Villanova University received over 14,000 applications for the class of 2015, but they planned only to accept roughly 1,600 students, with 82 percent of those accepted ranking in the top 10 percent of their high school class. With such intense competition for admission, Villanova University hopefuls must submit an outstanding application that includes GPA, SAT and ACT scores that meet Villanova's high standards.

GPA Requirements

All Villanova applicants must submit an official high school transcript with their application, sent online from a secondary school counselor. Villanova's average accepted applicant has a GPA of 3.8-4.20 on a weighted scale. According to a Villanova representative, this means that they have accepted students with GPAs roughly 25 percent below this, but there is no stated minimum GPA requirement. Where GPA is used to determine class rank, Villanova also states that 98 percent of their accepted freshman applicants rank in the top 20 percent of their high school class.

SAT Requirements

All Villanova applicants must submit all official SAT scores with their application, which must be sent directly and electronically from the College Board. SAT scores must also include the Writing sub-score, although the Critical Reading and Math scores are used as the primary test indicators. Villanova's average accepted applicant has an SAT composite score in the range of 1330-1440 out of 1600. According to a Villanova representative, this means that they have accepted students with SAT scores roughly 25 percent below this, and there is no stated minimum SAT score requirement.

ACT Requirements

All Villanova applicants must submit all official ACT scores with their application, which must be sent directly and electronically from the ACT. ACT scores must also include the ACT Writing test, although the ACT composite score is used as the primary test indicator. Villanova's average accepted applicant has an ACT composite score in the range of 30-33. According to a Villanova representative, this means that they have accepted students with ACT scores roughly 25 percent below this, and there is no stated minimum ACT composite score requirement.

Submitting Scores

Villanova requires that potential candidates submit their test scores from all attempts at the SAT or ACT. The Villanova admission committee reviews all scores, using the highest Critical Reading and Math scores from the SAT, and the highest ACT composite score for admission. Villanova also states that for regular decision, all College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) tests must be taken no later than December of the candidate's senior year. Early action applicants must submit their scores to Villanova by November 1 of their senior year.