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Old 03-14-2007, 12:02 PM
Location: South Bay, California
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Hey guys,

I currently reside in California and was curious about attending Villanova University. Anything and Everything you can tell me about the University would be greatly appreciated The landscape, people, atmosphere, how far from downtown Philadelphia, is there a scenic view of the city, is it very diverse, I know the academics are excellent, is it a large school, is their psychology school excellent.
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:04 PM
Location: Villanova Pa.
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HI. I'm not sure where you are from but if you are from LA think UCLA as opposed to USC.

The landscape?

Think an upscale region in a Blair Witch Project likeness. Woods. Trees. Rolling hills- surrounded by 5 million dollar mansions. Its a very affluent area at least by Pennsylvania standards.

The people? Lots of wealthy students from NYC, Connecticut,DC,Philly areas. Nice, attractive,wealthy with the serious potential for snootyness.

Atmosphere? Great school, pleasant, laid back but not too far from some hustle and bustle, no crime , no riff raff to worry about.

Scenic view of the city? No , its a good 10 miles from center city.U Pennsylvania and Drexel have great views of center city and students of Villanova, St Josephs,Temple actually live in University City/center City(where Penn + Drexel are) So if you want to live in a very vibrant city atmosphere that might be the way to go. Villanova is quiet.

Is it very diverse?

Do different shades of white count as diversity?

I think Villanova has about 6000 students. Very good business,nursing, engineering programs. Not sure about psychology. The best school for Masters programs in the Northern region.
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Old 03-14-2007, 07:23 PM
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One thing though, for someone who is from California and used to all of the driving you do there, Villanova would probably be considered to be very close to Center City Philly.
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Old 03-15-2007, 06:00 PM
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Villanova is a moderately-sized university (6 to 7K students) with an excellent academic reputation, ranking both on Princeton Review's Top 360 Colleges and Universities and U.S. News' Top 100 National Universities. It resides on the Main Line, a very affluent area of close-in Philadelphia suburbs. However, due in no small part to its location, Villanova does have a snobby atmosphere in which you will not find much ethnic diversity. It is also worth mentioning that the school has strong Roman Catholic ties, with which you may or may not have a problem. Nevertheless, being so close to the city (approximately 17 miles away and accessible via subway) finding things to do or escaping the suburban bubble when necessary shouldn't be a problem. Good luck!
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Old 03-16-2007, 12:01 AM
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They call it "VanillaNova"
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Old 03-19-2007, 07:18 PM
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Nice school, very upscale!
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Old 04-04-2007, 12:07 PM
Location: outlying suburb
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I think it's a great choice for someone who has never lived in the area. The area is safe, the school is excellent, and the R5 commuter train (one of the safest) which will have you in the heart of Philly in about 20 minutes, is at your doorstep. The neighboring town about 3 miles up the road, WAyne, has plenty of cool shops and places to eat. Downtown Philly is thriving and on the rise, but unfortunately, it doesn't have it's crime under control just yet, but we're getting there. Waiting on a new mayor in November.
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