Prospective Students

Making the decision to attend college is an exciting and challenging time.  Getting admitted to the college of your choice is a significant accomplishment and one that requires a great deal of research and planning. 

There will be many differences between high school and college that can add some challenges to the transition to higher education.  Take your time to read through the links in this prospective student section to gather information about these differences and the many supports that are available for all students on campus. 

College Planning

College is going to be more demanding academically.  You will need to work harder, be better organized, and actively problem solve.  You may have been living in a fairly structured environment in high school when your time was planned from 7:00 AM until at least 3:00 PM, with additional planning and/or support from parents in the evening. At college you may have a class at 9:00 AM for an hour, another at 11:00 AM, and another at 3:00 PM. If you have poor time management skills, the extra free time during the day can present problems.  Some key differences are listed below.

Class Time High School: 6 hours per day, 180 days   College:15 hours per week, 28 weeks
Study Time High School: 1 to 2 hours per day   College: Rule of thumb: 2 hours of study for 1 hour of class = 3 to 4 hours (or more) per day 
Tests High School: weekly; at end of chapter; frequent quizzes   College: 2 to 4 tests per semester
Grades High School: passing grades guarantee you a seat!   College: Satisfactory academic standing is often “C” or above
Teachers High School: take attendance, may check your notebooks, lecture with blackboard notes, impart knowledge and facts   College: attendance is rarely taken, lectures, may include handouts, computer slides, and stress reasoning abilities
Freedom High School: school time is highly structured, limits are set by parents, teachers, and other adults College: freedom of choice! Should I go to class? Class schedules will be erratic.  
Academic Accommodations High School: Waivers are often available   College: policies on waivers are often inflexible

Final Checklist

- Send in documentation to LSS (if you have not done so already)

- Schedule a time to meet with LSS during your first week of classes

- Fill out your Request for Accommodation Form when you get your class schedule and submit this form to LSS

- Encourage your parents to attend the optional Parent Orientation and Resource Fair

- Review the other academic and support resources available to you on campus

- Acquire a daily/weekly planner

This can be electronic (such as Google Calendar) or paper, but you want to use one planner consistently. You will need this to keep track of your classes, long-term assignments, and your activities.

- Check out Academic Technology Options:

Get comfortable with your computer. Consider looking at software that might help you with your work load.

1. Read and Write Gold - You can install this software program from our website to your chosen computer. The program is FREE to all Villanova students. This software provides support with reading, writing, and study skills and integrates with familiar applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, and Adobe Reader). It will be a tremendous help in your online class reading and research.

You can install the software by clicking on the Read & Write Gold tab on the LSS website. You will need to use your Villanova log-in to access.  

2. Pulse Smart Pen – The Smart Pen records audio and links it to what you write. It automatically captures everything as you write and draw. The smart pen works only with Livescribe dot paper. This is an excellent tool to supplement your notetaking if you are an individual who qualifies for note-taking as an accommodation.

3. AudioNote - AudioNote enables you to type notes that are linked to an audio recording. Your notes will be time-stamped, allowing you to playback the recording from that point in the lecture so you can fill in any missing notes. You can also upload pictures and lecture slides to enhance your notes. You can download AudioNote to your computer, smart phone, or tablet. 

4. Dragon Naturally Speaking – This software allows you to dictate instead of typing on a keyboard. It does take several hours to train the software to recognize your voice. Check out Dragon Naturally Speaking's website.

- If you are taking any medications, 

make the necessary arrangements with a doctor close to the campus who will be available to monitor medication. You will need to be responsible for taking your medication on schedule so take responsibility for that before leaving for college.



Students With Documented Disabilities

Learning Support Services (LSS), in conjunction with faculty, provides reasonable accommodations for students with learning disabilities and other neurologically based disorders, and those disabled by chronic illnesses.  Villanova University welcomes students with disabilities and provides reasonable academic accommodations to those who self-identify in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Academic accommodations are available to students who meet established documentation guidelinesPolicies and procedures have been established to encourage self-advocacy, and to provide students with disabilities the same opportunities available to all students at Villanova.

In addition to the services listed in Academic Support, students submitting documentation may also be eligible for access to assistive technology and exam proctoring.  In order to obtain accommodations, students must register with LSS by submitting current documentation. To ensure confidentiality, students must complete a Request for Accommodation Form each semester at Villanova in order to receive accommodations during that semester. Nothing can be shared with your professors without your permission.

Check the list of FAQ’s, and contact us with any questions or concerns.

Students with physical or sensory disabilities and those with temporary disabilities with questions or concerns about access and accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services.


It is important that students have access to all class materials. If any of your software or course documents are inaccessible to you due to format, incompatibility with screenreaders, or any other reason, please contact your professor immediately. If your professor cannot give you access, it is your responsibility to contact Learning Support Services or the Office of Disability Services so that we can help you resolve the issue in a timely manner.

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Learning Commons in Falvey
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Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.5176
Fax: 610.519.8015

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