The Next Steps for Admitted Students

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Congratulations on your admission to Villanova! You certainly should be proud as it was a very competitive year with our largest Early Action pool in Villanova’s history. We were very fortunate to receive 9,377 applications.   That is an 8.6% increase compared to last year’s 8,636. Perhaps at this point, you might be excited for what happens next.

  1. If you haven’t done so already, come visit campus. We have a few programs geared towards admitted students that give you a closer look at Villanova. See what’s available here:

    You’ll also be receiving invitations to attend our admitted student events in the coming weeks.

  2. If you have questions about scholarships, we are in the midst of that process right now. It is important to note that the December 1 nomination deadline for the Presidential Scholarship has since passed. Should you move further in either the Presidential Scholarship or Villanova Scholarship processes, we will contact you by the end of January. Final scholarship award letters will be sent by April 1.
  3. Remember that the deadline to apply for need-based financial aid is February 7, 2016. This is different from the academic merit scholarships mentioned above. To apply for need-based financial aid, you must submit the FAFSA and the CSS profile. Financial aid award packages will go out in late March and early April.

    Please go to this link for more information:

  1. Get excited about Villanova and the rest of the future. You can meet many of your new classmates on our Admitted Student Facebook Group for the Class of 2020.

    If your Facebook name is different from your actual name, please email the administrator with this information so they can verify your identity and add you to the group.

I hope that you found this additional information helpful. Enjoy your holiday break from school. Merry Christmas and all our best wishes for a successful 2016!

Early Action Deferral. What’s Next?


This year, we were very fortunate to receive the largest Early Action pool of applicants in our University’s history with 9,377 students applying. That is an increase 8.6% from last year’s 8,627 early action applicants.

It should be noted that historically the Early Action round is more competitive for admission compared to the Regular Decision process. Our office is purposefully more conservative during Early Action as it is always difficult to predict who will be applying for regular decision.

With all this in mind, the admission office certainly knows that there are many strong performing students who have been deferred for review during Regular Decision.

If you are among the deferred, here are some suggestions and advice for things that you can do:

  1. Focus on your academics in your senior year and have your college counselor send us your most recent grades. We can only accept grade reports from these individuals. Certainly, continued success and improvement in the classroom can be an effective way to swing the pendulum in your favor.
  2. If you wish, you may email the admission officer on our staff responsible for your region. In this email, you can include a few paragraphs and emphasize some information that may not be readily apparent when looking at your application. That can certainly include recent accomplishments, awards, or lessons that you’ve learned recently. Please note that this is not required and that you are not being evaluated on the length of this email. Making concise points can be more effective in these cases.To find out who your admission officer is, check this link:
  1. You can also do the same thing mentioned in item #2 in the form of a letter if you like. However, in this age of technology and scanning of documents, it is very easy for us to add your email to your electronic folder. We all appreciate being green and saving some paper as well!
  2. Please know that you do not need to do this multiple times. The frequency of contact does not increase your chances of being admitted. Certainly, if you have questions, you can contact our office to obtain this information. Should Villanova be your top choice, we genuinely appreciate knowing that as well. We respectfully recommend that you work hard and enjoy the remainder of your senior year.

We will address the topic of demonstrated interest more specifically in a future post.

I hope that you found this additional information helpful. Enjoy your holiday break from school. Merry Christmas and all our best wishes for a successful 2016!