Frequently Asked Questions

Search below to find answers to common questions asked by VSB undergraduate students. Should you or your family have any questions about the Clay Center at VSB or the undergraduate business program, please contact us at any time by phone at (610) 519-5532 or email at claycenter@villanova.edu, or—better yet—stop by and visit us in person in Bartley Hall.

What is the Clay Center at VSB?

The Clay Center at VSB, named in honor of VSB alumnus, faculty member, and Dean Emeritus, Alvin A. Clay, is located on the first floor of Bartley Hall (Room 1054). The Center is dedicated to undergraduate student services including academic advising and professional development.  Advisors in the Clay Center help students create a four year plan for their VSB experience and provide guidance regarding class selection, participation in co-curricular activities, and transitioning from high school to college. The Clay Center coordinates VSB internships and CoOps and works closely with the Villanova Career Center to offer professional development programs that help students explore areas of interest and prepare for life after Villanova. The Clay Center organizes special events, career programming, professional networking, site visits and experiential learning opportunities to enhance the integrated educational experience.

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Will I have an advisor?

You will have both a Clay Center advisor (professional advisor) and a peer advisor (a junior VSB student) assigned to you prior to New Student Orientation. Once you declare a major during sophomore year, you will be assigned a faculty advisor to join your advising team.

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When will I meet with my Clay Center advisor and peer advisor?

During New Student Orientation, you will meet with both your Clay Center advisor and peer advisor. During freshman and sophomore registration periods, you are required to meet with your Clay Center advisor and/or your peer advisor to discuss course selection and to receive your PIN for online registration. In addition to the individual sessions with advisors, there will also be a mandatory group advising meeting each semester.  Students are encouraged to schedule appointments with their Clay Center advisor and PA (peer advisor) at any time throughout the year.

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How do I register for classes each semester?

The Office of the Registrar creates a fall semester class schedule for each incoming freshman. Final schedules will be available through myNOVA in mid-August.

Registration for the spring semester takes place in October. You are required to meet with your Clay Center advisor and/or your peer advisor to review the curriculum requirements and to receive your registration PIN. Using this PIN, you will register online through myNOVA at a designated time.

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What courses will I take freshman year?

  • VSB 1000: Information Technology (1 credit)
  • VSB 1001: Business Dynamics I (3 credits)  
  • VSB 1002: Business Dynamics II (3 credits)
  • ACS 1000: Ancients (3 credits)
  • ACS 1001: Moderns (3 credits)
  • MAT 1400: Business Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MAT 1430: Business Statistics (4 credits)
  • ECO 1001: Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECO 1002: Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • ENG 1050: Literary Experience (3 credits)
  • PHI 1000: Knowledge, Reality, and Self (3 credits)

Schedules will be adjusted once official AP and IB reports are received by the University.

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I participated in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program in high school. May I receive credit for these courses?

Students achieving a 5, 6 or 7 on the International Baccalaureate Program may be granted col­lege credits with the approval of The Clay Center at VSB; credit is only given for “higher level exams.” The student and the Registrar’s Office are notified if IB credits are awarded.

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I took Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school. May I receive credit for these courses?

You may receive credit for AP courses completed in high school provided that a score of 4 or 5 has been achieved on the College Board Advanced Placement Tests and the courses are listed on the official Villanova approved AP course list. No limit is placed on the number of AP credits awarded. However, VSB accepts a maximum of 60 transfer credits (including AP credits). All AP score reports must be submitted no later than May of your freshman year; credit cannot be granted retroactively once an equivalent course has been completed at Villanova. Incoming freshmen are required to submit an original AP score report directly to the Registrar’s Office. Upon receipt of the official score report, The Clay Center at VSB will determine if credits will be granted. To request the official report from the College Board, please contact the College Board Customer Service Office at 1-888-225-5427 or click here.

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I took a college course in high school. May I receive credit for the course?

To earn Villanova credit for a college course taken while a high school student, the following must be submitted to the Clay Center at VSB no later than May of your freshman year (preferably earlier):

  • An official letter from the college or university stating that the course was taught on its campus by a member of the regular faculty; open to enrollment by, and graded in competition with, regularly matriculated undergraduate students at the college; and a regular part of the normal curriculum published in the college course catalog.Courses may not be taken in a distance learning format.
  • An official, seal-bearing transcript from the college or university.
  • An official letter from the high school principal, guidance counselor or other educational professional describing the college-level program of study.

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May I change my schedule?

Your schedule may be adjusted once you have met with your Clay Center advisor during New Student Orientation. However, neither the ACS nor the Business Dynamics course sections may be changed. Courses may not be dropped or added after the drop/add deadline, which is generally the fifth day of the semester. If a course is dropped before the end of the drop/add period, the course will not be part of your permanent record and will not appear on your transcript.

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What if I want to register for a course and the section is closed?

Students are not permitted to enroll in closed sections. In extenuating circumstances, an exception may be made by the chairperson of the academic department offering the course. Faculty members teaching the course cannot make exceptions.

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Am I required to take a foreign language?

If you choose the International Business co-major, you must satisfy a language requirement. Otherwise, VSB does not require students to take a foreign language (but it is strongly encouraged). If you have completed two years of a language in high school, credit for introductory courses in that language taken at the college level will not satisfy degree requirements.

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What degrees and majors does VSB offer?

VSB offers a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems (MIS), and Marketing. Students may also co-major in International Business (IB) and/or Real Estate.

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When and how do I declare my major?

You will declare a major in January of your sophomore year via an online process. Information regarding major selection and related events is disseminated throughout your freshman and sophomore years. Students may declare a double major during the initial major selection process or later in their academic career.

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May I select a minor as well?

You are not required to select a minor. However, interested students may select from VSB minors in Accountancy, Business Law and Corporate Governance, Business Analytics, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, MIS, Marketing, and Real Estate.

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May I select a second major and/or minor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences?

Students may also choose to major or minor in an A&S discipline. Interested students should contact the appropriate department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for detailed information regarding application processes and program requirements.

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What is the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) I need to graduate?

You need a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a minimum technical GPA of 2.0 to satisfy graduation requirements. The technical GPA is calculated using only business courses. The academic records of VSB students falling below a 2.0 GPA in any semester will be reviewed by the college’s Academic Standing Committee for appropriate action. This action may include placement on academic probation or dismissal from VSB.

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How will I receive my grades?

Grade reports are not mailed to students at the end of each semester. Students may check their midterm and final grades online through myNOVA.

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What is Web CAPP?

Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning (CAPP) is a web-based degree auditing program. It tracks a student’s academic progress toward the completion of degree requirements. Using this program, a student is able to compare his or her current academic record with degree requirements. CAPP reports are available online for both students and their advisors through myNOVA.

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May I withdraw from a class after the drop/add period?

The last day for authorized withdrawal without academic penalty (WX) is indicated on the academic calendar for each semester. If you choose to WX a course, a grade of “WX” will appear on your official transcript but will not be calculated into your GPA. If you choose to withdraw from a course after the authorized deadline, a grade of “W” will appear on your official transcript and the equivalent of an “F” is calculated into your GPA. Withdrawal forms, available in the Clay Center, require the signature of a Clay Center advisor.

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Does the school have an attendance policy?

Regular class attendance is expected of all students. Freshmen are required to be present at all class sessions and will receive a grade of “Y” (failure) whenever the number of unexcused absences in a course exceeds twice the number of weekly class meetings for that course. If an emergency arises and it is necessary to leave campus or miss classes, you must notify your Clay Center advisor. Appropriate documentation is required.

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Does Villanova have an academic integrity policy?

Academic honesty and integrity lie at the heart of the values expressed in the university mission statement and are inspired by the spirit of Saint Augustine.  Villanova has adopted a Code of Academic Integrity that applies to all students. The university does not tolerate any form of academic dishonesty or misconduct. Dishonesty (including plagiarism) in any assignment, test, or examination may result in zero points for the given assignment and is reported by the faculty member to the Associate Dean. The student in violation of the Code will be expected to complete an academic integrity education program. A second offense will result in dismissal from the university with the reason noted on the student’s official transcript. All incoming students are required to complete the Academic Integrity Gateway exercise included in the online Freshman Booklet.

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May I study abroad?

VSB encourages all students to participate in an overseas experience while at Villanova. International Business co-majors are required to participate in an overseas experience. The Clay Center at VSB collaborates with The Office of International Studies to coordinate student participation in study abroad programs. VSB students have studied in locations all over the world, including: Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Spain, and Switzerland.

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While a student at Villanova, can I take courses at another institution during the summer?

You may take non-business courses during the summer at another four-year accredited institution if you have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA). Approval by your Clay Center advisor is required prior to course registration.  

A grade of “C” or better (not “C-”) is required to receive transfer credit.

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May I participate in an internship or CoOp?

All VSB students are encouraged to participate in at least one academic internship or CoOp during their college career. Internships and CoOps provide opportunities for students to engage in professional business activities/settings on a part-time or full-time basis. VSB students must meet specific academic requirements to earn credit for an approved internship or CoOp. To begin the process of earning academic credit for an internship or CoOp, students must attend an informational workshop led by the Clay Center Internship/CoOp coordinator.

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As a business student, will I have access to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)?

All VSB students have an account for the interactive edition of the WSJ. User names and passwords are sent via email from the WSJ to all enrolled students during the summer. Hard copies are also available at various locations throughout Bartley Hall and in the Connelly Center.

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Will I need to wear business attire while at VSB?

Many business courses require students to wear professional attire for class presentations. In addition, all VSB students have the opportunity to participate in professional experiences including networking events, internships, CoOps, externships, and other professional development activities which require both business and business casual attire.  

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Are there clubs and organizations specifically for business students?

There are many clubs and organizations that are supported by VSB. Some include:

  • Accounting Society
  • Business Analytics Society
  • Business in Entertainment Society
  • Business and Leadership Society
  • Business without Borders
  • Economics Society
  • Entrepreneurship Society
  • Equity Society
  • Financial Management Association
  • Fixed Income Society
  • International Business Society
  • Management Society
  • Management Information Systems Society
  • Marketing Society
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Society
  • Multicultural Business Association
  • Real Estate Society
  • Villanova Technical Analysis Group
  • Villanova Women in Business Society

You are encouraged to get involved with groups that are of interest to you. Students should plan to attend the Fall Activities Fair and the VSB Student Business Society Fair to learn more about each organization.

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Where can I find support if I need help with course work?

VSB Peer Tutors provide individual tutoring and group study sessions for core business classes at no charge to students. For more information, please visit the Clay Center. The Learning Commons, located on the second floor of Falvey Memorial Library, houses the Office of Learning Support Services (LSS), the Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC), and the Writing Center. For more information, click here.

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