Family Weekend FAQs

What is the best time to arrive to Villanova?

Please check our schedule of events. Our first event begins at 3:00pm for the Classroom Experience sessions but you are free to arrive to campus as early as you like and explore our campus for ALL that it has to offer. 

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How do you determine the Family Weekend date?

The Family Weekend date varies every year, depending on the home football schedule, Fall Break, and other events throughout the Fall Semester. Families have indicated to us they want Family Weekend to be on a football Saturday. As a result, we have a limited number of fall weekends to select from that does not conflict with Homecoming, or major holidays.

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Where can I go on campus to eat?

Dining hall options:

Dining Hall Hours and Prices: Will be Announced Soon

Please visit Dining Services for more information. 

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What are the parking options?

All Visitors can now park in the I-1 Garage located on the South East corner of Ithan and Lancaster Aves. The entrance to the lot is on Ithan Ave.

If parking is required elsewhere than the I-1 Garage, then a temporary parking pass must be obtained. Temporary day permits can be obtained at any Guard Gate or the Parking Office. Temporary permits are valid in accordance with the duration of the date and time stamped on the permit and must be displayed on the vehicle dashboard. Notes left on a vehicle are not a substitute for a temporary permit.

Villanova University campus is private property. Section 3353 of the Vehicle Code of Pennsylvania allows the towing of unauthorized vehicles from private property. Towing may take place 24 hours a day. Vehicles may be moved to facilitate the removal of snow under the auspices of the Facilities Management Office.

Handicapped

Villanova University provides for handicapped parking through the use of approved signage and space marking. Only those individuals who have an authorized placard or state issued handicapped license plate may occupy such spaces. Handicapped or temporarily disabled individuals requiring transportation should notify the Department of Public Safety dispatcher (Ext. 9-6979) 72 hours prior to the desired time of transport.

The Department of Public Safety will attempt to park disabled individuals as close to any special event as practical and as space is available. 

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Can you help me navigate campus?

Please feel free to utilize and download this map to navigate your way around campus.

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Taking the train?

If you decide to use the train guests should consider using the R5 Paoli/Thorndale Regional Rail service to Villanova station or the R100 High Speed Trolley service to the Stadium or Villanova stops. Visit the SEPTA website to map your trip.

Septa can be a great option if you want to explore surrounding Philadelphia areas as well!

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Can I park in the SEPTA lot?

There is a meter for parking but under no circumstances should an individual park in either of the two SEPTA lots adjacent to the campus. The SEPTA lots are NOT University parking areas. SEPTA tows all unauthorized vehicles without paying meter fares.

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Do I need to purchase tickets for Family Weekend activities?

No. Family Weekend activities are FREE for ALL to enjoy unless otherwise noted on schedule. Ticketed events may be purchased on Villanovatix.com

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How can I stay up to date on Family Weekend Events?

Please download Guidebook as an app on your phone using code (soon to be published) for schedule, changes, maps, discounts and more!

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Are siblings or other family and friends welcome to attend programming?

Absolutely! The entire weekend is designed to be family friendly. This weekend is for the whole family. Grandparents, brothers, sisters, and all relatives are welcome to attend!

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What's the weather going to be like?

Fall in Villanova is usually in the high-80s to low-70s. 

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Can you help us find a hotel?

The best way to find a hotel room is to check our Visit Villanova Hotels Website list of local hotels or in the Philadelphia and nearby Villanova Inn.

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What is Junior Ring Blessing?

Students in the class of 2019 who purchased a ring will receive their class rings and will take part in a blessing led by a member of our Augustinian Order. A free continental breakfast will be provided for all attendees and plenty of time will be left for you to connect with other families present. Each student will be limited to up to 4 guests each.

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Can I still purchase a ring?

If your student has not already ordered their Villanova Ring, there is one last chance to order from the Balfour Rep. While there will not be a guarantee of receiving the ring in time for the Blessing, your student will still be able to participate in the event. Please sign up on Villanovatix.com

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What Is Senior Breakfast?

Seniors for the Class of 2018 and their families are invited to enjoy this annual tradition which features a breakfast buffet and remarks by Jay Wright, Villanova Men's Head Basketball Coach and 2016 Naismith Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year. This event will be held at the Drexelbrook, Drexel Hill, PA on Sunday, the 17th at 8:30 a.m. Dress code is business or smart casual.

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Do students and families need to purchase tickets?

Yes, all those that plan to attend (which includes students) should purchase a ticket for this event.

Will our seats be together for the breakfast? Seniors must visit the Office of Student Involvement (214 Dougherty Hall) beginning September 6th at 10am and September 13th at 4pm to sign up for seating assignments. Students who do not sign up for a table by September 13th by 4pm will be randomly assigned to a table.

For directions to Drexelbrook Catering, please go to: drexelbrookcatering.com

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Who do I contact if I have a question?

Please contact the Office of Student Involvement with any questions at parents@villanova.edu or 610-519-4210.

For current information and updates on Family Weekend events, click here.

For additional information regarding parking, please feel free to contact the Parking Office at 610-519-6989 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm).

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Where do I purchase football tickets?

The Villanova Athletics Ticket Office is located in the main lobby of the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse. You can also call telephone number: 610-519-4100 or purchase online.

Tickets are only available on a first-come, first-served basis. Any additional questions for athletic events please email tickets@villanova.edu.

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