Academic Glossary

Don't Panic

Your Glossary to the Villanova Galaxy Will Guide You 

From Academic Advising and Health Professions Advisement to Professional Development courses, internships for academic credit, and the Enchiridion (just in case you don’t know – and why would you, really – enchiridion means handbook, and this is the official name of the undergraduate student handbook in the College), you will be introduced to many, many new terms during your four years in the College.

But don’t panic. The Office for Undergraduate Students is here to guide you through the Villanova Galaxy so that you can travel throughout campus stress free. And find what you need quickly and easily.


This handy A-to-Z reference guide is meant to briefly define unfamiliar terms and direct you to where you can learn more. We hope you find this glossary incredibly useful.

Good luck on your journey of exploration!


Academic Advising: Individual attention and guidance to help students who haven’t declared a major make informed choices based on their interests, passions, and requirements of the College.

Bridge Society: Student group in the College that allows students to explore career and professional paths.

Career Center: Comprehensive office designed to help all students identify and apply for internships and jobs.

Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships: Dedicated to assisting students as they identify and apply for highly competitive national and international fellowships and scholarships, such as the Rhodes and Truman scholarships.

Core Requirements: The College requires that students complete certain courses. Learn about them here.

Counseling Center: Provides services that help students function optimally with regard to emotional, academic, social, and psychological issues.

Health Professions Advisement: Many majors, programs, and curricula will prepare students academically for careers in the health professions. Learn about them and other important prerequisites for admissions to graduate programs here.

Internships: Nothing compares to real-world experience in a career field that interest you. Learn about the importance of internships and how to apply for one for academic credit.

Math Learning Resource Center: Get free tutorial help with freshman and sophomore level math classes, and work on projects and assignments in groups.

Multicultural Affairs: Engages the greater Villanova community in programs, events, and processes of personal development involving issues of global and domestic differences through workshops, interactive performances, retreats, and lectures.

Phi Beta Kappa (ΦBK): A national honors society for Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Phi Kappa Phi (ΦKΦ): A national honors society for Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Pre-law Advisement: Informs students about the legal profession and law school so that students make informed decisions before selecting a law school.

Professional Development Courses: One-credit courses that focus on networking for success, using social media to build your professional brand, business communication and writing, leading for success, and much more .

Service Learning: Service Learning courses are three-credit courses that connect course objectives with opportunities to meet the needs of people in underserved communities or work with agencies, which advocate for the poor and/or care for the environment.

Study Abroad: Provides the Villanova community with the opportunity to experience the world beyond the borders of our campus and country through for-credit study abroad experiences.

Writing Center: Provides a comfortable atmosphere for your one-to-one session with a qualified tutor. Bring your paper, assignment, and an open mind, and tutors will work with you to improve your writing.


Contact Information

Office for Undergraduate Students
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Saint Augustine Center 107
Phone: 610-519-3900
Fax: 610-519-6322

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