Villanova University

Villanova, PA 19085
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Villanova University is a private institution in Villanova, Pennsylvania. The Order of Saint Augustine founded the university in 1842. It maintains its affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church and is a member of the Augustinian Secondary Education Association. The university was an all-male institution until 1918. The college began offering evening classes for nuns. However, it was not until 1953 that the college became fully coeducational. The campus covers 254 acres about 12 miles from Center City. The campus is known for its greenery, as it includes over 1,500 trees, but it is not considered an official arboretum.

Several undergraduate and graduate nursing programs are offered at the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. The undergraduate options include traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, and RN to BSN. Graduate programs include MSN, Ph.D., and BSN to Ph.D. programs. All programs are accredited by the CCNE. With the RN to BSN program, registered nurses may complete their BSN studies in two years. The traditional BSN program is a four-year program that also presents students with the chance to study abroad. Students may choose to complete their sophomore year studying at the University of Manchester in England. The university also offers several study-abroad programs during the summer.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students10,967
Student to Faculty Ratio11:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate95%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 23 235
Master's degree 0 13
Post-master's certificate 0 1
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 2 7
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 6
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 92.2%

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Institutional Accreditations
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
01/01/1921 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
12/01/1983 - 12/31/2007
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
12/01/1957 - 12/31/2007
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
05/05/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
02/01/1965 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1250 to 1440
ACT30 to 33
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $80
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$813/credit
In State Students$813/credit
Out of State Students$813/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$967/credit
In State Students$967/credit
Out of State Students$967/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $36,585 $36,585 $36,585
ADN 70 $56,910 $56,910 $56,910
BSN 125 $101,625 $101,625 $101,625
FNP 50 $48,350 $48,350 $48,350
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 64% of Villanova University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 10% $4,478
Other Federal Grant 9% $1,715
State Grant & Scholarships 4% $3,658
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 54% $28,883
Federal Student Loans 46% $5,637
Private Loans 7% $20,192


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$23,805
$30,001 to $48,000$25,328
$48,001 to $75,000$29,883
$75,001 to $110,000$33,817
Over $110,000$50,765

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Pennsylvania state board of nursing.
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

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