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 (2019-20)

Option One:
In the spirit of Saint Augustine, we believe that everyone in the Villanova community learns from each other. What is a lesson that you have learned in your life so far that you will share with others?

Option Two:
You may live in one of the busiest cities in all the world or come from a small town with just one traffic light. The place that you call home has probably shaped who you are in some way. Tell us about where you are from and what, from there, you will bring to Villanova.

Option Three:
Please describe a choice for change that you have made in your life that has greatly affected your life or the lives of others.


Common Application Essay:

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

Click here to view the 2019-20 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.