Villanova University - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||3|
|Avg years at University||3.3|
|Research Quality||A- (8.7)|
|Research Availability||A+ (9.9)|
|Research Funding||A (9.0)|
|Graduate Politics||A (9.2)|
|Errand Runners||A+ (9.9)|
|Degree Completion||A+ (9.8)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||A (9.6)|
|Sufficient Pay||A (9.5)|
|Education Quality||A (9.3)|
|Faculty Accessibility||A+ (9.9)|
|Useful Research||A (9.2)|
|"Individual" treatment||A+ (9.9)|
|Campus Beauty||A+ (9.7)|
|Campus Maintenance||A (9.6)|
|University Resource/spending||A+ (10.0)|
|Surrounding City||A (9.3)|
|Social Life/Environment||B+ (7.9)|
If you are motivated to go out and grab opportunities -- to participate in research, do your own research, organize committees, create classes, create clubs -- you can do just about anything you want here. The faculty are supportive, and student activities is well funded. But it's not the kind of place that will come to you; you need to take the initiative. I did, and seldom got turned down for anything I wanted to do.
If you are bright and motivated, you need to be in the Honors Program (undergrad). The quality of classes, teachers, and students is amazing -- far better than the general classes, which can be of spotty quality. Advising in the program is top notch as well, and your fellow students are some of the most interesting people on campus. VU has a reputation for being a JCrew kind if place, especially undergrad. It's true to a degree, but I am not particularly JCrewish and I've done just fine. Don't worry about it. Good luck making your decision!
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