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3 College Freshman

Parking: on campus parking isn't too hard to get if you're an underclassmen and very easy to get if you're an upper classman. There are usually spots and the cost is $50 per semester.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life dominates social culture here but no one wants you to think that when you visit or apply. It's difficult to get involved if you're not greek and if you're not in a "top tier" fraternity or sorority it won't help you that much anyway. There are 3 notorious chapters for both guys and girls that everyone wants to be in.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol plays a key role in Villanova's social scene. Drinking and partying is the social culture here like at most schools. Weed is common but not nearly as common as alcohol. As far as study drugs, any time you place yourself in an academically competitive environment with lots of type A kids, you will find study drugs. Excessive caffeine is huge, monsters are available everywhere on campus and in every vending machine.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is extremely accommodating but their services are sub par.

College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is fairly strict for freshman. There are visitation hours which means you can't have someone of the opposite sex in your room past 12 during the week and 2 am on the weekends. The RAs are very chill for the most part and aren't looking to get you in trouble. If you are discreet they won't go out of their way to write you up, public safety however looks for any kind of disturbance and doesn't hesitate to write you up at the slightest bit of unusual activity. The penalty for being caught with alcohol in your room is a fine and a write up which increase in cost and severity based on how much your RA finds and how many times you have been written up previously.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Freshman year and especially first semester is a real struggle for a lot of students. It's very difficult to assimilate into teh Villanova culture. People are friendly but don't necessarily go out of their way to make you feel welcome. When people rush second semester the social scene gets bigger but if you're not Greek your ability to meet people and socialize is extremely limited. I have been extremely underwhelmed with my Nova experience up to this point.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few pubs and bars with decent bar food. A sweetgreen and other classic chains like panera and chipotle. Absolutely nothing is within walking distance which means you need a car, a friend with a car, or to call cabs which makes eating off-campus very expensive. There is the classic campus corner which is open till 2 and delivers on the weekends for drunk munchies which Nova kids utilize often.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Very attractive student body. Social life isn't great, the culture revolves around binge drinking and if you're not Greek and you don't have a fake ID it is very difficult to make it out on the weekends, especially for guys. Little to no action on the weeknights and even on the weekends the parties are there but they aren't that much fun.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's freezing in the winter and really sticky and humid in the beginning of the year up until about October, but fall and spring on campus are beautiful, especially spring with the cherry blossoms.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options to change things up every once in a while and a lot of the restaurants take wildcard

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a great community but sometimes it's too much.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I'm a freshman so I don't really know too much about it

3 College Freshman

Transportation: It's alright, but a lot of times you wish you had a car which you cannot have until you are a Junior

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You pay way too much for some horrible dorms freshman and sophomore year. Junior year is super nice though!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Work with housing office senior year and they will help you

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It could be soooooooooooo much better. It sucks because nothing is on campus so you have to take a cab/ pledge ride which are not always reliable. Also beware of courts because they get busted a LOT

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Villanova is not a particularly diverse university. That being said, students are generally very accepting and efforts are definitely being made to increase diversity.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There is a strict freshman attendance policy and public safety is definitely present on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's definitely present but you don't need to be part of it to enjoy the social scene.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a number of options in the area immediately surrounding Villanova, and almost all deliver!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Tons of things to do depending on how far you want to travel. Only downside is the locals don't really like Villanova students because they are rich and snobby and think we are obnoxious.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Scholarships are not plentiful, but they exist if you apply for them.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Some places are great, some places are not so great. It can get boring after a while having the same thing, but overall it's pretty good. Tough to eat healthy though if you aren't eating salad.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are great places to eat off-campus that offer variety and quality.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It's there if you want it, but it isn't something you have to do. More girls do sororities than guys do fraternities. If you are a guy and you are a freshman, it is much easier to meet girls and go to parties if you join a frat second semester. There is no Greek housing. If you are in Greek life, you will be looked at differently to a certain extent by some people, but generally no one really cares unless you are obnoxious about it. People in Greek life have plenty of friends who are non-Greeks, and vice versa.


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Margaret Rigas
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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