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Villanova University Again Ranked No. 1 in the North by U.S. News and World Report

Learning Communities Recognized for Excellence

Villanova University has again received the No. 1 ranking in the North region (North – Master’s Universities) by U.S. News & World Report. For more than a decade, Villanova has held the top spot in this category, which is part of U.S. News & World Report’s America's Best Colleges Rankings. Villanova also was ranked No. 1 in the University-Master’s North Category for “Great Schools, Great Prices.”

According to the University’s press release, as part of its America’s Best Colleges Rankings, U.S. News & World Report publishes a list of schools with examples of outstanding academic programs that are commonly linked to student success. Villanova was lauded for its learning communities, which offer students the opportunity to link academic and residential experiences to form a close connection inside and outside of the classroom with faculty, classmates and residence hall colleagues. This program gives freshman students the option of exploring one of seven learning community themes as part of the first-year seminar course – Augustine and Culture: the Villanova Seminar – and to live with fellow students who share that interest.

"Villanova's learning communities offer first-year students the unique opportunity to live and study with their classmates through the Augustine and Culture Seminar, a two-semester seminar which introduces all first-year students to significant texts of western culture," said Jack Doody, a professor of philosophy and associate dean for first-year studies. "Through this seminar program, we teach students to be better and more reflective readers, able to engage texts through thoughtful discourse and reasoned writing. The classroom is discussion-oriented, with critical attention paid to reading primary texts and interacting with them through the spoken and written word. All Augustine and Culture seminars are writing, reading, and discussion intensive."

Please keep reading Inside A&S, the College's monthly e-newsletter, for more articles on Villanova learning communities.

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