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Villanova, Pennsylvania

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Your chances of getting into Villanova University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Villanova University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Villanova is 25.2%.  Its admission rate is the 5th lowest in Pennsylvania and the 76th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Villanova and can you get accepted?

Villanova is a highly competitive school to get into. You have a moderate chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, only 6,162 out of the 24,410 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 6 percent on standardized admission tests. Villanova University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.87. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Villanova?

25% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Villanova University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.87 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1420 on the SAT
  • Score 32 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Villanova GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Villanova University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Villanova are to have around a 3.87 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Villanova will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Villanova is 3.87 on the 4.0 scale. 33% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #5 in Pennsylvania for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Villanova is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.9 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Villanova University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 32.78% Good
3.75 to 3.99 39.0% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 21.16% Reach
3.25 to 3.49 6.22% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 0.41% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.41% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Villanova SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Villanova University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 28% of students submitted SAT scores and 17% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Villanova University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 660
Math 25th Percentile 690
Composite 25th Percentile 1350
SAT Scores for Villanova University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 730
Math 75th Percentile 760
Composite 75th Percentile 1490
Average SAT Score 1420

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Villanova University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Villanova is 1420 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1350-1490. Students who get into Villanova University score in the top 8 percent of all SAT test takers..  Villanova ranks #5 in the state of Pennsylvania and #62 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1420 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Villanova regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1350 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1350, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1280, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Villanova University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1420 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1420, you have around a 25% chance of being admitted. A 1490 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 39% chance of getting in.

Villanova University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1490 and Above Good >39%
1420 to 1490 Avg + 25%-39%
1350 to 1420 Avg - 15%-25%
1280 to 1350 Reach 8%-15%
Less than 1280 Low <8%
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Villanova ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Villanova University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 33
Math 25th Percentile 29
Composite 25th Percentile 31
ACT Scores for Villanova University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 33
Composite 75th Percentile 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Villanova?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Villanova is 32, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 31 and 34.  The school ranks #6 in Pennsylvania and #67 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 32. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 31 and score in the score in the top 5 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 30.

17 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Villanova University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Villanova University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Villanova for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 32 score has around 25% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 44% with a 34 ACT score.

Villanova University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
34 and Above Good >44%
32 to 34 Avg + 25%-44%
31 to 32 Avg - 18%-25%
30 to 31 Reach 12%-18%
Less than 30 Low <12%
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High School Class Rank

70% of Villanova University freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Villanova University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 70%
Top 25% of class 92%
Top 50% of class 99%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Villanova University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 13,470 10,940 24,410
Accepted 3,212 2,950 6,162
Acceptance Rate 24% 27% 25%
Enrolled 990 782 1,772
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 27% 29%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 15, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 107 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Villanova University is $80.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Villanova University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Villanova University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Villanova University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Villanova is highly competitive, you have a moderate chance of acceptance depending on your GPA and test scores. If you earn at least a 3.87 GPA, you will have a fair shot at getting in. Additionally, you should score a 1420 on the SAT or 32 on the ACT to be competitive. If you can score a 1490 SAT you will be a very strong applicant.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216597 IPEDS survey data for Villanova University.


Does Villanova University prefer SAT or ACT?

28% of students submit their SAT scores to Villanova. 17% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Villanova University?

25% of those who apply are granted admission to Villanova. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Villanova University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1350 and 1490. The average SAT score is 1420. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Villanova University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 31 and 34. The average ACT score is 32. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.