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 currently closed to visitors. We are not able to schedule any in-person meetings or accommodate walk-in visitors at this time. However, we'd love to connect with you virtually! Prospective students with admission questions should email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 are still working on-campus or remotely to assist you in any way that we can!
You can connect with us in the following ways:
- Prospective first-year students: email@example.com
- Prospective transfer students: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ask a question to a current student: email@example.com
- Connect with your admission counselor.
- Call our office at 610-519-4000 during normal business hours.
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- If you are not receiving emails from us, sign up to join our mailing list.
We hope to resume campus tours in mid-February for the Spring Semester.
During winter break, there will be a limited opportunity for visitors to come to Villanova for a self-guided campus tour. Please note, due to current precautions, campus buildings will remain closed to visitors so self-guided tour guests should expect to remain outdoors-only. Please see our Visit Villanova website for more information.
Villanova shifted our annual Fall Preview Days to a virtual format for 2020. Each of our undergraduate colleges hosted a specialized event to answer all the questions on students' minds before submitting their applications for admission.
Visit our Virtual Fall Preview Day website to view recordings of all these sessions that were originally held live and our Virtual Visits and Events website for recordings of other recent presentations.
The Office of Undergraduate Admission has suspended staff travel at this time, 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.
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?
If you decide after submitting your application that you would like to switch your admission plan from Early Action or Regular Decision to one of our binding Early Decision rounds, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. With that email, please attach a completed Early Decision Agreement Form.
Please note that our deadline for application plan change from Early Action to Early Decision I is December 1. Our deadline for deferred Early Action candidates or students who previously selected Regular Decision as their application plan to change to Early Decision II is February 7.
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 22 (for Early Action and Early Decision I candidates) and January 22 (for Regular Decision or Early Decision II candidates) to change your mind.
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 "yes" or "no" and later decide that you would like to change to the other option, you will need to email email@example.com to make this change prior to November 22 (for EA and ED I) or January 22 (for RD and ED II)
If you answer "I don't know yet," you will need to answer "yes" or "no" through your Applicant Status Page by November 22 (for EA and ED I) and January 22 (for RD and ED II). 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, 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.
At this time, Villanova’s decision to go test-optional is only for the 2020-21 admission cycle.