The strength of the Villanova experience comes in part from the University's welcoming community. We've gathered useful information here to help our newest members get acclimated ahead of New Student Orientation.

VU101 is our weekly summer newsletter, filled with information about New Student Orientation at Villanova. Click here to join the VU101 mailing list! 

New Student Orientation 2024 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. 

Philadelphia Skyline

Looking for hotels, restaurants, shopping and more? Villanova is approximately 12 miles outside of Philadelphia—home of Benjamin Franklin and the City of Brotherly Love. There are many exciting and educational attractions in Philadelphia and we highlight just a few of the many fun things to do in Philly.

Nova Guides is the official Villanova University app for special events, such as New Student Orientation and Commencement, and places important information right at your fingertips. With a simple download, you’ll gain access to the latest schedules, maps and other relevant information intended to help you get the most out of your time with us.

Before arriving in August, you will receive many mailings from Villanova. We'll provide you the opportunity to access some of the various resources pertaining to new students and parents but particularly those pertaining to Orientation.

For a comprehensive list of our resources specifically designed for parents and families, please visit our Family and Parents website.

Since Move-In Day can be a long and tiring day, many families make plans to stay overnight on Move-In Day. For your convenience, you can find a list of area hotels on the Visit Villanova section of the Family and Parents website.

New Student Orientation will take place rain or shine!

The weather in our region can be hot and humid in August, and we encourage students and families to dress casually. You will be walking around campus and should bring whatever you may need to feel comfortable!



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