Academic Advancement Program (AAP)

Villanova AAP Students

The Academic Advancement Program is an outstanding admission and resource program designed especially for highly motivated students with strong academic credentials but who may not meet all of the criteria for regular admission to the University. The goal of the AAP program is provide an educational opportunity to such students and to facilitate their academic and personal adjustment to college.

The AAP program helps promising students achieve academic success and supports them as they strive to reach their goals. Selection for participation is made through the Admissions Office and is based on students’ high school record, SAT scores, and income levels.  Students residing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland are eligible for the AAP program.

Prior to their first semester at Villanova, AAP students must participate in the AAP pre-college summer program of English, reading mathematics, science and critical thinking.   Full matriculation into Villanova University is conditional upon satisfactory performance in the pre college program.  

AAP Pre-College Summer Program

Academic Advancement Program (AAP)

Orientation Weekend Program:  June 24-26

This program welcomes accepted AAP students and their families to a fun filled weekend that introduces students to Villanova and AAP. Students are notified about this event as part of the information about the AAP program

Pre College Program Dates:   June 27 - July 29

Prior to their first semester at Villanova, students participate in a pre-college summer program which focuses on: 

  • English               
  • Science                                  
  • Academic Skills/Instruction
  • Mathematics       
  • Enrichment Workshops    
  • College Reading and Writing Workshops

A comprehensive program, the English course develops analytical reading skills and critical thinking, enhances writing skills, and encourages productive research skills.

The English Course is offered for 3 credits as well as a grade. Both classroom instruction and personal conferences with instructors remedy some of the difficulties many students encounter during their first semester of college.

The science component provides a general overview of fundamental concepts in chemistry and biology, and lab experience. The mathematics course explores calculus and statistical concepts.

The counseling and conferences with faculty members tend to alleviate student apprehension and fears associated with attending college.