Thursday, August 13 - Sunday, August 16, 2020




2020 Orientation Theme: “Our path connects us. With each of your steps we grow.”

The University Welcome will be available on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at 4 p.m. ET, for students and families to watch together prior to move-in. We encourage you to join the celebration as we hope to make the 2020 First Year Welcome our largest to date!




We Can't Wait to Meet You!

We're thrilled you've chosen to spend the next four years at Villanova. New Student Orientation is required for all incoming new students and runs Aug. 13-16, with move-in scheduled for Aug. 11-12. New Student Orientation provides programming and activites designed to help you thrive both inside and outside the classroom.

You'll be challenged academically, socially and spiritually during your time at Villanova. It will be up to you to rise to meet the challenges and make the most of your time with us!


2020 Orientation Theme

The 2020 New Student Orientation theme—“Our path connects us. With each of your steps we grow.”—showcases how important each individual is to our global Villanova community. Rooted in our Augustinian Catholic values and desire to ignite change, each of you will help propel Villanova forward. We can’t wait for you to begin your Villanova journey.

About Us

New Student Orientation is designed to introduce students to what it means to be a Villanovan. During Orientation, first-year and transfer students participate in programs, presentations and activities designed to familiarize themselves with academic and cultural life at Villanova. Students have the opportunity to meet with deans, faculty and staff who will answer questions, address concerns and highlight the wide variety of services and activities available at Villanova.

Our Goals

New Student Orientation welcomes students to all aspects of Villanova life including academic, communal, spiritual and social elements of what makes our campus and community unique. 

We accomplish this by:

  • developing programs where new students learn about educational opportunities inside and outside the classroom;
  • informing students of resources on campus;
  • encouraging interaction and friendship among new and seasoned students to become an integral part of Villanova's community and tradition;
  • training a diverse staff of current students who facilitate the transition to all aspects of Villanova life.


Villanova’s 2020 fall semester will be in person and on-campus, but it will be unlike any in the University’s 178-year history. It will look different, it will feel different, and how we do things will be different, but what’s unchanged is our commitment to you—the members of our community—and to making Villanova a special place to learn, live and work.




George Floyd matters. Ahmaud Arbery matters. Tony McDade matters. Breonna Taylor matters. The many lives that have been and continue to be taken by systemic prejudice and discrimination matter.

Black Lives Matter.

In order for the Orientation program to achieve its goal of making all new students feel welcomed, supported, and valued, it is not enough to oppose hatred and intolerance. While the Orientation program has been dedicating itself to fostering a more inclusive community at Villanova, we understand that this work is continuous and aspire to create a Villanova where love and empathy drown out any hatred and intolerance.

To our new Black students specifically, the Orientation program recognizes that you encounter unique obstacles. Our entire staff is actively committed to making you feel at home and welcome while carrying out our mission to ensure that you are known and valued during your transition to University life and throughout the entirety of your Villanova experience.

At Villanova, students have many opportunities to expand their awareness and understanding of institutionalized injustice. As a community, we expect each of you to embrace these experiences, commit to the common good, and help foster a more equitable society.

We as the Orientation program strive to foster an environment that includes and supports Black students and celebrates their identities and experiences. As you prepare for your arrival to Villanova, know we will always stand in solidarity with you as an organization and as fellow Villanovans.

Orientation Resources
Our mobile apps and publications will help lead you and your family through the Orientation experience and beyond. Download today!


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2020 Transitions: A First-Year Family's Guide to Villanova

Office of First and Second Year Initiatives
Dougherty Hall

Alicia Dunphy-Culp

Assistant Director
Lael McGann

Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.