Location: Villanova, PA
Percent Women: 52%
Tuition (one year): $60,323
Most Popular Majors: Communication, Marketing, Finance, Nursing, Engineering, Social Sciences
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 48.9%
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Why Choose Villanova University?
“I applied to Villanova because it was a perfect size - not too big or too small - and it had a traditional college campus while being twenty minutes away from the city.”
“As a prospective student I liked that there was a strong sense of community when you went and toured and everyone was friendly and seemed genuinely happy to be there.”
“I applied to Villanova for several reasons but specifically because I felt like I fit in with the student body. The sense of school pride that Villanova alumni obtain made the school a lot more attracting. I wanted to be at a place that I love and will look fondly back at the years spent at Villanova.”
“When I came to Villanova for the first time, I immediately fell in love with the campus. After I went on a tour and stayed with a friend over night, I realized that it was the place for me.”
“I applied to Villanova because I wanted a school with good academics, good sports, and a good overall environment - basically a perfect mix of everything. I also liked it because it was only 2 hours from my house as well as the fact that there is so much to do both on and off campus!”
“I applied to Villanova because it has a well known science program and I loved the campus when I came to visit.”
“I applied to Villanova because I fell in love with the Campus when I visited, in addition to the Catholic Augustinian mission and values. I really enjoyed how well spoken and nice all the people I met were.”
“One of Villanova’s biggest events is Hoops Mania in the fall. In 2013 Nicki Minaj performed!”
“The Special Olympics is a huge event at Villanova. It is the largest university run Special Olympics in the country and it is incredible to see how many students get involved.”
“The best part about going to Villanova is meeting awesome people and feeling like you are apart of a community. During orientation they really make you feel at home and allow you to meet so many new people. Special Olympics was my favorite event first semester.”
“The sense of community (I know, everyone says this, but it really is amazing!) You feel comfortable walking on campus and recognizing so many faces and everyone is so friendly. Also, the dedication to service is so important and I love it! I've met some awesome people and had incredible opportunities through my service work here. Tradition-wise, basketball season is a tradition in and of itself. Everyone loves rooting for the Wildcats and going to every game possible!! Its so fun!!”
“One of my favorite parts about Villanova is the spirit. Everyone here is so helpful, kind, and generous. From the faculty to the students, everyone radiates positivity. The school spirit also thrives at Villanova. The basketball games are always packed because everyone loves cheering on our Wildcats as they take the basketball court!”
“The best parts of my school is the spirit that revolves around basketball games. I feel that these probably are the most well-known events. Nothing beats watching the Wildcats.”
“Villanova is a very academically challenging school and the work can get overwhelming at times.”
“Little stuff that bothers me is the fact that on the weekends, everything opens so late! They really don't have any support for people who prefer to get up a little earlier and get work done (the library doesn't open until noon!!) Also, something else tiny is that the buses to King of Prussia don't start running until 6:00. That's a little late to go shopping and grab dinner when the mall closes at 9:00 and you don't get there until 6:30. Especially because there's no public transportation (train) to take you there, so just keeping that in mind would be important.”
“The worst parts of our school is probably the food on campus. They refuse to put any chains on campus. It would be nice to have a Starbucks or Dunkin.”
New Collegiette on Campus
“Being on South Campus as a freshman is a lot of fun. It makes it a lot less stressful in the beginning of the year because you know everyone you are living with is in the same position.”
“Orientation is the first few days of the school year. The freshman class returns earlier than the upperclassman so they have the whole campus for orientation. You receive literally all the information you would need to know about being a Villanovan. Each orientation group gets really close and you are able to meet great friends right from the start!”
“The candle lighting ceremony is a tradition at orientation. After mass, students receive a candle in which is lit up by passing along the flame. The whole gymnasium is filled with the burning candle symbolizing the beginning of the new journey together. At graduation, another candle lighting ceremony is held.”
“As a first year student at Villanova, you are required to live on South campus with the rest of the freshman. Although this does create a nice community and a good way to surround yourself with first year students, it is a little difficult to get to know upperclassman.”
“Being a freshman was not difficult, but it wasn't too easy. The workload was a little more than high school, but I was so surprised about the amount of free time I had. For me, I'm not in a sorority, so it was a little more difficult to get to know upperclassmen, but I know a few and am comfortable talking to them.”
“First semester you generally hang out with freshman but second semester you tend branch out through sororities and fraternities.”
"I feel years mainly stick together unless you are on a team or in a club that involves meeting other years. It is nice to be a freshman because we all live on South campus and all freshman mainly eat at Donahue Dining Hall. It more comfortable knowing the people around you are probably freshman, as well.”
All About Academics
“The most common majors are engineering and science.”
“The most popular school to be in is probably business. Although are more people in liberal arts and sciences, I feel like everyone I meet is in the business school. The workload is a lot. It was a big transition from high school. I can always count on having two tests and a quiz each week and probably 10-30 pages of reading a night for each class."
“Freshman year you are assigned an advisor that helps you schedule your classes each semester.”
“In the fall and spring many college students enjoy studying outside.”
"Some people go to the library but a lot of people study in the lounge in their dorm or in their room. Generally people do spend a lot of time on their school work so you need to learn to balance."
“It is hard to fit all of the required classes into your schedule along with your major, so make sure to try and take as many as you can early in your college career.”
“I really feel like core requirements have clogged up my schedule and I haven't been able to explore things that I want to take. Do I really need to take 2 semesters of a lab science? Why not just one? I have to take Philosophy, Ethics, AND 2 semesters of theology? I ask myself these questions all the time! I just feel like a lot of time is devoted to core classes and then I stress about if I will be able to finish my major's requirements.”
"I tend to study in the library (preferably the 2nd floor) because it isn't eerily quiet and the lighting is nice.”
“General academic requirements vary due to the school you are enrolled in. Personally, I don't spend too much time in the library because it does tend to get very crowded. However, if I am in the library I like to study on the second floor because it's a relaxed vibe with comfy seating and you don't have to be as silent as you do on the third and fourth floors. The Connelly Center is also a great place to study and all of the dorms have lounges where a lot of people study as well.”
Learn from the Best
“Kan is a great professor for Psychology. An easy class if you pay attention and study for the tests. Bush is great for Philosophy. Only two tests and two papers.”
“It really depends on what professor you get to judge the difficulty level of the class. Your friend can be in the same class with a different professor and it could be much easier than yours.”
“Few people go to office hours but it really does put you in a better position with your teachers if you go.”
“So far my favorite class has been Theology with Giannella. The workload seems like a lot at first but the entertainment value he brings into a classroom is worth it.”
Interests & Involvement
“In the fall there is a club fair where all the clubs have booths that you can learn more information about each club and sign up for meetings.”
“Many girls in the business school are part of the women in business club and many people are a part of the yoga union which offers free classes!”
“Joining a club is a great way to meet people on campus. Especially club sports, they offer a team bond and social opportunities without being overwhelmingly time consuming.”"There are a wide variety of clubs that you can choose from. From service clubs to film clubs, there is something for all student's interests. If there isn't a club that accomadates your interests, you can create your own!"
“The Villanova basketball team is the most well known team on campus. It is popular to attend basketball games especially at the Wells Fargo center. The student body section is called 'Nova Nation'.”
“Villanova offers both club and intramural sports. Club sports are taken a lot more seriously with mandatory practices and tournaments. Intramural sports are much more relaxed and just playing one game or match a week in which you create a team and enter.”
"As a basketball powerhouse our basketball games are the most highly attended sporting events on campus and extremely fun!”
“There are club sports for almost every varsity sport offered on campus, they are a great way to continue playing your favorite sport at a competitive level without being time consuming or demanding.”
"There are basketball and volleyball courts all around campus that are used recreationally."
“Most girls definitely do get dressed up for class compared to students at other universities. A typical outfit in the beginning of the year would be a sundress or a pair of J.Crew shorts and a cute top.”
“Villanova has a reputation of having a very preppy student body. Vineyard Vines, J.Crew, Lily Pulitzer, Tory Burch, and Patagonia apparel are usually seen on campus throughout the seasons.”
“It is obvious there are more woman than men on campus especially being a Communications major. It's rare to have many boys in the class.”
“I think being a woman on campus is fine! Girls tend to wear nice clothes (usually much nicer than I would prefer to dress,) but I do feel obligated to dress up as well. There are women's clubs (Her Campus!!) and many opportunities for women to get involved. The gender ratio seems to be about even, I don't feel as though there's an overwhelmingly larger amount of men or women.”
"Being a woman athlete at Villanova, I have had a great experience. All of my team members are hard working in the classroom and on the field and have pushed me to my potential."
Food & Drink
“There is a wide variety of food options on campus. Other than the typical buffet dining halls, there is Cafe Nova, The Exchange, Bel Air Terrace, Holy Grounds, and Second Story.”"There are vergetarian and vegan options in all dining halls to cater to all student's needs"."Holy Grounds is known for delicious chocolate covered pretzels and specialty muffins. A lot of students use a meal here in the morning and will get coffee and a bagel, muffin, yogurt, or oatmeal to go.""The food at the cafeteria can get pretty competitive. There are a lot of options that change daily so try new foods! I never liked stir fry before coming to Villanova but it has become one of my favorite meals here!""At Cafe Nova, there is everything from pizza to a similar chipotle bar. You can make your own salad or sandwhich by ordering on a computer. It's quick and really good!"
“The social scene on weekends at Villanova consists of the bar scene as well as frat parties. However, taxis or ubers are necessary in order to get to an off campus party. Alternatives to drinking include activities provided by the Campus Activities Team (CAT), which include movies, trips, and other fun activities!”
“On a typical weekend you can go into Philly or stay in and chill in the dorm with your friends if you do not want to drink. I think that the party scene is very inclusive for girls on campus but not for boys. Sororities and Fraternities boost your social life a lot.”
“I personally don't go to parties and/or drink! I'm always exploring the surrounding towns or Philadelphia on the weekends. There are so many restaurants and stores that are fun to find and look around in.”
“Alternatives to drinking or going to a party are endless. You can go see a movie, get dinner and shop at the King of Prussia Mall. There are tons of opportunities for shopping and food in Philly. There are cool art and pottery places in the surrounding areas such as Wayne, Rosemont and Ardmore. You can take the train basically anywhere. There are ton of historical sights in Philly or Valley Forge.”
“People tend to create a friend group and stick with it, especially freshman year. However, it is not weird to have friends outside the friend group especially if you are in different clubs or do other activities.”
“ People sometimes go out to bars or parties on Thursdays, but not any other weekdays really. It is pretty easy to get around at night by taking pledge rides, but you can also take a cab. Ubers are also popular for getting around."
“The dorms are pretty general standard dorms. Most dorms accomadate two students but some students freshman year are put into forced triples. Freshman year you can either request to live with someone or you can be randomly paired with someone.”
"The common rooms are useful when you want to study late at night when your roommate is sleeping. They are also fun to hang out with friends, watch a game, or do homework without having to leave the building."
“I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are public safety officers at every dorm building and are at the front desk throughout the night”.
“Villanova guarantees housing for three years. Most students by junior year move off campus, but West campus apartment style housing is really nice if you would rather live on campus. If you do choose to live off campus, popular places include Home Properties of Bryn Mawr and apartments on Lancaster Avenue".
"There is a shuttle that runs throughout Main, South, and West campus. If you are at the library studying late, you can get a ride back to your dorm!"
“Being in between Bryn Mawr and Wayne, there are a ton of shops and restaurants within a ten mile radius. If you get sick of on campus food, it is easy to find comfort food down Lancaster. Some favorite restaurants include Chipotle, Panera, Anton’s, Sweet Greens, and Honeygrow.”
“You can always find somewhere to have a good time at night. Frat houses, bars, and formals are always going on."
“The best part about the surrounding area is that there is so much to do! The towns of Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, and Wayne have a plethora of shops and restaurants to go to. In addition, buses run to the King of Prussia Mall on weekends and shuttles run to the Suburban Square shopping center as well as other key locations during the weekdays and weekends. These are very beneficial and provide us with fun day trips!”
“I like the balance between a safe residential area and the city only 15 minutes away. Living among family houses can be a drag on the weekends, but it makes the campus a lot more safe and inviting and allows for great work opportunities around campus.”
“There are several night life options in Philly and other surrounding areas that are closer. In Philly, you probably need to be 21 or older to get into bars. In surrounding area bars you definitely need a good fake to get in. Some are stricter than others. The relationship between Villanova and the surrounding area is pretty good. Most food places near the school take Wild card (Nova bucks). Even the nail place!”
“I've heard that the Radnor (surrounding town) police are strict with Villanova students but have never witnessed that myself.”
“The thing I like best about the city the school is in is that we are so close to Philly. The train is on campus. I think a lot of people go off campus to eat, partly because there are many good food places near us but also because the food on campus gets old.”
HC's Complete College Guide: Villanova University
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