Villanova’s reputation concerning diversity is something that can definitely be criticized. While there are international students and minorities here, overall, these comprise a very small percentage of the schools population. Generally, the international student population is synonymous with the minority students. The majority of students who attend Villanova are white with very similar economic, educational, ethnic, geographic, and religious backgrounds. A large group of students are Catholic and tend to be from Irish or Italian decent. Villanova leans heavily on the tri-state for students, and students from other areas of the nation can probably be counted in a thousand or less. However, the minority organizations, as well as the administration, have been working hard to increasing awareness and diversity around campus, and every year, they try to make Villanova that much more diverse.
The only positive aspect of diversity at the University is the male-to-female ratio—the numbers are almost even. If you want diversity, it’s best to leave campus and head to Philadelphia to experience the wide array of cultures present there. Overall, the nearby area’s diversity makes up for the seemingly “vanilla” makeup of the school.