Only at Nova

“Only at Novas” are things you cannot experience anywhere else.


The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society (WFI)


The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society

The only institute of its kind in the United States, WFI provides you with opportunities to explore the ethical dimensions of communication. You can:

  • attend WFI-hosted conferences and symposia, which bring renowned scholars and professionals to campus
  • participate in the Vatican Internship Program
  • work on a social justice documentary
  • partner with one of your faculty members on a research project
  • design and complete your own research, internship experience or service initiative


In 2008, a team of Villanova undergraduates spent five nights in the Sistine Chapel photographing every corner and surface to create a state-of-the-art virtual tour. By 2010, Villanova students had brought the Sistine Chapel to life for every person on earth with access to the internet. (Check out the virtual tour by clicking on Vatican Museums at

The Augustinian Legacy of Mendel

Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics, was an Augustinian abbot and botanist. Villanova annually confers the Mendel Medal to a scientist in recognition of his or her accomplishments and religious convictions as epitomized by Gregor Mendel. Past recipients include Nobel Laureates, medical researchers and pioneers in astrophysics, chemistry and physics.

The Clay Center at VSB


The Clay Center at VSB

The Clay Center is the hub of undergraduate program activity for business students. It serves as a “one-stop shop” offering academic advising and planning, support for internships and CoOps, and professional development opportunities. These experiences often lead to full-time jobs after graduation.

The Multidisciplinary Design Lab


The Multidisciplinary Design Lab

In the Multidisciplinary Design Lab (MDL), engineering students can work on exciting industry-sponsored projects. Equipped with the latest technologies, the MDL provides a space for students to tackle real-world problems that cut across all disciplines. These “in-house co-ops” offer another example of Villanova’s multifaceted approach to undergraduate education.

Driscoll Hall


Discoll Hall

Home to the College of Nursing, Driscoll Hall is a state-of-the-art facility that helps you gain the knowledge and hands-on experience you need to become a leader in the nursing profession. The 75,500-square-foot, LEED Gold-certified building provides 10 clinical simulation labs for health assessment, adult heath, maternal/child health, anesthesia and critical care nursing. It is also home to observation and testing labs for standardized patient simulations—incorporating technology that enhances learning, teaching and scholarship, and advances the future of nursing.

The Augustine and Culture Seminar


The Augustine and Culture Seminar

All undergraduates take the Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) during both semesters of their first year. This course is the cornerstone of intellectual life at Villanova, and can’t be found anywhere else. Through a study of St. Augustine’s Confessions and other ancient and modern works, ACS allows you to experience the Augustinian concept of a community of learners.

About ACS:

  • Not only do you learn about St. Augustine, you also explore enduring questions about life, humanity, God and truth.
  • All ACS sections have 16 or fewer students and are taught by a faculty member who encourages discussion.
  • About 98 percent of first-year students live with their ACS classmates in the same residence hall.
  • Each semester, first-year students attend events—open to the entire undergraduate community—designed to touch upon fundamental ACS themes.

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Water for Waslala


Water for Wasala

In 2002, Matt Nespoli ’04 and Nora Pillard Reynolds ’02 traveled to Waslala, Nicaragua, for a service trip. They discovered that the Waslalan people lacked access to clean drinking water. Matt and Nora returned home determined to find a way to end the crisis, and in 2004, Water for Waslala (WfW) was born.

Today, WfW is a thriving nonprofit that provides the funds and expertise needed to construct clean water systems in Waslala. Twice a year, Villanova professors and cross-disciplinary groups of students visit Waslala to host training workshops, inspect systems and advance health education. So far, WfW has helped provide clean water to 3,000 Waslalans; its goal is to successfully reach all 45,000.

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Orientation by Students, for Students

Student-Run Orientation

Orientation at Villanova is unique because it’s developed and delivered by students, for students. When you arrive on campus, you’ll see student volunteers (easily recognizable by their t-shirts!) helping people with directions, carrying boxes and visiting with new Villanovans.

Orientation Counselors, known as “OCs,” are students who are committed to making your orientation experience the very best it can be, from lending a hand during move-in to developing Orientation programming. It’s their mission to welcome you to the Villanova community and to immediately make you feel at home on campus, just as they do.

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"House Calls" for First-Year Students


Student Life sponsors a special evening event in September called “House Calls.” Teams of faculty members, coaches, campus ministers, staff and administrators (including college deans!) visit every first-year student in their residence hall room. These visits are designed to get to know you better, provide you with any information you may need about available resources, answer your questions and remind you that you are now an important member of the Villanova community.

The St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration


St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service

True to its Augustinian Catholic roots, Villanova University kicks off each fall with the St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration. This special event honors the University’s patron through a series of activities including a Catholic Social Teaching lecture, a collection for neighborhood organizations and a community dinner. The celebration also features the St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service.


This Day of Service brings together thousands of Villanova students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their family and friends to complete service projects throughout Greater Philadelphia and beyond. The St. Thomas of Villanova Celebration provides Villanovans with a unique way to put their Augustinian ideas into action and to reflect upon the meaning of their service.

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Being a Part of the WorldWide Villanova Family


Villanova Commencement

The Villanova community is larger than students, faculty and staff—it also includes nearly 110,000 Villanova alumni worldwide. Just as you will find a supportive network of people on campus, Villanova alumni are also looking to help you pursue your goals and succeed.

Before you graduate, you can connect with successful Villanova alumni through job shadowing, mentoring and other networking and professional development opportunities. After graduation, the Villanova Alumni Association will help you sustain lifelong relationships with the University and your fellow alumni, as well as the next generation of Villanovans. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat.

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