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Study at Villanova University

Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. It was established in 1842 by the Augustinian monastic order. The campus is spread across an area of 254 acres. The university offers bachelor, master, doctoral, and professional programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • School of Law
  • Villanova School of Business

Villanova University fields both men’s and women’s teams that participate in various sports. Among these are football, baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, cross country running, soccer, swimming and diving, and tennis, track and field. The sports teams are nicknamed the Wildcats.

Profile of Villanova University

Students attend Villanova in Villanova, PA, a large suburb. The school is proud of its Roman Catholic status. Villanova is a private, not-for-profit institution. The school degrees go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Villanova is known for its programs in engineering and business and management.

Villanova Selectivity

The school is selective and does not offer open admission. One sign of prestige is that Villanova only let in 42% of those who applied in 2007. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 580. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 610 and 700. Many applicants are from out of state, an indication of the quality or special character of the school.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Villanova has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrollment

There are 10,470 students at Villanova .

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at the school. Villanova offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Big East Conference and Colonial Athletic Association.

Villanova Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management905business management, finance, accounting, marketing, taxation, human resources, managerial economics, business and related services, . . .
Liberal Arts460political science, English, history, economics, interdisciplinary studies, liberal arts and sciences, sociology, general studies, . . .
Engineering261mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, transportation engineering, civil engineering courses
Nursing and Emergency Medicine209registered nursing, nurse anesthetist, various nursing, adult health nursing, pediatric nursing, nursing administration
Media174communication studies
Science118biology, chemistry, physical sciences, biochemistry, physics, astronomy
Computer Science and Engineering100computer and info science, computer engineering, information science
Education and Teaching94school counseling, secondary teaching, educational admin and supervision, elementary school teaching, elementary/middle school admin
Therapy and Counseling71psychology
Family and Social Work45social service professions, public administration
Religion and Philosophy44philosophy, religion
Mathematics40mathematics, statistics
Security and Law Enforcement22corrections and criminal justice, criminal justice and administration
Drama and Performing Arts10drama
Art Studies8art studies

Contact: Villanova

Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
General Phone: (610) 519-4500

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