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Villanova at a Glance

Villanova University was founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine. To this day, Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition is the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. Villanova prepares students to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.

The strength of the Villanova experience comes in part from the University’s welcoming community. All members are bonded together by a shared responsibility to uphold the ideals of Saint Augustine and let the principles of truth, unity and love guide their lives. The Villanova community helps students grow intellectually, professionally and spiritually, and challenges them to reach their full potential.

The University’s rigorous academic experience, rooted in the liberal arts, forms an environment in which students and professors are partners in learning. The Villanova community is dedicated to providing a personalized experience that fosters every student’s intellectual and spiritual well-being. As part of their education, students are encouraged to enrich their own lives by working for those in need. Through academic and service programs, students use their knowledge, skills and compassion to better the world around them.

There are 11,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. These colleges are the setting for an experience that develops both the heart and the mind, and creates the atmosphere where students are called to ignite change.

Villanova University is located in a suburban community 12 miles west of Philadelphia, Pa.


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Villanova School of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing
  • College of Professional Studies
  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Enrollment (Fall 2021)

  • Undergraduate full-time: 6,812
  • Graduate: 3,045
  • Law School: 793 (includes traditional and joint Ph.D., M.B.A. and Tax enrollments)
  • Part-time and others: 235
  • Total enrollment: 10,885

Undergraduate Profile for Degree-Seeking Students (Fall 2021)

  • 53% female, 47% male
  • Students from 48 states; Washington, D.C.; the Virgin Islands; Puerto Rico; Guam and 56 foreign countries
  • Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Average class size: 23
  • Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate: 96%
  • Graduation rate: 92%

Tuition Information- 2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Average tuition: $55,550; room and board: $14,440
  • 80% of current 2020-2021 first-year students eligible for need-based assistance received Villanova Grants (need based grant) for a total of $25 million. The average Villanova Grant award was $37, 738.

Profile of Admitted Students for Colleges with Residential Undergraduate Programs  (Class of 2025)

  • 24,399 applications for a targeted class size of 1,675
  • Admit Rate: 25%
  • Mid 50% GPA range: 4.14-4.52 on a weighted 4.00 scale
  • Mid 50% SAT self-reported scores of the recently admitted class: 1400-1500/1600, ACT: 32–34/36

Career Outcomes (Class of 2020)

  • 91.8% career outcomes rate (Discover where a bachelor's degree can take you, visit
  • $63,061 average starting salary among those employed

Academic Programs

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • 47 majors
  • 14 Bachelor’s/Master’s programs
  • 24 Master’s programs
  • 42 certificate programs
  • PhD programs in Philosophy and Theology

Villanova School of Business

  • 6 majors, 2 co-majors
  • 7 Master’s programs
  • Post-MBA certificate
  • Joint JD/MBA with Villanova School of Law

College of Engineering

  • 5 majors
  • 5 Bachelor’s/Master’s programs
  • 9 Master’s degrees
  • 15 graduate certificates
  • PhD in all of the college’s disciplines

College of Nursing

  • BSN for: high school graduates, adult/transfer opportunities, second degree options
  • MSN with 4 concentrations
  • 5 Post-Master’s concentrations
  • Nurse Anesthesia DNP program
  • Post-master's DNP program
  • PhD program
  • Continuing Education in Nursing and Health Care programs

College of Professional Studies

  • BIS and BA with 5 majors
  • BS degree, 1 major and BA degree, 2 majors offered with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 1 AA degree
  • 4 credit-bearing certificates 
  • 16 professional certificate programs comprised of individual course options

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

  • JD
  • JD/LLM in International Studies
  • JD/MBA with Villanova School of Business
  • JD/MPA
  • JD/LLM in Taxation
  • Graduate Tax LLM in Taxation

Select Rankings

Academic Quality

  • Ranked No. 49 by U.S. News & World Report in the 2022 “Best Colleges" National Universities category.
  • Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Chapter of the prestigious liberal arts and sciences honor society—Phi Beta Kappa
  • College of Nursing: Designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing


  • #3 Best Economic Value, The Economist
  • #23 Best Value, 2022 National Universities by U.S. News & World Report 
  • #31 Nationwide, Best Values in Private Colleges, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance


  • 2009 Inductee, Special Olympics Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, Chairman’s Choice Award, Special Olympics Pennsylvania

Environmental Sustainability

  • Villanova integrates sustainability into its courses, research and institutional policies. A signatory of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, Villanova is working toward achieving net climate neutrality.

Student Life

  • Villanovans provide  250,000 hours of community service annually
  • 36 honors societies
  • 32 undergraduate residence halls ranging in size from 30 to 540 students
  • Award-winning dining services
  • More than 265 extracurricular groups and activities
  • 44 club and intramural sports
  • Villanova plans to achieve net climate neutrality by 2050

Varsity Athletics

  • 24 varsity sports and more than 500 student-athletes
  • 12,000-seat stadium; 6,500-seat multipurpose recreational facility and arena
  • 21 NCAA team national championships and 109 conference championships
  • Villanova has produced nearly 60 Olympians, who have participated in every Summer Olympics since 1948
  • Student-athletes have earned an average GPA of 3.0 or greater for 32 straight semesters

Middle States Accreditation

  • Villanova University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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