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

Apr 30, Thursday - Final Day of Classes
May 2-8 (Sat - Fri) - Final Examinations (No exams on Sun. May 3)


Final Exams are Saturday, May 2 - Friday, May 8 .  Please check the final exam schedule to verify the date, time and location of your finals FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE.

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

The ARC is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Villanova Stadium pressbox. 


Sunday-Thursday:  4:00pm-10:00pm

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


March 2015 Student-Athlete of the Month

Emily Leer

Congratulations to Emily Leer of the Women's Basketball team for being named March’s Student-Athlete of the Month! Leer graduated last May with a communications degree and is currently pursuing a second degree in Economics with a minor in Psychology and is carrying a 3.69 GPA.

Leer helped Villanova advance to the semifinal round of the Big East Tournament and the quarterfinal round of the WNIT. In the quarterfinal game versus West Virginia, Leer scored a career-high 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field and a 6-of-10 effort from three-point range. Her 29th point came on a free throw with 7.9 seconds remaining in overtime to give her exactly 1,000 career points. She becomes the 24th player in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau.

For her efforts this past season, Leer was named second team All-Big East and first team All-Philadelphia Big Five. She was also named the Big Five Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Leer started 26 of the 28 games she played in this past season and averaged 12.7 points per game which ranked second on the team. She also led the Wildcats in field goal percentage (.500) and blocks with 41. Leer scored double figures in points in 19 of the 28 games.

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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