Villanova University was founded in 1842 on 260 acres in Philadelphia and was named after Spanish Augustinian St. Thomas of Villanova. Villanova is home to 7,042 students. Villanova is comprised of four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing. Students at Villanova enjoy very small classes (48.2 percent have fewer than 20 students) and a low student/faculty ratio of 12:1. Villanova accepts only 48.9 percent of its applicants, 94.3 percent of whom return for their sophomore year. Tuition and fees at Villanova University total $45,966 and the average starting salary for graduates is $53,300.
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