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Villanova Engineering Resources for First-Year Students

General Academic and College Administration Information

First-Year Schedules
Engineering student's schedules are pre-selected by the Registrar's Office. You will not be asked to register for courses; however, you will be asked to complete a course selection questionnaire in order for the Registrar's Office to complete your schedule should your situation include ROTC, athletics, AP credit, etc.

First-Year Program
All Villanova first-year engineering students participate in a program that gives them a multidisciplinary experience in engineering analysis, design and research. 

Career Compass
Career Compass
 is the College of Engineering’s required professional development program, designed to provide you with the “soft” skills needed to succeed in any career.

Foreign Languages
There is no language requirement for the engineering curriculum. Students who may want to continue their studies in a foreign language and/or pursue a minor in that language will need to take the online Language Placement Test. All questions pertaining to this test should be directed to the language department.

AP Credits and Credits for College-Level Work Completed Prior to High School Graduation
Be sure to include Villanova's school code (2959) at the time of the AP test to expedite score reporting. If you wait to learn your scores before ordering them to be sent to Villanova, it is likely that we will not be able to accommodate Calculus and Chemistry changes in your Fall schedule, as seating in these classes is limited. Contact Laura Matthews at 610 519-4943 with any questions.

For more information, view the Advanced Placement credit policy, which also includes details about credit for college-level work completed prior to high school graduation (pre-matriculated credit).

High School Requirements
You are required to have taken Physics, Chemistry and 4 years of Math. If you have not taken these courses, please contact Dr. Andrea Welker.

Computer Requirements
All incoming Engineering first-year and transfer students are required to own or purchase a Microsoft Windows based laptop computer. Students must bring their laptops to class as course work often requires the use of a computer.  Apple - MAC computers are not compatible with all engineering application software that is required for engineering course work. Review minimum computing requirements.

Class Attendance
Class and laboratory attendance for first-year students is mandatory.  A first-year student will receive a grade of "Y" (failure) whenever the number of unexcused absences in a course exceeds twice the number of weekly class meetings for the course. A list of excused absences is available on the Provost’s website.

Drop / Add / Withdrawal
A student may drop and/or add courses during the first five (5) class days of a semester without incurring academic penalty or affecting their official transcript. A student may withdraw from a course any time until the official deadline date without academic penalty, however a grade of WX for that course will appear on their official transcript. A student seeking course withdrawal after this time must petition the dean of the college. Unauthorized withdrawals lead to a grade of Y, which is counted as an F toward their GPA.

Registrar
The Office of the Registrar provides academic support and maintains complete, accurate and current information about our students. Students should visit the registrar’s website for a variety of forms, policies and procedures.

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Student Support Services

Academic Advising
Each student has been assigned a faculty member as academic advisor to provide academic advice and support, including career interests, minors and study-abroad opportunities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In addition to the University’s Center for Access, Success and Achievement, the College has a DEI committee and the dedicated support of Dr. Stephen Jones, Associate Dean of Student and Strategic Programs. Learn more.

Tutoring
Free tutoring/academic support is provided by upper-class students and is available through the Engineering honor societies and the Dean’s office. Visit the website for more information.

Tutoring in selected courses/topics is also available through the University Tutoring Coordinator.  Villanova has additional tutoring resources available in the Math Learning Resource Center and the Writing Center.

Peer Mentoring
Select and trained upper-class peer mentors are available to provide advice, support, or if needed, a referral, to enhance students’ overall experience in both the College of Engineering and the University at large.  They maintain office hours Monday-Friday in CEER 101.

Learning Support Services
In addition to resources specific to the College of Engineering, the  University offers students a variety of academic support services that are designed to help all Villanova students maximize their academic success..

Student Organizations
Involvement in student organizations provides students with a social outlet, academic perspective, and the potential to develop strong leadership skills.  Students are encouraged to participate in College-specific and University-wide student organizations. A comprehensive list of all student organizations is available at www.studentlife.villanova.edu/.

Scholarships
There are scholarships available to current engineering students through outside organizations and professional societies. Students should visit the Villanova Engineering website for more information.

TechZone
University Information Technologies’ (UNIT) TechZone is available on-site, online and by phone to address all hardware, software and technical problems students may have with their personal laptops and other on-campus computing experiences. Visit their website.

Video: College and University Support Services
This video provides a comprehensive look at both University-wide and College of Engineering-specific student support services, including:

  • Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA)
  • Learning Support Services
  • Disability Services
  • Tutoring
  • Math Learning Resource Center
  • The Writing Center
  • Center for Research and Fellowships
  • Career Center
  • Dr. Stephen Jones, College of Engineering Associate Dean for Student and Strategic Programs


Tips

  • Check your Villanova email account frequently especially over the summer. If you do not know your email address and password, call the Help Desk at 610-519-7777.
  • It's a good idea to make copies of your completed medical forms.


Key Contacts

Dean
Michele Marcolongo, PhD *610-519-5860
deanegr@villanova.edu

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Andrea Welker, PhD, PE *610-519-4959
andrea.welker@villanova.edu

Associate Dean for Student and Strategic Programs (including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
Stephen Jones, PhD *610-519-5439
s.jones@villanova.edu

Manager, Academic Policy & Procedures
Laura Matthews *610-519-4943
laura.matthews@villanova.edu

Associate Director, Undergraduate Student Programs and Operations
Gayle Doyle *610-519-5944
gayle.doyle@villanova.edu

Senior Administrative Assistant
Therese Wosczyna *610-519-3948
therese.wosczyna@villanova.edu

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