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5 College Sophomore

Academics: I have enjoyed every professor that I have had so far. I have heard of some students being upset with their professors but every experience I have had with the engineering professors have been positive. The work is challenging but not too much. Study areas are very accessible.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: academics are fine..some schools are harder than others. they are all pretty hard except arts and sciences. thats easy. but all are manageable

5 College Freshman

Academics: Villanova courses are challenging but not too overwhelming. I am learning a lot. The curriculum is interesting and reasonable to be covered in a semester. There are a lot of students in the business school, engineering school, and biology major. We also have a well-developed nursing program.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Teachers are amazing and I am challenged just enough.

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5 College Junior

Academics: I'm in the school of business and the academics are top notch. The Big Four recruit heavily on campus and there are always tons of other employers on campus that are looking to hire Villanova students. They continuously say that Villanova is one of their favorite places to recruit because the students are prepared and outstanding performers in their job placements. There are endless academic opportunities and resources and I have always felt taken care of by the staff. I've had a great academic experience!

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 81 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 55 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 54 responses

  • 20% This was my dream school.
  • 65% This was one of my top choices.
  • 15% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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