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Postwar Boom


"The first thing a baby sees when opening its eyes are its parents and life begins with their friendship."

St. Augustine
Sermon 9, 7

The end of World War II, combined with generous educational benefits from the G.I. Bill, resulted in a flood of students at Villanova. In the fall of 1946 about 2000 men showed up for classes, almost twice as many as the record enrollment just before the Great Depression. With abundant tuition funds and a burgeoning national economy, Villanova began putting up new structures at un unprecedented rate. These included a Navy ROTC building, a Chemical Engineering building, a new heating plant, and a new library. At the same time a more informal mood began to appear on campus.

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