Villanova Initiative for Engaging Women

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Our mission is to prepare Philadelphia public high school girls for admission to, and success in college immediately upon graduation from high school. Our VIEW students pursue a program of intense academic achievement in English, Mathematics, Global Citizenship, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Business and Visual Literacy. The program is enhanced with advanced computer and information skills, and a continuing exposure of cultural enrichment.


  • SAT Prep Classes, Monthly Lunch and Learns,
  • Freshman Meet and Greet, Sophomore Leadership Workshops, Junior Personal and Professional Development Workshops.
  • The SAT Program is offered six weeks every spring. This program is offered to sophomore and junior VIEW students
  • Transportation and meals are provided.


VIEW offers a one 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
  • Participate in 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.

The books pictured below are VIEW's current Summer Reading List for each class. Juniors have two books for summer reading.

1st Years

Bluest Eye

2nd Years

Distance Between Us

3rd Years

Color Purple

View Summer 2015 - A recap of the summer 2015 program


Ms. Nicole Davis
Program Director
Dougherty Hall, Room 102
PHONE:  610.519.4075
FAX: 610.519.7758