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First Year Students

First Year Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Welcome, Class of 2025!

We look forward to your arrival on campus and to working with you throughout your college career. We designed this reference page to give you ready access to important links and to provide you with information that will help in your transition to college.

Glossary of Academic Terms

Academics often use a numebr of University specific terms in refering to everyday life at Villanova. It can be tought to make heads or tails of it. The Office of the Provost has put together a Glossary of Academic Terms to help incoming students better understand the parlance. The Gossary is located on this website.

My Faculty Advisor

All first year students will be assigned a faculty advisor by late summer and will be able to view their advisor's name through MyNova. Your faculty advisor will contact you before your arrival and will meet with you during New Student Orientation. At this time you will be able to discuss your schedule and make necessary changes.


First Semester Course Schedules

You will be scheduled for five 3-credit courses (and perhaps an additional 1-credit course or two) based on the preferences you selected. Exploratory Arts students will be registered for Advising: Explore and Experience (ASPD 1000). Please note that schedules will not be finalized until mid-August. You will have an opportunity to review your schedule with your faculty advisor prior to the start of classes. Necessary changes may be made at that time.


Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit

It is your responsibility to have your AP or IB scores sent to Villanova. If you have earned academic credit via AP of IB exams, course equivalents will appear on your academic transcript.   

Please note: all AP scores must be received by the end of freshman year.

Policies on AP and IB credit may be found here.


Health Professions

If you indicated an interest in pursuing one of the Health Professions, you will be contacted by a member of the Health Professions Advising staff, who will assist with your course schedule.


New Student Orientation

Please see the New Student Orientation page on the Student Life website.


The Villanova Minute (CLAS Weekly Newswire)

Make sure to read the Villanova Minute, which you will receive by email every Monday during the academic year. The Minute contains valuable information on events and opportunities for CLAS students.

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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