There is a real sense of community here, “stemming from service, school spirit around the basketball team, and everyone actively pursuing their own area of academic interest.” The “passionate” professors are “true teachers and scholars,” and they “go above and beyond their office hours.” They are “easily accessible,” and though some will seek you out, “it is mostly up to you to take advantage of them as a resource.” “If you want to succeed, the community will do everything in its power to make sure you can do so,” says a student. In addition to superior classroom quality (the faculty gets “fired up about what they teach”), there are “a lot of projects across majors that have real-world applications. Classes are often a mixture of “lecture, discussion, individual/group projects, [and] fieldtrips.” Villanova’s “emphasis on service” is a point of praise for the student body, and everyone here embraces a sense of duty to make the world a better place. “We are the Nova Nation, built upon an unbreakable foundation of community,” says a student.
Almost everyone is involved in at least one extracurricular activity and club, and “a ton of students get involved with intramurals or club sports teams, as well.” For those who want to take a break from college life, the massive King of Prussia Mall is found nearby (with a free weekend shuttle), and it is “an easy short train ride to go to Philadelphia.” Philadelphia offers something for everyone: a world-class art museum, many historic sites, a great restaurant scene, performing arts and a wide spectrum of colorful neighborhoods and scenic walks. And if you are a sports fan, grab tickets to see a Phillies, Eagles, Sixers or Flyers game. For a complete list of events and activities visit Around Philly.