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Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA)

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The Center for Access, Success and Achievement aims to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented, first-generation and Pell Eligible students through holistic support in a culturally diverse and academically excellent environment. 

Our goal is to maintain successful retention by providing students with a sense of belonging in a nurturing environment, opportunities for self-realization and personal development, and holding them accountable for working to the best of their abilities. 


As a multifaceted center, CASA houses a number of resources, such as scholarships, tutoring, academic counseling, and life coaches that provide access to success. In addition, our office coordinates programming throughout the year to promote self-care, self-actualization, and self-advocacy. To accomplish these goals, we partner with local units, resources, and Villanova departments to provide coordinated care and support.

  • Providing student-focused academic and personal support through programming, professional and academic mentoring, and peer to peer mentoring. 
  • Promoting student growth and accountability.
  • Creating a campus environment in keeping with Villanova's Augustinian, Catholic values, and which adheres to the University's core values: Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas.
  • Developing student proficiency in self-advocacy, and fluency in university resources.
  • Promoting greater visibility and awareness of issues facing underrepresented students on campus.
  • Providing a safe, open space, in which current CASA students feel free to interact with peers, graduate students, and professional staff.
  • Facilitating seamless access to textbooks and other academic materials through our lending library and affiliated programs.


The Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA) assists the University in providing all students an inclusive educational experience founded on Augustinian principles. CASA supports the University’s mission of respecting individual differences and adhering to the principle that mutual love and respect should animate every aspect of University life.

Through its multi-faceted programs, CASA undertakes the challenge of creating at Villanova University an academically distinctive, culturally diverse learning community where all members live empathically and lead effectively.

CASA consists of the following major components:



Outreach Initiatives

Scholarships and Grants

Contact Us

Monday to Friday  
9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Falvey Hall, Room 211

Phone: 610.519.4075
Fax: 610.519.7758
Email: CASA

Campus Visits

High school groups interested in a CASA College Day visit may e-mail Rachel Epstein or call 610-519-4103.

Participate in CASA

Students: Contact Us

Faculty/Staff: Submit a Referral Form to refer students to CASA.