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Colleges / Villanova University

Villanova University

Villanova, PA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate25%

Villanova Admissions

Villanova University is very difficult to get into. Around 25% of applicants get into Villanova University each year. Last year, 24,410 students applied to Villanova University and 6,162 were admitted.

If you want to apply to Villanova University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/15 and the application fee costs $80.

Students who apply to Villanova University for fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Villanova University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Villanova University's admissions stats.

Villanova University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.9
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 28%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 15%
Waitlist Yes

Villanova University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Villanova University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes January 15 February 15
Early Action Yes November 1 January 20
Regular Decision Yes 1 15 April 1

Applying Early to Villanova University?

Villanova University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 15. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Villanova University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 20.

The early decision acceptance rate at Villanova University is 60%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 25%. Last year, Villanova University admitted 768 of the 1288 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early because they believe it will boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it shows your interest in a school.

➑️ Find a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Villanova University Admissions

Is Villanova University Hard To Get Into?

Getting into Villanova is very difficult. Villanova evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Villanova accepted 25% of students, about 6,162 of the 24,410 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Villanova, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transferring to Villanova University

For more information on transferring to Villanova University, contact the school directly.

For Students Waitlisted to Villanova University

In 2022, Villanova University waitlisted 4,337 students and 2,083 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 56 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does Villanova University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Villanova University

What does Villanova University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Application Essay Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Villanova University for more information on admission factors.

Villanova University Application Requirements

To apply to Villanova University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Villanova University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Villanova University?

Students admitted to Villanova University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.9. Villanova University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Villanova University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 28% of Villanova University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 15% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Villanova University students scored 770 or higher and 75% of students scored 678 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Villanova University students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 678 or higher.

To be most competitive at Villanova University, you should strive to earn between 32 and 34 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 34 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Villanova University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 34, and three out of four students scored lower than 34 on the ACT.

A 32 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Villanova University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 32.

More Information on Transferring to Villanova University

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Villanova University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Villanova University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Villanova University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Villanova University.

Does Villanova University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Villanova University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Villanova University accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

Does Villanova University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Villanova University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Villanova University?

❌ No, Villanova University is test optional, so you can decide whether to submit your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Villanova University's acceptance rate?

βœ… Villanova University has an acceptance rate of 25%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Villanova University?

βœ… Villanova University's early decision acceptance rate was 60% in 2021.

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Villanova Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Villanova? Villanova is a very selective institution. The Villanova acceptance rate is 25%. This means that the institution accepts 25 out of every 100 applicants.


Villanova Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Villanova is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Villanova is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Villanova SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

700 - 770


Reading SAT Range

678 - 730

Villanova GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Villanova, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.89. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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