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Villanova Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Villanova, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and the application fee costs $80.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Villanova Admissions Stats at a Glance

Villanova 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 4.2
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 72%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 60%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 40%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Villanova?

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.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Villanova will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Villanova Hard To Get Into?

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

In 2021, Villanova accepted 31% of all applicants, around 6,770 of the 22,083 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.

In 2021, Villanova waitlisted 6,555 students. Of those, 2,563 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does Villanova 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 are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Villanova

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Important

Villanova Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Villanova?

Students admitted to Villanova have an average unweighted GPA of 4.2.

Out of all students that were admitted, 23% submitted a class rank. At Villanova 72% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 95% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Villanova University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 23%
3.75 and 3.99 36.6%
3.50 and 3.74 22.54%
3.25 and 3.49 8.94%
3.00 and 3.24 0%
2.50 and 2.9 2.13%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Villanova does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Villanova is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 60% of Villanova's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 40% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Villanova?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Villanova students scored 750 or higher and 75% of students scored 650 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Villanova students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 650 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Villanova?

To be most competitive at Villanova, you should strive to earn between 30 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Villanova's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 30 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Villanova students. Only one out of every four students scored below 30.

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Transferring to Villanova University

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Villanova during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

Villanova Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Villanova?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Villanova.

Does Villanova accept transfer credits?

Villanova accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Villanova accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

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

Villanova accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Villanova?

Villanova is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Villanova's acceptance rate?

Villanova's acceptance rate is 31%.

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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 31%. This means that the institution accepts 30 out of every 100 applicants.



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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 ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


30 to 33


30 and Less


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Villanova SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

670 - 750


Reading SAT Range

650 - 710

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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 4.23. 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.

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