Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to common questions asked by VSB incoming students.  

If you or your family have any additional questions feel free to contact the Clay Center at VSB by phone at (610) 519-5532 or email at

If you would like to stop by our office you can visit us in Bartley Hall suite 1054.

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 Clay Center is dedicated to undergraduate student services including academic advising and curricular planning, and is home to the Charlotte and James V. O'Donnell Center for 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 co­curricular activities, and transitioning from high school to college. The O'Donnell Center coordinates VSB internships and CoOps, works closely with the Villanova Career Center to offer professional development programs, and organizes site visits, career programming, etc. to enhance the educational experience.  

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, a faculty advisor within your major will join your advising team.  

You will meet with both your Clay Center advisor and Peer Advisor in New Student Orientation. Freshman and sophomore registration periods require you to meet with your Clay Center advisor and/or your Peer Advisor to discuss course selection. In addition to the individual sessions with advisors, there will also be a mandatory group advising meetings each semester. Outside of registration periods, students are encouraged to schedule appointments with their Clay Center advisor and Peer Advisor at any time throughout the year. Clay Center advisors also have scheduled walk-in hours, allowing students to "drop by" with quick questions that do not warrant a scheduled meeting.  

Apple computers are not recommended for use at VSB. Macs are unable to run certain software which is required for multiple VSB courses, making it difficult to complete your coursework. Villanova does offer a purchase program through Dell, but any computer running Windows 7. 8, 8.1, or 10 will be suitable for the VSB curriculum. The UNIT Student Services website contains more information:

Real-time information is provided through the Clay Center's mobile app (free download for both Apple and Android), Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Please note that 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. Schedules will be adjusted once official AP and IB reports are received by the Univesity.

  • VSB 1000: InformationTechnology (1 credit)
  • VSB 1015: Business Dynamics (3 credits)
  • ACS 1000: Ancients (3 cr.)
  • ACS 1001: Moderns (3 cr.)
  • MAT 1400: Business Calculus (4 cr.)
  • MAT 1430: Business Statistics (4 cr.)
  • ECO 1001: Microeconomics (3 cr.)
  • ECO 1002: Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
  • ENG 1050: Literary Experience (3 cr.)
  • PHI 1000: Knowledge, Reality, Self (3 cr.)
  • One 2000 level business core course (3 cr.): VSB
  • 2006 Strategic Information Technology, or VSB 2007, or Corporate Responsibility & Regulation, or VSB 2008 Business Analytics

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 will not be granted retroactively once an equivalent course has been completed at Villanova. Incoming freshmen are required to submit an official AP score report directly to the Registrar's Office. Upon receipt of the score report, the Clay Center will determine if credits will be granted. Please contact the College Board Customer Service Office at 1-888-225-5427 or visit testing/ap/scores to request your official comprehensive score report.

International Baccalaureate scores of 5, 6, or 7 will be reviewed for college credit approval by the Clay Center at VSB; credit is only given for "higher level exams."  

College-level work completed prior to high school graduation may be awarded transfer credits upon receipt of the following:

  1. Official letter from the high school principal, secondary school counselor or other educational professional describing the college ­level program of study.
  2. Official letter from the college/university stating that the course was taught by members of the regular college faculty, was open to enrollment by and graded in competition with regularly matriculated undergraduates at the college, and was a regular part of the normal curriculum published in the college catalog.
  3. Course syllabus.
  4. Official, seal-bearing transcript from the college/university showing a grade of C or better.

Credit or advanced standing for courses taught at the high school will not be accepted. With respect to courses taught in a distance learning format, each academic program will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Documentation must be sent to the Clay Center at VSB; materials must be received before the completion of two semesters at Villanova.

Schedules may be adjusted for extenuating circumstances only. ACS 1000 and VSB 1015 may not be changed. Courses may not be dropped or added after the drop/add deadline, which is generally the fifth day of the semester. A course dropped before the end of the drop/add period will not appear on your transcript.

Although not required for VSB, students are encouraged to take a language. If you choose the International Business co-major or minor, you must satisfy a language requirement. A foreign language may also fulfill VSB's Humanities requirement. 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.

VSB offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree 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. Students who complete VSB Honors requirements will earn a BBA, Honors. Though not required, interested students may select a minor in Accountancy, Business Analytics, Business Law and Corporate Governance, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, IB, MIS, Marketing, and Real Estate.

Students may also complete a major or minor in a CLAS discipline. Interested students should contact the appropriate department in CLAS for detailed information regarding application processes and program requirements.

You will declare a major in January of your sophomore year. Information disseminated regarding major selection occurs throughout freshman and sophomore years. Though not required, students may declare a double major, co-major, or minor during the initial major selection process, or later in their academic career.

Students 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 could result in placement on academic probation or dismissal from VSB.

VSB Peer Tutors provide individual tutoring for core business classes at no charge to students. A current list of Peer Tutors can be found at The Learning Commons, located on the at second floor of Falvey Memorial Library, houses additional university academic and support resources including the Office of Learning Support Services, the Math Learning Resource Center, and the Writing Center. For more academic support and additional campus resources select "Academic Support" at

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, students must notify their Clay Center advisor. Appropriate documentation is required.  

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) on any assignment, test, or examination may result varying consequences, such as in zero points (or an "F") for the given assignment or an "F" for the course. 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, found in the online Freshman Booklet.

VSB considers career development a critical element of each student's experience, demonstrated by the required Backpack to Briefcase (828) program. 828 is an innovative initiative, integrating professional development into the core business curriculum throughout a student's four-year academic program and providing a structured approach for managing the career development process. The freshman year component of B2B will introduce students to campus career-related resources, provide opportunities to explore majors/minors and potential career paths, industries, develop professional skills (e.g., conducting an internship search, networking, interviewing, etc.), and offer guidance through the resume development process.

The O'Donnell Center for Professional Development works closely with the University Career Center to develop relationships with employers offering these types of opportunities. A growing number of employers offer educational programs for freshmen and sophomores to explore careers and industries through externships/leadership programs, held at the specific company's offices. Internships and CoOps allow students to work in professional business settings on a part-time or full-time basis. VSB's Rise to the Top: lnternships/CoOps Educational series provides guidance and support in regard to the search process. Students may earn academic credit for participation in approved internships and CoOps.

Yes. as early as your first semester freshman year. Many business courses require students to wear professional business attire for class presentations. As part of 828, all first-year VSB students will participate in various career events that will require a minimum of business casual attire (i.e., dress pants/skirt. button down shirt/blouse, dress shoes, etc.). There may be some instances (e.g. externship interviews) where you may need to wear a full business suit.

Featuring successful alumni and professionals, on-campus program offerings include career panels, company presentations, student competitions, and conferences representing a wide array of employer partners. Students can also participate in Treks, where students go "on the road" to get a first-hand view of key industries (e.g., financial services, fashion, sports/entertainment. etc.) by visiting employer sites.

Students are encouraged to get involved in VSB's business societies and service groups. The focus of the business societies is to provide opportunities for peer-to-peer learning among students with common career interests. There will be opportunities to learn about the societies at the University's Activities Fair, VSB's Student Business Society Fair and through The Clay Center.

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 collaborates with the Office of Education Abroad to coordinate student participation in studay abroad programs.  

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 students during the first week of the fall semester. Hard copies are also available throughout Bartley Hall and in the Connelly Center. Additionally, VSB's student-run Wall Street Journal Society provides a weekly opportunity for students to gather and discuss current business topics covered in the WSJ.

You may take non-business courses during the summer at another four-year accredited institution if you have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. Approval by your Clay Center advisor is required prior to course registration. A grade of "C'" or better is required to receive transfer credits; however, only credits transfer to Villanova, not grades.