First Year Students

First Year Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Welcome, Class of 2020!

We hope that you are enjoying your summer and we look forward to meeting you in August. We designed this reference page to give you ready access to important links and to provide you with information that will help in your transition to College. Please be sure to visit this Web site periodically, to obtain the most recent information available. Also, be sure to access your Villanova email account and check it often.  You will be receiving important information via email.

What is myNova?

myNOVA is Villanova’s web portal (online gateway) that provides personalized access to online, internal Villanova information and web services (email, web, Banner, Blackboard/WebCT Vista, etc) for faculty, staff and students. The myNOVA portal is customized to bring you the targeted information you need as a student.  Find more information about myNova on the UNIT website.

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Freshman Online 2020 Site

You can access the Freshman 2019 site through myNova.  This site contains essential information which must be completed in a timely manner, including course selection preferences, language placement tests, consent and medical forms, and personal information. All items to be completed on line must be submitted by June 1, 2019. (It's a good idea to make copies of your completed medical forms for your records). If you are a late admit, please complete the information as soon as possible. 

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Advanced Placement Credit (AP)

If you have taken AP exams and supplied all required information on your AP registration answer sheet, your AP scores will be sent from the testing company to our Registrar's office in July. (It is your responsibility to provide the testing company with full information, such as personal identification, Villanova's college code, etc. so that the AP credit administration process can be accomplished efficiently.) Based on your scores, you may receive course credit at Villanova.

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International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Courses Taken in High School

If you have any questions regarding IB or college courses taken in high school, please contact the Office for Undergraduate Students.

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Freshman Schedules

Typically you will be scheduled for five courses (i.e., courses that are 3 or more credits) and perhaps a 1-credit class or two in the first semester of your freshman year. Freshmen in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have several options in their course selection (see Freshman On Line 2019 Site, above). We will do our best to place you in your preferred courses but cannot guarantee that your preferences can be accommodated. Undeclared arts students will be registered for our Advising: Explore and Experience (ASPD 1000) course, to help them hit the ground running their first year. Please note that schedules are apt to change throughout the summer, and will not be considered finalized until mid August. You are strongly encouraged to view your schedule at that time, to assure that all circumstances, such as ROTC, Athletics, and AP Credits, Learning Communities, and/or Honors courses have been addressed. Contact the Office for Undergraduate Students if you have any questions or concerns.

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Health Professions

The degree required to pursue a career in the health professions can be as varied as the health professions themselves. An Economics major can become a Dentist and a History major can become a Geneticist! How? Careful selection of science and elective courses will allow you to complete the required pre requisite classes so that you will be prepared for post graduate work. It is critical that you speak with the Health Professions Advisor as soon as you have determined your interest. It is also critical that you take 2 sciences and related lab courses during your freshman year. Your academic advisor will work closely with you in the selection of your courses.

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My Advisor

All first year students will be assigned an academic advisor by late summer and will be able to view their advisor's name through myNova at this time. Your academic advisor will contact you before your arrival and will meet with you during Orientation. At this time you will be able to discuss your schedule with you advisor and make any necessary changes. 

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High School Requirements

Although a thorough review of all high school transcripts is completed prior to your acceptance at Villanova University, occasionally, some high school requirements are missed. If you have not fulfilled any of the high school requirements, please contact the Office for Undergraduate Students.

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New Student Orientation

Orientation for freshmen and transfer students new to Villanova will take place August 20-23. Check the Orientation website frequently for more information.

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Your Villanova E-mail Account

Please check your Villanova e-mail account from time to time during the summer. Email will be vital for communicating with professors, fellow students and the entire University community. 

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How do I get my login information for email?

You will automatically receive a tear-off mailing from UnIT (University Information Technologies) which will give you instructions on how to log into your email account. If you lose this and do not know your email ID (example: jsmith02) or password, contact the Help Desk at 610-519-7777.

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How do I change my email password?

If you know your email password but want to change it, you can use the Self-Service Reset Password option. If you do not know your email password, you must stop by Vasey Hall 101 to show your Wildcard in order to get your password reset.

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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Newsletter

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences newsletter (CLAS Newswire) is an published every Monday during the academic year exclusively for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The purpose of the newsletter is to inform you of opportunities available through various College offices related to academic advising; fellowships, grants, and scholarships; internships and professional development; and other related matters.

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Academic Advising

Contact Information

Office for Undergraduate Students
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Saint Augustine Center 107
Phone: 610-519-3900
Fax: 610-519-6322


* 2016 First Destination Brochure.pdf
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Class of 2016 Career Outcomes