Credential Services

Credentials are reference letters and other materials used to support applications for employment or graduate study. Establishing a credential file enables you to compile all of your resources in the Career Center. Once this  file is created your credentials can be presented in a concise, professional format. Although the service is available to all Villanova University students and alumni, those who typically utilize this service are applicants for Nursing, Education, Graduate and professional school.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality credentials support for Villanova University students and alumni. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Aimée McStravog at 610.519.4060 or credentials@villanova.edu with any questions.

Establish Your Credentials File

Establish your credentials file by viewing and completing the registation link in the Credentials Guide.

Alternatively, you can set up a credentials file by visiting the Career Center.

Ask for a Written Reference

Always ask potential references if they would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. Provide them with a copy of your resume and give them the information needed (including your Banner ID and whether you'd like the recommendation to be open or confidential) to write the best letter. Give the recommender at least three weeks to write the letter. 

Open recommendations carry the same weight for letters written in support of employment applications.

Sample Request for Letter of Recommendation

Online Letter of Recommendation Form

Manage, Track & Request Your File

You can view your credential file, cancel Letters of Recommendation and request a credential packet be sent to a school, employer or yourself, through NOVASIS anytime.

You must establish your Credentials file before the Career Center can process your letters of recommendation.

Credentials Policies

A file may be opened anytime during your matriculation and it can be maintained for up to 7 years after your graduation date. There is no cost to start or maintain a file. There is a $3 fee to send a file by mail, or  pick up a printed credentials packet. You may request an emailed copy of your letters at no cost. The Career Center will not "hold a request" until a file is complete. Requests will be completed within a week (in order received).

The Career Center does not do "on the spot" requests. Credential files follow the confidentiality rules under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

You must establish your Credentials file before the Career Center can process your letters of recommendation.