Villanova is particularly noted for Business, Engineering and Nursing Colleges—and as such, those are the most fiercely competitive. It’s never a good idea to apply to Villanova with a plan to switch to another more selective college as those types of changes rarely work. Villanova’s ROTC program is also notable (especially Army & Navy) ranking 2nd behind Annapolis for graduating the most admirals in the country.
Forty percent of their students study abroad as they follow St. Augustine’s philosophy: “The world is a book and those that do not travel read only one page.” They have excellent stats when it comes to placement of graduates in full time jobs and grad school—fully 96% succeed.
Villanova has a plan to build a new performing arts center by 2020, but generally speaking, students who want to study music, theatre or dance would not be a good fit for Villanova. (They do have a minor in Theatre, but no music or dance department.) However, they have MANY opportunities and a thriving social scene for students wishing to pursue music groups of all kinds as a hobby. Things may change in the performing arts arena however since the current President of Villanova is a former drama professor.
Another interesting feature of Villanova is their student-run ambulance service VEMS—
kind of a cool opportunity for students interested in that. Are you a student who cares deeply about food? Villanova caters their own outstanding menu, uses fair trade organizations and was recently awarded the Gold Award for Dining.