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#98, overall score 50.33/100

Fun Fact:

The site where Villanova University Law School now stands was known as “Mount Misery” because the heavy woods looked so foreboding.

Why should Jewish students attend Villanova University? I think that a lot of Jewish students fear attending Villanova because it is a Catholic university, but I think that this is actually a great opportunity for Jewish students. Because there is a small, but mighty, population of Jewish students on campus, it gives every single Jewish student the ability to create an image of Jewish people and educate so many other students about our background and our faith. Although the Jewish presence is relatively small on campus, we have a strong backing from the staff and from one another. We offer so many professional and social opportunities, so I think that Villanova University is a great place for a Jewish student to start their academic career. — Daniel Markel, president, Villanova Hillel


  • Location: Villanova. Pa.
  • Region: Mid-Atlantic
  • Campus type: Suburb
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6,999
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 70
  • Jewish population share: 1%
  • Student origin: 21% in-state / 79% out-of-state
  • Student newspaper: The Villanovan
  • NCAA Division: I
  • NCAA team: Wildcats
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Main Line Ultimate

COST & AID Score: 9.17/15

  • Score: 9.17/15
  • Tuition: $51,434
  • Room & board costs: $13,520
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $30,722
  • Average loan debt: $24,752
  • Starting median salary: $61,400
  • Scholarship for Jewish students: No

ACADEMICS Score: 10/20

  • Score: 10/20
  • Acceptance rate: 36%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 11:1
  • Median SAT range: 1250-1440
  • Jewish Studies program: No
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Hebrew major: No

ISRAEL Score: 10/20

  • Score: 10/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 10
  • Israel Studies center: No
  • Israel-related clubs: None
  • Jewish Agency for Israel fellow: No
  • BDS vote in last four years: Never introduced

SAFETY Score: 10.67/11

  • Score: 10.67/11
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2017: 0
  • Campus crime rate: 1.66/1,000 students (low)
  • City crime rate: 14.36/1,000 people (low)
  • LGBT center: Yes

JEWISH LIFE Score: 10.5/34

  • Score: 10.5/34
  • Hillel: Villanova University Hillel
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? Yes
  • Chicken soup hotline: No
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 20
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 20 (6 Orthodox, 8 Conservative, 6 Reform)
  • Eruv: No
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country
  • Kosher food details: The university has kosher foods available at most dining halls upon request.

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