Application Essay

In addition to the essay included with the Common Application and as part of Villanova's Member Section of the Common Application, Villanova requires that you submit one Villanova Essay (of 250-1000 words per the Common Application guidelines) from the three choices below. This essay is an important part of your application as it provides us with an opportunity to gain more insights about you.

Please note: the Villanova Essay should have a separate and distinctive response to that of the Common Application Essay.

Villanova Essay Prompts (2018-19)

Option One:
We believe that all members of our community should be committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. How would you contribute to this at Villanova?

Option Two:
Saint Augustine believed in the essential connection between the mind and the heart. Tell us about a time that your mind and heart were in conflict and how that was resolved.

Option Three:
"Each of us strengthens all of us" is a concept that resonates deeply in the Villanova community. While this phrase may mean many different things, one aspect is that Villanovans rely on each other. Share a situation when you have needed help and what you have taken away from this experience.

Common Application Essay:

Please also submit the essay of your choice from the Common Application.

Click here to view the 2018-19 Common Application Essay Prompts

Tips For Writing Your Essay

Be Yourself. Through the essay, the Admission Committee is hoping to get to know you better. You are so much more than just your grades and test scores. Your essay provides a view into your thoughts, opinions, hopes and dreams.

Proofread. A well-crafted essay usually has many revisions. Please review your content and edit your work before you submit it for consideration. 

Answer the question posed. Please answer the question that we pose. It may be tempting to send a general or personal statement, especially if time is ticking; however, it is important for you to respond to our specific question. 

There is not a correct or incorrect answer to the question. The Admission Committee is not necessarily looking for what you say, but rather how you say it. We want to see you make a thesis statement and defend it. We want to see you use good grammar, spelling and punctuation. Overall, we want to see a thoughtful and well-written essay. It should be clear to us that the candidate has put significant effort into the composition of the essay.