Villanova University Review

By - October 13, 2017
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Villanova University is a private college that was established in 1842. It is currently rated the #46 best national university according to US New and World Report Best Colleges, 2018 edition. The university is located near Philadelphia.

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Online MBA is highly ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek

The online MBA at the Villanova University School of Business currently is ranked #12 according to Bloomberg Businessweek. It also is ranked in the top 100 of America’s Top Colleges according to Forbes. US News and World Report also has ranked this online MBA program in the top 50 in the US, according to the 2017 rankings.

Business school is accredited by the AACSB

The Villanova University School of Business has been accredited by AACSB International. This organization is the oldest and most highly respected business program accreditation agency in the world. Fewer than 6% of all business schools and MBA programs are AACSB accredited.

When you see the AACSB accreditation stamp of quality, you can be assured that the program is rigorous and the degree is of high value. More significantly, your potential employers will know that you have received a graduate business degree of the highest quality.

Villanova University has strong reputation for personalized learning

When you choose an online MBA program, it is important that your program makes strong efforts to reach out and interact with its students. After all, you are not on the campus, but you should never feel isolated from your fellow students and professors.

Villanova’s online MBA program is known to feature a distinguished and supportive community of learning, as well as a thriving alumni network. The structure and design of each online course features a personalized learning environment. The program leverages tools such as videos, discussion boards, interactive cases studies, and other similar technology tools. Also, the program features small class sizes that will increase connections with faculty and staff.

Graduate business programs excluding MBA are highly ranked

US News and World Report ranks the School of Business #4 in the country outside of its MBA program. The business school also offers graduate degrees in accounting, data analytics, finance, taxation and church management.

The US News states that these other graduate business programs are of high quality. The online programs rate highly for faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; student engagement; admissions selectivity; and peer assessment.

The US News website states that the MBA programs are unranked.

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Residency requirements for online MBA program

Each student in the online MBA program is required to go to the Philadelphia campus for the weekend Leadership Challenge within the first two program semesters. Also, students are strongly encouraged to sign up for the seven day international  immersion program as part of the Global Practicum.

Not every student is able to attend these residencies, so this program might be a good fit for everyone. Note that the cost of the onsite expenses on the overseas trip is included in the tuition, so it makes sense to participate.

The MBA programs are not ranked by US News and World Report

The MBA programs are not currently ranked by US News and World Report. So, if you are relying upon US News data to make your online MBA decision, this not be the university for you.

However, keep in mind that this MBA program still is highly ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek.

The other graduate business programs at Villanova University are highly ranked by US News and World Report, such as finance, accounting and taxation.

GMAT or GRE scores are required for admission

Applicants are still required to submit GRE or GMAT scores to be considered for admission into the MBA program. The 75th percentile GMAT score is 640 for admitted applicants.

Today there are many strong MBA programs that do not require students to submit GRE or GMAT scores. Or, they will offer a waiver for students with a certain GPA or level of experience.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1842
  • University type: Private
  • Application deadline: Dec. 1
  • Application fee: $50
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Philadelphia PA
  • Student-faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Overall acceptance rate: 44%

Tuition Rates

  • MBA – $1350 per credit hour; entire program cost is $64,800

Business Degrees

Class Profile

  • 53% of students overall are female
  • Average age of MBA students is 30
  • Average years is work experience: 6

MBA Specializations

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • 4 year graduation rate is a very high 86%
  • Only 9.6% of all students at this university do not graduate within 150% of the expected time
  • 96% of freshmen return for their second year, which is very high

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 46
  • Best value schools: 48
  • Part time MBA: 38
  • High school counselor rankings: 49
  • Best online graduate business programs (not MBA): 4
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