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Reviews 1131 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: All freshman live on South campus, which is great because they are all living in the same little area, and all eat at the same dining hall, so you can get to know and get familiar with the students in your class. The sophomore housing is all located on Main campus, which is convenient because that is where all the buildings with classes are. Everyone knows that the only good place to live as a sophomore is in the quad in Sullivan or Sheehan hall, and if you're not in the 2/3 of sophomores that live there, the remaining living options are significantly worse. Juniors live in on campus apartments on West campus, which are really nice and have a whole kitchen.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many different cheap places nearby, like Chipotle and Panera. However, late night options are very limited.

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4 College Junior

Academics: One of the biggest majors in the Arts and Science schools. There are also 8 different specializations that students can focus on, which makes it a very diverse major.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I have never had a class with more than 35 students, which makes for a much more personal classroom, and therefore a much better learning experience.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: On campus housing is provided for all students except for seniors, so seniors are forced to live off campus. That being said, there are a lot of options of where to live, with a variety of location and cost.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Villanova basketball is one of the absolute best parts about the school.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: As long as you have a good fake ID, its fun every night. If not, you're in trouble

3 College Junior

Greek Life: No Greek housing is a big downer. Other than that, its great.

1 College Junior

Diversity: They don't call it "Vanilla-nova" for no reason. No diversity.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Some buildings, like the Bartley business school, are amazing, while others, like Tolentine, are falling apart. It really depends.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The mainline is great, because there are a lot of great restaurants and shops for students, such as in Suburban Square in Ardmore.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Some dining halls have great options, but poor hours, while those with better hours have less options.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: It is almost impossible to receive any financial aid.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are a pretty big part of the campus life. Athletes, especially basketball and football players and the track team, are treated like celebrities.

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College Junior

Campus Housing: I don't live on campus, so I have no personal experience with this

4 College Junior

Academics: Being a Spanish and Psychology double major is challenging but very rewarding. The faculty in both departments are very friendly and passionate about their subjects, so they are willing to help their students learn. There is a bit of a workload and it gets a little overwhelming, but it's possible to get through everything. There are many opportunities for internships and jobs in the field, you just have to talk to your advisers/professors.

4 College Junior

Academics: Villanova is known for academics. The workload is challenging, but manageable, and the professors are good at what they do. Registration for classes is always very stressful, but if there is a class that you have to take you can just talk to your adviser. Tutoring is available if you need it and, depending on the program, it may be free. The library is always a popular study spot, but the student center is also popular, as are empty classrooms.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Though it is somewhat difficult to get financial aid, the aid that I received covered a large part of my tuition. You should apply early and continue to follow up so that you can get the aid you need. The payment and billing system at the school is very frustrating and difficult to understand, but you just have to deal with it.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Villanova is not very diverse, but they are trying to make the school a more diverse place.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: We're about 20 minutes away from Philadelphia, so it's easy to go to the city for different events or just to go out.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: I don't know much about the party scene, but a lot of people complain that it isn't that good. Despite this fact, people continue to party, go to bars, etc.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Class sizes are really small, unless you have a lecture. Professors actually care about their students and want to help them succeed, and I really like that. A lot of different kinds of courses are available, so you can take courses that may not have anything to do with your major. The courses are challenging, but you learn a lot.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are a lot of resources available on campus for career services. The alumni play a big role in the university, and reach out to students very often.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not a part of Greek life but I have a few friends that are. It's kind of big on campus, but it's not a huge deal if you're not part of it. They do a lot of fundraising and it seems fun, but there are also stories about the not so good side of Greek life.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: From what I've heard it's ok


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Margaret Rigas
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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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