Villanova University

Success Story

How Stova's mobile app provided technology that connecnted students at a top-tier university.


Villanova University Challenge

More than 20 years after their first win, the Villanova University men's basketball team won the 2016 NCAA March Madness tournament. While there was a lot of celebrating throughout the university community, there was also many lessons learned in terms of event communication and engagement, says Sandy Upton, assistant director for development operations, Office of University Advancement.

Since the tournament includes 68 teams and 6 rounds, it moves at  a fast pace and once a team wins the latest round, its fans are often scrambling for the latest official information - who will their team face next, where will the game be held, and where can they watch the game, for example. With that in mind, Villanova's main goal, says Upton, was to provide a mobile-friendly source of up to date information for its constituents.

Event Success

Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania
Founded: 1842
Industry: Higher Education

Villanova University was founded in 1842 by the Order of St. Augustine. To this day, Villanova's Augustinian Catholic tradition is the cornerstone of an academic community where students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. Villanova offers programs in the liberal arts, the sciences, business, engineering and nursing. The University draws students from 45 states and nearly 50 countries. More than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students take part in a wide variety of degree and certificate programs throughout the University's six colleges.


Key Statistics

2 NCAA tournaments

3,300+ app downloads

Products Leveraged

Event mobile app, Registration, Real-time reporting

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