Villanova University is a Roman Catholic institution located in the suburbs of Radnor Township in Pennsylvania. The college is situated only 12 miles west of the city of Philadelphia.
Founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine, Villanova offers a liberal arts education to students in addition to its emphasis on community interdependence. More than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law-school students attend Villanova's six colleges.
The campus stretches across 254 acres and is divided into three sections: Main Campus, West Campus and South Campus. Formerly known as Arboretum Villanova, the campus boasts more than 1,500 trees on campus. The Main Campus houses most of the education buildings, administrative buildings, a student center, library, chapel, athletic center and Villanova Stadium in addition to multiple student residences. Villanova's Law School is located on the West Campus. The South Campus is home to several freshman and sophomore residence halls.
Villanova is easily accessible to Philadelphia by train, car or regional public transportation offered by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. A station for the Paoli/Thorndale train line is located on the West Campus. South Campus offers a station for SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line. In addition to regional rail lines, bus route 105 also stops at the main campus entrance.