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Location
Villanova, PA
Undergrads
6,584
Tuition
$42,740
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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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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.

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.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 52nd
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 56th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 65th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 134th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 202nd
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Margaret Rigas
Hometown
Lancaster, PA
Major
History
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If there is one thing to be said about Villanova, it is that you will walk away with a solid education for a lifetime. The University attempts to provide each student with the best education, which is reflected through the dedication and knowledge of professors every time you enter the classroom. Granted, there are a few bad apples that have very little ambition to teach anything, but these professors are a rarity. Every professor is subject to a survey on the quality of their teaching, and Student Government provides an online forum to discuss teachers freely.

Another added benefit is that there are no TAs teaching classes here. While this might not seem like much, there is nothing worse than seeing TAs only a few years older than you trying to teach material they learned just a few years ago themselves. Not having TAs allows professors to get better acquainted with each student and gives students the most knowledgeable person teaching. Plus, with the small class sizes, developing a positive working relationship with your professors is very easy and can be very helpful come test time. Overall, Villanova does a good job providing its students with competent professors who have a passion to be here and who are always willing to learn more or go beyond the books to help.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
639
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
413
Total FT Faculty
659
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$87,970
Full-Time Retention Rate
94%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
88%
Programs/Majors Offered
78
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 42%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 56%
  • 50 or More Students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • Villanova School of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 4%
  • Finance, General: 4%
  • Law: 4%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • Bartley
  • Connelly Center
  • Falvey Memorial Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Get involved. There are so many campus activities and opportunities to meet fellow Villanovans that this is really the best way to have a thriving social life.
  • Go to class regularly. As a freshman there is a strict attendance policy-you can miss no more than twice the number of classes per week. After freshman year, it's all up to you, but if your professor takes the time to assign an attendance policy it is obviously in your best interest to follow it.
  • Take advantage of professors' office hours. It's the best way to get ahead and get the help you need to get good grades at Villanova.
Did You Know?
  • Do you want to get involved? One of the best ways to get involved at Villanova is the Special Olympics. It has hosted Pennsylvania's Special Olympics for 16 consecutive years. Over 2,000 students help volunteer for a weekend of fun, food, and unforgettable memories.
  • Don't feel like getting out of bed? Villanova now offers a few of its courses online. Villanova also provides space for your very own Web site.
  • Enjoy discussing current events within the context of history, philosophy, and theology? Villanova requires a year long core humanities class for all freshmen. Combining academics with Augustinian tradition, the core program covers a wide range of topics, and it gives you a feel for courses that are traditionally restricted to college, such as philosophy and theology.
  • Who doesn't like a good old parade? Every September, to celebrate St. Thomas of Villanova, the University closes early for an afternoon of reflection, a parade, and good times. Traveling across campus, the administration leads a parade that ends at Sheehan Beach, where you can chow down on some free barbeque food or just meet some new people.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 22% Scott O'Neil- CEO of Philadelphia 76ers
  • 17% Brian Westbrook - NFL running back
  • 17% Jill Biden- Second Lady of the United States
  • 17% Howie Long- NFL player
  • 13% Robert J. Darretta Jr.- CFO of Johnson & Johnson
  • 9% Maria Bello - actress
  • 4% Edward Pinckney - former NBA player
  • 0% Sonia O'Sullivan - Olympic gold medalist, sprinter
  • 0% John Rowland - former Connecticut governor
  • 0% Andy Allen - former NASA astronaut
  • 0% Jim Croce - singer-songwriter
  • 0% Kerry Kittles - NBA guard

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 35 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 37 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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