Pre-College Summer Academy Online













Villanova University's Pre-College Summer Academy is an innovative, engaging pre-college academic experience for high school students, 100% online. Designed and taught by Villanova faculty, this program is open to students age 13 and above - typically rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders who will be applying to college in the next couple of years. Each course has the benefit of a current Villanova Student Fellow, who helps lead academic and community-building activities. Upon completion of the course(s), students will earn a certificate.


Offered in two week-long sessions, each fully online course will allow students to:

  • Experience the prestige, tradition, and strong community of Villanova
  • Explore future academic and career pathways through college-level coursework 
  • Build a students’ resume with a unique collegiate experience
  • Develop relationships with current Villanova students, faculty, and staff 
  • Engage in professional and personal development opportunities through interactive workshops delivered by individuals from across Villanova.




Tuition Information

$1,200 per course

Payment in full is due at time of enrollment


Students may enroll in both sessions.


The Socially Responsible Leader
with Karen Graziano, JD, MA

July 10-14, 2023

Become a Socially Responsible Leader: Increase Commitment and Motivation by Developing Your Values-Based Mission and Vision

This course will provide a unique opportunity to develop skills and knowledge from ethics, leadership, and management studies as well as English and communications, including both the analysis of personal essays and professional writing.

The goal of the course is to identify and articulate your values into a mission and vision that you will apply in your community as a socially responsible leader.


Your Workplace Journey
with Karen Graziano, JD, MA

July 17-21, 2023

Your Workplace Journey: Exploring Your Interests, Finding Your Fit, and Crafting Your Future Filled with Meaningful Work

This course provides a unique opportunity to develop your knowledge about the workplace, motivation, career paths, college academics, and graduate degrees.  It combines skills and knowledge from ethics, leadership, management, English, and communication studies.





  • This program is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors

Technology Requirements

Students will need access to the following in order to participate:

  • Computer
  • Internet 
  • Webcam and microphone

Application Requirements

  • Unofficial high school transcript 
  • Letter of permission from parent
  • Application deadlines:  
    • Session 1 - July 3
    • Session 2 - July 10

Schedule: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (EST)

9:00 - 9:30 am

Wake Up and Get Energized with your VU Student Fellow

9:30 - 11:00 am

Academic Session #1 (Virtual, live class time with professor and VU Undergraduate Fellow)

11:00 - 11:30 am


11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Academic Session #2 (Virtual, live class time with professor and VU Undergraduate Fellow)

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Academic Session #3 (Led by VU Undergraduate Fellow; Group project work; individual activities and assignments; discussion session)

3:00 - 3:30 pm


3:30 - 4:30 pm

* "Villanova Views" Sessions 

Villanova Views

These sessions will introduce you to Villanova and to college life in general... all the while having fun and connnecting with your fellow students and current Villanova undergraduates! Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.


* Joint sessions held with both classes together
Grading is as outlined in the Professional Education Catalog.

Participants in this program are expected to abide by all University policies (found in The Student Handbook). Any violation of University policy will likely result in immediate dismissal from the program without refund.

For withdrawal and refund information, please visit our Tuition & Fees page



Enhance your resume.

Summer Academy courses provide new skills to add to your resume or college application, while exploring future academic pathways.


Expand your network.

Communicating and building relationships with classmates and faculty scholars can open new doors for your future.


Learn from distinguished faculty.

All programs are taught by experienced Villanova faculty who are dedicated teacher-scholars and among the most distinguished in their fields.