Learning Communities for First Year Students

Getting the most out of your First Year of College

Learning Communities are Villanova's mission and values in action:
Learning... Living... Exploring


Our Learning Communities for first-year students, allow students to learn, grow, and form communities as they explore the questions of "Who Am I" and "Who Do I Want To Be" both in and out of the classroom.

"Choosing to be in a learning community was the best decision I made for my freshman year, because the learning community building, fourth hour and ACS class, students and facilitators, establishes an indispensable network of friends, great resources, and just an amazing community of great people that truly made my freshmen year incredible and allowed me the opportunity to truly thrive."
(Casey, Class of 2021)

First-Year Learning Communities at Villanova University

Students in a Learning Community . . .

  • Take their The Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS, a class all freshmen take) with students from their residence hall
  • Live together in a freshman hall, usually on south campus
  • Sign up for a THEME, which will be explored in a one-credit discussion class that meets in the residence hall each week
  • Experience
    • close community in the residence hall
    • engaged classroom discussions in ACS
    • deep friendships and a feeling of community
    • skill development and informed discussion on the theme of your community

Learn more about the Learning Communities and Themes

Art & Culture

Faith & Reason



Global Community


Healthy Living

Named An "Exemplary Program" by U.S. News and World Report.

Questions or concerns, please contact Kathleen Byrnes

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