FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Have questions about Villanova, the admission process, visiting campus or more? Check below for some of our most frequently asked questions- including on our new test-optional policy and updated information on visiting campus during these unprecedented times.

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VISITING CAMPUS FAQs

The Office of Undergraduate Admission in Austin Hall is closed to walk-in visitors for the fall semester.

However, we remain available to you online where you can join us for a Villanova Virtual Visit or Ask a Wildcat Student Panel, attend a Virtual Fall Preview Day or contact us at gotovu@villanova.edu or 610-519-4000.

Campus tours have resumed on a limited basis for students applying this year only. See our Campus Visits page for more details.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission in Austin Hall is currently closed to visitors. We are not able to schedule any in-person meetings or accommodate walk-in visitors during the fall semester. However, we'd love to connect with you virtually! Prospective students with admission questions should email us at gotovu@villanova.edu or call our office at 610-519-4000. You can also find your admission counselor and contact them directly.

A reminder that Villanova does not conduct interviews as part of our admission process, nor do we track demonstrated interest.

Even though we can’t currently welcome you to Austin Hall, all members of the Office of Undergraduate Admission will be working on-campus or remotely this fall semester to assist you in any way that we can!

You can connect with us in the following ways:

Yes! We have resumed campus tours on a limited basis for students who are applying to Villanova this application cycle only. Please see our Visit Villanova website for more information.

While our campus has reopened to our students, faculty and staff, we ask that visitors please do not come to campus at this time unless you are applying to Villanova this application cycle and have pre-registered for one of our campus tours. Please see our Visit Villanova website for more information. We respectfully ask all others to instead take advantage of our virtual visit opportunities this semester.

Yes! Villanova has shifted our annual Fall Preview Days to a virtual format for 2020. Each of our undergraduate colleges will host a specialized event to help answer all the questions on your mind before you submit your application for admission. These one-hour programs will be hosted live on Zoom at 7 p.m. EDT and include a presentation from the college followed by a Q&A period. Visit our Virtual Fall Preview Day website for more details.

Schedule of Events:

  • Mon, Sept 14: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Tue, Sept 15: Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
  • Mon, Sept 21: College of Engineering
  • Wed, Sept 23: Villanova School of Business

For the safety of our campus community and visitors, we are not offering in-person Group Visits for the Fall 2020 semester. However, we would love to connect with your high school or community-based organization online! Please request a virtual presentation with Villanova.

The Office of Undergraduate Admission has suspended staff travel for this fall, but we plan to connect virtually with as many high schools and at as many virtual college fairs as possible. In addition, we invite all prospective first-year and transfer students and their families to join for one of our Villanova Virtual Visits.

No. Villanova does not conduct interviews as part of our admission process, nor do we track demonstrated interest. If you are unable to visit campus prior to applying (or attend one of our online sessions), it will have zero bearing on your application or admission decision.

APPLICATION FAQs

No. During these unprecedented times, Villanova University is fully aware of how each student's curriculum has been impacted. For example, Villanova offered our current students the ability to take classes with grades of satisfactory/unsatisfactory this past spring semester.

Any shifts to your grading scale over this period of time will be considered in our review of transcripts. We are mindful of all of the adjustments that have been made in response to our current global climate, and you will not be penalized for any changes made outside of your control.

We know that you may not have had the extracurricular opportunities, participation and leadership experiences that you hoped for. We understand that this is very disappointing, but from an admission perspective, that is just fine. In your Common Application, you can share what you had hoped to accomplish. You can tell us about your interests and who you are. The best way to do this is through the Involvement Section, the essays, and the Additional Information Section. Would you like some tips on essay writing?

TEST-OPTIONAL FAQs

We recognize that you may have not been able to take the SAT or ACT at all or as many times as you would have liked due to test cancellations. Therefore, you have the choice whether or not to submit any scores with your application.

No. The admission review process at Villanova has always been comprehensive and holistic, meaning that standardized testing was only one criterion. Admission decisions for students who choose not to send their test results will be based on academic work, strength of curriculum, essays, activities and letters of recommendation. (All of these factors are viewed within the applicant’s context of opportunity.) 

Applicants who choose to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of their application may share either official or self-reported scores. Scores can be self-reported via a form on the student's Applicant Status Page. Students sharing self-reported scores will not be required to submit official scores unless they are admitted and choose to enroll.

To be considered official, scores must be sent to Villanova University directly from the testing agency (Villanova's ACT code is 3744 and SAT code is 2959). Scores are also official if listed on the student's official high school transcript.

The Admission Committee will superscore the highest subscores from the SAT and/or ACT from multiple testing dates.

Yes, you will have until November 8 (for Early Action and Early Decision I candidates) and January 22 (for Regular Decision or Early Decision II candidates) to change your mind through your Applicant Status Page.

When completing the Villanova Member Section of the Common Application, you are asked whether or not you will be submitting test scores. You will be prompted to answer "yes", "no", or "I don't know yet". If you answer "I don't know yet," you will need to answer "yes" or "no" through your Applicant Status Page by November 8 (for Early Action and Early Decision I candidates) and January 22 (for Regular Decision or Early Decision II candidates). Please note: Your application cannot be reviewed without a final answer on your testing preference. Any application without a "yes" or "no" will be considered incomplete until that form is submitted.

No, students who decide not to send their test scores can still be considered for all merit-based scholarships to which they apply, including the Presidential Scholarship. For more information regarding scholarships at Villanova, click here.

No, students interested in the Honors Program can still be considered if they choose to not submit test scores. For more information regarding the Honors Program, please click here.

No, any applicant to Villanova, including homeschooled students, can choose to apply test-optional.

Yes, international students can choose to apply test-optional. Those for whom English is not their native language will still need to satisfy English language proficiency, which can be demonstrated in a variety of ways. Please see our English language proficiency requirements page for more information. 

Yes, transfer students can choose to apply test-optional. Visit our Transfer Applicants page for more details.

At this time, Villanova’s decision to go test-optional is only for the 2020-21 admission cycle.  

Office of Undergraduate Admission
gotovu@villanova.edu
610-519-4000

 

Office of Financial Assistance
finaid@villanova.edu
610-519-4010