Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Villanova University, Pennsylvania

Villanova University is a Roman Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. 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.

There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. These colleges are the setting for an experience that develops both the heart and the mind, and creates the atmosphere where students are called to ignite change.



·         Website: www.villanova.edu
·         4-year, private not-for-profit
·         Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania
·         Campus setting: Large suburb


·         College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
o   37 majors, 12 interdisciplinary concentrations
o   17 Bachelor’s/Master’s programs
o   20 Master’s programs
o   47 certificate programs
o   PhD program in Philosophy

·         Villanova School of Business
·         College of Engineering
·         College of Nursing
·         College of Professional Studies
·         Villanova University School of Law


·         Associate's degree
·         Bachelor's degree
·         Postbaccalaureate certificate
·         Master's degree
·         Post-master's certificate
·         Doctoral degree - research/scholarship
·         Doctoral degree - professional practice

Class Profile
(Fall 2013)

·         Undergraduate full-time: 6,547
·         Graduate: 3,655
·         Law School: 601 (includes traditional and joint Ph.D., M.B.A. and Tax enrollments)
·         Part-time and others: 495
·         Total enrollment: 10,697

International Experiences

·         #4 Nationwide (Master’s Category): Leading Institutions by Total Number of Study Abroad Students
·         #7 Nationwide (Master’s Category): Leading Institutions by Mid-Length and Short-Term Duration of Study Abroad, Institute of International Education, Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange


·         Student/faculty ratio: 12:1
·         Average class size: 22


Office of Graduate Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Villanova University
Kennedy Hall
(610) 519-7090

Student Campus Life

The University’s Office of International Student Services assists students from outside the United States in adjusting to Villanova and the surrounding community. The Office provides information and advice about visas and immigration, housing and employment, health care, and other questions related to living and studying in the United States.

Villanova also has several student organizations to help you meet fellow students and get plugged into the community. 

Residence Life and Housing Services

Dormitory space is reserved for undergraduate students at Villanova. There is no housing for graduate students at Villanova. You will need to rent an apartment or a room in a private residence in the local community. In most cases if you are renting, you will need to sign a lease, typically for a period of 1 year. Villanova's Office of Residence Life has an off campus housing advisor that can help you with your housing search.

Career Services

Students are able to work on campus 20 hours per week during the semester and 40 hours per week during the break periods. Those who are tuition scholars or graduate assistants should contact the International Student Office BEFORE seeking additional positions on campus.

Please note: International students may NOT work off campus UNLESS they have authorization to do so. Authorization may be obtained through two (2) mechanisms:
  1. Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  2. Optional Practical Training (OPT)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 
Graduate Admissions Criteria & Requirements

The entire application process is done online, and it is easy to do. Students must fill out the online application and submit a $50 application fee. International students must provide the following additional materials in order to be considered for admission:
  1. TOEFL or IELTS scores - For the TOEFL, we require a score of 80 on the internet-based test, and 6.5 for the IELTS. More information about the TOEFL test can be obtained here. More information about IELTS can be obtained here. IELTS scores must be sent directly from the British Council.
  2. Credential evaluation - Villanova requires that transcripts from colleges and universities outside the U.S. and Canada undergo a course-by-course analysis by an expert academic credential evaluator in the United States. 
  3. Official transcripts - Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended are required.
  4. Financial certification - Must be provided upon offer of admission. Official financial certification in the amount of $22,000 (amount subject to change) which covers tuition and living expenses for 1 academic year is a requirement for all international students in need of an F1 Visa. 

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Graduate tuition in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is charged on a per-credit basis; in 2014-2015, the cost is $720 per credit. There is a $50 annual fee. Two types of competitive, merit-based funding are available for matriculated degree-seeking students who are studying full-time: 
  1. Tuition Scholarships, which provide tuition remission for the total number of courses required for the degree; and 
  2. Graduate Assistantships, which include a stipend along with tuition remission. 

International students are eligible to apply for this funding. Click here for more information.

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