All incoming freshmen student-athletes are assigned a mentor with whom they are required to meet with on a weekly basis throughout the fall semester. The mentor will assist them through an individualized program for the duration of the fall semester. Weekly Academic Reports are sent to the head coaches to keep them abreast of each student-athlete's academic progress. Topics covered during mentoring meetings include: time management, test taking tips, goal setting, etc. Freshmen student-athletes are also given a Student-Athlete Handbook and Planner which they are encouraged to use to record due dates for papers, projects, exams etc. The monthly planner also includes course schedules, practice times, Varsity game/meet schedules and mandatory life skills sessions required for all first semester freshmen. Student-athletes are required to bring their planners to every mentoring meeting. Mentors will encourage student-athletes to update their planners every meeting.
For student-athletes, the mentoring program has become a necessary tool for academic success at Villanova University. These mandatory weekly meetings along with free tutorial services, additional scheduling support, and a comprehensive time-management program need to be in place. The Freshman Mentoring Program helps to make the freshman experience, both academically and personally, a success.