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Villanova, PA
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6,584
Tuition
$42,740
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Scholarships: I did not apply but this is what I heard

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Local can sometimes not enjoy the college student but for the most time the students are welcomed.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nova is located in suburban Philadelphia right on the main line. It's a very safe, very wealthy area. It is also very, very boring. It's a 20 minute train to center city Philadelphia though which is nice.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: I would definitely say that Villanova is overpriced for what you receive. Housing costs are astronomical for really crappy dorms with no AC. The social scene is dependent on what organizations you get involved in. Greeks tend to have more active social lives than non-greeks. The bars are pretty good, i would definitely recommend investing in a good fake ID before arriving on campus, especially to freshman guys because you will definitely not be able to get into any of the frats, girls tend not to have a problem getting into parties.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is beautiful. There are tons of greens and various study spaces. No complaints.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I am studying political science and so far it has been fine. I am minoring in journalism. The school has some great professors but you need to have lucky registration times in order to enroll in their classes. Nova has an awesome alumni network in the DC area with people who will go out of their way to provide you with opportunities for internships and interviews.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Nova is notorious for being polar when it comes to professors. There are some phenomenal teachers, and their are some you should avoid like the plague. There isn't a ton of in between. Nova requires a large amount of core classes which makes it very difficult to take anything outside of your core for almost the first 3 semesters. The core classes tend to be boring and tedious, not too difficult but they require a lot of busywork. The registration process is really hit or miss. Registration times are selected randomly and Villanova is really the type of school where you need to focus on getting the best professors over the best times. If you have a late registration time and classes are full, you run the risk of being shut out of a required class altogether and being forced to wait until the following semester to take it. Villanova is an extremely competitive place filled with mostly type-A, ivy rejects. Kids are very driven and spend a great deal of time studying and doing work which is why there isn't much to do as far as going out during the week. The business school is extremely reputable, although in my opinion they have the lightest workload and coast for the majority of their four years in comparison to those in the nursing and engineering schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I have not heard of people getting in trouble except when doing things they knew were risky in the first place.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: With Camp Co, Nova Grill, Hope's Cookies, Peace A Pizza, and Insomnia, there are plenty of options that you can get delivered to your dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I think that GPA and SAT scores are of some importance, but I think that extra circulars (especially Leadership positions) are important for admission.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The Biology program definitely needs some work. There are a lot of students who cannot get into the classes they want.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The lottery can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. Both my roommate and I had terrible times in the lottery and didn't get our 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th choice. However, we are not too far from everyone else on campus and are still close to some of our friends.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have met people from different countries, different affiliations of Christianity (and some other religions), and of different economic status.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Villanova is like a second home. I have made many great friends.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is always stuff happening by the quad during the week. There are movies, concerts, and performances on the weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Much of the attention is on the school of business and the school of nursing.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors I've had so far are very great and helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls aren't too bad. You can use MPEs to get better food from places like Cafe Nova, Bell Air Terrace, and other locations on campus like Freshens and Holy grounds.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was able to get a lot of financial aid from a grant at the school.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There are quite a few frats and sororities and all are quite active on campus and hosting activities.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places that are walking distance from the school allowing for easy access and good food.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my internship because working with graduate students is a lot like working with an older sibling where they are both supportive but also demanding which pushes you to work harder and better.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am happy with my neuroscience program and would definitely choose it over and over again. The professors are supportive and great instructors.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are often far from classes and out of the way, making a long walk to campus and classes.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Sometimes it's a hassle, especially if you don't have a car, but public transportation is always available and the school plays a role in helping you get set up.

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Margaret Rigas
Hometown
Lancaster, PA
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Villanova is a school that grows on you—for some it takes only until the end of orientation, for others it takes two semesters or more. Whatever the case, students get caught up in what it means to be a Villanovan and to be from the 'Nova nation. Villanova provides students with an excellent education, well enough to confidently put alumni head-to-head with Ivy grads and be successful. Outside of its rich academic tradition, the students at Villanova come to know and appreciate their fellow students, professors, and surrounding community.

Going to Villanova gives students a unique perspective on college life. Even with a lack of diversity and a party scene that doesn’t start to pick up until you are a junior, Villanova is a fun place to be. Villanova will not give you the typical college life of a wild youth, but regardless, it is a school that is exciting and full of good times. While that might not be what you are looking for, the students who do attend Villanova end up loving the school for everything it offers, from its basketball games and rich traditions, to its Catholic heritage and the full load of academics. It’s a school that you can grow into comfortably, and looking back in later years, are glad to call your home away from home.

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