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5 College Junior

Athletics: I absolutely love watching the basketball games. I have a great lottery number so I can go to all home games. I do attend other varsity sports games and play intramural with friends. I love the sports at school.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Villanova basketball really unites people across campus. People get involved by going to games and cheering them on.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a varsity athlete I tend to be biased in a review of athletics but there is usually a lot of energy around campus when there are basketball games and athletes are very approachable.

5 College Junior

Athletics: One of the top athletics programs in the country.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Mostly everything revolves around sports. Mainly basketball, but that's not a surprise. That's life.

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One thing to be said about Villanova athletics is that the campus eats, sleeps, and breathes by the men’s basketball team. Steeped in tradition, basketball games are a guaranteed fun time, even if you don’t like sports in the slightest. Basketball is so celebrated that if the team wins a big game against one of its schools rivals, the players come back as heroes for a day. Football is a distant second. Since the program is Division I-AA, it attracts lesser-known opponents. The games to watch in football are against the University of Delaware, as well as whoever Villanova plays on Parents' Weekend and Alumni Weekend.

But varsity sports are not the only outlet for students who want to stay in shape and have lots of fun doing it. Intramurals are big, and while most games don’t carry the intensity of a Final Four game, they are fun to watch and even more fun to play. Overall, they are a great way to stay in shape while hanging out with your friends and meeting new people. The athletics at Villanova are a source of entertainment and fun year-round.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: Colonial Athletic Association
Basketball: Big East Conference
School Colors
Blue and white
School Nickname
The Wildcats, Will D. Cat
Men Playing Varsity Sports
280 - 9%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
264 - 8%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 64
Basketball: 30
Baseball: 26
Cross Country/Track: 30
Other Sports: 109
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 80%
Basketball: 57%
Baseball: 100%
Cross Country/Track: 88%
Other Sports: 88%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Curling
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Roller hockey
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Skateboarding
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo (men's)
  • 5K race
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball (court, sand)
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Butler Annex
  • Davis Center for Athletics and Fitness
  • Farley Fitness Center
  • Jake Nevin Field House
  • The Pavilion
  • Soccer Complex
  • Softball Complex
  • St. Mary's Hall
  • Stanford Fitness Center
  • Tennis Complex
  • Training & Conditioning Facilities
  • Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth
  • Villanova Stadium
  • Villanova Swim Complex
Most Popular Sports
For varsity sports, it's definitely men's basketball. Club and intramural sports are also really popular and well respected at Villanova. The most popular seem to be soccer, basketball, tennis, and lacrosse, but most sports are represented.
Most Overlooked Teams
Football, women's basketball, and pretty much everything besides men's basketball
School Spirit
School spirit at Villanova is huge! The student body is known as the `Nova Nation and everyone is always quick to represent the Villanova Wildcats by throwing "V's" in the air. There's a ton of school spirit because students are so proud to attend this wonderful school and it doesn't hurt that 'Nove consistently has one of the best basketball teams in the country. Go `cats go!
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets to athletic events at Villanova varies from sport to sport. Most sporting events are available to students free of charge, and tickets don't have to be reserved or requested ahead of time. Men's basketball is the exception. The men's basketball team draws thousands of students and fans referred to as the "Nova Nation," so due to its huge popularity, tickets are distributed to students through a lottery system. The lottery is done online-students receive e-mails about open sets of games, then use their student ID and a pin number to enter the lottery.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Anywhere on campus is beautiful, especially the area around the quad, Connelly Center, and the Oreo.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 127 responses

  • 14% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 69% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 15% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 2% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 126 responses

  • 25% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 46% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 26% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 2% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 126 responses

  • 13% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 63% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 21% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 4% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.



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