“We love Villanova enough to want to change it.” – Michele Kimura, ’20 CLAS

At Villanova University, we are rooted, but restless. Rooted in our foundational Augustinian values of Veritas, Unitas and Caritas, we remain restless in our aspiration to ignite change by fostering and encouraging a vibrant community. We celebrate the diversity of our student body, but we know we have more work to do. To that end, we commit to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented groups in accessing higher education, seek to enroll a student body that is more representative of our national, racial demographics, and strive to create a campus culture that cultivates a sense of belonging.




The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is committed to cultivating an academic environment that is marked by genuine curiosity about different perspectives, receptivity to knowledge generated through intercultural connections and sensitivity to the variety of human experiences.


The Center for Access, Success and Achievement aims to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented, first generation and Pell-eligible students through holistic support in a culturally diverse and academically excellent environment. Resources include scholarships, tutoring, academic counseling and more.


The Office of Intercultural Affairs creates and supports programming that sustains a community of respect and inclusion for Villanovans, aiming to enhance the experience of underrepresented students, develop cultural competency and create dedicated space for inclusive engagement.


A more equitable institution begins with the students we recruit, admit and enroll, and we strive to weave inclusivity into every aspect of our recruitment process. Learn more about our admission initiatives and our efforts to recruit a highly talented and diverse student body.


To attract a richly diverse and talented population of undergraduate students, Villanova offers a variety of funding opportunities, including merit-based scholarships like the Presidential Scholarship, St. Martin de Porres Scholarship, and the Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund.


A Villanova University education is a pathway to meaningful careers and ongoing academic endeavors, and our students go on to ignite change in their communities and in the world after graduation. Learn more about the impact our graduates are making everywhere they go.


The Office of Undergraduate Admission continuously partners with Villanova's undergraduate colleges, auxiliary support programs and interdisciplinary institutes to enhance the University's programming for all students and to make connections with students from underrepresented populations from the very start of their time on campus. 


Throughout the year, Villanova hosts a range of events and programs specifically crafted for the talents, interests and needs of students of color. These events connect future Villanovans with current students and faculty who understand their unique perspectives and offer tailored insights into the Villanova experience.

NOTE: Due the impact of COVID-19 many of the prospective and admitted events will be held virtually in 2020-21. Check back on the site for additional information. 


Chicago Scholars is a selective seven-year program that supports first-generation college graduates from under-resourced communities into college and careers after graduation. Through our nearly decade-long partnership, these scholars apply early to Villanova and we conduct a preliminary review of their full applications and provide feedback prior to the onsite Interview Day.  Our staff attends their Summer Kickoff College Fair as well as the Interview Day each October. 

Cristo Rey is a network of Catholic high schools that "delivers a powerful and innovative approach to inner-city education that equips students from families of limited economic means with the knowledge, character, and skills to transform their lives." Cristo Rey incorporates a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and a four-year corporate work-study program for all students. Additionally, we attend their annual national conference each year and the Associate Director for Underrepresented Students serves on the College Advisory Board for Cristo Rey Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Futures is a highly selective nonprofit that supports low-income, first-generation college students with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Although we have supported Philadelphia Futures for many years, we entered into a formal partnership with the nonprofit in 2018. Through this partnership, their scholars receive full-need scholarships and on-campus support through graduation. 

In 2019, Villanova began a partnership with Posse, a nationally recognized college access and leadership organization that matches talented underrepresented students in cohorts from specific cities with top-tier colleges and universities. Each year, we welcome ten scholars from the city of New Orleans and 90% of this cohort are students of color. Although the scholarship only officially enrolled ten, we also enrolled an additional two students that were introduced to Villanova through the interview process. Through this partnership, this cohort received a specialized admissions process including interviews conducted by five members of the Villanova community in New Orleans. They will also receive mentorship from Villanova faculty and staff once on campus and facilitate a university-wide retreat to discuss impactful social, cultural, and political issues. 

OUA also connects with and supports other initiatives whose mission is to provide college access to minoritized communities. 

OUA has partnered with Initial View, an international online platform for interview services. In the Fall of 2020, Initial View launched The Elevator Pitch Incoming Class (EPIC). EPIC offers college admission partners a unique window into the lives of prospective students from community based organizations and underrepresented backgrounds through personalized, 90-second “elevator pitches.” These video-based exchanges between admission counselors and students encourages meaningful engagement across multiple channels throughout the application season.

New Jersey SEEDS (Scholars, Educators, Excellence, Dedication, Success) is a nationally-recognized "nonprofit organization founded in 1992 that prepares motivated, high-achieving, low-income students for admission to private schools and colleges across the country." Our staff regularly attends their events, provides workshops, and communicates regularly with their staff regarding their applicants to Villanova.

Noble Network of Charter Schools, a nonprofit organization that operates 17 charter public high schools in Chicago, has nutured a strong relationship with Villanova for more than 10 years. The Noble Network predominately serve students of color. On campus, these students have the added benefit of the Nova Noble Network that provides support and advising to Villanova students who enroll from these high schools. 

Noche Universiteria is an event that brings together local colleges and universities to provide admissions  and financial assistance information in Spanish for prospective students and families. Two of our Spanish-speaking staff members, Candice Keith and Krista Cantrell, assist with publicizing and represent Villanova University at this event. 

PACAC Camp College is a residential summer program for first-generation, low-income, underrepresented students who are interested in attending college after they graduate from high school. Pam Swope, Assistant Director of Admission, serves on the planning committee for Camp College and OUA staff regularly participates in the event by facilitating workshops and attending their annual college fair. 


The Blue Key Society serves as tour guides to prospective students and help organize the open houses and Candidates' Days we host each year. Students in this club are passionate about Villanova and want to share their home with prospective students.

The student-led tour is a vital first impression for prospective students. Recognizing that our volunteer tour guides should reflect the diversity that Villanova deeply values, the leadership of our Blue Key Society implemented a new recruitment and application process for its members with a focus on diversity and inclusion. In terms of outreach, the Blue Key Society is utilizing current members who are involved in various multicultural clubs and organizations on campus to encourage interest in becoming an ambassador of the University. 

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