About the Orientation Program

Orientation Staff 2010

Villanova’s Orientation is a four day program in which new students will participate in programs, presentations, and activities designed to familiarize them with both academic and student life at Villanova. During the program, Academic Deans, faculty, staff, and students meet formally and informally with the new students. These meetings will answer questions, address concerns, and highlight the wide variety of services and activities available at Villanova for students.


New students are divided into seventy-six groups of approximately twenty-two new students. An Orientation Counselor is assigned to each group to lead the new students through the four day program. The Orientation Counselors, commonly referred to as OC's, are students carefully selected for their positions. They participate in an extensive training program in August designed to prepare them for their responsibilities. In addition to the 76 OC's there are also 20 Administrative Assistants, or AA's, that work behind the scenes and handle most of the set up for the program. They go through the same training as the OC's, however, they do not have a group during the four day program.

The Orientation staff is known for its enthusiasm, sincerity and commitment to a common goal: providing new students with the information, resources and direction they will need to begin their Villanova college career in an informed, relaxed, and enjoyable fashion.

We at Villanova feel a special responsibility towards our new students. Planning for the program began last fall and continues through the summer. Orientation is important to Villanova because we want the new students to feel at home and like Villanovans as quickly and easily as possible. We are proud of the Orientation program and feel privileged to play such a major role in welcoming the newest members to our community.

Orientation at Villanova

Program History

The program as we know it today began in 1975. It was then that the Steering Committee began to take a more active role in the production of the program. However, at this time many of the workshops were presented by faculty and staff of the University.

During the mid-80's, the program became even more student run. It was found that the new students could relate more easily to their peers giving the workshops. As the student population changes from year to year, new workshops are implemented to accommodate changes in the University and in society.