The VESTED Program


The Villanova Engineering, Science, and Technology Enrichment and Development (VESTED) Academy is an intensive eight weekend long introduction to engineering experience for high school students entering grades 9th-12th.

The program aims to encourage underrepresented students to explore the possibilities of an engineering education while developing the necessary skills to achieve their goals. The challenging curriculum exposes students to college level course work while strengthening each student’s technical literacy. The program is unique because it allows students to gain knowledge on the new emerging technologies that are affecting today and tomorrow’s global economy.

The VESTED program is modeled in such a way that students will gain maximum exposure to the exciting field of engineering. The curriculum includes lectures by industry and university professionals, article reviews and varying learning experiences based on each student’s year in the program. Returning students, associates (2nd year participants) and professionals (more than 2-year participants) will have the option to choose their curriculum track. While only returning students may take advantage of the curriculum tracks, all students will receive a foundation in the necessary skills to be successful in college and beyond. These skills include time management, working in teams, discovering your learning style and following detailed instructions, among others.

The VESTED Academy is held on the campus of Villanova University in the College of Engineering which allows students immediate access to engineering laboratories and state of the art technological equipment. The program is held eight Saturdays, January through April and will run from 9 am to 2:30 pm.  Lunch will be provided for all students and transportation will be available from designated pick-up locations within Philadelphia.

We are proud to be able to offer this unique opportunity to you. If you are interested in participating in VESTED Academy, please complete the application.

All application materials must be returned to Linda Coleman no later than October 30, 2015 online or via email (please put VESTED APPLICATION on the subject line) or FAX (610.519.7758). Pertinent information for returning the application materials can be found in the application instructions.

Please contact Mrs. Coleman, 610.519.4074, if you have any questions.

Important Dates

October 30
APPLICATIONS DUE - New & Returning students

November 14
Notification of students selected for interviews
(new students only)

December 5
Interview Date

December 15
Notification of students accepted into VESTED Program

For more information visit College of Engineering.

Spring 2016 Dates

January 23

January 30

February 6

February 13

February 20

March 12

March 19

April 9