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Villanova Admission Updates for 2020-21

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May 11, 2020

Villanova Test Optional for 2020-21 Admission Cycle

Villanova University will be test-optional for our next admission cycle. 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.

For more information, please view our Frequently Asked Questions below.

Villanova Adding Early Decision II

In order to provide the most options for applicants to the Class of 2025, we have added Early Decision II.

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

Test-Optional Frequently Asked Questions

Knowing that many of our applicants this year may not have the opportunity to take any or as many SAT and/or ACT tests as they would have liked, we have decided to offer a test-optional alternative to our holistic review process. We have always believed that high school grades coupled with the rigor of the curriculum (in context of what is offered) is the greatest predictor of future academic performance at Villanova. That being noted, standardized testing has been a component of our process to help evaluate applications along with school and community involvement, personal attributes and experiences, essays and letters of recommendation.  

By answering the question found in the Villanova Member Section of the Common Application, an applicant can choose whether test scores will be submitted for consideration. Your application will be reviewed based on your answer to this question and cannot be changed once the application has been submitted.

Should you wish to have your test scores considered as part of your application, you can have them officially submitted through the College Board or ACT. You may also self-report your SAT/ACT results once your application has been submitted through your Applicant Status Page. (Please know that your official and verified scores will need to be submitted by June 1 if you are admitted and decide to enroll.)

No, the admission review process at Villanova has always been comprehensive and holistic, meaning that standardized tests were only one part of the process. 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.)

Once a student submits the application, the choice to apply either with or without test scores cannot be changed.

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, students applying for the seven-year Doctor of Dental Medicine program with the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine or the seven-year Doctor of Optometry program with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University will still be considered if they choose to not submit test scores. For more information about these programs, please click here: Dental Medicine, Optometry

No, any applicant to Villanova, including homeschooled students, can choose to apply test-optional.

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.