VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has again placed in the top 50 of the nation’s best colleges and universities at #46 by U.S. News & World Report in the 2018 “Best Colleges” rankings, released Sept. 11. The University was also ranked #17 for Best Undergraduate Teaching among national universities. According to U.S. News, “schools in the National Universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research.”
Villanova’s inclusion on the Best Undergraduate Teaching list places it among a select group of national universities with a “strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.” This ranking highlights the University’s dedication to excellence in teaching, personal attention and undergraduate research opportunities that give students the opportunity to partner with faculty mentors. In addition to Villanova’s placement on the National Universities and Best Undergraduate Teaching lists, Villanova also ranked #21 for “Alumni Giving,” #48 for “Best Value” and #49 among “High School Counselors’ Top College Picks.”
“Being counted among the top 50 higher education institutions in the country is a wonderful acknowledgement of the overall strength of the Villanova academic experience and the emphasis we place on successful student outcomes,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “It is a testament to the countless Villanovans—students, faculty, staff and alumni—who have helped make this and other achievements possible.”
In determining the rankings, U.S. News uses a series of indicators of excellence, including academic reputation, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, graduation rate performance and ratings by high school counselors. Of the approximately 1,400 four-year colleges and universities nationwide listed by U.S. News, 311 are classified as National Universities.
“Villanova’s overall ranking among the finest universities in the country further highlights our strong academics, impressive student outcomes and national reach. A particular point of pride is the recognition we received for our continued excellence in the education of undergraduates,” said Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, Villanova University Provost. “Villanova’s inclusion in this select group validates our unwavering focus on undergraduate teaching and how it is uniquely enhanced by connecting and involving undergraduates in the research and scholarly pursuits of our outstanding faculty.”
Villanova has been on a significant upward trajectory over the past decade. The University continues to attract high-achieving students, receiving a record 21,000 applications—an increase of 22 percent from the previous year—for 1,670 spots in its 2017 freshman class. Villanova students consistently earn prestigious national scholarships and awards, including Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Marshall and Fulbright. Upon graduation, Villanovans are highly sought-after by companies and organizations across the country and around the world, with a successful placement rate of 96.5 percent for the class of 2016.
The University also has undertaken a major development initiative that continues to dramatically enhance its facilities and campus landscape. This project will create a new living and learning environment highlighted by modern residential housing for upperclass students, University-operated retail stores, an innovative performing arts center, a parking garage and a pedestrian bridge that will serve as the gateway to Villanova’s campus. The Pavilion, Villanova’s on-campus basketball arena, is also undergoing a $60 million renovation to create a high-quality game-day experience for student-athletes, fans and the entire Villanova community. During this time of forward momentum for Villanova, the University’s comprehensive capital campaign, For the Greater Great, The Villanova Campaign to Ignite Change, met its $600 million goal 18 months ahead of schedule and now stands at more than $670 million.
About U.S. News & World Report: Founded as a newsweekly magazine in 1933, U.S. News transitioned to primarily web-based publishing in 2010, and is best known today for its influential “Best Colleges” and “Best Hospitals” rankings. Since 1983, the U.S. News “Best Colleges” ranking system has rested on two pillars—the formula uses qualitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality and U.S. News’ researched view of what matters in education. The lists are defined by Carnegie Classification categories that are the accepted standard in higher education: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit www.villanova.edu.