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Rank: 153

Villanova University

Villanova, PAwww.villanova.edu
A prominent Catholic university 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 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. The administration takes underage drinking seriously, though students usually don't have trouble skirting the rules. On campus, students can be found congregating in the Connelly Center, St. Mary's Hall and outdoors at the Oreo. Many frequent restaurants and bars in the area, and Philadelphia's big-city attractions are just a short train ride away. Make sure you catch a Villanova men's basketball game: This year, they won March Madness, the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$69,900
% of students who get any grants
52%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$35,700
Average price for low-income students
$19,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
44%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1320/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
7,873
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
91%
% of need met
79%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$15,614
student success
Graduation rate
90%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$26,500
Average salary within 3 years
$61,400
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
58%
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.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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