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Villanova University


Villanova University is a Roman Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. Within this suburban campus close to Philadelphia, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others.With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Located just 12 miles from Philadelphia in the suburb of Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, Villanova – often shortened to 'Nova – offers popular student organizations like the Blue Key Society, which gives admissions tours and hosts prospective student days, and Rays of Sunshine, the student community service office.

Today the university represents a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs which are offered through the University’s four colleges: 

  • the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 
  • the Villanova School of Business, 
  • the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing, 
  • the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. 

U.S. News National University Rankings 2016 placed VU the 50th. Forbes America's Top Colleges 2016 report ranked it the 62nd. U.S. News & World Report ranks Villanova as tied for the 50th best National University in the U.S. for 2017.

Among Villanova notable alumni are Robert J. Darretta, Jr. - chief financial officer and vice chairman of Johnson & Johnson, John D. Idol - Chairman and CEO of Michael Kors, John Igoe - Director, Real Estate, Design & Construction of Google, and many other prominent politicians, Nobel laureates and scientists.

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The Villanova School of Business is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in Bloomberg Businessweek 's 2016 rankings of undergraduate business schools, and No. 29 in the Financial Times' ranking of top executive MBA programs. Villanova University School of Law is ranked tied for the 74th among all U.S. law schools by the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Law Schools."

The most popular majors by the number of registered students are business/marketing, engineering, social sciences, health professions, finance, registered nursing/registered nurse, speech communication and rhetoric.

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Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue Villanova,
United States
PA 19085-1603
United States
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Villanova University is located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in the United States. Philadelphia is 12 miles away. It is also the closest city that contains an airport.