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Villanova Acceptance Rates

STEM2017STEM2017 4122 replies98 threads Senior Member
Can anyone help with the following admission rate stats?

ED 1 - ?
Early Action - ?
ED 2 - ?
Regular Decision - ?

Started looking through the threads but couldn't find anything.

Trying to help S21 to decide which avenue gives him the best chance.

Thanks.
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  • LindagafLindagaf 11428 replies607 threads Super Moderator
    ED1 is always the best option, if the school is his #1 choice.
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  • STEM2017STEM2017 4122 replies98 threads Senior Member
    Thanks @Lindagaf ! Actually, he's using ED1 at another school so he's deciding between ED2 and EA at Villanova. I'm just looking for the stats to help him.

    I've heard that Villanova has a reputation of giving most ED1 acceptances to legacies and athletes (my son is neither).
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  • LindagafLindagaf 11428 replies607 threads Super Moderator
    ED is the ultimate sign of interest and commitment. How badly does he want to get in?
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  • STEM2017STEM2017 4122 replies98 threads Senior Member
    @Lindagaf

    He's choosing BC (a super reach) for ED1.

    Villanova (another super reach) is his second choice.

    They are both long shots but he's realistic and has other options.
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  • MAmom111MAmom111 305 replies15 threads Member
    @STEM2017 would love to hear your son’s other choices. My S22 likes both of these schools as well but they would be pretty big reaches for him. Would love to hear what other “similar” schools you are using for reaches and matches.
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  • evergreen5evergreen5 2164 replies39 threads Senior Member
    edited October 18
    @MAmom111 It depends on which aspects he is most drawn to. I'd look at Jesuit and otherwise Catholic schools - Fordham, Providence College, Loyola Chicago, the other Loyolas, Fairfield, Gonzaga. For a California flavor, Santa Clara, LMU, USD. Gonzaga and Loyola Chicago have a basketball spirit similar to Villanova.

    If it's the mid-size sporty angle, then look at TCU, U Miami (have football).
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  • evergreen5evergreen5 2164 replies39 threads Senior Member
    edited October 18
    @STEM2017 My rough understanding is that Villanova didn't have an official ED2 in the past - they'd offer it to select people in the middle of the cycle or something. And VSB might be another story altogether, I'm not sure. Reading older threads, I wonder whether they've got a bit of yield protection going on, but from the virtual info offerings, it sounds like they don't consider demonstrated interest quite as heavily as, say, SCU.

    2020-21 CDS with 2024 data should be available "mid-Oct" per the website.

    What I have so far: from CDS for 2023, ED 57%, from an article, EA 25%, the bulk of their apps. But from there, my calculations don't make sense, because I come up with RD only around 11%, which can't be right. I need to take another crack at it, let me see...

    Also, here's another poster's calculation: https://talk.collegeconfidential.com/discussion/comment/22577366/#Comment_22577366
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  • rickle1rickle1 2775 replies23 threads Senior Member
    Consider Dayton. Friendly culture and good sports. People I know there all love it. Good merit aid opportunities.
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  • STEM2017STEM2017 4122 replies98 threads Senior Member
    @MAmom111 BC and Villanova are the only two Catholic schools he's applying to (right now). The rest of his list is a big mix. His major is comp sci so he has lots of options.
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  • STEM2017STEM2017 4122 replies98 threads Senior Member
    Thanks @evergreen5 Very helpful. We're really just trying to figure out whether ED2 or EA gives him a better edge.
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  • evergreen5evergreen5 2164 replies39 threads Senior Member
    edited October 18
    What I might consider then: apply EA, get response Jan 15, which is also the day RD/ED2 apps are due. If deferred, ask to convert to ED2. Ah, here, they may be hoping for that:
    Our deadline for deferred Early Action candidates or students who previously selected Regular Decision as their application plan to change to Early Decision II is February 1.
    https://www1.villanova.edu/university/undergraduate-admission/applying-to-villanova/dates-and-deadlines.html

    I suspect they have challenges with yield. I really wish they'd provide their EA answer in Dec. On the bright side, the Feb 1 deadline allows the applicant to receive most other late EA results.

    If I recall, BC didn't do a ton of deferring in their first year of ED, maybe 20% compared to the old 40% under EA, so hopefully you'd get a clear answer one way or the other.
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  • STEM2017STEM2017 4122 replies98 threads Senior Member
    Very helpful @evergreen5 Thank you!
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