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Villanova University

The only Augustinian Catholic university in the country is located outside of Philadelphia; Villanova enjoys a solid academic reputation, especially when it comes to business majors. Undergrads report that professors tend to be enthusiastic and accessible, taking the time to get to know their students. Villanova students have been known to call their school "Vanillanova" due to a perceived lack of racial and ethnic diversity and abundance of preppy attire. It's worth noting, however, that while many 'Nova students do dress up to go to class, you can usually find a fair number in sweats as well. Villanova has a relatively high graduation rate, and grads report salaries that outpace the national average. One of the biggest events on campus, a basketball kickoff party called Hoops Mania, used to invite musical guests like Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Wiz Khalifa; now the focus is placed on the sport itself and the Wildcats that will compete during the year. Make sure you catch a Villanova men's basketball game: In 2018, the team won March Madness, the NCAA men's basketball tournament. On campus, students can be found congregating in the Connelly Center, St. Mary's Hall, and outdoors at the Oreo (an abstract black-and-white sculpture on the quad). Restaurants and bars in the area are also popular, and Philadelphia's attractions are just a short train ride away.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Classes at Villanova this fall are primarily in-person, though there are some online and hybrid options. Everyone is required to wear a mask when in public and shared spaces.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$72,300
% of students who get any grants
53%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$38,600
Average price for low-income students
$24,200
admissions
Acceptance rate
29%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1390/32
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
6,820
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
90%
% of need met
79%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$17,020
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Average student debt
$26,000
Average salary within 5 years
$62,800
% earning more than $28,000
91%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Classes at Villanova this fall are primarily in-person, though there are some online and hybrid options. Everyone is required to wear a mask when in public and shared spaces.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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