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.

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. Class of 2024 publications will be available soon.

For a comprehensive list of our resources specifically desgined for parents and families, please visit our 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 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!



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.