Office of Student Involvement
JJ Brown, Director
102 Dougherty Hall
Office of Student Involvement invites our graduate students to get involved in the graduate organizations available on campus.
Parking Students who commute to Villanova have parking privileges regardless of class year. Students must purchase a parking permit from the Parking Office located in Garey Hall, along County Line Road, or by going to MyNova, and search parking registration which will re-route to the parking portal. The Parking permit will be a sticker decal. Permits are active for daytime and evening classes only. The cost of student parking for one year is $100. For additional questions, call 610-519-6989, email the Parking Office, or visit the Parking website.
Villanova is very fortunate to have two SEPTA rail services on campus. This makes travel up and down the Main Line and into Philadelphia very accessible for all Villanovans. The SEPTA Key is an accessible payment method for regional rail, high speed, or bus fares. For more information visit the SEPTA website.
To get to campus:
Villanova uses two systems to help students navigate both their access to information and to their academic classes. MyNova is the portal through which students:
BlackBoard is the classroom management system. It is an e-learning tool. Many faculty, though not all, use BlackBoard to post:
If your professor is using BlackBoard for a course, then you too will likely be asked to post any assigned written homework on BlackBoard as well.
As a graduate student, your primary goal is to succeed academically. Some students find the transition to graduate school academic work fairly seamless, having good study habits and a strong educational foundation from college. Villanova has several academic support systems in place to help if needed. But, the critical thing is to ask for help. Be an engaged and active learner, and if you are not doing as well in your classes as you wish, then reach out for assistance. Here are some campus academic resources:
Learning Support Center 212 Falvey Library firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also choose to consult with:
Dining Services offers several meal plans including two designed for commuters: Commuter Plan (one meal per day & $80 in points to be used anywhere on campus at any time) and Commuter Plan Plus (one meal per day & $455 in points to be used anywhere on campus at any time).
Contact Dining Services for more information. The Dining Services Meal Plan Office is located in 106 Dougherty Hall 610-519-7682.
Public Safety (24/7) is comprised of both public safety officers as well as police officers. Regardless of an officer’s role, everyone is working toward the same goal of keeping Villanova and our students safe. While Villanova is located in a relatively safe area, it is important to be alert when walking on campus and to keep your personal items secure. Should you want an escort on campus, that is, someone to walk with you, call Public Safety. Similarly, should you witness suspicious behavior or a crime, call the emergency number immediately. Note that when you are on campus, the numbers to call are :
Throughout campus you will also see Blue Emergency Call Boxes. Just pulling the phone off the hook will alert Public Safety to your need for help and your location. Public Safety also engages in foot and bike patrols throughout campus. When you are off campus, of course, call 911 for an emergency.
As a student you are also eligible to use the Student Health Center, located on the top floor of the Health Services Building, located across from the main entrance to campus. The Student Health Center is staffed by registered nurses 24/7 when classes are in session. The Health Center also offers medical appointments on weekdays with physicians and nurse practitioners. Call 610 -519 -4070 to make an appointment. Along with taking care of your physical health it is important to care for your mental health as a college student as well.
The University Counseling Center offers counseling on a short term basis to students. The services at the Counseling Center are voluntary, free, and confidential. To make an appointment, call 610 -519 -4050 Monday through Friday during normal business hours, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
While succeeding in the classroom is your number one priority, to get the most out of your graduate school experience, choose to get involved with one or more activities outside of the classroom. It is through student involvement that you will both make friends as well as develop interests and skills. Villanova offers over 200 student organizations in a wide range of areas. If you aren’t sure how to take those first steps, contact the Graduate Student Council as a place to start.