Villanova, PA
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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

Facilities: I think the student life atmosphere is very lively. There are always a lot of events going on, so it's hard to be bored for too long. There are good places to study, even outside of the library, and a good amount of places to hang out.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: I would definitely say that Villanova is overpriced for what you receive. Housing costs are astronomical for really crappy dorms with no AC. The social scene is dependent on what organizations you get involved in. Greeks tend to have more active social lives than non-greeks. The bars are pretty good, i would definitely recommend investing in a good fake ID before arriving on campus, especially to freshman guys because you will definitely not be able to get into any of the frats, girls tend not to have a problem getting into parties.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is beautiful. There are tons of greens and various study spaces. No complaints.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Villanova is like a second home. I have made many great friends.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 107th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 118th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 134th
    Best Student Centers
  • 1050th
    Best Library
  • 1212nd
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Margaret Rigas
Lancaster, PA
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All roads lead to the Connelly Center. It is not only geographically in the middle of campus, it is also the social center, study center, and has arguably the best food on campus. It caters to the students' basic needs. One need that tends to be overlooked is the athletic facilities. Both West and South campus gyms often have broken equipment and long lines to use the machines that actually work. However, the athletic facilities are being updated to meet student needs. Something Villanova does have a lot of, though, are courts. Every dorm on campus is within a few minutes' walk of tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, and there is almost never a wait for a pick-up game.

Overall, the facilities on campus add to the feel of the school. The building that always gives postcard-quality pictures is the church, the oldest building on campus. But even the newer buildings on campus have an older look with modern accommodations. However, no campus is complete without a few buildings that stick out like sore thumbs. Perched on top of a hill, CEER is a massive white concrete monster of a building that contrasts directly with Tolentine, one of the oldest buildings on campus. The only area that the University seems to overlook is the need for up-to-date athletic facilities.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
254 acres
Student Centers
Connelly Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Falvey Memorial Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Apartments on West
  • Bartley
  • Connelly Center
  • The Oreo
  • The Quad
  • Second Storey (St. Mary's)
  • Sheehan Beach
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
Holy Grounds in four locations: Bartley, Ceer, Connelly Center, and Falvey Memorial Library
Movie Theater on Campus
Connelly Center
School Slang
  • ACS: Augustinian Cultures Seminar, required year-long course for freshmen.
  • The Courts: Apartments on Montgomery Avenue that are usually home to parties thrown by residents who are typically in fraternities and sororities
  • KOP: King of Prussia Mall.
  • The Oreo: Statue outside of Connelly Center; commonly referenced meeting place at the center of campus.
  • P. Safe: Public Safety, the campus police force.
  • The Quad: Sullivan and Sheehan Halls.
  • SAC: Saint Augustine Center, home to the College ofArts and Sciences.
  • Sparket: Market outside of the Spit dining hall on South Campus.
  • St. Mo's: St. Monica's residence hall.
  • The Augustinian Army: Intense student section at basketball games.
  • St. Thomas of Villanova Day: Half day of classes with a parade and picnic in the afternoon in the fall.
  • Throwing your V's up: Making the peace sign to the beat of the fight song.
Urban Legends
Some say that there's a ghost that haunts St. Mary's Hall because a nun had an affair with a priest and hung herself in the chapter. While St. Mary's is old and there are certainly some out of the ordinary happenings once in a while, it doesn't seem to be true
Favorite Things To Do
If you're ever bored, there are usually a lot of different activities taking place on campus. You can head over to Connelly Center to catch a movie in the free cinema. The movies are usually pretty current and sometimes they play foreign and indie films as well. During the day, there are always people hanging out on the couches in Connelly or outside Holy Grounds doing some homework or chatting with friends. In the winter, basketball games are the thing to do and the Villanova Wildcats are always exciting to watch. There's always a lot to do on campus at Villanova. When the weather is nice, you can see students hanging out at Sheehan beach or at the Oreo outside of Connelly. Other times, there's usually a movie playing in Connelly or you can choose to rent a movie at Reel Divine and watch it with your friends in your dorm. Second Storey in St. Mary's is another popular place to grab a bite to eat and catch up with your friends and the same goes for just about every dining spot on campus.
Student Newspaper
The Villanovan
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 43 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 5 responses

  • 30% Connelly Center
  • 20% The Oreo
  • 20% Library
  • 10% The Quad
  • 10% The Apartments on West
  • 10% My own apartment
  • 0% Bartley
  • 0% Sheehan Beach
  • 0% Second Storey (St. Mary's)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 33% Card Swiper
  • 33% Working in Intramural sports
  • 17% Phonathon
  • 17% Volunteering with Rays of Sunshine!

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 43% Run
  • 29% When the weather's nice, sit under a tree and read
  • 14% Campus tours
  • 14% Relaxing outside by the Oreo

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 17% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 54% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 27% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 37 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 3% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 57% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 38% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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