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Support Services

Upon their arrival to Villanova, every freshman varsity student-athlete is assigned an athletic advisor in OAS and is required to meet with them regularly beginning in the fall semester. After freshman year, upperclassmen may continue meetings by choice or at the recommendation of the OAS athletic advisor or coach.

Athletic advisors monitor academic progress, assist with developing organizational and time management skills, focus on goal setting, and support student-athletes' transitions at Villanova.

Academic reports are available for the head coaches as updates on each student-athlete's academic progress.

Peer-to-peer tutoring for student-athletes was created in order to provide supplemental instruction to classroom lectures for student-athletes at Villanova University. For many student-athletes, the tutoring is a fundamental component of their academic needs and helps them achieve their academic goals. All student-athletes have the convenience of requesting free tutorial support. In order to schedule a tutoring session, student-athletes should access the Varsity Student-Athlete Tutoring schedule in WConline.  

Becoming a Tutor

Tutorial Position Minimum Requirements

Academic Requirements:

  • Students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or above with sophomore, junior, or senior standing. We also hire graduate students.

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Reliable, dependable, organized, punctual, friendly, ability to work well with others
  • Dedicated and willing to make a semester long commitment to tutor with OAS
  • Must have unwavering commitment to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity
  • Must respect the privacy of student-athletes and maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Tutors must demonstrate strong teaching ability and be a good overall role model for the student-athletes they are tutoring

Our Tutors:

  • On average, we employ 70-80 qualified tutors to help our student-athletes in a variety of coursework.
  • Hours vary and are flexible. Hours are based on the needs of the student-athletes and the subject being tutored
  • Tutor appointments are scheduled by the student-athlete during a mutually convenient time for both the tutor and the tutee. Most sessions take place in the Norton Family Theater Team Meeting Room, located in the Andrew J. Talley Athletic Center. The Team Meeting Room is open Sunday-Thursday, 4-10 PM during the academic year. Tutor sessions also occur in the Office of Academic Support during normal business hours throughout the week.
  • Compensation varies and is based on the courses tutored as well as the education level of the tutor (i.e: undergraduate vs graduate student). Contact Krista Chmielewski for more information on pay rates.
  • The Office of Academic Support requires that all tutors attend mandatory, in-person trainings. We also provide training modules online using Blackboard as well as informative newsletters for our tutors each semester. Additionally, we offer tutor evaluations by observing sessions in an effort to provide tutors with constructive feedback on their skills and areas for development. We strive to keep our tutors informed and up-to-date on specific skills that can be used during tutoring sessions. We do this by publishing a regular newsletter that gets sent to our tutors.
  • Finally, we provide opportunities for tutors to test their knowledge and assess their own abilities through online quizzes, case studies, and self assessments many times throughout the school year.

Expectations of Student-Athletes Receiving Tutorial Services:

  • Be prepared to ask questions! Tutors are not expected to teach the course and do not take the place of the professor. Tutors are there to supplement what you're learning and can help clarify any confusion you may have about the course content.
  • Bring all course materials to every session: textbook, lecture notes, previously graded assignments with professor's feedback, course syllabus, etc.
  • Have a specific goal in mind and know what you are hoping to learn during the tutoring session. Communicate that goal to your tutor at the beginning of the appointment.
  • Expect the tutor to challenge you to become an independent learner who will answer your questions along the way in an effort to help you reach your academic goals.
  • Be patient! Learning new material takes time and practice!

Our study hall program provides an efficient and comfortable learning environment for ALL student-athletes at Villanova University. The study hall facility serves as an after hours extension of the Office of Academic Support for Athletics, where student-athletes have the opportunity for quiet study and meetings with tutors or the staff writing tutors.

Study hall is located in the Norton Family Theater Team Meeting Room. The Team Meeting Room is WiFi-equipped with a quiet study area and dry erase boards.

The Team Meeting Room also houses the Tutorial Assistance Program between 4:00-10:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday. Writing tutors are also available at the Team Meeting Room Sunday-Thursday evenings from 7-10 PM to assist student-athletes.

Study Hall Hours of Operation

Sunday-Thursday: 4-10 PM
Friday-Saturday: Closed

Location: The Norton Family Theater Team Meeting Room is located in the Andrew J. Talley Athletic Center, directly across from the trophy display in the main lobby. All student-athletes must swipe in and leave their Wildcard with the monitor upon entering the facility.

There is a direct correlation between classroom attendance and academic success. Accordingly, class attendance is mandatory for all student-athletes. If a student-athlete must miss class due to participation in any Varsity contest, the athlete is to notify the professor before the absence.

Student-athletes are encouraged to notify each of their professors at the beginning of the term of classes he/she will miss during the semester due to Varsity competition. Student-athletes are responsible for completing any class work missed during absences including homework, assignments, projects, term papers and/or tests.

Varsity Excuse Form Procedure

Varsity excuse forms are available in the Office of Academic Support. Student-athletes must provide excuse forms to professors PRIOR to their departure from campus. Therefore, it is best to fill out forms one week prior to departure. Forms will be signed and available for student-athlete pick-up within 24 hours.

Villanova's Class Attendance Policy can be found here.

The Office of Academic Support for Athletics works in conjunction with the Career Center and Student-Athlete Development to provide career development support for student-athletes. Please read about our Wildcat Workshops to learn some of the professional development resources available to student-athletes.


Villanova students have access to a mobile career management platform called Handshake. In using Handshake, students have access to company information, upcoming career fairs, open applications for internships and jobs, and much more.

Learn more about Handshake by visiting the Career Center's website.

Wildcat Workshops are a workshop series sponsored jointly by OAS and Student-Athlete Development, with goals to focus on academic and professional growth, and mental health and well-being. Workshops are held in the Student-Athlete Lounge and will highlight a resource, office, or department on campus, though at times, outside resources are featured. Workshops usually occur once or twice per month each semester. Past workshops include:

  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interviewing and networking skills
  • Searching for internships and jobs
  • Graduate and law school options
  • On-campus student support resources
  • Financial literacy
  • Business and Engineering minor/summer programs
  • Summer study abroad options
  • Networking and professional headshots
  • Healthy snack options
  • Health foods for busy schedules
  • Maximizing nutrition for athletic performance
  • Therapy animals
  • Yoga

Contact Us

Villanova University
Academic Support for Athletics

Andrew J. Talley Athletic Center
Offices 161-164
Villanova, PA 19085

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