- How do I apply for one of the Learning Community programs?
- Is everyone accepted into the program?
- When will I find out if I am accepted into a Learning Community program?
- Are the Learning Community Programs just for freshmen?
- What are the benefits of being in a Learning Community?
- How much of a time commitment does participation in a Learning Community require?
- What if I apply to one of the programs and do not get in?
- May I apply to a program if I have a preferred roommate?
- Can students from all majors participate?
- Will my status as a varsity athlete affect my ability to participate?
- Where can I find out more information about the residence hall where the program will be housed?
- Are the residence halls involved with the programs co-educational?
Virtually all residential freshmen will live in a residence hall where their classmates from their first year seminar course, The Augustine and Culture Seminar, will live. About one-third of the class opts into one of the offered themed learning communities. Information about the themed communities is available on the web and a postcard with highlights is mailed to all accepted new students during the Spring semester.
Students interested in a themed program must apply on line, but may not apply until they have paid their deposit to hold their spot in the new class.
Students are encouraged to apply early as we are not always able to accommodate all of the expressed interest. It is best to list both a first and second choice for your preferred learning community theme. Selection into the themed communities is done primarily on a random basis with attention given also to date of deposit, date of learning community application, and then a balance of double and tripled rooms in the community. If you do not have access to the internet to access the form, please call Teri O'Brien at 610-519-4550.
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Selection into a themed learning community is done primarily on a random basis with attention given also to date of deposit, date of learning community application, and then a balance of double and tripled rooms in the community. The programs attempt to have a cross section of students from all four Colleges (Arts & Sciences, Nursing, Engineering and Villanova School of Business) and from all geographic regions for the residential programs. Apply early if you are interested to increase your chance of obtaining a place in your program of first choice.
You will most likely find out the first week of August. If you are selected, your class schedule will automatically be adjusted by the Registrar's Office to ensure that you are enrolled in the appropriate section of the first year seminar course The Augustine and Culture Seminar (Traditions in Conversation and Modernity and its Discontents) and the one-credit workshop, if applicable. Likewise, your housing assignment will reflect your selection into a program. Some participants may not find out they have been selected until later in the summer.
The themed learning communities are designed for first year students and your commitment is one year only. There is a Sophomore Service Learning Community that interested students apply for during Spring semester of their freshman year.
The themed Learning Communities are designed to enhance the experience of the student in an area in which the student has a special interest. The themed communities also assist students during their first year in discovering the links between the learning that students experience inside the classroom with their learning experiences outside of the classroom. Students participating in the programs have been very happy with their choice to participate.
One student remarked: "I think the experience is a very beneficial thing for incoming freshmen to get involved in. It allows them to make close bonds outside of the classroom and makes the hall seem more like a community. It helps students learn more about what Villanova has to offer."
The students become active members of a living and learning community and are enriched with what they learn and the friendships they make.
Students in Leadership, Faith and Reason, Healthy Living, Truth and Purpose, Global Community, Art and Culture, Caritas: Service Learning, and Environmental Leadership, are enrolled in an additional seminar/workshop class that meets once-a-week, most weeks, for 60-75 minutes. The class begins at the outset of the school year and ends at Spring Break, which is in early March. Some assignments are given in the class though much of the grade is based on participation and attendance at class or other events. Additional optional programming is offered for students to participate in, at their own discretion. Students in Pursuit of Excellence are required through their ACS first year seminar course to participate in field trips, talks, and other activities organized by the individual ACS professor. The work load in any of the programs is not substantially heavier than for other first year students.
In the application, you may indicate order of preference for the various themed programs. If you are not selected for one of the themed learning communities, you will still be assigned to a first year seminar class (ACS) and housing with your ACS classmates. We will also automatically put your name on a wait-list for the program that you applied for. Should you decide you do not want to be on the wait list, simply contact us and we will remove your name (through e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 610-519-4550).
Yes. Both you and your preferred roommate must apply to the program that you are both interested in. On the application, space is provided for you to indicate who your preferred roommate is. PLEASE NOTE: Both roommates must complete the application and name each other as "preferred."
Yes. Students from all four colleges (Liberal Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, and Business) participate because all first-year students are required to take the first year seminar course (ACS) for two semesters during their freshman year. Once you are selected to participate in a program, your class schedule will automatically be adjusted to register you for the appropriate section of the seminar(s).
No. Several varsity athletes have participated in the themed communities in the past. However, if you are considering participating in a learning community and you are a varsity athlete, be realistic about your time management skills. Being a varsity athlete does require a significant time commitment, along with your normal academic load.
Leadership Learning Community will be housed on South Campus for the 2013-2014 school year in St. Monica Hall with about 190 students.
Faith and Reason Learning Community will be housed on South Campus for the 2013-2014 school year in St. Monica Hall or Katharine Hall (which are identical buildings)
Pursuit of Excellence will be housed on Main Campus for the 2013-2014 school year. It will consist of about 80 students.
Caritas: Service Learning will be housed on South Campus for the 2013-2014 school year.
Healthy Living, Environmental Leadership, Truth and Purpose, Global Community, and Art and Culture will be housed on South Campus for the 2013-2014 school year in Katharine Hall.
Yes. The Halls are co-educational by floor. Each floor/gender has its own bathrooms.