Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the Financial Aid FAQs for answers to common financial aid questions.

How do I pay my non-refundable admission deposit?

The non-refundable admission deposit is $700 and must be received online or postmarked by May 1, 2016 to hold a position in the Class of 2020. 

Admitted students are able to pay their deposit online through MyNova. Visa and MasterCard are accepted through the online payment option which will automatically bill the credit card provided for the amount of your deposit.

You can also call the Office of University Admission at (610) 519-5250 and give your credit card information to a staff member during business hours no later than 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 29, 2016, or mail a check or money order made payable to Villanova University postmarked no later than Saturday, April 30, 2016.

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Am I required to bring a computer with me to campus?

Yes, you will need a computer to participate in coursework. Find out more about recommendations on laptop specifications.  A Purchase Program for students is available to purchase a machine that meets the minimum requirements as decided by each college, however no laptops will be sold on campus.

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How do I find out if credit will be given for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes?

Questions regarding AP and IB credit should be addressed to the Dean's Office of the College to which you were admitted.

Although the policies for the colleges within Villanova may vary, you can assist in having your AP or IB grade reports arrive at Villanova in a timely manner by entering Villanova, School Code 2959, on the answer sheet at the time of testing. This will facilitate the processing of AP or IB credits which may result in a course schedule change for fall semester.

If Villanova is not listed as a score recipient on the grade report mailed to you by the testing service, Villanova will not receive your results. You can request that your grade report be sent to Villanova through the AP Reporting Services website or the IBO Results Service website.

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When will my academic class schedule and advisor be assigned?

Your academic advisor and course schedule will be given to you in the middle of August, before New Student Orientation. An advisor will be assigned by academic major or college.

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What is a Learning Community?

A Learning Community is an educational environment that integrates the academic and residential aspects of a student’s first year at college. At Villanova, Learning Communities mean that students share the same professor for their freshman seminar course and live in the same residence hall. By aligning students and faculty in the classroom and the residence hall, we believe that the Learning Communities maximize student interaction by creating an integrated learning experience inside and outside the classroom. As a result, students in Learning Communities tend to form closer friendships with their hall mates/classmates and faculty, and therefore have a richer intellectual experience in each setting. For more information, please go to the Learning Communities website. 

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How do I complete my Meal Plan Contract?

Your meal plan contract is completed online through MyNova. There are several meal plans offered. The plans available to you will vary based on your housing status. Meal plan registration opens after housing contracts are submitted (sometime after May 1, 2016). Detailed information about all meal plans and directions for choosing your meal plan are located on the Dining Services website.

Freshmen students living on campus, must choose a meal plan by June 17, 2016.  If you do not choose a meal plan you will be defaulted into the unlimited meal plan.  You will have until August 31, 2016 to make an adjustment to your plan.  After this date, you will be unable to change/add/cancel your meal plan until the following semester.  Please read your Villanova Dining Services Meal Plan Contract for additional detailed information.

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How do I complete my Housing Contract?

Your housing contract is completed online through MyNova and will be made available starting on May 1, 2016.  Only those incoming freshmen who have been admitted as resident students and who have paid their admission deposit will be able to submit a housing contract.

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How does Residence Life assign rooms for incoming freshmen?

The Office for Residence Life employs a multi-step process for assigning incoming freshmen to residence halls. Visit the Residence Life website for details on freshman housing assignments.

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When will Residence Life notify me of my housing assignment?

Housing assignments are available to all resident students during the first week of August. The information provided will include the residence hall, room number, telephone number, email address, V.U. Box number and the name, address and home phone number of your roommate. For more general information regarding living on campus, please visit the Residence Life website.

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May I request a change of major after I have been accepted to the University?

Your application for admission has been reviewed by the Admission Committee of the academic college and/or major to which you applied (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Villanova School of Business, College of Engineering, College of Nursing). The decision to offer admission is made by college. Therefore, if you subsequently choose to change a major/college prior to the first day of classes, your application will be reviewed once again by the Admission Committee for the new academic program selected.

All requests for a change of major must be submitted via email to, fax to (610) 519-6450 or in writing to Office of University Admission, Change of Major Committee, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085-1672.

Please note that once you begin classes at Villanova University, your change of major request within the same academic college is processed through the appropriate Dean's office. Should you decide to change academic colleges once enrolled, you must submit a formal application to the college to which you would like to transfer. Once you are accepted to a particular college at Villanova University, there is no guarantee of acceptance to another academic college.

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