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Thursday, August 22 – Sunday, August 25, 2024


We can't wait to welcome you to Villanova!

Students in a group at New Student Orientation

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 provides programming and activities designed to help you thrive both inside and outside the classroom.

New Student Orientation begins with Move-In Day on Wednesday, Aug. 21. On Thursday, Aug. 22, students, parents and families participate in activities designed to acclimate them to Villanova's campus and forge relationships with peers. After the Family Picnic on Thursday evening, parents and families will depart campus. New Student-only programming will continue from 6:30 p.m. on Thursday through the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 26. 

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!


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.


Catch the Best Moments from New Student Orientation 2023!

Imagine Where These Moments Will Lead You…
The Journey Awaits

What does this year's theme mean to you? 

Samantha Blume, ’25 VSB

"Signing up for a new club may seem uncertain. Waving at the familiar face from your English class may seem insignificant. But it is all of these moments that will allow you to write your own unique Villanova story. Take advantage of the small opportunities that will arise every day. You never know what chapter is awaiting you next!" —Samantha Blume, ’25 VSB 

Sebastian Moreland, ’26 CLAS

"At Villanova, people come from all walks of life to grow at college together. Making friends, taking classes and seeing all that the University has to offer is an exciting time! This is the place that will shape you for the journey to come; allow yourself to be open to these new experiences. You never know where they might take you." —Sebastian Moreland, ’26 CLAS

Audrey Ryan, ’25 CLAS

"Every day at Villanova presents moments to take advantage of – there are always new people to meet, subjects to explore, and interests to pursue. The experiences brought on by welcoming these moments will become landmarks in your Villanova journey, which begins with Orientation, but doesn’t end there. Cherish the moment and all that it will bring you!" —Audrey Ryan, ’25 CLAS











New Student Orientation

Villanova University
Dougherty Hall
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, Pa. 19085


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

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


Nova Guides App: Orientation 2024
Available This Summer

Nova Guides
Transitions: A First Year Family's Guide to Villanova
2023 Orientation and Move-In Map