We know this is an exciting time in the lives of our newest members of the Villanova community. Have questions? We have answers!


Questions are common for new students and families! If your question is unanswered on this website or in our printed material, please contact us—we're here to help.



You can find a checklist of items that need to be submitted to Villanova before the fall semester in myNova. Helpful Hint: Print the Checklist before you begin!

Siblings of new students are welcome to attend New Student Orientation programs on Thursday, August 20 for Opening Day as long as they are accompanied by parents/guardians. We ask that siblings do not attend any Opening Day programs that are solely for new students, such as when new students meet with their Orientation Counselors and academic deans.

New students are required to attend New Student Orientation. There is no need to register in advance.

The Orientation office will mail the following booklets/newsletters to all new students:

  • Villanova 101 emails—distributed weekly all summer—which has a basic overview of the four-day Orientation program, as well as information from Residence Life, Dining Services, the Wildcard Office, COMMUNITAS Learning Communities and general University information.
  • August Brochure, with detailed information about Orientation, including group numbers and designated reporting areas where new students will meet with their Orientation Counselors.

Orientation group numbers and designated reporting areas can also be found in myNova in early August. If you do not receive the above mentioned publications, please contact the Orientation office.

New students will be able to access their residence hall and roommate information in myNova in late July. Questions about housing assignments should be directed to the Office of Residence Life at (610) 519-4154/4150.

You will receive your Orientation group information in our brochure mailed to your home in August. Your group number and designated reporting area will also be listed in myNova.


Move-in for new students is Wednesday, August 19 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. You should follow the specific arrival schedule posted in late June. Early check-in will not be permitted. Please be patient as we expect heavy traffic especially during the first few hours of check-in and you may experience 1- to 2- hour delays. We appreciate your patience.

Yes! Students needing to ship their belongings to campus may do so in early August. Specific mailing instructions will be posted in July.

Orientation staff will attempt to deliver resident freshmen student parcels arriving by August 10 to a storage area in the vicinity of your assigned residence hall prior to your arrival. Packages received after August 10 must be picked up by the student at the mailroom in Kennedy Hall.

Please visit the What to Bring and What Not to Bring page for more information. Please note that only one MicroFridge or refrigerator/microwave is permitted per room. For more information, please review information on MicroFridge rentals.

Once you drop your belongings at your residence hall, you will be directed to an appropriate parking lot by the Department of Public Safety. It is vital to move your car once it has been unloaded. This will help decrease the wait time for families on a very busy day!


Most dining halls will also be open on Move-In Day (August 19) and the first day of Orientation. Please download the Nova Guides app for a complete list of campus dining service options.

During move-in, the TechZone will provide assistance and instruction for getting computers connected to the Villanova network. You may call our Help Desk at (610) 519-7777 or check the TechZone website.

The Parents website has a list of area hotels, restaurants and attractions.

There will be a tent located on Main Campus with essential hall items. We also list many local area stores and malls, for your convenience. 

Anyone needing assistance should contact an Orientation staff member and our Villanova Emergency Medical Service (VEMS) will be contacted immediately. Students or family members can also contact Public Safety at (610) 519-4444 anytime.

Try to make arrangements with your child before coming to Villanova for a contact plan. For instance, you could ask your child to give a quick call home each day, even if they're doing just fine. Orientation activities can keep new students busy from early morning to late in the evening, but each day has scheduled down time for new students that may provide time to check in with loved ones.



Information Center

Connelly Center

The information center for Orientation will be located on the upper level of the Connelly Center. Questions concerning the program can be addressed to the Orientation staff there.

The staff will be clearly visible throughout campus during the program, so don't hesitate to seek them out and ask questions!

Students in information booth

Office of First and Second Year Initiatives
Dougherty Hall  

Alicia Dunphy-Culp

Assistant Director
Lael McGann