Welcome to College Confidential!

The leading college-bound community on the web

Sign Up For Free

Join for FREE, and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions, and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

As a CC member, you can:

  • Reply to threads, and start your own.
  • Post reviews of your campus visits.
  • Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
  • Search from over 3 million scholarships.

please calculate my chances

shawn9061shawn9061 Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
edited August 2008 in Villanova University
rank:8/400(rough estimate on the total number of students in my grade,could be 400~450 ish)
GPA:junior year final average 96/100(dunno how to convert)
junior year:
AP Chem AP US History , honors everything else
senior year(haven't taken them yet)AP Physics AP calculus, the rest are honors
SAT: CR:610 math:740 writing:600(taking them again in October..hopefully will get CR up)

satII: 760 math Ic, 730 chem

probably gonna major in computer engineering or computer science...

4 years viola in orchestra
works in family restaurant for 6 years
honor society..
not much besides that , and I'm worried >.<
thank you for your help

by the way, is it true that you are assigned a personal laptop during the time in villanova?
Post edited by shawn9061 on

Replies to: please calculate my chances

  • novagirl2012novagirl2012 Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    the laptop thing is true, i am on my laptop right now. It comes with a case, ethernet cables, USB port, and assorted media, and is included in tuition + is yours to keep after college.

    Anyway, I think your scores are on the low side and your extracurriculars are sub-par, however your GPA and rank will help. But Nova really puts the emphasis on the extracurriculars, it is a very community oriented school. Try re-taking the SAT and doing some volunteer work this summer.
  • brandnew90brandnew90 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    I was accepted to Villanova with a 610 in critical reading. Your scores are fine, I would say. I would volunteer at a local hospital or animal shelter, or just do some form of service. Villanova is very service-oriented and that will hit big with them. I don't mean to sound racist or insensitive, but being asian will help your chances because they are looking for diversity. Since you are looking to major in the science department, I would definately say you have a strong shot. The Sciences college is the fourth hardest college within Villanova University to be accepted into. (Nursing is first because they only give out 90 spots a year, Business is second because it was recently ranked 13th in the country, Engineering is the third, Sciences the fourth, and Liberal Arts the fifth.) The laptop program is true! It's a wonderful program. This year's incoming freshman were all given a Dell D630 Latitude Notebook which was included in tuition. You keep that laptop for your freshman & sophomore years. UNIT (the on-campus technology service) fixes your laptop free of charge (and in a super timely fashion might I add) if any damage happens during your years here. At the beginning of your junior year you hand in your first laptop and are issued a newer laptop. You are allowed to keep this laptop after graduation. As novagirl said, you are also given a usb plug, ethernet cable, various media, so on and so forth. The laptop also comes fully equipped with the latest edition of Microsoft Office.
  • villanovagirlvillanovagirl Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    Sorry brandnew but I STRONGLY disagree with your rankings about which is the hardest college to get into. While nursing has the smallest number of spots, you have to think about how many people apply to that program. And
    "Business is second because it was ranked 13th in the country?" That honestly doesn't even make sense. When I applied to Villanova, Admissions actually told me that "science" is the hardest school to get into because they have a huge number of applications for a relatively few amount of spots.

    And as for you Shawn, you rank is really good, but try and get the SATs up.
  • twokidsatvutwokidsatvu Registered User Posts: 225 Junior Member
    I agree that his sat's are within range of admission, although they are not good enough for merit aid.
  • brandnew90brandnew90 Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    villanova girl, you did agree that nursing has the smallest number of spots, correct? Would that not make a spot in the nursing college one of the hardest to secure? The fact that VSB recently ranked 13th in the country means that its popularity is bound to increase, thus receiving even MORE applications, thereby making it much more competitive. When I applied I was told that the A&S college has the most spots to give to out.
  • villanovagirlvillanovagirl Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    Yes I did agree that nursing has the smallest number of spots but no, that does not make it the hardest to secure. Nursing is not the most popular of majors and a RELATIVELY small number of students apply to nursing programs. Therefore, it is all relative. In other words lets say that nursing accepts 150 students (knowing that all won't attend) out of 500 applications to the nursing school that they received. Isn't this exactly the same as the business school receiving 3000 applications and accepting 900 students? You can't pass judgment based on how many spots a school has. You have to always relate it to how many people apply to that program.

    Obviously VSB's popularity will increase but why would that necessarily make it the SECOND hardest school to get into? Why not the first? You seem to be pulling these number out of your ***.
  • twokidsatvutwokidsatvu Registered User Posts: 225 Junior Member
    Wow...let's just say in general, it has become very difficult to be offered admission at Villanova in ANY school. There have been many qualified students who were not offered admission for whatever reason. We see it happen every year although this one seemed to be without any rhyme or reason. As the school's popularity has risen, it is in the position to be VERY selective. The national rankings subsequently draw even more attention. Add new deans and a new president and the rest and you have a situation where it almost seems like admission in almost impossible to predict. All I know is that in my son's high school there were many disappointed applicants who applied to not only to nursing, but business, engineering and A&S. What is even crazier is that some of these waitlisted kids got into Colgate, Boston College, Lehigh, Michigan...so who knows. You guys who got in are the lucky ones..I tell that to my son every day...he got in, too!
  • AKittkaAKittka Registered User Posts: 1,412 Senior Member
    let's see... apply Early Action and you're most likely in. and if you get your score up in October you would have a chance for merit aid, although Villanova doesn't give much merit aid anyway. good luck.
This discussion has been closed.