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.  Find a PDF version of the FAQs by clicking here.

Academic Policies

Do I need to maintain a certain Grade Point Average (GPA) in order 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?

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

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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, students must notify their 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 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” will be calculated into your GPA.  Withdrawal forms, available in the Clay Center, require the signature of a Clay Center advisor.

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Advising

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 who will 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.  You are encouraged to schedule appointments with your Clay Center advisor and peer advisor at any time throughout the year.

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Course Selection

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 occurs in October. You are required to meet with your Clay Center advisor and/or your peer advisor to review 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 1015: Business Dynamics (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)
  • One 2000 level business core course:
    • VSB 2006 Strategic Information Technology (3 credits) OR
    • VSB 2007 Corporate Responsibility & Regulation (3 credits) OR
    • VSB 2008 Business Analytics (3 credits)

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

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I took Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school. Will 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 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 at VSB will determine if credits will be granted.  Please contact the College Board Customer Service Office at 1-888-225-5427 or visit: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ap/scores to request your official comprehensive score report. 

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

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.” 

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

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

  1. an official letter from the high school principal, secondary school counselor or other educational professional describing the college-level program of study
  2. an 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. a course syllabus
  4. an 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, and for other requirements, 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.

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May I change my fall schedule?

Schedules are available to view in mid-August and may be adjusted for extenuating circumstances only.  The ACS and the Business Dynamics course sections 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.  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?

Although not required, students are encouraged to take a language. If you choose the International Business co-major, you must satisfy a language requirement.  A foreign language will 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.

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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 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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Major and Minor Selection

What degrees and majors does VSB offer?

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.

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When and how do I declare my major?

You will declare a major in January of your sophomore year.  Information regarding major selection and related events is disseminated throughout your freshman and sophomore years.  Though not required, 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 Analytics, Business Law and Corporate Governance, 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 (CLAS)?

Students may also choose to major or minor in a CLAS 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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Professional Development

What kind of help does VSB provide in choosing a career path?

VSB considers career development a critical element of each student’s experience, demonstrated by the the Backpack to Briefcase (B2B) program required of all business students.  B2B is an innovative initiative, integrating professional development into the core business curriculum throughout a student’s four year academic program. B2B augments students’ participation in traditional academic courses, providing holistic preparation for success and leadership as business professionals.  The freshman year component of B2B will introduce students to campus career-related resources, and allow them to explore careers/industries through various programs, develop professional skills (e.g., conducting an internship search, networking, interviewing, etc.), and provide guidance through the resume development process.

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Are there internship or CoOp opportunities available for real-world business experience?

All VSB students are encouraged to participate in at least one experiential education program 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.  The Clay Center at VSB works closely with the University Career Center to establish and promote internship and CoOp opportunities.  VSB offers the “Rise to the Top: Internships/CoOps” Educational Series to provide guidance in regard to the search process.  Students may earn academic credit for participation in internships and CoOps. To learn more, visit the website.

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Will I have an opportunity to interact with alumni and/or industry professionals?

Yes!  The Clay Center, the University Career Center, student business societies, and other campus entities offer numerous career focused events throughout the year.  On-campus program offerings include career panels, company presentations, student competitions, and conferences featuring successful alumni and professionals representing a wide-array of employer partners.   In addition, you can elect to participate in “TREKS,” during which 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. You can check out the Clay Center’s webpage for specific information about these valuable opportunities! 

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Will I need to wear business attire while at VSB?

Yes, as early as your first semester freshman year!  Many business courses require students to wear professional business attire for class presentations.  In addition, as part of the Backpack to Briefcase program, 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/shirt, dress shoes, etc.).  There may be some instances (e.g., externship interviews) where you may want/need to wear a full business suit.  

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Additional Resources

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 first week of the fall semester.  Hard copies are also available at various locations throughout Bartley Hall and in the Connelly Center.

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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.  VSB offers hands-on “Rise to the Top: CAPP 101” workshops throughout the academic year.

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

VSB Peer Tutors provide individual tutoring for core business classes at no charge to students, as well as offer weekly office hours for walk-in assistance.  The Clay Center maintains a list of current Peer Tutors for students to contact.  For more information, visit the Peer Tutor website.

The Learning Commons, located on the second floor of Falvey Memorial Library, houses additional university academic and support resources including the Office of Learning Support Services (LSS), the Math Learning Resource Center (MLRC), and the Writing Center.  For more academic support and additional campus resources visit the Academic Support website.

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How do I stay on top of everything that is going on in VSB?

How do I stay on top of everything that is going on in VSB? The Clay Center has numerous outlets through which information is shared about upcoming events, important deadlines and other information pertinent to academic and professional success. You’ll be provided just-in-time information through the Clay Center’s mobile app, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram accounts, as well as a web calendar of events.

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Are there clubs and organizations specifically for business students?

There is a wide array of student business societies in which students are encouraged to get involved.  In many ways the student business societies operate similarly to the activities in which students participated in high school; the focus of VSB’s student groups is designed to serve students with common career interests and/or special populations.  During the fall semester there will be two opportunities to learn more about the societies, during the university’s Fall Activities Fair and VSB’s Student Business Society Fair.  VSB currently hosts the following student professional societies, clubs, and organizations:

  • 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
  • Technical Analysis Group
  • Women in Business Society
  • VSB Ambassadors
  • VSB Peer Advisors
  • VSB Peer Tutors
  • VSB Senators

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