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Villanova University Fast Facts: 2015 NCAA Tournament Edition



Location: Villanova, Pa. (260-acre campus, 12 miles west of Philadelphia, Pa.)

Founded: 1842

President: Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD

Total Enrollment: 10,735 (Undergraduate: 6,554)

Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Average class size: 22

Colleges/Schools: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Villanova School of Business; College of Engineering; College of Nursing; College of Professional Studies; and, Villanova University School of Law


Twitter: @VillanovaU



'NOVA NOTES: Villanova University, founded by the Augustinians in 1842, is the only Augustinian Catholic University in the nation. Learn more about Villanova University below:

  • Academic Excellence: Villanova was one of only 10 institutions that produced both Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship winners last year. The others were Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Georgia Tech, UC Berkely, Wisconsin, and U.S. Military Academy.
  • Top Fulbright Producer: Villanova was named the nation’s top producer of Fulbright students in the Master’s Institutions category for the second year in a row. Fourteen Villanovans received Fulbright awards in 2014.
  • Leaders in the Armed Forces: Villanova’s Naval ROTC program has produced 22 Navy admirals and Marine Corps generals – second only to the U.S. Naval Academy.
  • Service Oriented: Villanovans provide more than 220,000 hours of community service annually. The University is host to the largest annual student-run Special Olympics event in the world – the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival.
  • Villanova at the Vatican: Villanova has an exclusive partnership with the Vatican, sending Communication and Computer Science students to intern in such offices as the Pontifical Council for Social Communication. Villanova students were involved in the launch of the Pope’s twitter account.
  • Zero Waste: Villanova celebrated the University’s staunch commitment to environmental sustainability with a “Zero Waste” basketball game on Feb. 24 versus Providence. The aim was to divert 90% or more of game day waste from the trash, via recycling or composting.

Famous Alumni:

  • Kelly A. Ayotte (U.S. Senator – New Hampshire), ’93 Villanova Law
  • Madeline M. Bell (President and COO, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), ’83 College of Nursing
  • Maria E. Bello (Golden Globe nominated actress), ’89 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Jill T. Biden, PhD (Second Lady of the United States), ’91 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Joseph P. Clancy (Director of the U.S. Secret Service), ’78 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Albert A. Jacobs (Co-Founder and Chief Exec. Optimist, Life is Good, Inc.), ’87 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Scott M. O’Neil (Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia 76ers), ’92 Villanova School of Business



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 more than 10,000 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 College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University 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.



Athletic Director: Vince Nicastro

Nickname: Wildcats

Colors: Blue and White

Conference: BIG EAST Conference

Affiliation: NCAA Division I (FCS Football)

Conference: Big East Conference, Colonial Athletic Assoc. (Football), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Water Polo)

Varsity Sports: 24

Club and Intramural Sports: 44

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Athletics Excellence:

  • Villanova supports 24 varsity sports and more than 500 student-athletes. The University has produced 60 Olympians, and a Villanovan has participated in every Summer Olympics since 1948.
  • This year marks the 30th anniversary of Villanova’s 1985 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • Over the years, VU teams have produced 95 conference championships and won 19 NCAA team championships.
  • There are three former Villanova basketball players currently playing in the NBA: 2015 NBA All-Star Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors); Randy Foye (Denver Nuggets); and, Dante Cunningham (New Orleans Pelicans)

Student-Athletes Success in the Classroom:

  • Villanova student-athletes have earned an average GPA of 3.0 or greater for 23 straight semesters.
  • Villanova Athletics had both a Rhodes Scholar and Fulbright Award recipient last year: Rhodes (Jessica Wamala, women’s basketball); Fulbright (Samuel Ellison, Track and Field)
  • In the most-recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) data compiled by the NCAA, nine Villanova teams received public recognition for being among the top 10% within their sport nationwide.