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First-Year Applicants

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Villanova University takes a holistic approach to reviewing applicants to our undergraduate programs. When we read your application we will consider the complete picture - including your academic performance and rigor, activities outside the classroom, recommendations, essays, life experiences and, if reported, test scores. We want to learn who you are as a student and as a person.

First-year applicants are students who are currently in high school, even if taking college courses. If you are attending a college or university, you will apply as a transfer student.

Villanova University offers first-year applicants a choice of four application plansEarly Action and Regular Decision which are non-binding and Early Decision I and Early Decision II which are binding.


Application Timelines

   Application Deadline  Notification Date  Reply Date
Early Decision I  November 1  by December 15  by January 7
Early Action  November 1  by January 15  by May 1
Early Decision II  January 15  by March 1  by March 15
Regular Decision  January 15  by April 1  by May 1


Application Checklist

The following application materials are required for all first-year students. First-year international students can find additional required application materials on our international applicants page.

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  • Application for Admission, which includes:
  • Application Fee or Fee Waiver
    • Villanova requires a non-refundable $80 application fee (paid via the Common Application). Eligible applicants may secure a fee waiver through the College Board (SAT)ACT or NACAC.
  • Secondary School Report with school counselor recommendation
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • One teacher recommendation
  • Mid-Year Report
    • This is a requirement ONLY for EDII/RD applicants and deferred EDI/EA applicants.
    • Please ask your school counselor to submit a midyear report with grades or a transcript for your first semester or first trimester of senior year as soon as they are available. We ask for this to please be sent by February 1 of the year you have applied or as soon as possible thereafter. We know that some schools may release midyear grades at a later time and students will not be penalized for submitting this form after that date.

Optional Components

  • ACT or SAT Scores
    • Villanova University is test-optional for the 2020-21 Admission Cycle. Click here for more information. While SAT/ACT results have been a part of our application process,​​​​​ we have always taken a holistic approach to our decision making. Grades, strength of curriculum, essays, extra-curricular activities and recommendations all remain important components of our admission review. Under this policy, students may choose whether or not to submit SAT and/or ACT results for consideration when submitting their applications.
    • The optional writing section of each exam are not considered and SAT Subject Tests are not required.
    • Reporting Scores:
      • Applicants who choose to submit SAT or ACT scores 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.
    • Testing Deadlines:
      • Early Decision I and Early Action: testing through October of senior year will be considered.
      • Early Decision II and Regular Decision: testing through December of senior year will be considered.
  • Financial Assistance or Scholarship Applications
    • Applicants are not required to submit an application for financial assistance to be considered for admission. However, if you intend to apply for need-based aid, you should do so at the same time you apply for admission. Applicants must submit both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS Profile. Click here to learn more about applying for financial assistance.


Important Notes:

  • Villanova does not conduct admission interviews, nor do we consider demonstrated interest as part of our admission process.
  • It is highly recommended that applicants to the Villanova School of Business have at least one year of high school Calculus.
  • A successfully completed high school Physics course is required for applicants to the College of Engineering.
  • Fitzpatrick College of Nursing applicants are required to have successfully completed at least one year of Biology and Chemistry during high school.