Villanova University is located 15 miles west of center city Philadelphia on a 255-acre campus in the scenic and historic Main Line suburbs near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The campus grounds reflect every bit of Villanova's history (founded in 1842) with buildings that can be described as anything from modern works of art to well-preserved masterpieces.
The Office of Conference Services works to promote the University as a unique and stimulating venue for conferences, camps, meetings, professional development programs, retreats, festivals, exhibitions and special events. Meeting facilities include: conference rooms - classrooms - computer labs - lecture halls - theaters - a multi-purpose indoor arena - a ropes team building course and a lighted, outdoor stadium. The University has a setting and a learning environment for every purpose and group.
Meeting planners will appreciate one-stop-shop planning assistance, and the Staff's familiarity with campus facilities and services is invaluable. Full-time staff will assist meeting planners with the many elements of program coordination and site management before, during and after each conference. The Staff belong to both Meeting Professionals International and the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau. Thus, Villanova Conference Services is your main line to successful meeting planning and hosting.
Location and convenience are ideal. The campus is only 1/2 mile from I-476 and a few minutes from the PA Turnpike (I-76). There is a commuter train station on campus. It is a 30-minute trip downtown with a direct connection on to the Philadelphia Airport-bound train. In the immediate area, stores and restaurants are in plentiful supply along Villanova's Lancaster Pike (US Rte 30) location. In addition, the campus is a 15-minute car ride to the largest mall, King of Prussia, on the East Coast, two hours to New York and Baltimore, about one hour (west) to the Pennsylvania Dutch Country, and less than two hours (east) to Atlantic City, NJ.
Overnight accommodations are diversified to meet group needs. Housing options range from modern, air-conditioned, furnished guest apartments with private bathrooms, linen service and internet access, to traditional residence hall arrangements, and some accommodations in- between.
Dining Services and Catering Services are University-operated. Whether it is a refreshment break, a reception, an elegant meal, or the all-you-care-to-eat dining hall buffet, your group will receive outstanding quality and attentive food service.
Availability of meeting facilities, business services, dining and catering services is year-round. Campus housing accommodations are only available from late May to early August; however there are eight hotels within a 15-minute drive from campus. Whatever your agenda, whether you seek to motivate, educate or entertain a group of five to twenty-five hundred or more, Villanova's Office of Conference Services wants to be your main line to a great University meeting site!
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