Villanova University: Narrative Description

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800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085-1699
Tel: (610)519-4500
Admissions: (610)519-4000
Fax: (610)519-6450
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1842. Setting: 254-acre suburban campus with easy access to Philadelphia. Endowment: $209.9 million. Research spending 2003-04: $3.9 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,038 per student. Total enrollment: 10,626. Faculty: 892 (521 full-time, 371 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 9,175 applied, 58% were admitted. 48% from top 10% of their high school class, 72% from top quarter, 98% from top half. 23 valedictorians. Full-time: 6,585 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 707 students, 49% women, 51% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 29 other countries, 71% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 3% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 4% 25 or older, 65% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 94% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; engineering/engineering technologies; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Rosemont College. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, activities resume, SAT or ACT. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/7, 11/1 for early action. Notification: 4/1, 12/20 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $70. Comprehensive fee: $36,917 includes full-time tuition ($27,175), mandatory fees ($675), and college room and board ($9067). College room only: $4787. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $580 per credit hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $280 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to class time, course level, and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 18% of eligible men and 34% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Blue Key Society, orientation counselor program, Special Olympics, campus activities team. Major annual events: Balloon Day, Special Olympics, homecoming. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 4,300 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Falvey Library plus 2 others with 900,248 books, 1.8 million microform titles, 10,800 serials, 8,170 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $10 million. 3,711 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The "Main Line" is a suburban residential area located 12 miles due west of downtown Philadelphia, which includes the towns of Radnor, Rosemont, Villanova, St. Davids, Wayne, Haverford, and Merion Station. The mean temperature for the area is 54.3 degrees. The area is served by Amtrak and local commuter rail lines, regional bus lines, and the Schuylkill Expressway. The total locale has more than 200 civic, social, and church groups. There are art centers, theater groups, a symphony orchestra, several museums, many libraries, two hospitals, and good shopping facilities. Local recreation facilities include golf courses, swimming pools, skating rinks, parks, and playgrounds.

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