Mission of the Program


The Mission of the New Student Orientation Program is to welcome new students into all aspects of University life: academic, communal, spiritual and social. 

We accomplish this mission by:

  • Developing programs where new students learn about educational opportunities available to them both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Informing students of pertinent issues and resources on campus.
  • Encouraging interaction and friendship among both new students and upper class students in order for them to become an integral part of Villanova University's community and tradition.
  • Training a diverse staff of current students who facilitate the new students' transition into all aspects of university life.

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.