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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is pretty easy to tell that most people that attend this university are white, upper middle class/upper class, and christian. The attitude isn't bad towards people who don't fit in however. From my experience, everyone has been very accepting. There is a pretty large block of students that come here from Puerto Rico.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: majority of people are white, and crazy wealthy. like people have planes, multiple houses, crazy things. everyone here has money. however, they do not flaunt it. villanova is very accepting. most people are preppy to class, but dress like they are going to a bar on the weekends (most are). nobody really cares if you have money or nice cars or whatever, its just people do.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There isn't a lot of diversity on campus, but everyone is accepting of diversity.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Not a ton of diversity. Most people are white, upper middle class, and from the Northeast United States.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is pretty much the same in regards to religious affiliation, political views, and race, however those who do not fit in to the Villanova stereotype can easily find those with similar interests. There is something for everyone.

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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 56 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 21% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 25% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 7% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 86 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 0% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 40% Conservative
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 27% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 87 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 46 responses

  • 38% Republican
  • 26% Democratic
  • 21% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 13% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 12% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 64% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 21% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 3% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 46 responses

  • 13% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 26% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 2% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 57 responses

  • 28% Very accepting.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 14% It's hard to be a minority here.


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