Transfer 101: Welcome to Villanova

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Dear Villanova University New Students & Families,

Welcome to Villanova! On behalf of our faculty, staff, current students, and alumni, we are thrilled to welcome you to our community. This message begins the first of our weekly VU101 emails to our newest Villanovans & their families as we prepare for your arrival and New Student Orientation.

2022 New Student Orientation Theme 

“Curiosity Invites Possibilities; Where Will They Take You?” Rooted in our Augustinian Catholic values and desire to ignite change, each of you will help propel Villanova forward. We cannot wait for you to begin your journey.

Important Dates
New Student Orientation is scheduled for August 20-23, 2022, with move-in for residential students planned for Friday, August 19, 2022. Details regarding each day of Orientation are included below: 

  • Move-In: Friday, August 19

You will receive information later this summer regarding arriving on campus to move into your residence hall. Packing, traveling, waiting in line, and unpacking can make it feel like an exceedingly long day. We encourage loved ones to stay overnight in the local area if they are traveling long distances. 

  • Opening Day: Saturday, August 20 (for family members and students)

The morning of Opening Day can be spent getting settled, navigating the Villanova area, and taking placement tests, as necessary. At 1 p.m., the University Welcome begins our Orientation programming for students and family members, which ends with mass and a picnic. The picnic will conclude at 6:30 p.m., with students continuing with Orientation activities and family members departing from campus. 

  • Orientation: Saturday Evening, August 20-Wednesday, August 23 (for students)

These four days will be spent in small groups, led by a Transfer Counselor, to help incoming students navigate their new surroundings and begin familiarizing themselves with campus life. Students attend events hosted by their academic deans, presentations regarding resources and campus life, and get to enjoy evening entertainment and participate in one of Villanova’s favorite traditions, the Commissioning Ceremony for New Students. 

A message from our Transfer Captain:

I am excited to welcome you all to your new home! As a previous transfer student from 2019, I hope to assist in making your transfer experience as seamless and pleasant as possible.  

Everyone arrives at Villanova from different paths, but there is truly something here for everyone and I hope you take advantage of every opportunity. I encourage you to make friends and make mistakes — no one here is perfect or expects you to be.

Starting a new school might not be easy, but find comfort in the fact that you are not doing it alone. Along with transfer counselors and fellow transfer students, the Villanova community is here to help you every step of the way! I can’t wait to meet you in August!


Jada Thomas

Transfer Captain, New Student Orientation Program

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New Student Orientation

Villanova University
Dougherty Hall
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, Pa. 19085


Office Hours: Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

January Transfers

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Watch for more information to arrive in the mail after you enroll. You will also be contacted by the Dean's Office of your College with specific information about your academic program.

Get involved—it's the best way to get your Villanova experience off to a great start!