Villanova School of Business

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Bartley Hall, home of VSB

Type Private business school
Established 1922

Parent institution

Villanova University
Dean Wen Mao
Undergraduates 1,674

United States


The Villanova School of Business is the business school of Villanova University, a private Catholic research university in Villanova, Pennsylvania. It offers seven undergraduate degrees, six graduate programs, an executive MBA program, and several executive education programs. The programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).


The Villanova School of Business (VSB) was founded in 1922 by Father Joseph C. Bartley, a former dean. Originally known as “The College of Commerce And Finance” it was renamed “The Villanova School Of Business” in 2006. Villanova was founded by the Roman Catholic Order of Saint Augustine.

In addition to serving as a home base for faculty and administration offices, Bartley Hall includes 33 classrooms, 6 lecture halls, a 130-seat auditorium, and the Curley Exchange, a dining, studying, and meeting facility.[citation needed]

The school has over 100 full-time faculty members, 90% of which hold the highest degrees in their respective fields,[1] and six “Centers or Institutions of Excellence”.[2]


As of Spring 2023, 1,674 undergraduate students were enrolled full-time in the VSB undergraduate business program and 1,026 graduate students were enrolled.[3] Undergraduate VSB Students take half of their required courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Clay Center and O’Donnell Center for Professional Development[edit]

The Clay Center at VSB along with the Charlotte and James V. O’Donnell ’63 Center for Professional Development offers academic advising and planning, support for internships and Co-Ops, and professional development opportunities.

Undergraduate admissions[edit]

For the class of 2022, the number of applications received for admissions was over 6,600, with the matriculation of the incoming class being 413. The SAT mid-range scores for typically accepted students was 1350-1480 and the mid-range GPA was 4.06-4.42. For the class of 2021, the number of applications increased by 37.5% and the SAT mid-range scores for accepted students was 1340-1480 and the mid-range GPA was 3.92-4.29.[4]



Overall, the college’s graduate programs were ranked:

  • #2 by U.S. News & World Report in 2019
  • #1 by U.S. News & World Report in 2018

The MBA program was specifically ranked:

  • #13 by U.S. News & World Report in 2019
  • #12 by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2015, including rankings of #15 in both the student and alumni surveys


Overall, the college’s undergraduate programs were ranked:

  • #14 by Poets & Quants in 2023[5]
  • #1 by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2016, including rankings of #2 in its employer survey, #10 in its student survey, and #15 in its ranking of internship
  • #36 for Best Undergraduate Teaching by U.S. News & World Report in as well as 2021 #64 among “Best Value Schools”


  1. ^ “Faculty and Research | Villanova School of Business | Villanova University”. Retrieved 2023-05-08.
  2. ^ “Centers of Excellence | Villanova School of Business | Villanova University”. Retrieved 2023-05-08.
  3. ^ “About VSB”. Villanova University. Villanova University. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  4. ^ “2016-17 Villanova Business Dean’s Report”. Villanova University School of Business. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  5. ^ Allen, Nathan (1 March 2023). “Poets&Quants’ Best Undergraduate Business Schools Of 2023”. Poets&Quants for Undergrads.

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