Villanova University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Villanova University
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Villanova University Description:

Founded in 1842, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in Pennsylvania, and the school consistently ranks among the top Catholic colleges and universities. Located just outside of Philadelphia, Villanova is well known for both its strong academic and athletic programs. The university has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a recognition of its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences.

Academics are supported by a 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio. In athletics, the Villanova Wildcats compete in the Division I Big East Conference (football competes in the Division I-AA Atlantic 10 Conference). Villanova students also host the Pennsylvania Special Olympics on their campus.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 10,842 (6,999 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 93% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $49,280
  • Books: $1,100
  • Room and Board: $13,093
  • Other Expenses: $2,300
  • Total Cost: $65,773

Villanova University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 65%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 56%
    • Loans: 47%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $29,321
    • Loans: $8,611

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 86%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 90%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Baseball, Basketball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Softball, Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Water Polo, Track and Field, Lacrosse

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Villanova Mission Statement:

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"Villanova University is a Catholic Augustinian community of higher education, committed to excellence and distinction in the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge. Inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, the University is grounded in the wisdom of the Catholic intellectual tradition and advances a deeper understanding of the relationship between faith and reason. Villanova emphasizes and celebrates the liberal arts and sciences as foundational to all academic programs. The University community welcomes and respects members of all faiths who seek to nurture a concern for the common good and who share an enthusiasm for the challenge of responsible and productive citizenship in order to build a just and peaceful world."

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