Villanova Initiative for Engaging Women at Villanova University

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VIEW is a three year, 10 month enrichment and development program with two major components:


SAT Prep Classes, Monthly Lunch and Learns, Freshman Meet and Greet, Sophomore Leadership Workshop, Junior Personal and Professional Development Workshop 

The SAT Program is offered six weeks every fall and six weeks every spring. This program is offered to sophomore and junior VIEW students.The SAT Program takes place at Villanova University on Saturdays. 9:00 am  - 2:00 pm. Transportation and meals are provided for these students.  


VIEW offers a two week program on the campus of Villanova University during the summer where the young ladies are invited to the campus  to experience "College 101". During this time the ladies will:

  • Adopt a schedule like a normal college student's roster
  • Participate in academic classes to enhance knowledge and skill
  • Enjoy activities to cultivate minds
  • Visit museums and professional performances
  • Service Projects with the community. 

Taken with the school year program,  these two components support achievement while also familiarizing students with the demands of college life. Small classes (no larger than 20) and a counselor ratio of 6 students to 1 provide the support necessary for individual attention. 

The mentoring program connects students to VIEW on a daily basis throughout the school year.  VIEW students and staff know the slogan the best: You will not get lost at VIEW.

View Summer 2015 - A recap of the summer 2015 program


VIEW was founded in 1997, started out as RISE (Rosemont Initiatives in Student Education) and was founded by Robert J. Mulvihill, a professor at Rosemont College.  In the spring of 2010, the organization moved to Villanova University where it is now housed in the Center for Multicultural Affairs.  For the last thirteen years, the program has worked to support the college aspirations of Philadelphia high school girls.  The move to Villanova allows us to enhance and develop a successful program by helping underrepresented and first generation girls, from selected Philadelphia high public schools, prepare for successful college admission and achievement.  With new resources and facilities and the commitment of a very skilled Villanova Center for Multicultural Affairs, the students and staff of VIEW are ready to renew their efforts.

Upcoming Events

Available Oct 1st

November 11

VIEW students at the Villanova School of Business - Summer 2015
VIEW Students preparing to go to Clementon Park


The mission of VIEW is to prepare Philadelphia public high school girls for admission to and success in College immediately upon graduation from high school.  The students pursue a program of intense academic achievement in:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Global Citzenship
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Business
  • Visual Literacy 

The program is enhanced by use of advanced computer and information skills and exposure to a continuing program of cultural enrichment.


Monday - Friday,  8:00 am-5:00 pm
Dougherty Hall, Room 102

Nicole Davis
PHONE:  610.519.4075
FAX: 610.519.7758