Villanova University is a Roman Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. Within this suburban campus close to Philadelphia, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others.
Villanova University President, the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, leads a senior administrative team that oversees the academic and administrative units of the University. Villanova is under the stewardship of a Board of Trustees comprised of leaders from public and private sectors..
Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842 in Villanova, Pennsylvania. A premier institution of higher education, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others.
A wide variety of undergraduate, graduate degree, and professional programs are offered through 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, as well as the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The best way to gain a sense of what it means to be a Villanovan is to visit campus in person. However, you can also a pretty good feel for the place anytime, anywhere by immersing yourself in the Villanova Virtual Visit, a media-rich online experience.
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Events and Initiatives
Throughout the year, the Office of the President is involved with many events and initiatives that characterize our University's mission, including the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration and University Commencement. The Office also provides support for key Presidential initiatives, including the Economic Impact Report and Strategic Plan.
The Villanova community views environmental stewardship as part of the Augustinian mission. As a result, we integrate sustainability and respect for the earth into our curricula, scholarly research, academic and community events, and institutional policy and practice.
Commitment to Service
Villanova allows students to take their commitment to service to the next level. Whether through service break trips, tutoring at local schools or helping at the Special Olympics. The Augustinian tradition of service transforms lives - those who receive service and those who serve.