In May 2011, the University launched the Transformation of the Campus Landscape initiative. This bold project—approved by the Villanova Board of Trustees in December 2010—is part of the implementation of the University Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan.
By modifying the layout of the campus grounds, this initiative enhances the quality of life for Villanova community members and improves the visitor experience. The modifications, which were largely driven by extensive research and student feedback, create a carefully-designed campus core that is highly integrated, vehicle-free, pedestrian-friendly, more accessible to people with different mobility needs, and more aesthetically beautiful.
A park-like, vehicle-free model of campus-core architectural landscaping is quite common at universities nationwide, including those that Villanova counts among its peers. However, the University’s campus will retain its unique qualities and traditional identity, with attributes including its arboretum and both historic and recent architecture.