Graduate: 2,897
  • Law School: 720 (includes traditional and joint Ph.D., M.B.A. and Tax enrollments)
  • Part-time and others: 564
  • Total enrollment: 10,735

Undergraduate Profile (Fall 2014)

  • 52% female, 48% male
  • Students from 46 states; Washington, D.C.; the Virgin Islands; Puerto Rico; and 50 foreign countries
  • Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Average class size: 22
  • Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 94%
  • Graduation rate: 91%

Tuition Information

  • Average tuition: $45,376; room and board: $12,252
  • 53% of full-time undergraduate students received University aid totaling more than $85 million in the 2012-13 academic year

Profile of Enrolled Students (Class of 2018)

  • 15,706 applications for a targeted class size of 1,670
  • Mid 50% GPA range: 3.68–4.07 on a weighted 4.00 scale
  • Mid 50% SAT scores of the recently admitted class: 1240–1390/1600, ACT: 28–31

Outcomes (Class of 2014)

  • 97% employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation
  • $54,345 average starting salary among those employed
  • 60% participated in internships

Academic Programs

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • 37 majors, 12 interdisciplinary concentrations
  • 17 Bachelor’s/Master’s programs
  • 20 Master’s programs
  • 47 certificate programs
  • PhD program in Philosophy

Villanova School of Business

  • 6 majors, 2 co-majors
  • 4 Master’s programs
  • Post-MBA certificate
  • Joint JD/MBA with Villanova School of Law

College of Engineering

  • 5 majors
  • 5 Bachelor’s/Master’s programs
  • 7 Master’s degrees
  • PhD in all of the college’s disciplines

College of Nursing

  • BSN for: high school graduates, RN-BSN completion, adult/transfer opportunities, second degree options
  • MSN with 6 concentrations
  • 6 Post-Master’s concentrations
  • DNP program
  • PhD program
  • Continuing Education in Nursing and Health Care programs

College of Professional Studies

  • BIS with 4 majors
  • 4 for-credit certificates
  • BBA degree, 2 majors, 2 for-credit certificates with Villanova School of Business
  • BS degree, 1 major; BA degree, 3 majors, AA degree with College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 56 non-credit certificates

School of Law

  • JD
  • JD/LLM in International Studies
  • JD/MBA with Villanova School of Business
  • JD/MPA
  • JD/LLM in Taxation
  • Graduate Tax LLM in Taxation

Select Rankings

Academic Quality

  • #1 University (Regional Universities—North), U.S.News & World Report
  • Top U.S. Producer of Fulbright Students (Master’s Institutions), The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Villanova was one of only 10 institutions that produced both Marshall and Rhodes scholar recipients in 2014. 
  • Chapter of the prestigious liberal arts and sciences honor society—Phi Beta Kappa
  • Villanova School of Business: #24 Nationwide, Best Undergraduate Business Schools, Bloomberg Businessweek
  • College of Engineering: #11 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
  • #3 University, "Best Undergraduate Teaching," U.S. News & World Report


  • #1 Great Schools, Great Prices (Regional Universities—North), U.S. News & World Report
  • #31 Nationwide, Best Values in Private Colleges, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

International Experiences

  • #4 Nationwide (Master’s Category): Leading Institutions by Total Number of Study Abroad Students and #7 Nationwide (Master’s Category): Leading Institutions by Mid-Length and Short-Term Duration of Study Abroad, 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

Environmental Sustainability

  • Villanova integrates sustainability into its courses, research and institutional policies. A signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, Villanova is working toward achieving net climate neutrality.

Student Life

  • Villanovans provide more than 220,000 hours of community service annually
  • 36 honors societies
  • 26 undergraduate residence halls ranging in size from 30 to 540 students
  • Award-winning dining services
  • More than 265 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
  • 12,000-seat stadium; 6,500-seat multipurpose recreational facility and arena
  • 19 NCAA team national championships and 89 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 16 straight semesters
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