Villanova University

Founded 1842

In 1841, Augustinian friars purchased the Rudolph Estate outside Philadelphia with the intention of building a college. Fr. John Possidius O'Dwyer was the first president of the school, originally named Augustinian College and placed under the patronage of St. Thomas of Villanova.


Villanova University


D. Contosta and D. Gallagher, Villanova University 1842-1992: American-Catholic-Augustinian