Villanova University is a private Catholic research university in Villanova, Pennsylvania. Named after Saint Thomas of Villanova, the university is the oldest Catholic university in Pennsylvania and the only Augustinian university in the United States. It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". Founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine, the university traces its roots to old Saint Augustine's Church, Philadelphia, which the Augustinian friars of the Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova founded in 1796, and to its parish school, Saint Augustine's Academy, which was established in 1811. The school's identity remains deeply rooted in its Augustinian Catholic foundation—the majority of students are Catholic, the administration is led by priests, there is a cross on every building, and all students are required to take the Augustine and Culture Seminar course their freshman year.
|Augustinian College of Villanova (1842–1953)
|Veritas, Unitas, Caritas (Latin)
|Truth, Unity, Charity
|Private research university
|ACCU, ASEA, NAICU, PCRC, Space-grant
|$805.4 million (2020)
|Peter M. Donohue
|10,842 (Fall 2016)
|Suburban, 260 acres
|Blue and White
|Will D. Cat (current), Count Villan (former)
|NCAA Division I – Big East, Big 5, CAA
Founded by the Order of Saint Augustine, it is the oldest Catholic university in Pennsylvania. The school is based in a suburb of Philadelphia called Radnor Township.
The school is named after the 16th century Spanish friar St. Thomas of Villanova, a preacher and writer known for his care of the poor.
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