Once an arboretum, the heavily-wooded campus of Villanova University, sitting just 12 miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a sight to behold. Good thing this private Augustinian Catholic institution has academic chops to match; U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks it at top of its list of best Master’s universities in the northern region of the United States. Its colleges of business and law are also well-respected, and a selective admissions rate of just less than half of all applicants indicates its dedication to shaping the future and values of America’s brightest. VU’s world influence is undebatable: in 2015 it partnered with Catholic Relief Services to improve access to clean water and sanitation within the island of Madagascar. But VU life is about more than just service. 25 Greek chapters, dozens of special-interest groups dedicated to such arenas as Harry Potter, CrossFit, and Japanese animation, and access to the arts via programs at the popular Dougherty Hall all enrich the 10,000 Wildcats that call VU home, each and every day. Villanova: a rock of education in the ocean of life.