Credentials Services

Credentials are reference letters and other materials used to support applications for employment or graduate study. Establishing a credentials file enables you to compile all of your resources in one centralized location. Once this file is created, your credentials can be presented in a concise, professional format. Although the service is available to all Villanova University students and alumni, it is most typically utilized by applicants for employment in the nursing and education fields and those applying to graduate or professional school.

Our goal is to provide the highest quality credentials support for Villanova University students and alumni. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Credentials Secretary at 610.519.4060 or credentials@villanova.edu with any questions.

Establish Your Credentials File

Before you establish your credentials file, please view the Credentials Guide.

Credentials File Registration Form

Ask for a Written Reference

Always ask potential references if they would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you. Provide them with a copy of your resume and give them the information needed (including your Banner ID and whether you'd like the recommendation to be open or confidential) to write the best letter. Give the recommender at least three weeks to write the letter. 

Sample Request for Letter of Recommendation

Online Letter of Recommendation Form

Manage, Track & Request Your File

You can view your credentials file and cancel any submitted letters of recommendation through NOVASIS at any time.

You must establish your credentials file before the Career Center can process your letters of recommendation.

Credentials File Request Form

Credentials Policies

A file may be opened at any time and can be maintained for up to seven years after your graduation date. There is no cost to start or maintain a file. There is a $3 fee to send a file by mail. You may request an emailed copy of your letters at no cost. The Career Center will not "hold a request" until a file is complete. Requests will be completed within a week (in order received).

The Career Center does not do on-the-spot requests. Credential files follow the confidentiality rules under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

You must establish your Credentials file before the Career Center can process your letters of recommendation.