Villanova, PA
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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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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: IMPORTANT: Diversity is defined by much more than the characteristics described in this review, however, based on what was given, the "diversity" in these terms is poor. A majority of the school is white, upper-class, Catholic, and heterosexual. Minorities are accepted, but often cluster together with others "like them." This leads to a picture that seems that it is almost segregated. However, people are extremely open to other beliefs and the campus and university itself is very accepting and tolerant.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Villanova or "Vanilla-Nova" is an overwhelming "white catholic school". They definitely fit the stereotype. It can be a little frustrating if you are a minority because Villanova does not have very diverse activities. If you want that, you can create one. It is a VERY homogeneous school and can get on your nerves a little if you like a diverse environment. However, the school has a good reputation and a strong sense of community even though it is fairly "white".

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: I thought diversity didn't matter to me until I took a closer look and realized that it's sometimes called "Vanillanova" for a reason. Most students come from middle/upper-middle/upper class families and are primarily Anglo-Saxon. There are your groups of minorities, Asians, Indians, Blacks, and other foreigners, but they most stay within their groups.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The population is in line with an expensive private school of the mainline


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Margaret Rigas
Lancaster, PA
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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 38%
20-21: 38%
22-24: 13%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Since Villanova is a relatively conservative, Catholic institution there seems to be a quieter gay, lesbian, and bisexual scene on campus. That's not to say that it doesn't exist because there is certainly an underground gay scene on campus. Students are generally accepting of their gay peers, and the campus ministry hosts programs on acceptance and diversity, but it remains a fairly touchy subject because of the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Political Activity
Villanova is historically an apolitical but politically aware campus. This seems to be changing as students are becoming increasingly involved in on campus political groups. The general feeling on campus is that most students would consider themselves politically conservative, remember this is a Catholic university. However there is a present and vocal liberal minority, which was very visible and active in the past election.
Economic Status
Villanova has a reputation for being a school full of wealthy white kids. This is mostly true, but Villanova has been working on expanding and increasing diversity on campus.
Most Common Religions
While Catholic students tend to make up the majority of the population, not everyone is Catholic on campus. The majority of students remain Christian but are from a variety of denominations. There are also a lot of Jewish students, and you can find most every religion represented on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Villanova’s minority clubs always put on great events that range from being highly educational to entertaining. Clubs like SAMOSA and VISA are a few examples of organizations on campus that play an important role in promoting the small minority populations around the University.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 46 responses

  • 9% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 24% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 22% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 46 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 9% Very conservative
  • 46% Conservative
  • 15% Moderate
  • 30% Not sure
  • 0% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 46 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 45 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 47 responses

  • 11% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 32% Very accepting.


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