Academic Support for Athletics



Our mission in the Office of Academic Support for Athletics is to provide supplemental academic support for all varsity student-athletes at Villanova University in a manner that addresses their unique academic needs.

Primary academic advising and support are received from the faculty advisor assigned to each student-athlete from his or her home college, school or department. Academic progress will be monitored constantly to assure that NCAA and university rules and regulations are met and progress is being made towards graduation. The Academic Support staff will act as a liaison between the academic and athletic communities and address any problems that may arise. The Tutorial Assistance Program and the Tiered Mentoring Program, provided by the Office of Academic Support, insure academic success for all student-athletes.

Important Dates

Monday, August 25:  First Day of Class

Friday, August 29:  Last Day to ADD/DROP Classes

Monday, September 1:  Labor Day (no classes)

Friday, October 10:  Midterm

October 13-17: Fall Break (no classes)

Wednesday, October 22: Midterm Grades Due

Wednesday, November 12: Last Day to Withdraw (WX) from a Class


Fall Schedules: Please review your fall course schedule.  If you have any practice conflicts or need to add/drop a class please stop by the Office of Academic Support for Athletics in Jake Nevin. Undergraduate student-athletes must be enrolled in at least 12 credits at all times in order to be eligible for practice and competion. 

Fall Sports Only:  If you will miss class due to Varsity Athletics travel or competition you MUST fill out a Varsity Excuse Form and submit it to your professor before you miss class.  Varsity Excuse Forms are located in the Office of Academic Support for Athletics in Jake Nevin. 

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

The ARC will open for the fall semester on Tuesday, September 2.  Student-athletes in Mandatory Study Hall will be required to complete their hours starting the week of Sunday, September 7. 


Sunday-Thursday:  4:00pm-10:00pm

Writing Tutor:  Sunday-Thursday:  7:00pm-10:00pm

Student-Athlete of the Month

Each month the Office of Academic Support for Athletics will select a Student-Athlete of the Month.  This award is presented to one student-athlete who excels both in the classroom and on the field. 

Jessica Wamala of Women's Basketball Earns the Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

Jessica Wamala was one of the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars recipients. Jessica joins Nnenna Lynch and Becky Spies as the only other Villanova student-athletes to receive the award. In May of 2013, Jessica graduated magna cum laude with a triple major in Political Science, Arab and Islamic studies, and Global Interdisciplinary Studies. In May 2014, Jessica received her MA in Political Science. Prior to receiving the Rhodes Scholarship, Jessica received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship, and was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Fraternity for Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Jessica was also a Rangel Scholar and interned at the US Embassy Belgrade in Serbia, as well as the State Department Office’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Jessica also does substantial volunteering with the homeless in Philadelphia.

Jessica was a member of the Women’s Basketball team and was co-captian of the team in 2013-14. Jessica will be studying modern middle eastern studies at the University of Oxford in England to prepare for a career in Foreign Service as a political officer. 

Contact Us

Villanova University
Academic Support for Athletics

Jake Nevin Fieldhouse
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.7719
Fax: 610.519.6884

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