VUnited Scholars Program
The VUnited Scholars Program is a two year residential certificate program offered through Villanova's College of Professional Studies. This program merges the following four elements: academic knowledge, social and psychological development, independent living skills, and career and vocational skills.
Pursuing this program in an Augustinian, Catholic, valued-centered, residential environment provides students a meaningful and unique college experience. The program allows students to explore and realize both their learning potential and maximize their personal growth, while preparing students for future, meaningful employment.
Targeted to highly motivated young adults with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities, the program consists of a combination of academic coursework and supervised employment and career development opportunities. View admissions information.
Through VUnited Scholars, students will:
- Develop a variety of skills essential for independent adulthood through practical courses and field placements.
- Learn adaptive life skills through a full on-campus experience, living and learning in a traditional college environment.
- Have a significant field experience in off-campus employment.
- Learn to structure their independent leisure activities and free time under the safety net of the VUnited Scholars Program.
- Have a full Catholic college experience and have access to campus ministry worship and service opportunities.
- Participate in campus activities, clubs, and special events.
- Learn fitness and healthy living choices through structured, supervised activities.
- Eat in campus dining halls and improve social skills through peer to peer interactions with the greater student body.
- Learn the rules of good judgement and safety.
The program involves two years of classroom instruction, internships, group and individual advising, mentoring, and support. Each semester typically consists of four academic class days and one day that is an internship.
Living on Campus
Students will reside in a campus residence hall. As full time Villanova students, they will have access to the same extensive facilities for dining, recreation, study, and worship as do traditional Villanova students.
The VUnited Scholars program promotes the advancement of skills and knowledge in the following areas: Academics; Career Development; Independent Living; and Community Participation. The academic components include the opportunity to enroll in specialized VUnited Scholars Seminar courses detailed below.
Support and Mentorship
Person-centered planning guides the development of a student’s program of study, including course selection, internship placement, and engagement in student activities and other aspects of campus life. Students in the VUnited Scholars Program will be supported and mentored by a variety of peers, faculty and staff to ensure students are comfortable and thriving in all aspects of their Villanova experience.
To earn a Certificate in Community and Professional Development, students complete the following:
- Academic Coursework:
- VUnited Seminars (6 hrs/wk)
- Academic Experiences with Traditional Students (minimum of 3 hrs/wk):
- Students are required to participate in an academic experience with traditional students for a minimum of three hours per week.
- These can include formal learning experiences such as:
- An audited and/or credit-bearing Villanova undergraduate course from the Academic Catalog;
- Professional Education courses and workshops offered through the College of Professional Studies;
- Non-credit-bearing leadership training or other courses at the University.
- Career Development and Vocational Experiences: Students will receive career planning, application, coaching and placement in an internship.
- Campus and Community Engagement:
- Student Life programs, clubs, and events
- Campus Ministry
- Residence Hall programming
- Special Campus Events (Lectures, St. Thomas of Villanova Day, MLK Day of Service, etc.)
- Recreational Activities
FALL 2024 DATES, DEADLINES & TUITION
Fall 2024 Cohort Application dates
Feb. 1, 2024
Deadline to Apply with all Materials
March 7-9, 2024
In-Person or Virtual Interviews for Final Candidates
March 22, 2024
April 19, 2024
Accepted Students' Day
May 15, 2024
TUITION 2024-2025: $33,250 per year
Housing & Meals 2024-2025: ~$18,000* Click here for applicable rates.
The VUnited Scholars Program is a certificate program, not a degree granting program. However, Villanova University is an approved Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program. This designation affords students the opportunity to receive funding from the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study Programs. Students complete a FAFSA to determine eligibility.
*Rates vary based on selected meal plan.