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Thursday, August 19 - Sunday, August 22, 2021


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 anticipated to run Aug. 19-22, with move-in scheduled for Aug. 18 based on the current academic calendar. 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!

2021 Orientation Theme

“Celebrate what is within and imagine what we will become.”

The 2021 New Student Orientation theme 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.

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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2021 Transitions: A First Year Family 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.