Villanova University, the oldest and largest Catholic university
, was founded in 1842 by the priest
s and brothers of the Order of St. Augustine
and offers a wide variety of degree programs through four college
s: the College of Liberal Arts
, the College of Commerce
, the College of Engineering
, and the College of Nursing
. Though dedicated to its Augustinian heritage
, Villanova welcomes students of all faiths.
Located in a suburban community 12 miles west of Philadelphia
, the picturesque 254-acre campus (designated in 1993 as a campus arboretum
) features more than 60 buildings, including a library
with more than 800,000 volumes, an 11,800 seat stadium
, state of the art academic
facilities, and 26 residence
halls. Convenient transportation is also available, as SEPTA
has two train stations located on campus.
Villanova's more than 6,000 undergraduates
come from 48 states plus Puerto Rico
and 52 foreign countries. Ninety-two percent of our first-year students ranked in the top 30 percent of their high school
classes. Don't let that fool you, though, most of the students are preppy, abercrombie
wearing, upper-middle class
white folk from Pennsylvania
or New Jersey
. One of the many derogatory nicknames is Vanillanova
, referring to the mostly white student population (another nickname: Villanofun
- a wholly undeserved name IMHO). It is a bit unfair to characterize the university
in this way, as there are lots of unique, good natured souls, but it is far from diverse.
There are 490 full-time faculty members, 90 percent of whom hold the highest degree in their field, teach classes that average 23 students. The student:faculty ratio
Villanova features 24 NCAA Division I
men's and women's varsity
sports teams, as well as A full range of athletic facilities. They are mostly known for their Basketball
team, which won the NCAA Basketball Tournament
in 1985 and the NIT Tournament
in 1994. The football
team went undefeated
a couple of years back, but they still aren't very popular on campus. I never figured out why.
There are also more than 130 campus organizations to immerse yourself in. Their Orientation
for new students is known to be one of the best in the country. Also notable is the Campus Activities Team, which runs events on campus ranging from music
series (recent notable speakers: Toni Morrison
and Lech Walesa
, former president of Poland
series, among many, many other activities.
US News and World Report recently ranked Villanova #1 for the 12th time.
For more information about Villanova, visit www.villanova.edu.