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 test-optional policy and updated information on visiting campus during these unprecedented times. Last updated: April 21, 2021

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VISITING CAMPUS FAQs

The Office of Undergraduate Admission in Austin Hall is closed to walk-in visitors.

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

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 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 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:

This spring, we are offering in-person campus visits for students admitted to the Class of 2025 only. Admitted students can view availability and register for these visits through their Applicant Status Page.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer campus visits to any other prospective students at this time. All interested students will be welcome to visit campus this summer for a self-guided tour (starting mid-May) or a student-led tour (starting early June).  More information on the summer schedule will be shared no later than the end of the first week of May.

For the health and safety of our campus community, we respectfully ask that visitors who are not registered for an admitted student campus tour to please do not come to campus at this time, including for self-guided tours.

Please see our Visit Villanova website for more information.

For the health and safety of our campus community, we respectfully ask that visitors who are not registered for an admitted student campus tour to please do not come to campus at this time, including for self-guided tours.

We anticipate being able to welcome all interested prospective students to visit campus starting in mid-May and continuining throughout the summer. More details will be shared by the end of the first week of May.

Villanova hosted our annual Fall Preview Days in a virtual format in 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.

We hope to host an in-person Fall Preview Day in September 2021. Please check back this summer for additional details.

For the safety of our campus community and visitors, we are not offering in-person Group Visits at this time. However, we would love to connect with your high school or community-based organization online! Please schedule a virtual group presentation with Villanova.

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.

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?

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 gotovu@villanova.edu. 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 8.

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 22, 2020 (for Early Action and Early Decision I candidates) and January 22, 2021 (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 gotovu@villanova.edu 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, 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 and 2021-22 admission cycles.

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

 

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