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The only Augustinian Catholic university in the nation, Villanova values a personalized experience where teachers and students are partners in learning and scholarly inquiry. From undergraduate to doctoral students, Villanovans are intellectually inspired, morally grounded, globally minded. Villanova attracts and forges world changers—people who ignite positive change everywhere life takes them. 

EXPLORE OUR PROGRAMS

BACHELOR'S

60+ bachelor's programs in the liberal arts, business, engineering, nursing and the sciences

MASTER'S

40+ master's programs across disciplines, including 5-year bachelor's/master's programs

DOCTORAL

Distinctive doctoral programs in the fields of engineering, nursing, philosophy and theology

LAW

JD and joint degrees offered in coordination with other schools and departments

ONLINE

Degree and certificate programs offered online, in-person or hybrid
depending on individual learning needs

CERTIFICATE

A wide variety of undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate certificates,
as well as non-credit professional programs

AT A GLANCE

6,700

FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

3,100

GRADUATE AND LAW
STUDENTS

98

FULBRIGHT STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS SINCE 2016

97.8%

UNDERGRADUATE 
PLACEMENT RATE

135,000

ALUMNI
WORLDWIDE

12

MILES
OUTSIDE PHILADELPHIA

ACADEMICS

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Villanova University is a closely connected academic community with renowned faculty, rich resources and a personalized, supportive learning environment.

Villanova provides exceptional opportunities for a wide range of academic experiences, including hands-on research, interdisciplinary collaboration and experiential learning.

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VILLANOVA NEWS

Villanova University Announces the Election of Six New Members to its Board of Trustees; Elizabeth T. Mazzeo Elected Chair, Thomas M. Quindlen Elected Vice Chair

Elizabeth T. Mazzeo Elected Chair of the Board of Trustees, Thomas M. Quindlen Elected Vice Chair; Six New Members Welcomed

Villanova University announced that its Board of Trustees has elected Elizabeth T. Mazzeo ’81 VSB, a special advisor and the former Chief Administrative Officer of Bloomberg LP, as its chairperson. Mazzeo succeeds Justin G. Gmelich, who served as chair of the Board of Trustees since 2021. The University also announced the election of Thomas M. Quindlen ’84 VSB, retired Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Diversified Value and Lifestyle Group, at Synchrony Financial (formerly GE Capital Retail Finance), as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

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Dean Mark Alexander Inducted as President of Association of American Law Schools

Dean Mark Alexander Inducted as President of Association of American Law Schools

Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, was inducted as President of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) after delivering his inaugural address at the AALS' Annual Meeting in San Diego in January. Dean Alexander was named President-Elect in January of 2022 after three years of service on the Executive Committee. He succeeds Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Berkeley School of Law.

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Villanova University Names 2023 Opus Prize Jurors

2023 Opus Prize Jurors Named

Villanova University has invited 11 distinguished jurors to select the three finalists for the 2023 Opus Prize, an annual faith-based humanitarian award—whose $1 million award and two $100,000 prizes make up one of the world's largest faith-based awards for social entrepreneurship. The prestigious honor recognizes individuals who champion faith-filled change and are working to solve the world’s most persistent social issues.  

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Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Named Finalist in Bloomberg Law's Inaugural Law School Innovation Program

Charles Widger School of Law Named Finalist in Bloomberg Law's Inaugural Law School Innovation Program

Leveraging Technology to Promote Access to Social Justice has been named a finalist in Bloomberg Law’s inaugural Law School Innovation Program, which recognizes law schools that have implemented instructional programs that advance new approaches to legal technology implementation and legal education. The course, developed by Associate Professor Amy Emerson, JD, MLS, engages students in self-regulated learning to build legal tech solutions for community partners. 

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Biology Professors Receive $1 Million National Science Foundation Grant for Wetlands Research

Biology Professors Receive $1 Million National Science Foundation Grant for Wetlands Research

Samantha Chapman, PhD, and Adam Langley, PhD, professors in the Department of Biology and two of the founding faculty of the Center of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Stewardship in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are principal investigators on a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support their project, “The Interplay of Nitrogen Loading and Ecosystem Sustainability in Threatened Wetlands.”

 

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Read the 2021-22 President's Report Online

Read the 2021-22 President's Report Online

Villanova’s exceptional faculty members are the cornerstone of our vibrant academic community. The digital edition of the 2021-2022 President’s Report celebrates the scholarly work of our faculty, with representatives from each of our six schools and colleges. We are fortunate to have many such remarkable and committed professors who call Villanova their academic home.

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VILLANOVA ATHLETICS

Villanova student-athletes are powerfully connected to a tradition of excellence—both academic and athletic. They strive and triumph as much in the classroom as they do in competition.

And for student-athletes and fans alike, Villanova Athletics is a special way to experience the bond of the Nova Nation.

Villanova's male and female athletes are standing together in a line with the heading "Stronger Together"

VILLANOVA'S CAMPUS

Villanova University is located on a 260-acre campus, 12 miles/19 kilometers west of Philadelphia. Three campus rail stops provide quick access to Philadelphia. Villanova also is conveniently close to New York and Washington, D.C.

A map drawing that shows NYC is 95mi/2-hr drive to Villanova, Philadelphia is 12mi/20-min drive to Villanova, Washington DC is 135mi/2.5-hr drive to Villanova