<p>My impression of Villanova is that it serves as a "safety" school for many students who are reaching higher (Ivies and would-be Ivies) so that its admitted students statistics skew much higher than those who actually enroll. Am I mistaken or is this somewhat close to the truth? My D has her heart set on Villanova -- it is a reach school for her, though in some of the categories she falls into the Middle 50% (GPA in strength of curriculum). I think EA is a long shot for her (due to my theory) but hope she will be accepted as part of the regular pool if she can increase her ACT composite score by a few points. Any insight would be appreciated.</p>
<p>I'm no expert on Villanova admissions, but if you PM me, I'd be happy to share my son's stats. He was admitted EA this past year (will be a freshman in fall 2010) and his GPA and SAT/ACT were clearly in the 50% range. He did have (what we saw as) significant ECs and really fabulous LORs. But I would have generally recommended applying EA to Villanova with mid-range stats.</p>
<p>College Board SAT numbers are of enrolled students.These stats are usually buried in colleges web sites under Institutional Research as Common Data Set or Fact Books.
Most college admissions web site prominently display accepted students stats , not enrolled.
Many private schools do not even publish their Common data sets or enrolled student data.
You will find a wide disparity of Admit data vs Enrolled data at most schools , some colleges dont want you to find the details of the disparity.
Outside of Harvard , Swarthmore, MIT and the like , every school is someones safety.</p>
<p>For instance compare :
Villanova</a> University: Admission Statistics</p>
<p>Percentage of accepted freshman applicants who ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class (where rank is given): 82
Percentage of accepted freshman applicants who ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school class: 98
The middle 50 percent range of SAT scores for the typical accepted applicant was 1330-1440/1600
The middle 50 percent range of the composite ACT score for the typical accepted applicant was 30-33
GPA range for the typical accepted applicant: 3.80-4.20/4.00 on a weighted scale </p>
Percentage of enrolled freshman applicants who ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class (where rank is given): 58
Percentage of enrolled freshman applicants who ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school class: 88
The middle 50 percent range of SAT scores for the typical enrolled applicant was 1210-1370/1600
The middle 50 percent range of the composite ACT score for the typical enrolled applicant was 28-31
GPA average for enrolled applicants: 3.76 on a weighted scale</p>
<p>Admission is not only based on GPA/SAT numbers but I hope the data gives you a better view of Selectivty for your daughter.</p>
<p>As for EA admits , they are usually reserved for the most competetive applicants , and all students not offered admission are deferred to the RD pool. Many of these deferred are admitted in March.</p>
<p>Common data set 09-10-attending students- this stayed constant from the 08-09 CDS...
SAT Critical Reading 580 680 628
C9 SAT Math 620 710 658
C9 SAT CR/Math Combined** 1210 1370 1286
C9 SAT Writing N/A N/A N/A
C9 SAT Essay N/A N/A N/A
C9 ACT Composite 28 31 29.5</p>
GPA is 61% >3.75
Ave- 3.76 (down from the 08-09 3.83)
If you fall around the averages apply EA.</p>
<p>And yes, it used as a safety by many aspirants, just as BC and many others are...</p>
<p>I would add, apply and if she gets pushed to the RD pool, demonstrate interest for the RD round.</p>
<p>in case you're all very curious about the "safety" aspect
<p>Thanks for the insight. Looking forward to hearing more about the upcoming adventures of the Class of 2014.</p>