Villanova seeks to enroll students who excel academically and possess wide interests and positive qualities of character. In selecting members of the first-year class from the large number of qualified candidates who meet the minimum quantitative and qualitative requirements, the University undertakes to admit those who appear best prepared to benefit from the programs of study offered.
The criteria used to assess academic potential are: the scholastic record as reflected by the rigor of courses chosen in high school and the quality of performance; rank in class (where rank is reported); scores earned the SAT and/or the ACT; participation in extracurricular and community service activities; secondary school counselor and teacher recommendation; and essays.
Students are holistically selected on the basis of individual merit. The University does not discriminate against applicants seeking admission because of their race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status or family financial status.