SCHEDULE

ORIENTATION SCHEDULE

Freshman move-in begins on Wednesday, August 19 and is followed by New Student Orientation August 20-23. Detailed information will be sent home in June with specific times and locations for move-in.

 

Opening Day, Thursday, August 20, includes the University welcome, meetings with Colleges and Orientation Counselors, family information sessions, a resource fair, family picnic and Opening Mass. All Orientation events are casual and dress should be comfortable for hot weather. 

Programming for families ends Thursday evening after the family picnic. New students continue with Orientation through Sunday evening. A detailed schedule will be provided in August.  

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19

 

There will be an increased amount of traffic on move-in day as well as long waiting periods as we facilitate check-in for almost 1,700 new students. To expedite this process and ease waiting times, all new students are assigned an arrival time based on their last name.

We ask for your cooperation with your assigned arrival time. Students are welcome to arrive on campus any time after their assigned times. Check-in resumes at 7 p.m. for those who cannot arrive during the day and on Thursday, August 20, from 9 a.m.-noon.

ASSIGNED ARRIVAL TIME STUDENT'S LAST NAME BEGINS WITH...
9:00-9:30 a.m.  
9:45-10:15 a.m.  
10:30-11:00 a.m.  
11:15-11:45 a.m.  
12:00-12:30 p.m.  
12:45-1:15 p.m.  
1:30-2:00 p.m.  
2:00-2:30 p.m.  

THURSDAY, AUGUST 20

 

Opening Day, Thursday, August 20, includes the University welcome, meetings with Colleges and Orientation Counselors, family information sessions, a resource fair, family picnic and Opening Mass. All Orientation events are casual and dress should be comfortable for hot weather.

Orientation officially begins at 1:15 p.m. with the University Welcome.

Optional Morning Events for Families

RESOURCE FAIR

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Connelly Plaza

Stop by the Resource Fair and meet campus administrators and staff from a variety of offices to learn more about the University and its services.  

FAMILY INFORMATION SESSIONS

Campus departments will present a variety of topics during 45-minute sessions held throughout the morning. For a detailed schedule, please consult the free Orientation App.

Time Event Location
1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. University Welcome for students and families

Campus Green

2:20 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. Students meet with Orientation Counselors in designated reporting areas. Group number and meeting area supplied in August mailing
  Parents meet with academic deans
  Arts & Sciences Finneran Pavilion
  Business 
Villanova Room, Connelly Center
  Nursing Driscoll Hall, Room 132
  Engineering           Campus Green (Rain Location: Alumni Hall Gym)
3:25 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. Parents meet with Orientation Counselors in designated reporting areas. Group number and meeting area supplied in August mailing.
  Students meet with academic deans
  Arts & Sciences Finneran Pavilion
  Business Villanova Room,
Connelly Center
  Nursing Driscoll Hall
Room 132
  Engineering Cinema, Connelly Center
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Opening Mass* (see note below)
Campus Green 
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Picnic Dinner Connelly Plaza

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Family and friends depart  
7:00 p.m. New students meet their Orientation Counselors Please return to your designated reporting area to meet your Orientation Counselor and continue with Orientation activities

*If you and your family plan on attending Opening Mass at 4:30 p.m. we suggest you find a meeting spot before Orientation begins at 1:15 p.m. Students and families will be separated for sessions following the University Welcome and it's important to pick a meeting place to ensure you are able to locate one other for Mass.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21-SUNDAY, AUGUST 23

 

Each new student will receive their unique Orientation schedule from their Orientation Counselor, which will be given to them upon arrival on Thursday, August 20.

Students can anticipate learning more about the following topics:

  • Academics
  • Alcohol and Drug Awareness education
  • Campus Ministry Programs
  • CliftonStrengths
  • College Life, small group discussion with faculty members
  • New Student Concerns
  • Social Life and College
  • Villanova history and our Augustinian tradition

COMMUTER STUDENTS

 

Reminders for Commuter Students during Orientation

Attendance: New students who do not live on campus are still expected to attend the four-day New Student Orientation Program. While the Commuter Student Picnic is an Opening Day event just for commuters, all other Orientation activities are geared toward every new student, not just resident freshmen. New Student Orientation officially starts at 1:15 p.m. on on Thursday, August 20 and will end late in the evening for all new students.

Transportation: Students who commute can expect to be on campus late each day during Orientation (Thursday, August 20-Sunday, August 23). If new students will not be driving themselves to campus, they should arrange for transportation home each evening, before arriving to campus. Additionally, there will be an evening social event on Thursday, August 20. Students and parents may want to drive separately to campus on Thursday, August 20.

Parking: Commuter students are eligible for parking and will be able to purchase a parking permit during the first week of school. For detailed parking information, please check the Public Safety website. Commuting students may park in the I-1 Ithan Garage (behind the Mullen Center for the Performing Arts) for New Student Orientation and parking permits are not required during the four-day Orientation Program.

Meals: Your meals will be provided during Orientation if you and your Orientation group eat together in the dining halls.

Wildcards: New commuting students will pick up their Wildcards at the Commuter Lunch or at the afternoon meeting with their Orientation Counselor on Thursday, August 20.