100 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS EDUCATION
Honoring a Rich Legacy; Shaping a Bright Future
The Villanova School of Business develops business leaders for a better world through the Augustinian values of truth, community, caring and leading through service.
VSB provides a world-class business education with undergraduate programs, graduate programs and executive education. Renowned faculty blend formal business training with real-world application to deliver an innovative and rigorous curriculum.
By bridging theory and practice, VSB helps students to develop into creative problem solvers who become ethical, influential leaders who know how to grow, analyze and protect business value.
Collaborative. Creative. Entrepreneurial. VSB educates leaders with a desire to effect positive change in their workplaces and their communities, as well as around the globe.
Leading Business into the Future
VSB celebrated its 100th anniversary throughout the 2022-2023 academic year, under the leadership of Dean Emeritus Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD. Over the past 100 years, VSB has created a learning environment unprecedented in the world of business education–one that transforms lives and positively impacts society while developing ethical business leaders.
From the early years of the Division of Commerce and Finance with five undergraduate specializations, VSB now offers seven undergraduate majors, two undergraduate co-majors, ten minors, eight graduate programs and several executive programs, and hosts five Centers of Excellence! VSB continues to attract and retain world-class faculty, staff and students, deepening a vast global network of business leaders striving to make the world a better place by living out Villanova’s Augustinian values.
VSB is grateful for all those who have been part of making VSB the outstanding business school it is today and who helped celebrate our 100th anniversary.
Villanova University dates back to 1842, when the Augustinians from Saint Augustine’s Church in Philadelphia purchased the 200-acre “Belle Air” estate in Radnor Township with the intention of starting a school. The first classes at Villanova College followed a traditional liberal arts curriculum, typical of most mid-19th-century schools.
Eighty years later, in 1922, the Division of Commerce and Finance was established as part of a larger trend in higher education at the time to offer more specialized coursework in fields such as business, nursing and engineering. While much has changed over the past 100 years, VSB’s founding principles have stood the test of time: a well-rounded business education rooted in a liberal arts foundation; a focus on experiential learning and real-world application; and the pursuit of excellence in business education guided by our Augustinian Catholic values.
100th Anniversary Year at VSB
Stories of VSB Impact
Explore the stories of how members of our community–students, faculty and alumni–live out the VSB mission in their workplaces, communities and around the globe.
By the Numbers
CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE
VSB ALUMNI MAKING A DIFFERENCE AROUND THE WORLD
Help VSB Develop Tomorrow’s Business Leaders
Over the past 100 years, VSB has provided students with an exceptional education. Please consider making a gift to ensure VSB will continue to develop business leaders for a better world over the next 100 years.
The VSB Mentor Program reached its goal of recruiting 100 new alumni mentors in celebration of VSB’s 100th Anniversary. Mentoring is a vital part of the Villanova experience. Not only does it support students’ careers and professional development, but it also provides alumni a meaningful way to pay it forward.
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