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 co- curricular activities, and transitioning from high school to college. The O’Donnell Center coordinates VSB internships and CoOps, works closely with the University Career Center to offer professional development programs, and organizes site visits, career programming, etc., to enhance the educational experience.

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

Students will have both a Clay Center advisor (professional advisor) and a peer advisor (a junior VSB student) assigned to them prior to New Student Orientation. Clay Center advisors support students throughout their 4 year academic career. Faculty mentors in all academic areas are available to meet with and guide students regarding discipline specific coursework and career planning.

You will meet with both your Clay Center advisor and peer advisor at New Student Orientation. During registration periods, students will meet individually with their Clay Center advisor or peer advisor and attend a mandatory group advising meeting. 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 require a scheduled meeting.

The Registrar creates a fall semester class schedule for each incoming freshman. Final schedules will be available through myNOVA in mid- August. Typical freshman courses include:

  • VSB 1000: Information Technology (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.)
  • VSB 2004: Financial Accounting (3 cr.)*
  • VSB 2006: Strategic Information Technology (3 cr.)*
  • VSB 2007: Corporate Responsibility & Regulation (3 cr.)*
  • VSB 2008: Business Analytics (3 cr.)*
    • *Students take one 2000-level course freshman year

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 within 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.

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. AP credits and VSB course equivalents can be found on the VSB Academic Advising homepage under “Academic Resources.” 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 31 of 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. Schedules will be adjusted once official AP and IB reports are received by the university. Please contact the College Board Customer Service Office at 1-888- 225-5427 or visit 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.” IB credits and VSB course equivalents can be found within “Academic Resources” on the VSB Academic Advising homepage.

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.

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 Business Analytics, 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 declare a VSB major in January of sophomore year. Information regarding major selection and major exploration-related events is disseminated 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 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.

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. Information on the Peer Tutor program can be found at 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, the Math Learning Resource Center, and the Writing Center. For more academic support and additional campus resources, select “Academic Support” at claycenter.

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 in varying consequences, 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 Tutorial, found in the online Freshman Checklist.

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 study abroad programs.

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.

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.

VSB considers career development a critical element of each student’s experience, demonstrated by the required Backpack to Briefcase (B2B) program. B2B 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 introduces students to campus career-related resources, provides opportunities to explore majors/ minors and potential career paths, industries, develops professional skills (e.g., conducting an internship search, networking, interviewing, etc.), and offers 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: Internships/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.

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.

Many business courses require students to wear professional business attire for class presentations. As part of B2B, all first-year VSB students will participate in various career events that 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.

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 O’Donnell Center for Professional Development.

VSB students are required to have a Windows-based laptop computer. Villanova offers a purchase program through Dell, but any computer running Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 will be suitable for the VSB curriculum. Mac & Apple computers are not compatible with all VSB application software. UNIT Student Services website contains more information: