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Known for being a basketball powerhouse, Villanova University (located in Pennsylvania) has developed an equally impressive reputation for academics. The school’s admissions standards have continued to rise, and there is a “great support system” in place to help students achieve, between professors, advisors, tutors, research librarians, as well as a writing, math, and language learning center. Nova’s career center and internship offices focus on getting students into jobs after college, and “the opportunities outside of the classroom really complement your education.” “Villanova is full of resources for my success now, as a student, and will continue to be after I graduate as an alum,” says a student. There is a real sense of community here, “stemming from service, school spirit around the basketball team, and everyone actively pursuing their own area of academic interest.” The “passionate” professors are “true teachers and scholars,” and they “go above and beyond their office hours.” They are “easily accessible,” and though some will seek you out, “it is mostly up to you to take advantage of them as a resource.” “If you want to succeed, the community will do everything in its power to make sure you can do so,” says a student. In addition to superior classroom quality (the faculty gets “fired up about what they teach”), there are “a lot of projects across majors that have real-world applications and are designed to help students in the long run.” Classes are often a mixture of “lecture, discussion, individual/group projects, [and] fieldtrips.” Villanova’s “emphasis on service” is a point of praise for the student body, and everyone here embraces a sense of duty to make the world a better place. “We are the Nova Nation, built upon an unbreakable foundation of community,” says a student.

Student Body

This “outstanding community” is built on “a lot of mutual respect.” People are “wellrounded,” “very friendly,” and “proud of Villanova,” and most everyone here “dresses well” and is “extremely affable, professional, and an achiever.” “Sometimes I think of Villanova as a school full of all the high school superstars,” says one student. Balance is a skill that all Villanovans possess, and most are involved in some sort of volunteer activity; many also “party on the weekends, and show up ready to all of their classes.” One can find a “very attractive student body” here as well.

Campus Life

Many buildings are new or have been recently renovated, and “most residence halls are really impressive and kept up very well.” Most of campus “has a focused atmosphere during the week,” but come Thursday afternoon, “you can feel campus relax and people are more likely to go out,” mainly off campus. During basketball season, “people get their work done early to flock to the [Pavilion] for games.” Almost everyone is involved in at least one (but probably more) extracurricular activities and clubs, and “a ton of students get involved with intramurals or club sports teams, as well.” The Campus Activity Team puts on different events over the weekend, including “a cinema that is always showing a movie,” and the school also offers great service experiences, whether “week-long service break experiences all over the world, cheering on the athletes at Special Olympics Fall Festival, or driving into Philly to play with kids and help them with their studies.” Formals are also “a big deal” on campus. For those who want to take a break from college life, the massive King of Prussia Mall is found nearby (with a free weekend shuttle), and it is “an easy short train ride to go to Philadelphia.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Matt Harris
Associate Director of Admission

Office of University Admission
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1672



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
St. Thomas of Villanova Church
Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness
Villanova University Shop
Connelly Center and Cinema
Bartley Hall Exchange

Most Popular Places Off Campus
King of Prussia Mall
Philadelphia Museum of Art (with Rocky statue!)
Constitution Center, Independence Hall and Liberty Bell
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Philly Cheesesteak Rivals Pat's & Geno's

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Varies; please register at visit.villanova.edu

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Villanova University is 12 miles west of Center City Philadelphia in the heart of the historic Main Line. Located near the intersection of two major interstate highways, I-76 and I-476, Villanova's campus is easily accessible by car, commuter train, trolley, or bus. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) is located 20 miles from campus. Transportation from the airport to campus is possible via rental car, airport shuttle service, train (approx $10), taxi (approx $50) or Uber (approx $35).

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-476, take Exit 13 (Villanova/St. Davids). At the bottom of ramp, turn right and proceed east on Lancaster Avenue (US-30) for just over one-half mile to Ithan Avenue and turn left. Proceed half a block north on Ithan Avenue and the University Main Gate will be on your left.

Local Accommodations
The Inn at Villanova University, The Radnor Hotel, The Wayne Hotel, Homewood Suites by Hilton Philadelphia-Plymouth Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott West, Hampton Inn by Hilton Plymouth Meeting, Residence Inn by Marriott Philadelphia Conshohocken


Applicants: 21,112
Acceptance Rate: 36%
Average HS GPA: 4.09



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