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SSLC Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions 2020-2021

We are students, faculty and service partners pursuing community through service, learning and dialogue. Inspired to be active participants in the world SSLC integrates weekly service, academic inquiry and communal living to achieve our collective growth.

Two ways of being a member of the  SSLC Community

1.  Request residency in Alumni Hall (you will put this on your request for housing 1/13)

2.  Arrange your own housing through residence life, while fully participating in class, fourth hour, and service. You may also participate as a non-resident if you are an R.A.

Applications and Interview

  • Applications are due December 4 for Early Interview, December 5 and 6th, 2019
  • Applications are Due January 15 for January16, 17,18th , 2020  ½ hour interviews.

Housing Information:

There are 119 students in Alumni Hall for the 2020-2021 academic year. Housing applications for residence life open on Monday, January 13th.  If you are interested in SSLC you will be able to indicate that on  your housing preference form.


You can apply to live in Alumni Hall with or without a roommate. If you apply with a roommate, they must also be a  member of SSLC. Only SSLC members will live in SSLC residence hall. More information about roommates and room options will be available once you are a member of SSLC.

SSLC Classes:

You will have the opportunity to take a course related to service/justice each semester and a specially designed Ethics 2050 for SSLC students only.

Share in  weekly “4th Hour” where you learn about issues affecting those we serve and build community through dialogue with other members of SSLC

Time Commitment

Service once a week  3 hours—4th hour 1.25 hours--

Please consider the time commitment expected of SSLC members when applying.


Service opportunities include tutoring elementary and high school students, working in adult literacy, homelessness and poverty, working with women re-entering society, working at centers for abused women, LEVEL, SPO athlete practice and Ruibal leadership. Service schedules and the full listing of sites are included on our website.

Service Sites Include:

  • Poverty and Homelessness: Back on My Feet, Face to Face, Hub of Hope
  • Domestic Abuse: Laurel House
  • Education: Boys and Girls Club, ACLAMO, Cristo Rey, Currently Trending, McClure Elementary, Mighty Writers, St. Francis de Sales Elementary
  • Disability: Level, SPO athlete practice
  • Ex-Offenders: Sisters Returning Home
  • Prison Literacy
  • Vested:  Engineering and Science club on campus through School of Engineering.(Spring Only)


SSLC is more than just the sophomores in the community – we are made up of the people with whom we study, reflect, and serve. This includes Villanova students, professors, faculty/staff, neighbors, and people we serve. We hope to build a vibrant and supportive community that serves, learns, laughs and plays together.  We hope that we become a supportive and challenging presence in one another’s lives.

Study Abroad: 

If you are studying abroad during the Fall Semester you cannot be assigned to Alumni Hall. Otherwise study abroad does not affect your acceptance into SSLC.

Can I leave the Community? 

It is best to think about this as a commitment for one year.  If circumstances change you may  may leave the community during the academic year however,  if you are a  resident of Alumni Hall you may  have to move. 

Alumni Hall

What is Service Learning Community

Service: You will mentor a child or teen, tutor in classroom and after school programs, teach adult literacy, teach in local high schools, and teach Peer Mediation to elementary school children or high school students for 3-4 hours per week.

There are soup kitchen and homeless shelter service sites available.

Learning: You are required to take one course fall and spring semester that are designated for the Sophomore Service Learning Community. You are also required to register for a 1 credit integrating seminar.

Community: You will live with students who share values and desire to serve the poor and examine the causes and structures in society which keep people poor. You will enjoy Community nights, evenings of reflection celebration dinners, orientation in August and January and day of service in September and opportunities to choose some weekends of service.