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University Profile

The University

Founded in 1842 by the friars of the Order of St. Augustine, Villanova is a comprehensive Roman Catholic institution that welcomes students of all faiths. The University offers a wide variety of degree programs through four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing.

A Solid Academic Reputation

The oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Villanova is one of 262 institutions-and one of 18 Catholic colleges or universities-in the nation to have a chapter of the  Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious liberal arts honor society. For more than a decade, Villanova University has been ranked #1 by US News and World Report in the Best Universities-Master's category in the northern region.

The Students

Villanova's more than 6,000 undergraduates come from 49 states plus Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 29 foreign countries. Ninety-nine percent of our first-year students ranked in the top 30 percent of their high school classes.

The Faculty

Villanova's 545 full-time faculty members, 90 percent of whom hold the highest degree in their field, teach classes that average 22 students. The student : faculty ratio is 13:1.

The Campus

Located in a suburban community 12 miles (or 20 kilometers) west of Philadelphia, the picturesque 254-acre campus features more than 60 buildings, including a library with more than 800,000 volumes, an 11,800 seat stadium, state of the art academic facilities, and 26 residence halls.

The Experience

Villanova students may choose to study abroad for a summer, semester, or year; compete on one of 11 men's or 13 women's NCAA Division I level (football is Division IAA) sports teams, immerse themselves in Campus Ministry, and take part in any of more than 130 campus organizations.

Financial Assistance

For the academic year 2006-2007, Villanova offered more than $7.49 million in merit-based academic scholarships to first year students. Villanova also offered more than $31 million in need-based financial assistance to prospective freshmen through the Villanova grant program.


Villanova and its programs have received accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the AACSB International, the American Chemical Society, the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, the Pennsylvania State Board of Nurse Examiners, the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission,  the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the National Catholic Education Association, and the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board. Villanova is a member in good standing of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.