Villanova University

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Villanova University

Villanova University

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© Villanova University

Motto: Veritas, Unitas, Caritas (Truth, Unity, Love)
President Rev. Edmund J. Dobbin
School type Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Founded 1842
Location Villanova, Pennsylvania
Enrollment ~6300 undergraduate ~3000 graduate and professional
Faculty 490
Endowment $170 million (USD)
Campus surroundings Suburban
Campus size 250 acres (1 km²)
Mascot Wildcat

Villanova University is a Roman Catholic university in Villanova, Penn., a suburb northwest of Philadelphia. The campus is adjacent to Lancaster Avenue (U.S. Route 30) and Spring Mill Road (Pennsylvania Route 320).

In 2004, Villanova was again chosen as the top university in the North region by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Villanova has topped the rankings in this category for 15 consecutive years.

Villanova University was founded in 1842 as Villanova College by Augustinian monks Father Thomas Kyle and Father Patrick Moriarty. Villanova became an accredited university in 1953.

Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral programs are offered through the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the College of Commerce and Finance, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing. Law degrees are offered through the adjacent Villanova School of Law.

Villanova University is also home to a NROTC unit which has commissioned more U.S. Navy admirals and Marine Corps generals than any institution besides the U.S. Naval Academy. The list includes former Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Paul X. Kelley, Gen. Anthony Zinni, Adm. Walter Doran, Adm. William J. Fallon, Rear Adm. Joseph Hare, and Brig Gen. Joseph J. McMenamin. In 2004, the commander of both U.S. Naval Forces Atlantic and U.S. Naval Forces Pacific were Villanova NROTC, meaning Villanova grads controlled virtually the entire U.S. fleet.

Villanova maintains an active volunteering community, with several charitable organizations and a leading service trip schedule. The university is also a perennial home to the largest student-run volunteer Special Olympics in the country.

Villanova has also produced such distinguished alumni as Charles M. Heimbold, American ambassador to Sweden and former chairman of Bristol-Meyers Squibb; Lawrence M. Waterhouse, founder of Waterhouse Securities; Herbert Ramrath, former chairman of GE Plastics; James Kim, chairman of Amkor Technology; Francis Saul, president of Chevy Chase Bank; and James Curvey, former chairman of Fidelity; Villanova Law grad Ed Rendell, current Pennsylvania governor and general chair of the Democratic National Committee in 2000; and numerous other notable and successful graduates.

Athletics

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The school's mascot is the Wildcat. Sports teams participate in the NCAA's Division I and in the Big East Conference, except for football, which plays as part of Division I-AA's Atlantic Ten Conference. It won its one and only men's basketball national championship in 1985 against defending champs and heavily favored Georgetown. The Wildcats are also part of the Philadelphia Big 5, the traditional Philadelphia-area basketball rivalry.

Under coach Jay Wright, Villanova's men's basketball team reached the 2005 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, losing to #1 seed and eventual champion North Carolina by 1 point.

Campus landmarks

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  • Mendel Hall. Named for pioneering geneticist and Augustinian monk Gregor Mendel, this 1960 science center holds computer science labs and other science facilities. In 1998, the college commissioned a 7-foot bronze sculpture of Mendel by Philadelphia sculptor James Peniston, and installed it outside the hall's entrance.
  • The Oreo. This large black-and-white sculpture by Jay Dugan, more formally known as "The Awakening," sits front and center along one of the most-travelled routes on campus. The nickname is appropriate given the sculpture's cookie-like appearance. A popular student meeting place, The Oreo is a frequent home to club events, alumni photographs, and warm-weather people-watching.
  • The Grotto. This beautifully landscaped walkway between Corr Hall, Falvey Library, and Alumni Hall on the west side of Main Campus often hosts outdoor mass and other large gatherings, and is a charter stop on the walking tour of the university. The area boasts dozens of the varied tree species that help the entire campus earn its place as a certified arboretum.

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