Good luck message on board on LITT Brothers Building in Philadelphia

Villanova is just 12 miles (19 km) west of Center City Philadelphia, the sixth-largest city in the US and the second-largest on the East Coast. And getting there is remarkably easy -- hop on a train (we have three rail stops on campus) or use a ride- or car-sharing service (we've got quite a few options!). 

You'll find plenty to do in Philly -- there are world-class museums, historic sites, great restaurants, performing arts and a wide spectrum of neighborhoods and attractions. Sports fans can grab tickets to see an Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, Union or Flyers game -- and the Villanova Wildcats play many of their games at the Wells Fargo Center, too! 

Villanova is also close to Valley Forge National Historical Park and the King of Prussia Mall, the largest mall on the East Coast. And the bucolic Main Line, featuring shops and restaurants, is just steps away. All are accessible to students via the free Wildcat Shuttle. 

But don't just take our word for it! National GeographicTravel + Leisure, Conde Nast TravelerFodor's and Frommer's all recently have named Philadelphia as a "must visit" destination and Esquire magazine said Philly has "arguably the best food scene in the United States."

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Map of Northeastern USA

An Aerial Tour of Villanova

The Villanova University aerial tour of campus will help you get acquainted with our beautiful surroundings, our breathtaking architecture and the unique environment that make this a place like no other. Explore the nation's only Augustinian Catholic University, located 12 miles from Philadelphia, from a bird's eye view.

Philly Facts

Philadelphia enjoys a four season climate warmer than that of Boston and cooler than that of Washington, DC. Average high and low temperatures: 63.3 F/47.6 F.

Home to the First Continental Congress, which convened in 1774, Philadelphia was the first capital of the US.

The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is the first World Heritage City in the United States and is home to 67 National Historic Sites, including Independence Hall.

Philadelphia’s nicknames are “Philly” and the “City of Brotherly Love,” from philos (love) and adelphos (brother).

Philly’s 9,200-acre Fairmount Park is the single largest municipal park in the US.

Center City Skyline at Night
Will D. Cat sitting on the Awakening.

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