Recipients of the Presidential Scholarship are expected to participate in the University Honors Program to an extent appropriate to their course of study. Presidential Scholars receive academic advisement according to the policies established within their respective colleges.
The Director of the University Honors Program will advise Presidential Scholars regarding the Honors Program curriculum, and the Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships will provide direction with respect to opportunities for developing strong candidacy for nationally competitive scholarships. Together, these academic advisers are responsible for the intellectual and cultural development of the Presidential Scholars.
Students are informed that they must maintain current standing on the Dean's List as defined by their colleges (AR, SC, VSB, EG, and NU) and they must comport themselves in a manner that assures the continuance and enhancement of the University's high purposes and traditions. Scholarships are renewable annually so that a student failing to make Dean's List in any given semester is normally placed on probation for the following semester. The final decision regarding renewal of scholarships rests with the Co-Chairs of the Presidential Scholarship Committee.
Academic Standing Policy
The Presidential Scholarship allows us to provide our students with the opportunity to pursue their studies and transform their lives at Villanova. This gift comes with a set of responsibilities and expectations. Presidential Scholars are academic and cultural leaders on campus, charged with embodying lives of academic excellence combined with service. Any Presidential Scholar who fails to live up to these responsibilities and expectations jeopardizes their scholarship.
In terms of the academic expectations for Presidential Scholars, they are as follows:
- Each student is required to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.33.
- During their freshman year, Presidential Scholars cannot be placed on probation. If their GPA falls below 3.33, they will receive a letter of concern that requires them to meet with their advisor, who will discuss their academic performance and offer suggestions and resources. The first time they can be placed on probation is the second semester of their sophomore year.
- Once on probation a student has three semesters to attain an overall GPA of 3.33 before losing the Scholarship. Each semester they are on probation, a letter is sent informing them of the fact and they are asked to meet with their academic advisor who will discuss their academic performance, offer suggestions and resources, and mandate certain actions as a condition oif maintaining the Scholarship.
- If a student received a letter of concern or probationary letter, they must abide by any stipulations their advisor requires or risk losing the Scholarship.
- If a student’s overall GPA goes above a 3.33, she or he is removed from probation. If it falls below 3.33 again, the probationary process begins again from the beginning.
In cases where there are extenuating circumstances, exceptions can be given at the discretion of the Presidential Scholars Academic Standing Committee, particularly if a student is making good academic progress semester to semester.
Students who are on academic probation who study abroad get their probation deferred for the time they are abroad.