Prospective Students

Making the decision to attend college is an exciting and challenging time.  Getting admitted to the college of your choice is a significant accomplishment and one that requires a great deal of research and planning. 

There will be many differences between high school and college that can add some challenges in the transition to higher education.  Take your time to read through the links in this prospective student section to gather information about these differences and the many supports that are available for all students on campus. 

College Planning

College is going to be more demanding academically.  You will need to work harder, be better organized, and actively problem solve.  You may have been living in a fairly structured environment in high school when your time was planned from 7:00 AM until at least 3:00 PM, with additional planning and/or support from parents in the evening. At college you may have a class at 9:00 AM for an hour, another at 11:00 AM, and another at 3:00 PM. If you have poor time management skills, the extra free time during the day can present problems.  Some key differences are listed below.

Class Time High School: 6 hours per day, 180 days   College:15 hours per week, 28 weeks
Study Time High School: 1 to 2 hours per day   College: Rule of thumb: 2 hours of study for 1 hour of class = 3 to 4 hours (or more) per day 
Tests High School: weekly; at end of chapter; frequent quizzes   College: 2 to 4 tests per semester
Grades High School: passing grades guarantee you a seat!   College: Satisfactory academic standing is often “C” or above
Teachers High School: take attendance, may check your notebooks, lecture with blackboard notes, impart knowledge and facts   College: attendance is rarely taken, lectures, may include handouts, computer slides, and stress reasoning abilities
Freedom High School: school time is highly structured, limits are set by parents, teachers, and other adults College: freedom of choice! Should I go to class? Class schedules will be erratic.  
Academic Accommodations High School: Waivers are often available   College: policies on waivers are often inflexible

Final Checklist

Time Management: Obtain a daily/weekly planner. This can be electronic (Google calendar, for example) or paper, but you want to use one planner consistently. You will need this to keep track of your classes, long-term assignments, and your activities.

Technology: Get comfortable with your computer. Consider looking at software that might help you with your work load.

    Some possibilities:

  1. Dragon Naturally Speaking – This software allows you to dictate instead of typing on a keyboard. It does take several hours to train the software to recognize your voice. Check out Dragon Naturally Speaking's website.
  2. Pulse Smart Pen – The Smart Pen records audio and links it to what you write. It automatically captures everything as you write and draw. The smart pen works only with Livescribe dot paper. Both can be purchased at Amazon, Target, Staples, and other retail stores as well as the Live Scribe website.This is an excellent tool to supplement your notetaking if you are an individual who qualifies for note-taking as an accommodation.
  3. Read & Write Gold--Download the Read and Write Gold Software Program from our website. This software provides support with reading, writing, and study skills.  

New software and educational apps are being developed all the time. Before you come to college, take a look around and see what might be helpful to you.

Medications: if you are taking any medications, make the necessary arrangements with a doctor close to the campus who will be available to monitor dosage, if necessary. You will need to be responsible for taking your medication on schedule so take responsibility for that before leaving for college.



Students With Documented Disabilities

Learning Support Services (LSS), in conjunction with faculty, provides reasonable accommodations for students with learning disabilities and other neurologically based disorders, and those disabled by chronic illnesses.  Villanova University welcomes students with disabilities and provides reasonable academic accommodations to those who self-identify in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Academic accommodations are available to students who meet established documentation guidelinesPolicies and procedures have been established to encourage self-advocacy, and to provide students with disabilities the same opportunities available to all students at Villanova.

In addition to the services listed in Academic Support, students submitting documentation may also be eligible for access to assistive technology and exam proctoring.  In order to obtain accommodations, students must register with LSS by submitting current documentation. To ensure confidentiality, students must complete a Request for Accommodation Form each semester at Villanova in order to receive accommodations during that semester. Nothing can be shared with your professors without your permission.

Check the list of FAQ’s, and contact us with any questions or concerns.

Students with physical or sensory disabilities and those with temporary disabilities with questions or concerns about access and accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services.


It is important that students have access to all class materials. If any of your software or course documents are inaccessible to you due to format, incompatibility with screenreaders, or any other reason, please contact your professor immediately. If your professor cannot give you access, it is your responsibility to contact Learning Support Services or the Office of Disability Services so that we can help you resolve the issue in a timely manner.

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Office of Learning Support Services:
Villanova University
Learning Commons in Falvey
Suite 212
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.5176
Fax: 610.519.8015

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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