#8 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania

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Villanova University overview
Location Villanova, Pennsylvania
Online villanova.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Villanova University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Villanova University, chartered in 1842 and located in the suburban town of Villanova, Pennsylvania, is a private Catholic research university situated approximately 12 miles west of Philadelphia. The institution is grounded in the Augustinian tradition, presenting a historic campus notable for its Gothic architecture. Serving a predominantly undergraduate population, Villanova offers a range of academic programs with notable strengths in business, engineering, and nursing. The university fosters a rigorous academic environment and is known for its competitive admissions process. Housing is provided for students with a variety of on-campus residence options. Villanova is a member of the Big East Conference and is recognized for a strong athletics program, particularly in men's basketball, where the Villanova Wildcats have secured multiple NCAA championship titles.

In the most recent statistical year 23,835 prospective students applied, and 5,576 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,779 enrolled in the school.  8,296 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,087 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $60,768 plus fees of $850. Villanova is ranked 66 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Villanova is rated within the top 16% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Villanova University overview
SAT 1378/1500
ACT 32/34
GPA 3.87

Applications Accepted

Villanova University overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $80

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Villanova University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,100
Other Fees$850
Room and Board $16,087
Budget for Other Expenses$2,300
Total One Year Cost$81,105

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$85,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

90% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Villanova University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 32%
Health Professions 11%
Engineering 11%
Social Sciences 10%
Communication 8%

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